Corporate Full Tuition Grant
Ashford University offers the Corporate Full Tuition Grant (CFTG) to students selected and sponsored by a participating Employer. To be eligible for the CFTG program, students must be enrolled in Ashford University undergraduate or Master’s level Graduate programs, or non-degree seeking coursework at the undergraduate or Master’s level. The CFTG program is funded by both the Employer and Ashford University. This grant is intended to help students avoid educational loan debt by funding a recipient’s direct education-related costs. Direct education-related costs include tuition for all eligible courses, Technology Fee (per course), books, course digital materials, instructional materials, graduation fee, and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) fees. As such, the Corporate Full Tuition Grant is only available as a primary payment option.
Students who choose to participate in the CFTG program are not able to receive funding from the federal student financial aid programs (such as Pell Grant and Direct Loans); this is a condition of participation in the CFTG program. The choice to participate in the CFTG program is optional and any eligible federal student financial aid is always available to students who choose that payment option in lieu of participation in the CFTG program. Students will become ineligible for the CFTG program if they choose to receive funds from any federal student financial aid program for the same enrollment period.
If a student earns a grade that is not considered successful based on Ashford’s academic policies or a company’s education benefits policy, it will be considered an allowance. Allowances will be covered under the grant and the company will not be held responsible for the associated cost of that course. Students may become ineligible for the CFTG if they receive more than two (2) allowances or if they violate University policies as outlined in the Ashford University Academic Catalog. Allowances may reset on an annual basis provided students maintain successful progression and still meet their required funding amount. Students must also abide by all applicable Undergraduate Program Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards or Graduate Program SAP Standards. Students are always expected to understand, meet, and abide by any Employer requirements in order to continue to receive CFTG benefits. Ashford University or the Employer may remove a student from the CFTG at any time. Removal will be effective at the conclusion of the student’s current course. If a student becomes ineligible for CFTG at any point in time, the University will automatically revert the student to cash as a payment option. If the student would like to use an alternate payment option instead of cash, they may submit a payment option change request. Students may appeal the loss of their CFTG eligibility to Ashford University at any time.
The CFTG funds up to ten (10) undergraduate or eight (8) graduate courses over a period of time up to 12-months, referred to as an FTG Year. Concurrent enrollment, defined as the enrollment in more than one class in every five (undergraduate) or six (graduate) week module, is available for students to request with an accompanied cash additional payment for course tuition. Pre-approval without a payment may be permitted for extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of Ashford University. Under no circumstances can a student complete more than ten (undergraduate) or eight (graduate) courses utilizing only employer funding within a single CFTG year.
All required CFTG forms (detailed below) must be completed, submitted, and approved prior to application for each new participating student. In addition, in order to continue participation in the grant program, students are required to re-confirm eligibility for benefits every FTG Year. The CFTG benefits continue as long as (1) students continue to meet Employer’s eligibility requirements, (2) students have not completed their degree (continuation will require a new application), and (3) students do not elect to discontinue participation in the CFTG program. Students must send all required forms to their assigned Advisor for verification at least seven (7) days prior to the start of classes in the applicable FTG Year.
The University provides this grant in conjunction with the funding provided by the Employer. The Employer must supply a qualifying amount of tuition assistance for their students to be eligible for the University CFTG accompanying grant. CFTG students who have employer or third-party administrator (TPA) required steps to ensure payments are issued will be required to maintain a valid credit card on file. Failure of the Employer or student to supply any required payment may result in loss of CFTG benefits for the grant recipient.
Documentation required for the Corporate Full Tuition Grant includes the following:
- Corporate Full Tuition Grant Agreement (executed between the University and Employer);
- Corporate Full Tuition Grant Acknowledgement, Waiver and Release Form;
- Tuition Grant Student Credit Card Payment Authorization Form (if applicable);
- Student Finance Agreement indicating Corporate Full Tuition Grant; and
- Corporate Full Tuition Grant Re-Confirmation of Benefits (completed annually after first year of enrollment).
This program may not be utilized concurrently in the same enrollment period with any other Ashford University sponsored grant, scholarship, or benefit program. Students are encouraged to speak with their Advisor to explore all programs they may be eligible for prior to submitting their Corporate Full Tuition Grant documents.