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Admissions

You'll be thrilled to learn that students seeking a Bachelor's degree at Ashford may transfer up to 90 approved credits of previous coursework. Once you're enrolled, Ashford University will request your official transcripts and complete an evaluation to determine which credits are applicable to your program. Talk to an Enrollment Services Advisor to find out how your credits can transfer. Learn more here about transferring credits.

Please note that transferring credits is always subject to Ashford University transfer credit policies, and requires the submission of official transcripts. Your official transcripts will be evaluated to determine the credits that will apply toward an Ashford University degree program.

You will partner with a Financial Services Advisor to determine whether you can benefit from the various Financial Aid options offered. Financial Aid programs include Federal Direct Loans, the Federal PLUS Loan, and in some cases, the Federal Pell Grant.

Students who enroll in a Bachelor's degree program with zero transfer credits and stay continuously enrolled can expect to finish their degree in four years. Many students who transfer in a large number of credits from previous schools often graduate in a much shorter time frame. For example, if you transfer in 60 semester credits and stay continuously enrolled, you could finish in two years.

Courses run continuously, rather than in semesters. Typically, you take one course at a time and move on to the next course without a break. Opportunities to enroll and begin a course sequence in a degree program are available almost every week.

Online Associate's degrees require you to complete up to 67 credits, all program and course requirements, and maintain a minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA. You must earn a minimum of 18 credits at Ashford University.

Online Bachelor's degrees require you to complete 120 credits, all program/course requirements, and maintain a minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA. You must complete 30 upper-division credits, of which 18 credits must be from major coursework. You must also earn a minimum of 30 credits at Ashford University to meet the residency requirement.

Ashford's Master's degree programs have different credit requirements. For your Master's degree graduation requirements, please visit your specific degree's web page.

To find federal grants and loans for your degree, you must first fill out and submit the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your federal financial aid eligibility. There is no charge, and you do not have to be admitted to apply. But you must be enrolled before your funds will be applied toward tuition and fee costs. Ashford University's school code is 001881.

Please visit Scholarships.com and Fastweb.com for additional information on outside scholarships. You should always research additional grants and scholarships to help fund your education.

You may use Ashford's online application. If this is your first time applying to Ashford, you will need to register an account.

Visit the Ashford Admissions page, or call 866.711.1700 to speak with an Enrollment Services Advisor.

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Career Services

No, Career Services does not offer job or internship placement services. However, you can find a variety of job search and career planning assistance including informational webinars, live teleconferences, resume reviews, self-assessments, and individualized coaching. For more information regarding these services, please visit My Career: Career and Professional Development link located in your Student Portal

Three words – target, target, target. If a resume is one of the first impressions an employer will have of you as a professional, it is necessary to showcase relevant skills and qualifications on your resume through the use of key words. Tailoring your work experiences shows that you can fulfill the role and do the work.

A Career Services Specialist can help you write a resume and offer feedback, just email [email protected] to request resume writing assistance

There are several moving parts to a job search – your resume, where you are looking for job openings, your interviewing skills, your professional network, etc. Pinpointing what you may, or may not, be doing effectively in your job search often takes a professional, objective opinion. Ashford's Career Services Specialists are trained to work with you in your career planning and help you become more job-search savvy.

Visit "My Career," Ashford University's Career and Professional Development Center. Log into your Student Portal, then search under the careers image.

Once you connect with a Career Services Specialist, he or she will be able to provide you with custom career-planning assistance to help you reach your career goals. This assistance can include one-on-one coaching, resume reviews, or interview preparation. Review the career development process, and then visit My Career: Career and Professional Development link located in your Student Portal to help you manage your career plan.

Your degree can help open up a variety of career opportunities. To understand what types of careers are available to you, it is strongly recommended that you conduct industry and company research and gain practical experience either through volunteer or internship experience.

A Career Services Specialist can assist you with career exploration and developing a career plan that integrates the education you gain at Ashford University. Visit My Career: Career and Professional Development link located in your Student Portal for more career planning resources.

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Community Standards - Appeals

You have the right to appeal the outcome of any hearing. To appeal, you must complete the Appeal form and send it to Joseph Allen, Director of Student Development and Engagement, at [email protected]. You must send the appeal within three (3) business days of receipt of your hearing outcome letter. In the appeal letter, it is important that you specify the reasons why you are appealing and why you disagree with the hearing outcome.

The Student Community Standards office will contact you with a new Formal Hearing date and time along with the relevant evidence related to the misconduct.

The sanctions made by Ashford University will stand.

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Community Standards - Formal Hearing

Yes, you can have someone with you at the Formal Hearing. If you do wish to have someone available to you, please contact [email protected] at least two (2) business days before the hearing for prior approval.

 

You do not need to bring anything to the Formal Hearing. However, at least seven (7) business days prior to the hearing, you will receive the evidence relevant to the misconduct along with the date and time of the Formal Hearing by email.

Please plan on up to one hour for the Formal Hearing, though typically, a Formal Hearing will last less than 30 minutes.

For more serious cases of misconduct, the Student Community Standards office will schedule you for a Formal Hearing. The Formal Hearing involves the Student Community Standards Committee who reviews and addresses the misconduct. Like with Informal Hearings, Formal Hearings are conducted over the phone and are recorded.

Because Formal Hearings address issues of serious misconduct, more serious sanctions may apply. A sanction could include, but is not limited to, permanent expulsion, suspension, fines, educational projects, or restitution.

The Student Community Standards Committee will review the evidence and your statements and will determine if there was misconduct and, if there was, determine an appropriate sanction. The decision is governed by a majority vote.

Usually, you will have an opportunity to address the Student Community Standards Committee about the misconduct. The Student Community Standards Committee may also ask you some questions for clarification.

Attendance at a Formal Hearing is not required. You can submit a written statement instead of speaking on the phone. However, the Student Community Standards Committee may still move forward with a decision based on the evidence presented.

Please note that this page is designed to provide only an outline of various Student Community Standards policies and procedures. For a more in detailed description of any information provided on this page, please refer to the Student Rights and Responsibilities section of the Ashford University Academic Catalog.

The Student Community Standards office will contact you within seven (7) business days of the conclusion of the Formal Hearing by email.

The Student Community Standards Committee is comprised of faculty and senior administrators with Ashford University. The Student Community Standards Committee consists of at least three people to hear your case.

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Community Standards - Initial Proceedings

Depending on case volume, your availability, and the availability of the Student Community Standards Committee, times can vary. Typically, students are scheduled for an Informal or Formal Hearing within 30 days of the initial notice.

Read the email carefully to find out the details of the misconduct. Student Community Standards sends all communication through email, from [email protected], so it is important you check the email account you have on file with Ashford University regularly.

After receiving the letter, you must respond to Student Community Standards within two (2) business days addressing the violation.

If you do not respond within two (2) business days of receiving a letter, then an administrative hold is placed on your account until you participate in the conduct process.

Please refer to the Student Rights and Responsibilities section of the Ashford University Academic Catalog for more information.

In serious cases of misconduct, Student Community Standards will make preparations for you to attend a Formal Hearing with the Student Community Standards Committee. For less serious cases of misconduct, you may be asked to attend an Informal Hearing with a member of Student Development and Engagement.

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Community Standards - Student Disciplinary Process

Yes. Only certain Ashford University staff members have access to your student conduct records.

To comply with federal law, we retain student conduct records seven years from your last date of attendance.

The full details of the disciplinary process are located in the Student Rights and Responsibilities section of the Ashford University Academic Catalog.

