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SHM Online DOCTORATE Programs

Health Administration (DHA)

Health Education (DHEd)

Health Sciences (DHSc)

 

Required Steps Special Conditions
Eligibility for Financial Assistance Financial Planning
Enrollment Status Policy Tuition
Student Budget Determination

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Verification Private Education Loan
Applicant Self-Certification
Budgets Scholarships

Required Steps

Students must be registered at least half-time to receive financial aid. Half time is defined as taking 5 credits per semester or 2 1/2 credits per block. Financial Aid is available to students who are simultaneously enrolled at KCOM or ASHS. Contact the Student Financial Services at 866-626-2878 Ext. 2529 for further information. All students receiving financial aid, whether through Student Financial Services or other institutions, must notify our office of their status.

The 9 steps required for a student to receive financial assistance are as follows:

  1. The student completes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a Renewal FAFSA by going to www.fafsa.gov and following the instructions on the website. A. T. Still University of Health Sciences school code is G02477.
  2. The Central Processing System (CPS) performs matches and edits, calculates a student contribution, and sends the data back to the processor.
  3. ATSU receives the information electronically (ISIR) within three to five business days.
  4. The student looks over the Student Aid Report (SAR) and, if accurate, keeps it for his/her records. If any corrections are needed, the student contacts the Financial Assistance Office.
  5. Student Financial Services performs verification and then sends an electronic award letter to the student's ATSU email address, along with instructions for completing the loan applications and other required forms.
  6. The student accepts, refuses, or modifies the award letter and submits all required forms to the Financial Assistance Office.
  7. Student Financial Services looks over the required forms and transmits the loan data to Sallie Mae
  8. The lender wires the funds by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to the school or sends the institution a loan check.
  9. If by EFT, all funds will be applied to the student's account. The refund will be directly deposited to the student's bank account if so desired by the student and proper documentation is on file.

Eligibility for Financial Assistance

Eligibility or unmet financial need is determined by subtracting a student's expected contribution from the student budget. The student's expected contribution is listed on the Student Aid Report (SAR) and is based on the student's financial strength. Students may choose to receive financial assistance up to their unmet financial need. For example, if a student's budget is $9,000 and the expected contribution is $5,000, the student's unmet financial need is $4,000. The student may receive financial aid through scholarships, loans, etc., to arrive at this figure. (Note: Students may use the Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan or any private loan to replace their expected contribution.)  Every effort will be made to meet the student's need, but in some instances, the student may have to rely on other outside resources. It is of critical importance to be creditworthy, as most private loans require a credit check.

Enrollment Status Policy

Enrollment Status Definitions

1 quarter credit = .67 semester credit

Program Minimum #of Credit Hours Minimum #of Credit Hours
  Full-time Half-time
Osteopathic Medicine and Dental Programs Enrollment is always full-time  
     
ASHS programs 9 credits per quarter 5 credits per quarter
SHM programs 9 credits per semester or 4 1/2 credits per block 5 credits per semester or 2 1/2 credits per block

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Federal Financial Aid

According to the United States Department of Education regulations, (34CRF 668/16 and 668.34 and October 29, 2010 Final Federal Register), all students receiving federal financial assistance must meet and maintain satisfactory academic progress. Student Financial Services will review the academic progress of financial aid recipients after each payment period. Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) is measured in terms of qualitative and quantitative standards.

Qualitative Measure

The qualitative measure of a student's progress is measured by cumulative grade point average. The minimum cumulative GPA students must maintain for financial aid is as follows:

 

Minimum Cumulative
Grade Point Average
at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
2.00 for all programs on 4.0 scale
70% for all programs on 100% scale

Quantitative Measure

Maximum Time Frame

Financial aid recipients must complete an educational program within a time frame no longer than 150% of the published length of the educational program. All attempted withdrawn, failed, repeated, and/or transferred credits that apply to a student's program count toward this maximum time limit. For example, a student pursuing a doctorate degree requiring 120 credit hours may attempt up to 180 credit hours before financial aid eligibility is suspended (120 x 150% = 180). A student pursuing a doctorate degree requiring 5100 contact hours may attempt up to 7650 contact hours before financial aid eligibility is suspended (5100 x 150% = 7650).

