Financial Aid and Title IV Programs

The programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 are the major source of federal student aid, and the most common used by online students. Federal and state grants and loans fall under the banner of Title IV programs and are administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

Title IV funds include Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan, Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, Direct PLUS Loans, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), and the Federal Perkins Loan.

Federal Work Study

If you are eligible for financial aid, you may also be able to participate in the Federal Work Study (FWS) program. This program provides work experience along with an alternative means of earning federal financial assistance to fund tuition for those students who exhibit financial need. To learn more click the “Complete Inquiry Form” below.

Note: FWS positions are subject to availability and candidates will be screened according to program relevance, funding eligibility and will be selected through the standard employment screening process.

Complete Inquiry Form

Financial Aid

Fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility. There is no charge, and you do not have to be admitted to apply; however, you must be enrolled before your funds will be applied toward tuition and fee costs. You should apply as early as possible, even if you don’t plan to start until late in the year.

Ashford University’s school code is 001881. You will need this code in order for Ashford University to receive the information you submit.

Typically, it can take up to six weeks to process your financial aid. Once your financial aid documents have been received by our processing department, you will be emailed an award letter with anticipated award amounts, and tentatively scheduled disbursement dates. You will need to pay any fees that apply before the start of your first course. To identify any outstanding fees, please speak with an advisor.

In addition to the FAFSA, you will be asked to complete additional documents in order to process your financial aid. Some of these forms include an Institutional Financial Aid Application, Entrance Loan Counseling, Understanding Your Financial Aid Offer Tool, and a Master Promissory Note. Once enrolled, your Financial Services team will provide you with a link to access and complete all the necessary financial aid documents within this packet.

NSLDS Consumer Information Disclosure

It should be noted that when the University enters into an agreement with a potential student, active student, or parent of a student regarding federal student aid, the loan and any applicable grant will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and institutions determined to be authorized users of the data system.

Financial Aid Resources