Whether you’re a prospective student or the parent of one, deciphering college financial aid information can cause a lot of stress. Much of that stress, however, probably comes from a lack of authoritative information, easy access to that information, or both.
In any given year, about 85% of college students benefit from some form of financial aid. Education grants, which don’t have to be repaid, are particularly underused. The effort you make to explore financial aid is well worth the time and energy spent.
Statistics show the return on investment for any college degree is substantial. Comparing the yearly compensation of people of those who have a college degree vs. those who don’t show:
The starting point for financial aid eligibility is to complete and submit the FAFSA – the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. To fill out the form online, go to the FAFSA website. (Want to have some help with this important document? Your college’s financial aid department can often assist you.)
Information included in your FAFSA determines whether you are considered a dependent or independent student, and calculates an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is a number your school uses to calculate how much financial aid you are eligible to receive.
When planning to enter college in the 2024–25 academic year (typically Fall 2024), make sure your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is submitted by June 30, 2024. Also, check with your university for any other important dates for financial aid.
Your college major will be a personal choice, although degrees in healthcare support and health science are particularly worth considering. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the healthcare jobs sector will grow at least 13% from 2021 to 2031.
Overall, the median annual salary for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (registered nurses, physicians, dental hygienists, etc.) was $75,040 in May 2021. The median annual wage for all occupations was $45,760, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) is a nonprofit, private university offering chiropractic and other health science degrees. The CUKC campus is in Overland Park, Kansas, an award-winning city of 195,000 within the greater Kansas City metro area. Our ongoing mission since our founding more than 100 years ago is educating and developing leaders in health promotion.
At CUKC, students deserve a next-level education. This goal is achieved through our many degree offerings and plentiful student services. One of the ways we live that promise is through an experienced staff that knows all about college financial aid.
Our full-time professionals can inform you about opportunities for scholarships, grants, special assistance programs, and loan options.
In addition, CUKC participates in the Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program, which is designed to cover education costs not included in the benefits ensured under the GI Bill.®
For more about our health sciences degrees and college financial aid information, contact an admissions advisor to get this free eBook: Your Guide to Navigating College Financial Aid. You’ll be connected to an admissions advisor who can answer all your questions!
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: https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.