The only way other schools will know about your student conduct record with Ashford is if you voluntarily provide the information or authorize the other school to view the information.

Employers must provide your written permission to access your disciplinary records with Ashford University.

A record of the incident stays with the Student Community Standards office and contains documents related to the student conduct issue(s) you had while you were an Ashford student.

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Community Standards - Informal Hearings

You do not need to bring anything with you to an Informal Hearing. However, at least two (2) business days prior to the hearing, you will receive the evidence relevant to the misconduct along with the date and time of the Informal Hearing by email.

Please plan on up to one hour for an Informal Hearing, though typically, an Informal Hearing will last less than 30 minutes.

For non-serious cases of misconduct, you may be scheduled for an Informal Hearing. An Informal Hearing is designed to be a non-adversarial discussion of the misconduct. All Informal Hearings are recorded and are conducted over the phone.

After the Informal Hearing, the Student Community Standards Specialist will decide if it is more likely than not you violated a Student Community Standard. Within two (2) business days of the Informal Hearing, the Student Community Standards Specialist will notify you by email of the decision.

The Student Community Standards Specialist will create an appropriate sanction based on the severity of the misconduct.

Failure to show up to an Informal Hearing could result in an administrative hold being placed on your account until you are available to speak with a Student Community Standards Specialist.

Please note that this page is designed to provide only an outline of various Student Community Standards policies and procedures. For a more in detailed description of any information provided on this page, please refer to the Student Rights and Responsibilities section of the Ashford University Academic Catalog.

The Student Community Standards office will contact you within two (2) business days of the conclusion of the Informal Hearing by email.

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Entrepreneurship Scholarship

No, per the Employee Handbook, they are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

The total scholarship award must be exhausted within twelve (12) months following the award date indicated in the scholarship award letter, or any remaining funds will be forfeited. The scholarship recipient must remain in continuous attendance (in an Active status category) to receive both portions of the Entrepreneurship Scholarship award.

Please see scholarship timeline calendar on http://www.ashford.edu/admissions/entrepreneurship_scholarship.htm for the various entry periods.

The Entrepreneurship Scholarship recipient will be notified with a scholarship award letter within 90 days of the close of the entry period.

a) Current students of Ashford University who are in good standing with respect to the Student Community Standards, as outlined in the current Ashford University Academic Catalog, and who are meeting satisfactory academic progress guidelines as defined by the applicable degree program [minimum 2.00 GPA (2.50 for BSHIM and BSN programs)]; 

b) Alumni of Ashford University who have graduated from Ashford within twelve (12) months of the start date of the Entry Period, who were in good standing with respect to the Student Community Standards, as outlined in the current Ashford University Academic Catalog, and who met satisfactory academic progress guidelines as defined by the applicable degree program [minimum 2.00 GPA (2.50 for BSHIM and BSN programs)]; and

c) Prospective students of Ashford University who are:

  • (i) Legal residents of the United States of America;
  • (ii) At least twenty-two (22) years of age or older as of the start date of the degree program, or be exempt from this requirement by meeting one of the exceptions listed in the Academic Catalog; and
  • (iii) Have a valid high school diploma or GED.

Yes, there will be additional scholarship entry periods throughout 2018. Check the scholarship timeline calendar for additional entry periods.

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Ashford University Experience

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General FAQs

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Graduation - After the Ceremony

If you need to prove that you have earned your degree for an employer or other third party, you can either provide them with a copy of your official transcripts (see “When will my official transcript reflect my degree awarded?”), or you can fill out an Enrollment Verification Request form, located in the Registrar Forms under My Forms in your Student Portal. Select Online Forms, then Forms to fill out the Enrollment Verification Request.

Review the Request for Recommendation instructions, located in the Registrar Forms under My Forms in your Student Portal. Please be aware that requests for recommendations are fulfilled at the instructor's discretion. Instructors may choose to fulfill a request right away, may require a longer timeline to write letters, or may decline to fulfill requests. You may direct questions concerning this process to your Student Advisor.

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Graduation - Attending

Not at this time. Seating is first come, first serve. We will notify you if the event becomes ticketed.

Please contact [email protected]. If you are requesting to change to an earlier commencement ceremony, you will be asked to complete a Commencement Exceptions form.

No; unfortunately Ashford University cannot and will not take responsibility for minors during any commencement event. Children under the age of 18 should always be accompanied by an adult.

Spring 2017: Please email the Office of Student Access and Wellness at [email protected] a minimum of two weeks prior to the ceremony.

For those individuals who need large print or Braille programs these will be available on a first come, first served basis, unless requested in advance. Assistive listening devices will also be available upon request. Please contact [email protected] regarding your needs.

"Graduation" is a process consisting of completing all academic requirements for your degree, settling all financial obligations, submitting the Petition to Graduate (PTG) form, and obtaining University approval.

"Commencement" refers to the ceremony, officiated by the President of the University, which is an opportunity for students to share the excitement and importance of their academic and honorable accomplishments.

You can find basic information on the Graduation page on the Ashford website.

No; because we are primarily an online university and it would be very difficult to arrange a rehearsal around thousands of travel schedules, there is no formal rehearsal.

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Graduation - Cap and Gown

Your cap will include a black tassel. Jostens also offers souvenir tri-colored tassels that you can order separately. Please note that you must wear the black tassel to the commencement ceremony.

All cap and gowns are ordered through a 3rd party vendor. You will receive communications about how to go about ordering your cap and gown in December. The cap and gown must be purchased by the deadline in order for you to be confirmed to attend the ceremony. View the current costs of the graduation regalia.

In order to maintain uniformity, only Ashford University caps and gowns, ordered from the approved vendor, may be worn. If you ordered an Ashford cap and gown for a previous ceremony and did not attend that ceremony, please email [email protected] for more information.

Students requesting official documentation to verify their intent to attend the commencement ceremonies being held in San Diego, CA must submit the Commencement Participation Verification Request form located on the Student Portal under 'Registrar Forms'. If the requested documentation will be sent to a foreign embassy or government to gain approval for family members to visit the United States for the ceremony, please ensure that you submit the form at least three weeks before the deadline to submit documentation to the embassy. Forms will be processed within 7-10 business days and documentation will be mailed out via standard United States Postal Service to the address indicated in section three (3) of the form. Ashford University can only provide documentation about the student's enrollment with the University and their intent to attend a commencement ceremony. We will not provide personal recommendations based on a student's character.

You will not be registered for the commencement ceremony. We cannot guarantee that you will be granted an extension. Please make it a priority to observe the posted deadlines. Please email [email protected] with any other questions.

Spring 2017: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 11:59 pm PST. Orders placed after this date will not be on the Spring 2017 participant list.

Please order your cap and gown as soon as possible. Cap and gowns must be ordered prior to March 15, 2017 in order to participate in the Spring 2017 ceremony. Orders placed after March 15, 2017 will not be included on the Spring 2017 participant list. Order your cap and gown.

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Graduation - Ceremony

The eligibility requirements for commencement participation are as follows:

Spring ceremony: Grad date is between January 1 and June 30

Fall ceremony: Grad date is between July 1 and December 31

7:30 am

The Spring 2018 ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2018. The event will take place at Viejas Arena located at 5500 Canyon Crest Dr., San Diego, CA 92182.

Please allow at least 20 minutes to walk to the arena from any parking area east of College Avenue. Please note that parking will be $15 cash only.

From east of College Avenue: Take I-8 west to College Avenue, then proceed south on College Avenue. At the first intersection of College/Alvarado Road, turn right onto Canyon Crest Drive, then west to Parking Structure 12.

