Leader Development Grant Policy
Ashford University offers the Leader Development Grant (LDG) to students selected and sponsored by a participating Employer. The LDG 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 (limited to two repeated courses), Technology Fee (per course), books, course digital materials, instructional materials, graduation fee, and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) fees. If both electronic and hard copy course materials are available for the same course, the LDG program will only fund the electronic course materials, and if a student chooses to receive hard copy course materials, the student will be responsible to pay the difference in price and shipping costs. As such, the Leader Development Grant is only available as a primary payment option.
Students who choose to participate in the LDG 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 LDG program. The choice to participate in the LDG 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 LDG program. Students will become ineligible for the LDG program if they choose to receive funds from any federal student financial aid program for the same enrollment period.
Students will become ineligible for the LDG if they receive more than two (2) allowances (defined as any course that is not eligible for reimbursement through the LDG Partner’s policies, including any unsuccessful grades of “F,” “WF,” “W,” or below a “C-“ for General Education Competency courses ) during their program of study or if they violate University policies as outlined in the Ashford University Academic Catalog. 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 LDG benefits. Ashford University or the Employer may remove a student from the LDG at any time. If you become ineligible for LDG at any point in time, the university will automatically revert you to cash as a payment option. If you would like to use an alternate payment option instead of cash, please submit a payment option change request.
Students may appeal the loss of their LDG eligibility to the Leader Development Grant Review Committee, which consists of at least an Ashford representative and a representative from the Employer. Concurrent enrollment, defined as the enrollment in more than one class in every five (undergraduate) or six (graduate) week module, is prohibited for LDG recipients, unless pre-approved on a case-by-case basis by the Leader Development Grant Review Committee.
All required LDG forms (detailed below) must be completed, submitted, and approved prior to application for each new participating student. In addition, the LDG Waiver and Disclosure Form and the Net Price Calculator Results must be re-submitted every twelve months to continue participation. The LDG 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 LDG program. Students must send all required forms to their assigned Academic Advisor for verification at least seven (7) days prior to the start of classes in the applicable 12 month period.
The University provides a matching grant in conjunction with the funding provided by the Employer. The Employer must supply a qualified tuition benefit for their students to be eligible for the University LDG match. Failure of the Employer or student to supply any required payment may result in loss of LDG benefits for the grant recipient.
Documentation required for the Leader Development Grant:
- Leader Development Grant Agreement (executed between the University and Employer);
- Leader Development Grant Disclosure and Waiver (must be completed annually);
- Student Leader Development Grant Acknowledgement;
- Student Finance Agreement indicating Leader Development Grant
- Authorization to Release Student Records;
- Leader Development Grant Student Payment Authorization (if applicable); and
- Net Price Calculator Results, Shopping Sheet, and Data Summary (must be completed annually).