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Navigating Tuition Assistance

Attending college is a big step in the right direction toward a secure, rewarding career. To achieve your goals, you must first plan how to finance your education. Unless you have a college savings account, you may need to consider tuition assistance. Here’s a look at your options.

Fill Out the FAFSA

Completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the easiest way to qualify for financial assistance from the federal and state governments in the form of grants, loans, work-study programs, scholarships, and more. Fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible because some forms of financial aid are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Apply for a Grant

Grants are a type of tuition assistance you don’t have to pay back, making them the first option you should explore. Popular student aid grants include the Federal Pell Grant, state grants, and grants through your school.

Apply for Scholarships

A completed FAFSA opens the door to state and institutional scholarships. You can also fill out a scholarship application directly with your school. ASA College sponsors many scholarships exclusively for our students. Each has unique parameters to qualify, with awards covering up to 50% of tuition and fees for each eligible semester. Apply for a scholarship today!

Join a Work-Study Program

Work-study programs are part-time jobs on or near campus that students can apply for based on their financial needs. Eligible applicants must be enrolled at least part-time, have a high enough GPA, and submit a completed FAFSA when applying. Work-study programs aren’t just a paid position—they also provide opportunities to network, build your resume, and serve in a leadership position.

Take Out Student Loans

If funding from grants, scholarships, and work-study programs is not sufficient to cover your costs, you have the option of borrowing money from the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program. Your choices include Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans, as well as PLUS loans for the parents of dependent students.  It is recommended to borrow the subsidized portion of the loans first to avoid accruing interest until after you’ve graduated. Federal loans offer flexible repayment plans, while private loans do not. You should be able to borrow regardless of your family’s income.

Attend an Affordable School

Whatever route you take to pay for college, you’ll have an easier time securing the funds you need if you choose a school with affordable tuition. Small colleges with focused degree programs cost less to attend than state universities without sacrificing the quality of your education. You’ll also save money if you’re eligible for in-state rather than out-of-state tuition.

Get Tuition Assistance at ASA College

If you need help financing your education, we strongly recommend applying for financial aid as soon as you are admitted. We invite you to meet with a financial aid officer to discuss your eligibility, application requirements, and available sources of funding as soon as you know you’ll be attending ASA College! To learn more about tuition assistance, please contact the Financial Aid Office or call us at 866-990-6148 today.

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