From south of Montezuma Road: Take Route 94 or another east/west route to College Avenue north, then left on Montezuma Road, then right on 55th Street to Parking Structure 7.

From west of College Avenue: Take I-8 to College Avenue south, then right on Canyon Crest Drive to Parking Structure 12.

Alternate Route: Take I-8 to Fairmount Avenue, east on Montezuma Road to 55th Street, then left on 55th Street to Parking Structure 7.

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Graduation - City Guide

Yes, please check Commencement Hotel Rooms to make a hotel reservation.

The ceremony will take place on Sunday, October 2, 2016. Check in will begin at 8am. Procession to start at 9:30 am. Ceremony to commence at 10am. Please reference the Commencement Newsletter for a detailed schedule of events.

Ashford University has negotiated special rates for students and their guests. Please check Commencement Hotel Rooms.

San Diego International Airport (SAN)

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Graduation - Cost and Ceremony Information

Upon processing of your Petition to Graduate, your account will be charged the $150 graduation fee. At that time, you can pay the fee in your Student Portal or you may contact your Student Advisor to make payment arrangements. Despite what may be reflected on your student portal ledger card, federal student aid funds cannot be used to pay this fee.

Yes, the graduation fee does not correspond to the commencement ceremonies. The fee is a program requirement for all students and covers the cost of your official transcripts, the processing, printing, packaging, and shipping of your diploma, and the final audit of your degree.

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Graduation - Diploma

No; commencement is a celebration of your anticipated graduation, and you do not receive your actual diploma at commencement. Your degree becomes official when it is posted to your transcript, not by your participation in commencement.

Your degree will be conferred and your diploma and transcripts will be released once you have met all degree requirements including, but not limited to, credits earned, GPA, examinations, and balances paid in full. Diplomas are generally ordered within 30 days of completion of all program requirements and payment of all related tuition and fees. Once the diploma is ordered, it will take six to eight weeks to arrive. Diplomas, certificates, and transcripts will be withheld until all accounts at the University are paid in full. Diplomas will not be issued at the graduation ceremony. Once orders are placed, mailing addresses cannot be changed. Please make sure your address is up to date and accurate before finishing your last course. Your diploma will state your name as indicated on your Petition to Graduate form, your major, your graduation date and any honors you may have earned. Any applicable specializations or minors you've earned will not appear on your diploma, but will be indicated on your transcript. The date of degree conferral recorded on your diploma will reflect the date you complete all course requirements.

No, you will receive a purple leather diploma cover with a letter from the President of the University. Your diploma will be shipped to you when you complete all degree requirements, as specified in the Academic Catalog.

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Graduation - Diplomas and Transcripts

Once your degree is awarded, within 2 weeks, one electronic official transcript will be emailed to your current email address on file. You can order additional official Ashford University transcripts at $10 per copy, using a major credit card. Click here for additional transcripts information.

Students requesting to have their diploma and/or transcripts notarized by an Ashford University official must mail the Diploma/Transcript Notarization Request form along with the requested documents to the mailing address indicated on the form. This form can be found on your Student Portal under ‘Registrar Forms’. If multiple copies of the documents need to be notarized, the official requests for duplicate documents must be submitted and fully processed by the Registrar’s Office before the notarization process can proceed. All documents to be notarized must be mailed with the form in order to complete the request.

Please note: Ashford University cannot have your documents attested by any state or government body. Once the document has been notarized by the University, it will be mailed to the address indicated on the form, where it will be the student’s responsibility to have the document attested if needed.

Please fill out the Request for Replacement/Duplicate Diploma form and send it to [email protected]. Payment for the duplicate diploma can be made by calling 1.866.974.5700 x20066.

Ashford University diplomas are 8½ inches by 11 inches.

Degree completion is recorded on your official transcript within 30 days after completion of all program requirements including, but not limited to, credits earned, GPA, examinations, student teaching, internships, and balances paid in full. Transcripts will not be released until your account balance is paid in full, including all acquired balances and the graduation fee.

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Graduation - Honor Students

No; this idea is a very common misconception. All students are required to order and pay for their own cap and gown before the expressed deadline.

Yes; students who qualify for academic honors or who are in an Ashford University Honor Society may pick up their designated cords or stoles at commencement Check-In. There is no cost to the student for honor cords and stoles.

Academic honors are achieved by attaining an overall GPA for 3.50 or greater. Undergraduate candidates, who achieve an overall GPA of 3.50 or higher according to the official University criteria, will graduate:

  • Cum Laude: 3.50 - 3.69
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.70 - 3.89
  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.90 and above
  • Academic honors are signified at commencement by wearing a stole around the neck.

Honor Societies are exclusive groups that students are invited to join, based on a number of qualifications. Ashford sponsors chapters for the following societies:

  • Alpha Sigma Lambda
  • Golden Key
  • SALUTE
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Delta Alpha Pi
  • Sigma Beta Delta

Honor societies are signified at commencement by wearing a braided cord around the neck.

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Graduation - Petition

Participation in the ceremony will no longer require the Petition to Graduate form to be submitted. The mandatory requirement will be the purchase of the cap and gown. You will need to register on the regalia website prior to checking out for your cap and gown order. It is on the registration form that you will check the ceremony box that you wish to attend.

If you have already graduated, notify the University by emailing [email protected] that you would like to attend, and they can update your file.

Yes, all students must submit the PTG form in order to graduate, regardless of their plans to attend commencement. The PTG provides the University with important graduate information, including how you would like your name displayed on your diploma, and the address where you would like to receive your diploma.

It is possible that your form was not properly transmitted. Please email [email protected] first and alert us that you have not heard back. Do not resubmit a new form until the graduation committee gets back to you.

Participation in the ceremony will no longer require the Petition to Graduate form to be submitted. The mandatory requirement will be the purchase of the cap and gown.

Spring 2017: You should receive the first email with cap and gown ordering information in December 2016. If you do not receive this email, please confirm with the Registrar Department that you are cleared to attend the ceremony by emailing [email protected].

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Graduation - Time and Priorities

Your Student Advisor will be happy to assist you.

The Petition to Graduate form should be submitted within 4-5 months before your estimated graduation date. Your Student Advisor will notify you once this has occurred and let you know that you qualify to submit your petition. If you plan to attend the upcoming commencement ceremony, specific deadlines to submit the petition for each ceremony can be found on the Graduation Information page. Petitions received after the deadlines will be forwarded to the next commencement ceremony date.

Your degree will be conferred and your diploma and transcripts will be released once you have met all degree requirements including, but not limited to, credits earned, GPA, examinations, student teaching, internships, and balances paid in full. Diplomas are generally ordered within 30 days of completion of all program requirements and payment of all related tuition and fees. Once the diploma is ordered, it will take six to eight weeks to arrive. Diplomas, certificates, and transcripts will be withheld until all accounts at the University are paid in full. Diplomas will not be issued at the graduation ceremony. Once orders are placed, mailing addresses cannot be changed. Please make sure your address is up to date and accurate before finishing your last course. Your diploma will state your name as indicated on your Petition to Graduate, your major, your graduation date and any honors you may have earned. Any applicable specialization or minors you've earned will not appear on your diploma, but will be indicated on your transcript. The date of degree conferral recorded on your diploma will reflect the date you complete all course requirements.

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Military

No. You can enroll in an online Associate's or Bachelor's degree program at Ashford University if you meet all of our admission requirements, even if you have never attended a college or university before.

