Frequently Asked Questions

Working out the finances so you can attend Ashland

If attending Ashland University is your goal, we’re here to help you reach it, including helping you obtain all the financial aid you are eligible to receive. Basically, financial aid is available from federal, state and University sources. All financial aid administered by Ashland is awarded annually and you’ll need to meet criteria and reapply each year. The very first step to take in arranging financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Don’t wait to take this step as many forms of aid, even those not associated with the federal government, require you to complete this application.

Financial aid is awarded for one or more of the following four reasons:

  • Outstanding scholarship
  • Personal accomplishments
  • Exceptional talent
  • Financial need

You probably have a lot of questions about financial aid. Most families do. Below are some answers to put your mind at ease. We encourage you to contact us if you have further questions.

Q. How much will my family have to pay for my education?
A. That varies, depending on how much aid you qualify to receive. Financial aid reduces the cost for almost all families. Complete the online Financial Aid Estimator to get an idea of the amount of aid you could receive.

Q. Am I even eligible for financial aid?
A. AU offers financial aid to all students who are accepted for admission to the university and:

  • Will be enrolled full-time in a degree program and paying full tuition and fees
  • Are not on disciplinary probation
  • Meet standards required in the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

Q. I’m attending less than full-time. Is there aid for me?
A. Students attending less than full-time may still qualify for a Pell Grant. Complete the FAFSA to find out if you qualify.

Q. Will living off campus affect my financial aid?
A. It may. If you are living on campus and want to move off, check with the Financial Aid Office before you move to find out if your plans will impact your financial aid package.

Q. When do I receive my financial aid?
A. If we’ve received all required paperwork, aid will be disbursed to your account before the beginning of the term to which it applies. Please note: Federal Pell Grants, Federal Stafford and Parent Loans, Federal Perkins Loans and private education loans aren’t credited to your account until 10 days before each term begins. Only when these payments are received will they appear on your billing statement. If you are eligible for a refund, it will be available after you attend your first class.

Q. I’ll be attending another institution at the same time as AU. What do I do about financial aid?
A. You may be eligible for federal or state aid through a consortium agreement. Contact a financial aid representative for details.

Q. Will I be eligible for financial aid while I’m enrolled in a Study Abroad program?
A. You will not be eligible for AU grants or scholarships while you are enrolled in study abroad or affiliate programs. However, you may be eligible for federal and state aid, including federal loans. If you are planning to study abroad, contact Pam Stimpert, the Study Abroad Coordinator in the Financial Aid Office for more information. Additional information on financial aid for study abroad is also available through the Global Education Office.

Applying for financial aid is a step-by-step process and our counselors are available to help you every step of the way. Follow these instructions to get the process underway: