Common Questions New College Students Ask

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Going back to college is exciting, but it can also seem overwhelming at times – especially if it’s been a few years since you’ve hit the books. There’s a lot of new information to take in, so you’ll probably have some questions along the way. This post will tackle some of the most common questions that new students at Ashford University typically ask. Reading through the questions and answers will give you a stronger understanding of the online student experience and prepare you for your educational journey.

Tuition and Financial Aid FAQ

The investment you make in your college education can yield substantial dividends down the road, but it’s still a monetary investment. It’s no surprise that students tend to have a lot of questions about tuition and financial aid. Below you’ll find some of our most common questions regarding tuition and finances, and we encourage you to visit the FAQ page if you have any additional questions.

Which grants and loans are available?

You’ll be happy to know that you have many choices when it comes to funding your education. From scholarships to financial aid, there are several options available to Ashford students. Here is a list of the grants and loans that are available, but please visit our FAQ page for more detailed explanations of these options:

  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
  • Direct Subsidized Loans
  • Direct Unsubsidized Loans
  • Direct PLUS Loans
  • Grad PLUS
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants
  • RN to BSN Grant
  • Military Grant
  • Entrepreneurship Scholarship
  • Senior Project Scholarship

How much do Ashford programs cost?

This question is probably one of the most common from our new students, and rightfully so. It’s important to understand the tuition and fees that are associated with the programs at Ashford.

Below is the cost per credit for our undergraduate and graduate programs as of January 1, 2017, as well as the per credit cost for students using Ashford’s Military Undergraduate Tuition Grant. Please be aware that these amounts are subject to change and that there are additional fees and indirect costs associated with each program. Please visit the Tuition and Financial Aid page for more information.

  • Undergraduate Programs $443/credit
  • Graduate Programs starting at $557/credit
  • Military Undergraduate Tuition Grant $250/credit

You should also check out the Net Price Calculator to gain a better understanding of the net price of your degree program before you start. This calculation will give you a clear estimate of how much it costs to attend Ashford.

What is the Ashford Promise?

The Ashford Promise gives new students the opportunity to test-drive the college experience at Ashford. It affords new students a conditional admission period (CAP), during which they can opt out of their enrollment. If students do not progress and participate in academic activity during the fourth week of their first course, there will be no charges or debt incurred. Below is a weekly breakdown to show you the percentage of refund you’ll receive through the Ashford Promise.

Online Undergraduate Level Programs Refund % by Course Last Date of Attendance

5-Week Course:

1st* Week

 

2nd* Week

 

3rd* Week

 

4th* Week

 

5th* Week

 

100%

100%

100%

0%

0%

*Online Graduate Level Programs Refund % by Course Last Date of Attendance

6-Week Course:

1st* Week

 

2nd* Week

 

3rd* Week

 

4th* Week

 

5th* Week

 

6th* Week

 

100%

100%

100%

0%

0%

0%

*Refund percentage applied based on week of last date of attendance (LDA).

Admissions FAQ

The enrollment staff at Ashford University works diligently to provide new and incoming students a smooth transition into college. However, there are always questions that arise during the admissions process.

Can I transfer all the credits I earned from other schools I’ve attended?

Students who are seeking a bachelor’s degree at Ashford may transfer up to 90 approved credits of previous coursework. Once you're enrolled, Ashford will request your official transcripts and complete an evaluation to determine which credits are applicable to your program. 

How long will it take me to earn my degree?

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

Where can I find the online degree application?

You can easily get started by using Ashford’s online application. If you need some extra assistance, give one of our Enrollment Services Advisors a call at 866.711.1700. They’d be happy to help you out and answer any additional questions you may have.

Ashford Experience FAQ

The student experience at Ashford University was designed to meet the diverse needs of our student body. We understand that your life is busy and that your time is valuable. That’s why the Ashford Experience was built to fit your lifestyle. With that said, here are some of the most common questions about life as an Ashford student.

How do Ashford’s online courses work?

Ashford’s online learning platform is an asynchronous environment, meaning that you can log in at any time at your convenience. Once logged in at a desktop computer, you’ll have the ability to access your classroom, interact with your professors and fellow classmates, participate in online discussions through discussion boards, access your digital materials, submit your assignments, and view your grades all through the online learning platform.

Better still, the Ashford Mobile app allows you to take Ashford with you wherever you go. The app is available on all Android™ and iOS® devices, including smartphones and tablets. With the app, you can read and respond to class discussions, access your grades and assignments, contact your instructors, check your degree progress, and view your financial account ledger.

How will the classes fit into my schedule?

The nontraditional style of our online classroom gives you the ability to maneuver through life without having to stress over making it to class on time. Having the freedom to make your own schedule is one of the many reasons why students love Ashford. Here are some of the other ways students are fitting class into their busy lives:

  • 24/7 access to your classroom through your phone, tablet, or computer
  • Undergraduate courses are 5 weeks long
  • Courses are taken one at a time
  • Classes start on Tuesdays
  • Discussion posts are commonly due on Thursdays
  • Papers are commonly due on Sundays
  • Log in when it’s convenient for you

Is Ashford an accredited school?

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

Going back to college is a big decision, but hopefully this article answered some of your questions regarding the overall student experience at Ashford. If you have additional questions, we encourage you to visit the Ashford website and explore the resources available to help you on your path to becoming a college graduate.

 

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Written by Ben Cummings, Digital Marketing Specialist for Bridgepoint Education.

 

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