No, you get to choose when and where to log in for participation in your class, which allows you to fit your class requirements into your busy schedule. Your online classroom takes place in an asynchronous environment, which means that you are free to participate at your own pace, so long as you meet the minimum attendance and academic participation requirements for your courses.

Students taking online courses at Ashford are expected to attend every week of the course. Attendance is defined as posting in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment, journal entry, quiz, or exam. In most cases, you should expect to academically participate in your course at least two times per week. Failure to meet academic participation requirements may negatively impact an assignment or course grade. 

In addition, you must meet minimum attendance requirements. Students enrolled in undergraduate introductory courses must attend at least once in any seven consecutive day period. Students enrolled in non-introductory courses must attend at least once in any fourteen consecutive day period in order toa void being administratively withdrawn. 

Failure to meet academic participation requirements may negatively impact an assignment and/or course grade.

Yes, Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wascsenior.org. You can find the current list of other regionally accredited colleges by WSCUC on that website.

Regional accreditation is more widely recognized than national accreditation. Regionally accredited schools place a different emphasis on their coursework in comparison to nationally accredited schools that focus on trade and vocational offerings.

You will have your own personal Military Enrollment Services Advisor who will support you through the entire process, and to whom you can direct your questions. You will find all your instructors very understanding, supportive, and easy to contact. Since Ashford University's online degree programs are specifically designed for adult learners, these academic support systems are built in to help you succeed in your classes.

Call us today toll-free at 1.800.877.1192. An experienced Military Enrollment Services Advisor is ready for your call.

If you are eligible for Military Tuition Assistance and/or veterans education benefits, you will have the opportunity to work with one of our experienced Military Financial Services Advisors to move through the process. 

To determine your eligibility for military tuition assistance please consult your base education office. While you are there, many education offices provide scholarship and grant information specifically created for service members, spouses and DoD employees. 

If you find you still need additional assistance, Ashford's Military Financial Services Advisors can determine whether you can benefit from the various financial aid options offered. Financial aid programs include the Federal Stafford Loan, the Federal PLUS Loan and in some cases, the Federal Pell Grant.

Yes, Ashford University recognizes your experience. Talk to your Military Enrollment Services Advisor to see how much credit your experience is worth.  

There are three ways to apply transfer credits toward your degree program. 1) Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) allows you to earn credit for college-level learning that occurs outside a traditional classroom. 2) Transfer up to 75 credits* from approved national testing programs such as CLEP (College Level Exam Program) and DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests). 3) Military and training experience is of great value and may also help you get closer to a degree. Transfer up to 75 military credits* to Ashford University where experience in the military is recognized. * Transferring credits is always subject to Ashford University transfer credit policies and requires the submission of official transcripts. The official transcripts will be evaluated to determine the credits that will officially apply toward an Ashford University degree program.

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Online FAQs

To preview, visit the Ashford Experience. Your online courses take place in Ashford University's online platform. The online learning platform is an asynchronous environment, meaning that you can log in at any time at your convenience. You will communicate with your instructor and fellow students, talk about diverse topics via discussion boards, read assigned texts, access course digital materials, and submit your assignments all through the online learning platform.

To request a transcript from Ashford University, please visit the Transcript Request page. If you were a student at the former Bridgepoint Education / TeleUniversity, dba Charter Learning / Advanced Learning Network and need to request an official transcript, please complete and return a transcript request form.

No matter where you live, you are invited to participate in commencement ceremonies. You are responsible for arranging your own travel and accommodations. Remember that all students are required to submit the appropriate paperwork to graduate. Visit the graduation page to learn more.

You'll find the affordable cost per credit hour is much less than most traditional private universities and colleges, whether on campus or online.

Learn more about online tuition and fees.

Yes, Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wascsenior.org. You can find the current list of other regionally accredited colleges by WSCUC on that website.

Regional accreditation is more widely recognized than national accreditation. Regionally accredited schools place a different emphasis on their coursework in comparison to nationally accredited schools that focus on trade and vocational offerings.

Yes! One way is to transfer in credits from previous coursework. You may also choose to take two classes at once if you meet the requirements of our Concurrent Courses Registration Policy. Work with your Enrollment Services Advisor and Student Advisor to learn more about this option or reference the Academic Catalog for more information.

Another way to speed your success is to turn your work and life experience into transferable credits through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). From work training, workshops, and other sources, you can earn credit for nontraditional learning experiences. You may transfer in up to 30 PLA credits into a Bachelor's degree program. The PLA Documentation Guide will provide you with more information.

A good source for general salary expectations is O*NET OnLine, which is sponsored by the US Bureau of Labor.

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Senior Project Scholarship

No, per the Employee Handbook, they are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

The Senior Project Scholarship award is $5,000, which will be split into two equal awards of $2,500 each. This scholarship may only be applied toward future tuition costs in any Forbes School of Business & Technology Master’s degree program.

The Senior Project Scholarship recipients will be selected by a scholarship committee comprised of Ashford University Forbes School of Business & Technology faculty members and Forbes Media leadership. The committee will select recipients based on criteria outlined in the application materials, which include a one page letter of intent to enroll in a Forbes School of Business & Technology Master’s program, the original paper submitted within the Capstone course for online students or the Senior Project for Clinton campus students, along with grade point average criteria, and graduation timeline eligibility.*

*See the Senior Project application page for details.

Access the scholarship application here. Applicants should fill in all required fields, attach their essay, and click the Submit button. Applicants who submit multiple entries will be disqualified.

Submission dates: February 1 - August 1, 2018

The Senior Project Scholarship recipients will be notified with a scholarship award letter within 90 days of the close of the entry period.

a) Current students of Ashford University who are in good standing with respect to the Student Community Standards, as outlined in the current Ashford University Academic Catalog, and who have a grade point average of 3.20 or higher, and have completed their Forbes School of Business & Technology Capstone Course at the time of application;

b) Alumni of Ashford University who have graduated from Ashford within twelve (12) months of the start date of the Entry Period; and

There will only be one scholarship period within 2018.

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Smartphone & Tablet

On smartphone and tablet devices, you can select icons on the top left side of the home page to open additional options.

From the Ashford Mobile App home screen, select the Menu button and touch your name at the top of the menu to open your Student Profile. At the bottom of your Student Profile, touch "My Finances" to display. You will be taken to your "FA Status" page, which displays a summary of your financial aid activities for the last year. The icon informs you of how many new/unread activities are associated with your account(s). Touch the "Account Info" button to view a summary of your account activities for the last 30 days.

On your tablet, select the ( person icon) icon in the upper right hand corner of the Home Page. Touch the "Account Info" button to view a summary of your account's activities for the last 30 days. Touch the "Financial Aid Status" button to view a summary of your financial aid activities for the last year.

From the Ashford Mobile App home screen, click on the Options icon located near the top of the screen. Touch the default image (icon3). Here you may choose an existing photo by selecting "From Album," take and upload a new photo by selecting "Take Pic" or remove an uploaded image by selecting "Clear Pic." You can use your digital Student ID for discounts at participating retailers.

From the Ashford Mobile App home screen, click on the Options icon located near the top of the screen and select Contacts. To contact an Instructor or Advisor by email, touch the envelope icon. To contact by phone, touch the phone number below the individual's name and title. Note: You may need to scroll down to view full list of contact options.

From the Ashford Mobile App home screen, select the Menu icon and touch "Help Center" to directly call technical support, read FAQs, or to provide feedback.

