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ATA College participates in financial aid programs to assist students in paying for college, such as tuition and fees. Finance Your Education Today!

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Discover How to Finance Your Education at ATA College in El Cajon, San Diego, California.

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 a commitment of time and effort, and financial investment in a quality educational program. Many people feel 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.

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 StudentAid.gov/federal-vs-private.


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 tuition. ATA continually offers scholarships, including all local high school graduates. Check out StudentAid.gov/scholarships 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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