Before we begin, we’d like to explain a few things. Any time you see the term “financial aid”, a ton of questions come to mind, right? Well, “financial aid” just means any money used to pay for college that doesn’t come out of your own pocket at that time. There are many types of financial aid – some that you have to pay back, some that you don’t.
Scholarships – Money You Don’t Have To Pay Back
Scholarships are sums of money given to an eligible student to be applied toward the student’s education costs. Students do not repay scholarships, but must meet specific requirements to receive them. Scholarships are awarded based upon various criteria, which usually reflect the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award.
Grants – Money You Don’t Have To Pay Back
Grants, like scholarships, are sums of money given to an eligible student to be applied toward the student’s education costs. Students do not repay grants, but must meet specific requirements to receive them. Grants are awarded based upon various criteria, which usually reflect the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award.
Loans – Money You Do Have To Pay Back
Various loans are also available to assist students with educational costs. These loans must be repaid according to specific terms.
Loan Repayment Programs
If you have received student loans for previous education, you might qualify for various loan repayment programs. These programs will pay back all or a percentage of your loans if you meet their criteria.
Other Financial Aid
Other programs and opportunities to help pay for college exist for certain individuals. These include: Federal Work Study, Earn While You Learn, Veterans Assistance, Missouri Job Center, and more.
How to apply for financial aid
Our goal is to ease the financial stress that comes with a sea of paperwork and unanswered questions. We want to get you on your way to a great education as soon as possible. We can walk you through the process and answer your questions much easier in person; plus, we can point out any additional grants or scholarships for which you may qualify! It’s a win-win for everyone!
Step 1: Complete the FAFSA
All students applying for financial aid must fill out the FAFSA. Please go to the FAFSA Website and complete the form. If you need assistance completing the form, our financial aid staff is available to help.
When you fill out the FAFSA, make sure that you include our school code 042557 so we can determine what financial aid you are eligible for. We should receive your FAFSA information within 6-7 business days. Write down your FSA ID as you will need this for all future financial aid activity. It is a four digit code that will be given to you when you complete the FAFSA online.
You can complete a FAFSA at any time. However, applying on or before February 1st could make you eligible for priority state financial aid. There will be a second round (if funds are still available) with a deadline of April 1st.
Step 2: Schedule an Appointment with Financial Aid
Once you’ve completed the FAFSA, please make an appointment to visit with our financial aid staff for the next steps. We will go over which financial aid options are available, your eligibilities, and how to proceed from there.
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“At first I was kind of nervous about starting at such a small school because I’m not the type of person to get attached, but I do like the smaller school and the help that everyone is willing to offer. Wendy and Avril in Financial Aid guided me step by step through the loan process and directed me where to sign up for everything. They were more than willing to walk me through the whole process. There was never a problem with me just coming right up to the office and talking with them about something. One time, I was getting calls about student loans and I just wanted to make sure that it wasn’t a scam; I just walked up to the office and they were able to help me. Overall, Admissions and Financial Aid were very helpful when I came to the school, and they’re super accessible once you’re a student too.”
-Jessica King, LPN Class of 2017
- How does financial aid work?
First, complete a FAFSA at fafsa.gov. Make sure that you put our school code (042557) on your FAFSA so we will get your information. Then, set up an appointment with our Financial Aid office to discuss cost of program and the financial aid that may be available for you.Ask A Question
- Do you accept the A+ Scholarship?
We do not accept the A+ Scholarship, but we do accept other scholarships, grants, and loans. Just meet with the financial aid office and they will help you find aid.Ask A Question
- Do you assist with job placement for your grads?
Yes! Local healthcare facilities come to talk with our students during their program about job opportunities after graduation. We also notify our students and alumni of job fairs and job openings with facilities in the area.Ask A Question
- Can I still work while going to school?
That depends on you and your situation. Most of our students find it doable to work and go to school, but every person and their schedule is different.Ask A Question
- I have kids. Can I still go to school?
Absolutely! About 98% of our student population has children. It might take a little more work and planning, but they make it work and have different ways that they managed it all.Ask A Question