From your Ashford Mobile App home screen, select the course in which you want to add a discussion post. Once you've entered the classroom, select the Menu icon near the top of the screen and then tap on “To-Do List.” Select the desired discussion from the chronological listing. From the discussion screen, tap on “Submissions,” then “Go to Discussion.” To post a primary response, enter your text/content into the text bar at the bottom of the screen. To reply to a student, tap on the desired discussion thread and enter your reply within the text box at the bottom of the screen.

Note: To easily identify and distinguish your discussion posts from your classmates', your post(s) will always appear with your name in orange, while your classmates' will always appear as purple.

From the Ashford Mobile App home screen, select the Menu icon. Touch your name to open your Student Profile or select the (person icon ) icon. Touch "Set Signature" to display. Selecting this button allows you to set your personal signature, which will appear in the Discussion Boards. Note: Faculty will be able to add their names, titles, and emails to their signatures.

From your device, launch the application by selecting the "Ashford Mobile" icon. Enter your username and password and touch the "Sign In" button. Your User ID and password are the same as your Student Portal login information.

Select the Menu or (menu icon) icon and touch "Sign Out." When prompted, select "Yes" to securely sign out of the Ashford Mobile App.

From the Ashford Mobile App home screen, tap on the Menu icon. Select Past Courses or Future Courses. Select the course you want to view.

You can view your current course by tapping on the Current Course link on the Ashford Mobile App home screen. To view previous or future courses, go to the Ashford Mobile App home screen and tap on the Menu icon. Select Past Courses or Future Courses. Select the course you want to view.

News and Alerts are university-related news and Student Portal alerts delivered conveniently to your device. You can view News and Alerts on the Ashford Mobile App home screen or by touching the Menu icon and selecting the "News and Alerts" link. Select either "Alerts" or "News" at the top of the screen. To view more content, scroll up and down. To see a fuller view of the message, touch the news/alert you would like to view.

In order to access the most recent version of the Ashford Mobile App, please visit your app store and select "Update." Note: If "Update" is not available, sign out of the app, uninstall it from your device and visit your app store to reinstall.

Your Student Profile within the Ashford Mobile App allows you to view your degree program, expected graduation date, GPA, and required, completed, and scheduled credits. You can also view and create your digital Student ID card and view your Financial Information. To access your Student Profile from the Ashford Mobile App home screen, click the Menu icon and then click your name at the top of the menu screen.

If you forget your password, touch on the "Forgot Password?" link on the login screen. To reset your password, please complete all the steps on the reset password page. A valid password must have both upper and lowercase characters, include numbers, be at least eight characters long, and be no longer than 28 characters. Your password CANNOT contain your Student ID.p>

The Ashford Mobile App allows you to use your Smartphone or Tablet device to read and respond to discussions, access grades and assignments, get instructor guidance, check degree progress, and access your financial account ledger.

This app is free to all online students (and faculty) enrolled at Ashford University and can be downloaded in your app store. If you are not enrolled at Ashford University, please visit www.ashford.edu to learn more about our online degree programs.

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Tuition - Application Process for Financial Aid

You are only eligible for a credit balance stipend if you have excess financial aid funds left over from your award after tuition and applicable fees have been satisfied. You may also contact your Student Advisor for confirmation of credit balance stipend eligibility once your financial aid disbursement has posted to your student account at the University.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer overnight mail. If expedited delivery is necessary, signing up for direct deposit is your best option.

Be sure to have all of your paperwork completed and submitted at the same time. If you need to submit additional paperwork to process your aid, your prompt return of requested materials will expedite the process. Changes in your course schedule start date can impact your financial aid. The sooner you complete the financial aid process, the sooner you will know if additional documentation is needed and receive your award letter. Please note that funds will not be distributed until you are enrolled and attending class.

The University provides a convenient online process for completing your financial aid. This process includes all required financial aid forms, options for electronically signing your application and links to complete any additional documents. If you are currently enrolled, you may begin the financial aid application process right away.

Ashford University encourages its students to borrow responsibly. When reviewing the costs of attendance budgets students are strongly encouraged to borrow only what they need.

To be considered for any type of financial aid (including Pell Grants and Direct Loans), you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov for the appropriate aid year; add Ashford University (Title IV School Code: 001881) as one of the schools on the FAFSA; and submit the FAFSA. In addition to the FAFSA, a Master Promissory Note (MPN), and Entrance Loan Counseling (ELC) will need to be completed on the Student Loans Government website, studentloans.gov Other institutional forms are required in order to complete the financial aid process. These forms can be completed once admitted and enrolled.

 

Once you have been admitted to the University, you will be given access to an online financial aid website, SFAonline. You can complete your documents by accessing SFAonline at www.sfaonline.com. This site will direct you to complete your Personal Identification Number (PIN) registration, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application, Master Promissory Note (MPN), Entrance Loan Counseling, the Institutional Financial Aid Application, and the optional Student Account Authorization Form. If you are notified that additional documents are being requested, you can also complete those by logging into SFAonline. You may also upload any requested documents through SFAonline by accessing the My Documents page.

Packaging your financial aid may occur upon receipt of a valid Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR). It is expected that all your awards will be reviewed for accuracy prior to sending notification. It takes approximately 8 weeks after your start date or 8 weeks after all of your financial aid documents are completed properly and are on file, whichever comes later, for your eligibility to be determined. You will soon thereafter receive a notification by email stating that your award letter is available to view in your student portal. This award letter will include details of your awarded amount of any federal student aid in which you are eligible, along with tentative disbursement dates.

If you are eligible for a credit balance stipend and do not have a checking account, you may choose to receive paper checks through the mail as your disbursement method. Checks however will not bear the Ashford University logo, but will bear a TMS logo instead. Checks will also have the return address of TMS's corporate office in Minnetonka, Minnesota. TMS mails paper checks from Minnetonka, Minnesota no more than three (3) business days after the credit balance stipend appears on your student ledger in the Student Portal, excluding holidays. Transit time may vary. This disbursement method is the default option if you do not choose the direct deposit option in your Student Portal. No action is needed on your part to choose this method.

The FAFSA is a lengthy form and can be complicated. It is important to read the instructions prior to completing the form. If additional help is needed, call 1.800.4FEDAID or your Financial Services Advisor.

When Ashford University provides any eligible credit balance to a student it is referred to as a "stipend." Please note that the primary goal in financial aid is to help students secure enough funding from all sources, including federal, private and other to cover tuition and fees. Federal regulations allow aid and resources up to the amount of the student's calculated Cost of Attendance (COA). Funds beyond direct costs (tuition, books, supplies, fees, and occasionally Room and Board if contracted by the school) will create a credit balance on the student's account. A stipend should still be used for educationally related expenses.

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA determines basic eligibility for financial aid and establish financial need based on the Expected Family Contribution it provides. You must complete this federal form to be considered for most state and federal financial aid. The application process is the same for undergraduate and graduate students. Additional documents may or may not be needed to complete your file or to process your application information. If additional documentation is required, you will be notified.

Entrance Loan Counseling is a 30 minute session completed online at studentloans.gov and provides students with information regarding how the student loan process works as well as how to manage educational expenses. All students taking out Direct Subsidized Loans or Direct Unsubsidized Loans are required to complete entrance loan counseling. You will need your Federal Student Aid PIN (if you do not have a Federal Student Aid PIN, visit pin.ed.gov) in order to sign and complete your session.

 

Service Number: 1.800.307.6347
Hours: Monday - Friday, 5:00 am – 7:00 pm (PT)

The Master Promissory Note (MPN) essentially opens a line of credit for your educational expenses during your academic career. You may only need to sign one MPN for your entire academic career as it remains valid for ten years from the date it is signed. When you sign an MPN, you promise to repay your student loan(s). The note also includes important language about your rights and responsibilities as a borrower. The MPN can expire if your first loan disbursement is not received within 12 months after you signed your note.

