Discover Your Financial Aid Choices
For many students, the biggest barrier to a college education is financing. But you have several options when it comes to financial aid. Below, you can read more about which financial aid you might qualify for.
Most colleges and universities, including Anna Maria, use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) to determine award amounts. Complete the FAFSA® online to learn about your financial aid opportunities. You can also file the FAFSA® with a paper application. Request one by calling the Federal Student Aid Hotline at 1-800-4FEDAID.
To fill out the FAFSA® form, you must register for a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID with the U.S. Department of Education. Your FSA ID will be your electronic signature on all financial aid documents completed online. Learn how to apply for an FSA ID.
When prompted, you should enter Anna Maria College’s school code (002117) to have your information sent to us electronically.
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Help Ensure That You Receive Financial Aid Payments
Once you obtain financial aid, you should compare your award letter to your statement’s pending or disbursed financial aid amount. If this information does not match, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 508-849-3366.
Financial aid may appear as pending on your Anna Maria bill. If so, the College has not yet received the payment. You might need to initiate the payment process before the funds will be disbursed. Once the College receives payments from loans and scholarships, you will see credits applied to your tuition statement. This is usually true for:
- Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority® (MEFA®) loans
- Pell Grants
- Perkins loans
- PLUS loans
- Stafford Loans
- State scholarships
- Other loans and outside scholarships
If you have questions about your financial aid, call the financial aid office at 508-849-3366.
Considering a Career in Public Service?
In 2007, Congress passed the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, which includes the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. PSLF rewards qualifying students who enter public service fields, such as public safety, fire service, and emergency management. Explore the PSLF information below to see if you meet the requirements.
To receive PSLF, you must:
- Maintain federally insured student loans.
- Make 120 payments.
- Work full-time in an eligible public service job for at least 10 years.
Sliding scale programs are available during the 10 years you make payments. These programs determine fair and reasonable repayment amounts based on your financial situation and family size.
PSLF only applies to Direct Loans, including:
- Federal Direct Consolidation Loans
- Federal Direct PLUS Loans for parents and graduate or professional students
- Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loans (Subsidized and unsubsidized)
If you have a Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL), you must switch to the Direct Loan program to qualify for PSLF.
If you don’t meet these criteria, you may still be eligible if both of these requirements apply to you:
- Your employer is not a “business organized for profit, a labor union, a partisan political organization, or an organization engaged in religious activities unless the qualifying activities are unrelated to religious instruction, worship services or any form of proselytizing;”
- Your employer provides any of the following public services:
- Early childhood education
- Emergency management
- Law enforcement
- Military service
- Public education
- Public health
- Public interest law services
- Public library services
- Public safety
- Public service for individuals with disabilities and the elderly
- School library services or other school-based services
You Could be Eligible for Scholarships
Scholarships can help you pay for your degree. We encourage you to search for institutional, academic, industry, and need-based scholarships.
The staff at Anna Maria College is available to help you discuss your financial aid options. Call us at 877-265-3201.
Does Your Workplace Offer Tuition Assistance?
According to a 2022 report from Cengage, 75% of employers offer paid or sponsored education opportunities.1 If tuition benefits are unavailable, consider explaining that building your skills is better than hiring new talent; Forbes reports that finding skilled hires outside the organization will continue to become more expensive.2
Anna Maria College has partnerships with many local and regional public safety departments. Speak with a program manager to determine if your employer is included in our partner network.
Sources and Disclaimer
- Cengage Group. “Cengage Group’s Employability Report: Degree Requirements & Outdated Mindsets Accelerate The Current Talent Crunch.” Retrieved Sept. 26, 2023, from https://cengage.widen.net/s/wn9bprbrmz/cg-employability-survey-report-part2-final.
- Forbes. “Why Upskilling And Reskilling Are Essential In 2023.” Retrieved Sept. 26, 2023, from https://www.forbes.com/.
*See https://studentaid.gov/ for complete program information. Anna Maria College and its partners provide this general information as a service to you, but cannot guarantee your acceptance to the program and make no guarantee regarding program details, continuity, and/or eligibility of applicants.