As an adult student, there
are many resources to help you pay for your online education. You can get help
through tuition assistance programs, from the Federal Government, through
scholarships, and also through the tuition payment plan offered by Saint
If you are currently working,
you may be eligible for a Tuition Assistance Program that may be available
through your current employer. Some employers will pay for tuition costs up
front and others will reimburse the cost upon completion of a course. Saint
Joseph's College also has partnership agreements with many organizations, which allow for tuition and
fee discounts. Check with your Human Resource Office for more information.
The Federal Government awards
financial aid through grants and loans. Grants are typically awarded to
undergraduate students based upon financial need, and loans are available to
all students and must be repaid. Tuition deposits are not required if a student
has received financial aid within three months prior to the new course start
date. Visit our financial aid
page for more information on how to apply.
Most states have scholarship,
grant and loan programs administered by agencies, foundations and loan
authorities. For example, many of Saint Joseph's College online courses are
included in the Maine OnLine Learning Initiative, which provides funding for workers to complete
online training. Check with your local state career center to see what is
available where you live.
Active-duty military and
veterans have excellent education benefits. In addition, Saint Joseph's is a military-friendly institution and offers additional benefits, including tuition
discounts to both active duty and their spouses. If you are serving in the
military, or are married to an active duty service member, check with the
education counselor at your base. The new Post 9/11 GI Bill® offers additional
funding levels to not only veterans, but their dependents. Veterans should
contact the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
Many organizations provide
educational funds and yet have a small number of applicants requesting
assistance. Some scholarships are based on financial need and others on
academic and professional accomplishments, religious affiliation, your family's
genealogy, memberships, hobbies or even special interests. One place to start
would be your local library, chambers of commerce and community organizations
for scholarship directories and lists. At the library and the bookstore, there
are many resource guides that can provide advice about paying for college. You
can also visit our scholarship opportunities page for several resources. (These sites are not
affiliated with or endorsed by Saint Joseph's.)
Tuition Payment Plan
In addition to very affordable tuition,
Saint Joseph's College also offers a convenient Tuition Payment Plan for online
students. For students using this plan, a deposit equal to one credit hour of
tuition per course is required upon registration, in addition to a small fee.
The remaining obligation is made in two scheduled payments. Students using
financial aid or using tuition assistance from their employer may be limited
from using this plan. Contact an admissions counselor for details.
GI Bill® is a registered
trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information
about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S.
government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.