Verification is a process used to ensure the information provided by you on your FAFSA is accurate. This process requires you to submit certain required documentation verifying income, household size, number in college, and certain untaxed income. Upon completing your FAFSA, you will be notified if you are required to submit verification documentation.

You can check your Student Portal for financial aid disbursement and credit balance stipend transactions. If you have further questions, contact your Student Advisor.

Per federal guidelines, Universities can't apply more than $200 from your current award year aid toward prior year balances. So there may be an occasion where Ashford University may send you a stipend and you still have an outstanding balance due to the University. Please note that you are responsible for paying any outstanding balance(s) and you may be removed from class if your outstanding balance is not taken care of.

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Tuition - Eligibility to Apply

Yes, but please note the requirement to register with the Selective Service applies to males who were born on or after January 1, 1960, are between the ages of 18 and 25 years old, are a permanent resident or US citizen, and not currently on active duty in the US Armed Forces. You may give the Selective Service permission to register you by checking a box on the FAFSA. You may also register through the Internet at www.sss.gov or call 1.847.688.6888. TTY users may call 1.847.688.2567. If you are over 26 years old and have not registered with the Selective Service, please contact your Financial Services Advisor.

The amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive will be based on:

  • your FAFSA results;
  • established minimums and maximums of financial aid programs;
  • distribution formulas based on University, state and federal guidelines; and
  • financial need*

*Most student financial aid funds are awarded based on a financial need. The exceptions to this include Direct Unsubsidized loans and all Federal PLUS Loans.

The amount of money that you will be awarded depends on a variety of factors including but not limited to income level, household size, grade level, and cost of attendance. In general, you should be awarded the maximum yearly loan limits for your particular grade level in a combination of subsidized and unsubsidized loans depending on your eligibility and on your expected family contribution (EFC) unless you request a lesser amount.

 

If you are an undergraduate student:

  • $5,500 to $12,500 per year in Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans depending on certain factors, including your year in college and dependency status

If you are a graduate student:

  • Up to $20,500 each year in Direct Unsubsidized Loans
  • The remainder of your college costs not covered by other financial aid in Direct PLUS Loans (Note: A credit check is required for a PLUS loan)
  • If you are a parent of a dependent undergraduate student:
  • The remainder of your child’s college costs that are not covered by other financial aid (Note: A credit check is required for a parent loan)

Any Subsidized award within your current grade level amount that you are not eligible for can usually be made up for and awarded in the form of Unsubsidized funds

For you to receive federal financial aid, including loans and grants, there are various eligibility requirements. To fulfill these requirements, you must:

  • demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA and federal methodology*;
  • have a high school diploma or equivalent**;
  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student;
  • be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • have a valid Social Security number;
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress;
  • provide all required documentation if selected for Verification by the US Department of Education
  • register with the Selective Service, if required; and
  • cannot be in default on a federal student loan or owe an overpayment on a federal student grant.

*Most financial aid funds are awarded on the basis of financial need. The exceptions to this include the Direct Unsubsidized loans and all Federal PLUS loans. **If no high school degree was earned, applicants who have successfully passed a General Education Development (GED) Test or completed at least a two-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor's degree from an appropriately accredited postsecondary institution as defined by Ashford University transfer credit policies, may be admitted and meet this eligibility criteria.

*If no high school degree was earned, applicants who have successfully passed a General Education Development (GED) Test or completed at least a two-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor's degree from an appropriately accredited postsecondary institution as defined by Ashford University transfer credit policies, may be admitted and meet this eligibility criteria.

Students are classified as dependent or independent because federal student aid programs are based on the idea that students and their families, if applicable, have the primary responsibility for paying for their post-secondary education.

For the 2013-2014 aid year, you will be considered an independent student if you can answer 'yes' to at least one of the following questions:

  • Were you born before January 1, 1990?
  • As of today, are you married?
  • At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, will you be working on a Master's or Doctorate program (such as an MA, MBA, MD, JD, PhD, EdD, or graduate certificate, etc.)?
  • Are you currently serving on active duty in the US Armed Forces for purposes other than training?
  • Are you a veteran of the US Armed Forces?
  • Do you have children who will receive more than half of their support from you between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014?
  • Do you have dependents (other than your children or spouse) who live with you and who receive more than half of their support from you, now and through June 30, 2014?
  • At any time since you turned the age 13, were both of your parents deceased, were you in foster care, or were you a dependent or ward of the court?
  • As determined by a court in your state of legal residence, are you or were you an emancipated minor?
  • As determined by a court in your state of legal residence, are you or were you in legal guardianship?
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2010, did your high school or school district homeless liaison determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless?
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2010, did the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless?
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2010, did the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?

If you can answer "Yes" to any of the questions above, then you are considered an independent student and information about your parents is not required on the FAFSA.

If you are considered a dependent student, your parents must answer the parental questions on the FAFSA.

If you have a special circumstance that prevents you from providing parental information you may be able to submit your FAFSA. However, your FAFSA will be incomplete. You must contact your Financial Services Advisor and provide them with documentation to verify your situation.

Any student who has filed for bankruptcy protection within the past seven (7) years may be determined to be ineligible for federal financial aid by the US Department of Education. A student interested in using financial aid as a payment option upon re-entry or upon reapplication to the University may be required to do so as a secondary payment option and deferment of tuition and fee payment will not apply. The student may be required to pay any tuition and fee balance in full on an as-incurred basis.

You are not eligible to receive any financial aid if you are currently in default or are in an overpayment status on a federal grant or loan until your default or overpayment is resolved. To resolve your default or overpayment status, you may check your student loan information through the Department of Education's National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) at nslds.ed.gov. You must have your federal PIN to access this site. You may rehabilitate defaulted loans by making satisfactory payment arrangements with your lender or by consolidating your loans.

If you feel that you have unusual circumstances regarding your dependency or financial status or are unsure about your dependency or financial status, please contact your Financial Services Advisor. Please note that the unusual circumstances must have caused a drastic and significant change in your household income. If your circumstances warrant a change in your dependency status, it can be changed based on the documentation you provide.

A consolidation loan allows student and parent borrowers to simplify their loan repayments by allowing the borrower to consolidate several types of federal student loans with various repayment schedules into one loan (with only one payment per month).

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Tuition - Financial Aid

Interest is money paid to the lender in exchange for borrowing money. In the case of federal student loans, the U.S. Department of Education is the lender. Interest rates are determined by Congress and are calculated as a percentage of the unpaid principal amount (loan amount) borrowed. Interest rates vary depending on the loan type and the disbursement date of the loan. The U.S. Department of Education provides an updated table of interest rates on its website.

Financial aid plans are provided through the Federal Pell, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), or the Direct Lending program (Subsidized loans for undergraduate students only, Unsubsidized loans, and Federal PLUS loans). Ashford University encourages its students to borrow responsibly. When reviewing the costs of attendance budgets, students are strongly encouraged to borrow only what they need.

Financial aid encompasses any resource that you receive which assists you with paying for college expenses. When choosing to apply for financial aid, you may apply for loans and grants (if applicable). Student loans are low interest loans that must be repaid, generally after graduation or when you withdraw from school. Loans are also available to parents of dependent students. Grants and scholarships are types of aid that do not need to be repaid unless, for example, you withdraw from school and financial aid funds must be returned to the Federal Government, or are unable to meet the terms of the grant. Your eligibility for grants and scholarships will always be considered first before any eligible loans, and you're encouraged to accept any grants and scholarships that you are offered.