Pace of Progression

Pace of progression is required to ensure students complete within a maximum time frame and that the pace is measured at each standard review time. Financial aid recipients must maintain a 67% minimum completion rate for attempted credit hours or contact hours. For example, a student pursuing a doctorate degree requiring 120 credit hours may attempt up to 180 hours before financial aid eligibility is suspended (120 divided by 180 = 67%). A student pursuing a doctorate degree requiring 5100 contact hours may attempt up to 7650 contact hours before financial aid eligibility is suspended (5100 divided by 7650 = 67%).

Dropped, failed, and remedial courses for which no credit is received do not count towards credit hours earned. Credit hours for a course are earned by completing and passing the class.

Financial Aid Warning

Failure to meet the minimum academic progress requirements will result in a student being issued a financial aid warning. Students issued a financial aid warning will have one payment period to correct a progress problem due to qualitative or quantitative standards. Students will be notified of their status in writing via ATSU email. Students issued a financial aid warning will have an opportunity to file an appeal to request financial aid probation prior to the upcoming standard review time, which is at the end of each payment period.

Financial Aid Probation

If a student appeals their financial aid probation status and the appeal is approved, that student is put on financial aid probation for one payment period. Students may receive federal financial aid while on financial aid probation if he/she meets the terms of his/her appeal decision. If a student fails to meet SAP standards during the term of financial aid probation, he/she may request an additional appeal.

Financial Aid Suspension

Students who fail to meet the requirements of the financial aid warning or do not appeal their financial aid probation status are placed on financial aid suspension and are not eligible for federal financial aid. These students will receive written notification to their ATSU email account of their failure to comply and that future federal aid will be canceled. 

Appeal Procedure

Students who have been issued a financial aid warning may submit a written appeal for reinstatement of eligibility prior to the start of the next payment period. Occasionally, extenuating circumstances contribute to their inability to meet the requirements for satisfactory progress. Extenuating circumstances include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Death of an immediate family member
  • Severe injury or illness of the student or an immediate family member
  • Emergency situations such as fire or flood
  • Legal separation from spouse or divorce
  • Military reassignment or required job transfers or shift changes

Students whose appeal is denied must establish eligibility by completing courses without federal aid in one or more payment periods at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences until the cumulative GPA and/or completion rate meet the required standard before any additional federal aid will be disbursed.

Students who have extenuating circumstances may appeal using the following procedure:

Submit a completed Appeal form. Student will be notified if additional supporting documentation is required.  The appeal packet is presented to the SAP Committee for consideration.  The student is notified via ATSU email of the SAP Committee's decision and recommendations.

Reinstatement

Federal financial aid may be reinstated when one of the following conditions has been met:

The student completes courses without federal aid in one or more payment periods at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences until the cumulative GPA and/or completion rate meet the required standard.

OR

The student files an appeal and the SAP Committee approves the appeal.

It is the student's responsibility to notify Student Financial Services when reinstatement conditions have been met.

 

Student Budget Determination

The student expense budget is determined each year by the director of Student Financial Services. Every effort is made to ensure that allowances in each category are realistic and fair. Although the director determines the average student budget, students having credit history difficulties may not be able to borrow the full budgeted amount, due to the private loans being based on creditworthiness.

Verification

Verification is the process by which Student Financial Services checks the accuracy of the information submitted by the student when applying for federal financial aid. It is intended to reduce errors in the financial information that students submit so eligible applicants can receive the correct amount of financial assistance.

ATSU will verify all applicants who are selected for verification from the federally approved edits. If selected, students will need to submit a signed copy of their federal income tax return from the prior calendar year along with a verification worksheet. ATSU will compare the tax return and the verification worksheet to the Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) to verify required items. Financial aid will not be awarded until the verification is complete.

Special Conditions

Professional judgment allows the Director and Assistant Director the flexibility to handle individual students with extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis. This authority is clearly stated in the federal regulations and is used as needed. The adjustments may be made in the cost of attendance, expected family contributions , or satisfactory academic progress.

