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Paying for College

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Financial Aid Assistance

Students attending an accredited college, like ATA, are eligible for Federal Financial Aid to assist in paying for tuition. In addition to student loans, this aid can provide free grant money to attend school.

ATA College participates in financial aid programs to assist students in paying for their tuition and fees. Preparing for a lifelong career requires not only a commitment of time and effort but also a financial investment in a quality educational program. Many people feel that they cannot afford the tuition, books, and time required for formal training. The following financial aid programs are available to students at ATA College, subject to individual qualifications.

  • PELL | Federal Pell Grant
  • PLUS | Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students
  • FSEOG | Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS* | Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loan Programs
  • WIOA | Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
  • REHAB | Private Rehabilitation Benefits
  • TA | Tuition Assistance for Military Personnel
  • GI Bill® | Veterans Benefits

Federal Financial Aid is available for the following programs:

  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assistant AAS
  • Health Information Technician
  • Health Information Technician AAS
  • Software Development & Programming
  • Software Development & Programming AAT
  • Information Systems & Communications Technology AAT
  • Criminal Justice and Public Safety
  • AS in Criminal Justice

Students seeking financial aid must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid application (FAFSA). The school’s financial aid representative will use this application to determine the student’s needs and assist with deciding what programs best serve the student. If a student withdraws from school, an adjustment in the amount owed may be made, subject to the school’s refund policy. If a student has 26 received financial aid in excess of what he/she owes to the college, these funds must be returned to the federal financial aid program, if applicable.

*(1) federal student loans are required by law to provide a range of flexible repayment options, including, but not limited to, income-based repayment and income-contingent repayment plans, and loan forgiveness benefits, which other student loans are not required to provide; and (2) federal direct loans are available to students regardless of income.

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 officialU.S. government Web site at

Student Loans

Federal student loans offer low fixed interest rates; income-based repayment plans; loan forgiveness; and deferment (postponement of repayment) options, including deferment of loan payments when a student returns to school. Generally, repayment of a federal loan does not begin until after the student leaves school. More information is available at

PELL Grant

The Pell Grant is Federal money awarded to undergraduate students who display financial need. Unlike student loans, Pell Grants do not need to be repaid if you meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) while attending ATA College.

The maximum Federal Pell Grant for 2022–23 (July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023) will be $6,895. The amount an individual student may receive depends on a number of factors.

View the full table of Pell Grant amounts for the 2022–23 award year based on Expected Family Contribution, cost of attendance, and enrollment status.

Filing through FAFSA® is the only way to determine if you are eligible for the Pell Grant.


Scholarships can be provided by anyone wishing to help cover your college tution. ATA continually offers scholarships, including all local high school graduates. Check out for more federal opportunities.


The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship (MyCAA) is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of tuition assistance to eligible military spouses. The scholarship assists military spouses in pursuing licenses, certificates, certifications or associate degrees necessary to gain employment in high-demand, high-growth portable career fields and occupations.

MyCAA Scholarship Program

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