The University provides a convenient online process for completing your financial aid. This process includes all required financial aid forms, options for electronically signing your application, and links to complete any additional documents. If you are currently enrolled, you may begin the financial aid application process right away.

Financial aid applicants must provide Ashford University with all documents required to complete the verification and certification of federal financial aid funds. If you fail to supply the documents or are unable to qualify for federal financial aid, you will be responsible for any outstanding balances incurred and must select another payment option. Continuous attendance with no breaks greater than 14 calendar days is required to retain disbursed federal financial aid funds, unless you are on an officially approved break from the University.

Federal Pell Grants
A Pell Grant is awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree and have financial need. Pell Grants provide a foundation of financial aid for many students to which other aid may be added. When you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), your eligibility for a Pell Grant is automatically determined. The U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula to evaluate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) amount. The amount a student receives depends on the EFC, cost of attendance, and enrollment status. Pell Grants are limited each award year in amount depending upon Pell Grant program funding and a maximum per student amount and is set by the federal government.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
An FSEOG is awarded only to undergraduate students who have exceptional financial need. Priority is given to students who have received a Federal Pell Grant. The amount a student receives depends on the level of need, the amount of available FSEOG funding available at the institution, and the policies of the financial aid department at the school. Each year a maximum amount that each student may receive in the form of a FSEOG is specified. These grants will be awarded to the neediest and eligible students. A school's packaging philosophy must ensure that FSEOG funds are reasonably available to students who enroll throughout the year. Funds can be reserved throughout the award year (based upon institutional experience form previous periods) to ensure that selection criteria are consistently applied. Ashford University may use priority awarding deadlines and historical experience to ensure that those students with exceptional financial need receive priority in receiving FSEOG funds.

Federal Direct Loans
There are two main categories of federal Direct Loans, subsidized loans (need based) and unsubsidized loans (non-need based). Students generally begin repaying these low-interest loans six months after graduation or following withdrawal from school. Loans are also available to the parents of dependent students.

Direct Subsidized Loan
Available to undergraduate students only, these need-based loans are awarded to families to assist with educational expenses.

  • U.S. Department of Education acts as the lender; loan is federally insured
  • Loan available to students enrolled at least half-time and demonstrate financial need
  • Student is usually not charged interest on the loan during certain periods

Direct Unsubsidized Loan

Available to graduate and undergraduate students, these loans are non-need based, meaning financial need is not required.

  • U.S. Department of Education acts as the lender; loan is federally insured
  • The federal government does not pay interest on the loan. Interest begins to accrue as of the date of the first disbursement of the loan
  • Loan available to students enrolled at least half-time
  • Students have the option of paying the interest while they are in school or waiting until the principal repayment plan begins.

Direct PLUS Loan

A Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is a loan borrowed by the parents of the student. Parents can borrow up to the total cost of attendance minus any other financial aid received.

  • U.S. Department of Education acts as the lender; loan is federally insured
  • Parents are responsible for the interest that begins to accrue as of the date of the first disbursement of the loan
  • Repayment of a PLUS loan generally begins on the date of the last disbursement of the loan and may extend for 10 years; however, parents do have the option of delaying repayment until six months after their dependent student is no longer enrolled at least half-time
  • Borrower must not have negative credit history

Grad PLUS

PLUS for graduate/professional students allows graduate/professional students to borrow a PLUS loan up to cost of attendance (COA) minus other aid.

  • There is no grace period for a Grad PLUS loan and interest accrues on the loan from the point of disbursement
  • Repayment begins on the date of the last disbursement of the loan, however, while enrolled in school on at least a half-time basis, you are eligible for an in-school deferment that allows you to postpone payments on your Grad PLUS Loan until you graduate or separate from school

GRANTS

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
This grant is available to students whose parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan following the events of September 11, 2001. Students applying for this grant must meet several criteria, which are listed at the U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid website

RN to BSN Grant
If you start in Ashford’s RN to BSN program between now and June 30, 2018, you will be eligible for a grant that reduces tuition for all undergraduate courses to $250 per credit (a $202/credit savings) for your entire BSN program.

The RN to BSN Grant may not be combined with any other Ashford University grants, scholarships, or discounts. If you are eligible for the Ashford Military Grant or Full Tuition Grant, you are not eligible for the RN to BSN Grant. For full details, please review the official terms and conditions of the grant.

As a first-time degree-seeking student at Ashford University, you qualify to be admitted under the Ashford Promise. This conditional admission policy allows you to attend up to three weeks of your first course with no financial obligation. During this period, Ashford University will assess whether you meet the basic academic requirement to be successful at our institution. You also have the opportunity to assess whether or not Ashford University is the right fit for you. If you are denied admission or choose not to continue in the first course, you will not be responsible for any tuition and fees incurred during the conditional admission period, and all charges will be reversed.

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Tuition - Other Important Resources

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
To apply for financial aid, call 800.433.3243

US Department of Education PIN
To apply for a PIN, call 800.433.3243

IRS
To request copies of Federal Tax Returns & W-2's, call 800.908.9946

Selective Service Registration
To confirm registration status call, 847.688.6888

Social Security Administration
For corrections and requests of benefit statements, call 800.772.1213

Direct Lending Customer Service for Students
Call 800.848.0979

Financial Student Aid Glossary

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Tuition - Other Payment Options

The invoicing process is only for tuition charges. You may print out the ledger card from the Student Portal to present for reimbursement or serve as an invoice.

 

If you are approved for a tuition reimbursement payment plan, an automatic invoice will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the start of each course in your schedule. No other invoicing will be mailed. You may request an invoice to be re-sent by contacting your student account coordinator.

Scholarships are available in a wide variety of forms. They may be based on need, ability, grades, profession, heritage, etc. Every scholarship has unique eligibility criteria. Additional scholarship information may be found by visiting one of the websites listed below.

Ashford University provides links to other websites and institutions for your convenience. Ashford is not responsible for, and does not endorse or warrant any information, goods, or services provided by others. Ashford is not responsible for the privacy practices or other conduct of such others, whether or not they use the Ashford name or trademarks. If you decide to use any of the sites to which Ashford provides links, please understand that you do so at your own risk. Please be cautious when providing credit card, bank, or personal information to outside sites for potential risk of fraud.

Payments can be made over the phone to your assigned Financial Services Advisor, to any Accounts Receivable representative, or online through the Student Portal. Ashford University accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express credit card payments. Checks or money orders can be mailed to the online accounting office at:

Ashford University 
Attn: Finance Office 
13500 Evening Creek Drive, Suite 600 
San Diego, CA 92128

Additional payment questions can be directed to [email protected] or to your Financial Services Advisor.

The payment option you qualify for determines when payment is due. Here is a summary of due dates:

Cash Pay
Payment is due on or before the start of each course.

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) 
If you are active duty, drilling reservist, or a member of the National Guard, you may be eligible to receive Tuition Assistance (TA). To determine your eligibility for TA, please contact your Education Service Officer (ESO) for details. TA vouchers are due prior to the start of each class.

Military Veterans Benefits 
Tuition payment is deferred for the first 60 days of your program. You may place a credit card on file for automatic payments of future courses if you choose.

Tuition Reimbursement 
Payment is due within 90 days after each course start date.

Direct Bill 
Vouchers, purchase orders, or other authorized mediums are due five days prior to the start of each course or payment period; payments from Third Party Agencies are expected within 90 days of each course or payment period start date.

