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Where Can Adult Students Search for Scholarships

Financial Aid is the key that unlocks the doors to higher learning for many adults, which is why knowing how to do a thorough scholarship search is a valuable skill. Unfortunately, most returning students take on their fair share of federal and private loans, unaware there are literally thousands of scholarships available if you know where to look. One of the best things you can do to eliminate the financial burden of college is to search for scholarships that will fund your tuition, and possibly your living expenses, to lower the overall cost of your continuing education. Read More…

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Medical Assisting Grant Now Available to New Students

Bryant & Stratton College has recently introduced an exciting educational grant program for new Medical Assisting students who begin their degree program in September 2016.

Students enrolling in the Medical Assisting associate degree at Bryant & Stratton College, this fall, now have another way to help pay for school.

New students enrolling in the Medical Assisting degree program may be eligible for up to $6,000 in grant funds that will be applied to their tuition cost. This grant provides students valuable savings as students complete some of the most important courses of their 60-credit associate degree in Medical Assisting.

The Medical Assisting associate degree program provides a high-quality education designed to propel graduating students into the medical assisting career field. In addition to academics, Bryant & Stratton College focuses on career-ready education as a cornerstone of this program.  Key employer feedback was utilized in determining the courses and career preparation which make up this degree program. A strong mix of classroom and lab work ensures student complete the program with a foundation in the theory and practice necessary to succeed as a Medical Assistant.

With the Medical Assisting grant, students will gain a decided financial advantage towards a degree program in an exciting, growing professional field.

Upon applying for the Medical Assisting program, students will work with their personal admissions and financial aid representatives to apply for the grant. If eligible, the grant will be applied to their tuition costs in separate increments as they complete the degree program, ensuring the tuition savings are spread across multiple semesters.

To learn more about this exciting grant program, call 1-888-836-9748 or apply today!

 

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Earn up to $6,000 in Grants Towards your Medical Assisting Degree!

Bryant & Stratton College has recently introduced an exciting educational grant program for new Medical Assisting students who begin their degree program in May 2016.

Qualifying students enrolling in our Medical Assisting associate degree program will be eligible for up to $6,000 in funds, which will be awarded through the Medical Assisting Opportunity Grant Program. This new grant provides students valuable savings as they pursue a rewarding degree in Medical Assisting. Read More…

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Important Announcement Regarding Loan Forgiveness Scam

There are several companies currently targeting Bryant & Stratton College students and alumni purporting to assist with student loan forgiveness and consolidation.  These companies are unlawfully using Bryant & Stratton College’s name, logo, and photographs to create the impression that Bryant & Stratton College has endorsed or supports their fraudulent student loan forgiveness program. Read More…

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Financial Aid: Tips for Nontraditional Students

Whether pursuing a degree for the first time, or returning to school in order to make a career change, more and more adult learners are enrolling in traditional and online degree programs. Many nontraditional students, a term that generally refers to students who are age 24 or older, assume that because of their status, they do not qualify for scholarships and federal aid. This is certainly not the case, as there are a wide variety of financial aid options available to adult learners. Here are some tips on how to acquire financial aid if you are a nontraditional student.  Read More…

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How to Find Scholarships to Pay for Your Degree

Hunting for additional funding to help pay for school can be a daunting task as determining the starting point is difficult. There are a great number of resources available to students searching for college scholarships. Here are five great methods to get the search for scholarships started: Read More…

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Five Common Financial Aid Pitfalls to Avoid

Preparing for college requires a lot of decision-making – from choosing a major, to deciding between traditional and online colleges. But for most students, deciding whether to apply for financial assistance is a no-brainer, as student financial aid is often a necessary step in paying for higher education.

In order to receive federal or state financial aid, you need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application might seem intimidating, but as long as you are aware of the common pitfalls, tackling the application process should be a breeze. Here are five mistakes to avoid in order to be sure that you receive the best financial aid package possible.   Read More…

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Financial Aid Checklist: Here’s what you need to get your funding

Before you hit the books, you have to be able to buy them. To do that, you can get started as early as April 16 of your school year. If your taxes are filed, you can get to work lining up your financial aid, said Jim Nolan, financial aid manager for Bryant & Stratton College.

“I definitely recommend they do it at least a month out (before classes start),” Nolan said. “A lot of times your books may be covered. So you want to get it processed and approved so you can order your books.”

The only official time constraint is you must file for aid within that student year, Nolan said.

The first step is requesting an electronic pin for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). That application measures your ability to pay for classes and determines what financial aid you may receive. You will also need:

  • The code for your college (Bryant & Stratton Online is 002678)
  • Bank statements and records of investments and untaxed income (if you have them)
  • Social Security number or Alien Registration Number
  • Your most recent federal income tax return, W-2s and other earnings records
  • Tax info from your parents if you’re still a dependent

It’s a fairly easy, online process, Nolan said. Read More…

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Key Points for Students Considering Employer Reimbursement

Going back to school as an adult brings up many questions, but perhaps the biggest one is “how am I going to pay for my degree?” Luckily student financial aid comes in many forms. Scholarships, grants, loans are all options but there is another way. Many employers offer tuition reimbursement programs that help employees pay for college.

Tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs vary from company to company but they typically focus on giving their employees the opportunity to develop or improve skills that will help them excel in their careers. The programs are beneficial to employees and employers alike. Employers are able to invest in employees so they have the types of skills that will help keep the company profitable. But, employees are the real winners. Tuition assistance programs help employees earn an education while having the cost partially or completely covered. Since going back to school also helps them learn new skills employees are able to become better at their jobs or prepare for career advancement.

But, tuition reimbursement programs aren’t free money. Companies design the programs to have some stipulations. Sometimes there are limits to how much a company will pay for the type of degree that’s being earned, designating different amounts for associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, graduate-level education and professional certificates. There may also be rules around what types of courses or degrees a program will cover. Many employers will only cover classes that are related to an employee’s current responsibilities while others may extend the offer to cover responsibilities of that are designed to position an employee for a promotion.

If you are thinking about going back to school, check in with your employer about tuition reimbursement options. If you aren’t sure where to start, below are a few questions that will help you figure out what is available and how it may benefit you. Read More…

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Illustrating the Financial Aid Process

Applying for and completing financial aid is an important part of the admissions process at Bryant & Stratton College Online. There are a number of steps that need to be completed and using the guidance offered by our financial aid staff can ensure that these steps are completed in a timely manner.

Since every individual’s financial situation is different, the process of completing financial aid is different as well. The graphic attached to this post should serve as an illustration of each step that needs to be taken as you go through financial aid. Some students will be required to submit more information than others (specifically at step four) but with the assistance of a financial aid advisor you can have that information submitted and processed quickly.

As you prepare to submit a FAFSA for the upcoming semester be sure to stay in constant contact with the financial aid department. This will ensure that the steps that you need to complete before receiving your award package are completed quickly and on time so you can receive a schedule well ahead of the first day of classes.

Note: If you right click and select “view image” you will be able to see the full size graphic.

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