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Paying for School


Whether you’re planning to attend college for the first time or returning to complete your degree, there are many decisions to make along the way. And one of the most important decisions you’ll make is how to finance your education. From self-pay to tuition assistance to federal aid, we can help you evaluate these options and choose what works best for you. If you have any questions, please email us at or call 877-755-2787.

Get Started Soon

If you plan to use some form of financial aid to pay for school (as opposed to paying out of pocket), you’ll want to start the process at least 6 weeks prior to your course start date. During this time, check your email frequently and please respond promptly to requests from our financial aid team asking for documentation such as tax information or transcripts.

Talk to Us

We understand that circumstances may occur which can affect your ability to pay for school (i.e., loss of employment, family death, or unusual medical expenses). Your education needs are important to us, so please contact our student support center for assistance if necessary.

Additional Tools

Other websites to help you make informed decisions:

College Scorecard
Compare affordability and value of U.S. colleges and universities

College Navigator
Search this national database to find the right college for you

Paying for College
Compare financial aid offers and understand student loan repayment options

Be a Smart Consumer

We have compiled key consumer information from across our university to help you make informed decisions regarding your education.

Additional Resources

Net Price Calculator

Want to more closely determine costs and financial aid based on your individual needs? Then try the Net Price Calculator tool. It's easy and takes less than 5 minutes to get answers. You simply enter basic financial information and the tool generates a "financial aid shopping sheet" designed to help you make informed decisions about where to attend school.


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