Invoices are sent out two weeks prior to the start of each course whether or not a payment has been received. The invoices do not reflect any payments made to the account. Please review the ledger card on the Student Portal under the Payment tab to ensure payment has been received.

 

Credit card payments generate an automated emailed receipt when processed. Check payments are reflected on the Student Portal ledger once received, and the cancelled check may serve as your receipt.

Only students whose payment option requires you to send in payments for each course will receive invoices. If you have selected Financial Aid, Direct Bill, or Military Tuition Assistance, no invoice will be sent. You can review your student account by going to the Student Portal and selecting the Payment tab. You are encouraged to review your account on a regular basis. If you need an invoice to present for reimbursement purposes, you can print out your ledger card from the Student Portal for a detailed list of charges and payments.

Students with Tuition Reimbursement, Cash, or Military Veterans Benefits payment options will automatically be emailed an invoice two weeks prior to starting each course. This invoice is a reminder of what tuition charges are due.

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Tuition - Renewal of Financial Aid

The Department of Education requires that you complete a new FAFSA for financial aid each award year. Fortunately, many of the initial documents you fill out will remain on file and will not have to be filled out again. On occasion however, additional documents may be required from you. In this event, an Accounts Receivable Specialist will contact and advise you as to what needs to be completed. It is imperative that you reapply for future loans or grants early to ensure that your courses are not interrupted. If reapplication is not completed in a timely manner, you will no longer qualify for a financial aid deferment, and you will be required to comply with the terms and conditions of another payment option. For more information related to these payment options, please refer to the Ashford University Academic Catalog at ashford.edu/catalog. In order to remain eligible for subsequent federal funding, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Academic Good Standing: Maintain good academic standing in your program and make satisfactory progress toward the degree sought, as outlined below.
  • Complete the correct FAFSA as it relates to the current award year. For information on which document should be completed please contact your Student Advisor.
  • Enrollment: be actively enrolled. Contact your Student Advisor or consult the Ashford Catalog to understand the parameters on enrollment.

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Tuition - Repayment

Standard grace and repayment periods for federal loans vary. There is a one-time six month grace period which begins either after you graduate or drop below half-time status, whichever is earlier. Interest payments are due on the Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct Loans during this period unless you chose to postpone the payments when you originally completed their application. The standard repayment period is up to ten years.

Standard Repayment
Under this plan, your monthly payments are a fixed amount of at least $50 each month and made for up to 10 years for all load types except Direct Consolidation Loans and FFEL Consolidation Loans.

Extended Repayment
Under this plan the loan term may be extended up to 25 years, depending upon the amount borrowed.

Graduated Repayment
Unlike the standard and extended repayment plans, this plan begins with lower payments, which gradually increase usually every two years. The loan term may be extended up to 10 years.

Income Based Repayment Plan
Under this plan your maximum monthly payments will be 15 percent of discretionary income, the difference between your Adjusted Gross Income and 150% of the poverty guideline for your family size and state of residence (conditions apply). You have to have a partial hardship to be eligible. The loan term is extended up to 25 years, at which point any remaining portion may be eligible for cancellation.

Income Contingent Repayment
Under this plan, repayment is based on the borrower's income and the total amount of debt. Monthly payments are adjusted each year as the borrower's income changes. The loan term is up to 25 years, at which point any remaining balance on the loan may be forgiven. You may have to pay income tax on the amount that is forgiven.

Your servicer must approve each of these repayment plans. Please contact your servicer to arrange a repayment plan that fits you, or visit the Federal Student Aid website for further information.

After you graduate, leave school, or cease enrollment less than half time, you will receive information from your loan servicers about repayment and will be notified of the date repayment begins. You may also contact your servicer directly to schedule repayment. You are responsible for beginning repayment on time, even if you do not receive information from the loan servicer. Be sure to keep your address current with your servicer(s). Failing to make payments on your loan may have a negative effect on your credit rating. If you have any questions about your status, please contact your loan servicer directly.

As a recipient of student financial aid, you have certain responsibilities related to repayment:

  • Repay student loans, both principal and interest, on time each month and in full even if you don't receive a notice.
  • Maintain current name and address records with lenders, and notify them when you either graduate, drop below full time status, or you transfer to another school.
  • Participate in exit counseling before leaving school.

If you cannot afford to make your monthly student loan payment, or if you need to reduce your payment, you can choose an alternative repayment plan such as income sensitive, graduated, extended, or loan consolidation. Another option would be for you to apply for either a loan deferment or forbearance, as both would allow for a period of time during which no loan payments would be required. You should contact your loan servicer if you are having problems repaying your student loan as they can give you more information on the options available to assist you.

If you transition out of Ashford University with a balance remaining, your account will be transferred to our internal collections department. You will have a specific collections specialist assigned to your account who will work with you to arrange a mutually beneficial repayment plan for up to 12 months. During this time, you will not be able to receive your diploma or official transcripts until your balance owed is paid in full.

The law specifies how the University must determine the amount of federal financial aid that you earn if you withdraw from school, either through an official withdrawal process or unofficially. When you withdraw during your payment period, the amount of funds that you have earned up to that point is determined by a specific formula. If you received (or your school or parent received on your behalf) less assistance than the amount that you earned, you may be able to receive those additional funds. If you received more assistance than you earned, the excess funds must be returned by the school and/or you. The determination of the amount of aid you earned is done by an R2T4 calculation and is performed once you are considered to be withdrawn.

An R2T4 is performed each time a student transitions out of attendance (through graduation, drop/withdrawal, or ceasing to attend courses) for more than 14 days. The calculation is based on attendance and successfully completed course work. The calculation will take up to 30 days to complete from the date that the University is able to determine the student has withdrawn. In the event that there are excess funds on the account after the calculation is complete, the funds will be sent to the student before the 45th day after the determination that the student withdrew. If funds need to be returned to the student's lender or any other sources, this fund return will also be completed before the 45th day after the determination that the student withdrew. Finally, if the student does not receive all of the funds earned, the student may be due a Post-withdrawal disbursement. If the Post-withdrawal disbursement includes loan funds, the University will request permission from the student before disbursement. The student may choose to decline some or all of the loan funds so as not to incur additional debt.

Dropping a course may result in a personal expense and your federal financial aid to be returned. A calculation process known as a Return to Title IV (R2T4) will determine the amount of aid to be returned if needed. Contact your Financial Services Advisor to help you determine your financial responsibilities if you have no other choice but to withdraw. For more information related to withdrawals, please refer to the Ashford University Academic Catalog at ashford.edu/catalog

 

Subsidized Direct Loans
Payment of a Subsidized Direct Loan may be deferred as long as you are enrolled in an eligible program at least half-time. Repayment will begin six months after you graduate, withdraw, or drop below half-time status.

Unsubsidized Direct Loans
Payment on the principal balance of the loan may be deferred while you are in school. You may choose to pay or defer the interest payments while you are in school until repayment of the principal balance begins. Repayment will begin six months after you graduate, withdraw, or drop below half-time status.

PLUS Loans
Repayment of a PLUS Loan generally begins on the date of the last disbursement of the loan and may be extended up to 10 years, however parents do have the option of delaying repayment until six months after their dependent student is no longer enrolled at least half-time.

Grad PLUS Loans
There is no grace period for a Grad PLUS Loan. Repayment begins on the date of the last disbursement of the loan; however, while enrolled in school on at least a half-time basis you are eligible for an in-school deferment that allows you to postpone payments on your Grad PLUS Loan until you graduate or drop below half-time status. The standard repayment period is up to ten years.