Although every effort is made to meet a student's financial need, financial assistance is not an entitlement and, in some instances, not all of a student's need will be met.

Financial Planning

Setting Goals

Financing a medical school education is an investment in your future. As a major investment, it should be entered into with conscientious planning. Setting goals and establishing a game plan are essential in order to minimize your debt.

A simple financial plan begins with the establishment of a long-term goal. As an osteopathic student, for example, your long-term goal might be to set up a private practice in your home town. As you plan your strategies to reach this end, keep in mind that your short- and mid-term goals should be consistent with and built upon this long-term goal. To help keep you on track, it is important to develop a budget.

A budget lists all sources of income, as well as all estimated expenditures. To make a budget work for you, keep the following points in mind:

  1. Have a written plan;
  2. Set realistic goals;
  3. Establish priorities;
  4. Keep expenditures below income; and
  5. Stick to your game plan.

It is important for you to determine your needs so that you will borrow only the amount necessary, rather than the amount for which you are eligible. In the end, you may pay back 2-3 times the amount you borrowed. Therefore, the less debt you accrue in school, the more financially secure you will be later. You can live like a student now, or you can live like a student later. The choice is yours.

Tuition

Tuition is due at the beginning of each quarter at SHM. The tuition amount due each quarter is based on the credit hours being taken by the student during that quarter. Tuition may be paid any time during the week that it is due. Delinquent tuition penalties accrue at 1 1/2% per month, which is 18% per year.

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Policy

The Department of Education is encouraging and, at times, requiring educational institutions to become paperless. Therefore, funds received through federal and private loans will normally be transferred electronically to a student's account at ATSU. Students will receive a receipt itemizing the type of loan and amount credited to their account at the institution. Funds electronically transferred above what is owed for tuition and fees will promptly be refunded to the student by check or deposited directly to the student's bank account. (Students that have lenders that do not wire money to ATSU will receive their financial aid through a co-payable check.)

Direct Deposit

Many banks outside of Missouri make students wait 10 business days to tap their loan funds when deposited by check. Therefore, we strongly recommend that all students use direct deposit where ATSU wires money to the student's checking account. This way, the money is available on the day it is wired to the bank.

Direct Deposit Form

Private Education Loan Applicant Self-Certification

Please read and follow the instructions on the Private Education Loan Applicant Self-Certification and complete the form accordingly.

Budgets

online financial aid budget for 2014-15 academic year

  DHA DHED DHSc MHA MK MPH and
MPH-DE
Tuition $750/credit $474/credit $477/credit $464/credit $477/credit $464/credit
Computer $1,299 (Incoming ONLY) $1,299 (Incoming ONLY) $1,299 (Incoming ONLY) $1,299 (Incoming ONLY) $1,299 (Incoming ONLY) $1,299 (Incoming ONLY)
Books $56/credit $56/credit $56/credit $56/credit $56/credit $56/credit
ISP $165/block $165/block $165/block $165/block $165/block $165/block
Travel $0 $0 $1,575 (Institute) $915 (RLI Travel) $1,575 (Institute) $0
Activity Fees $150/block $150/block $0 $150/block $0 $150/block

 

ONLINE FINANCIAL AID BUDGET FOR 2013-14 academic year

  DHED MHA MPH MPH-DE DHA
Tuition ($460/Credit) ($450/Credit) ($450/Credit) ($450/Credit) ($750/Credit)
Computer ($1,899 for Incoming ONLY) $1,899 ($1,899 for Incoming ONLY) $1,899 ($1,899 for Incoming ONLY) $1,899 ($1,899 for Incoming ONLY) $1,899 ($1,899 for Incoming ONLY) $1,899
Books ($53/Credit) ($49/Credit) ($49/Credit) ($49/Credit) ($53/Credit)
ISP $165/Qtr $165/Qtr $165/Qtr $165/Qtr $165/Qtr
Travel $0 ($900/Institute) $0 $0 $0 $0
Activiy Fees $150 $150 $150 $150 $150

Scholarships

Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship - Awarded By Legacy Programs (added 1/30/14)

Scholarship Guidance (added 3/6/14)