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Financial Aid Information

American Sentinel University offers students an affordable, high-quality, accredited education. Our financial aid options—including no-interest payment plans, employer reimbursement, military benefits and federal student aid—along with our convenient online course delivery make earning your degree and pursuing your dreams possible.

For students that are interested in using federal student aid, the Financial Aid Office can help you determine what types of aid you may qualify for and walk you through the process of applying for financial aid.

Our goal is to help you remove the financial barriers preventing you from completing your education. You can learn more about our affordable programs and payment options available by contacting an Admissions Engagement Manager at 833.203.0615 or by filling out the form on the right.

American Sentinel proudly supports its military students. Learn more about American Sentinel University’s military tuition and benefits.

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Apply for Financial Aid

To be eligible to apply for federal student aid, you must:

  • Have a high school diploma or a General Educational Development certificate.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Enroll as a regular student in an eligible higher education program.
  • Be registered with the Selective Service office, if applicable (males 18 and older).
  • Have a valid Social Security Number (exceptions for non-citizens).
  • Be in good standing on any previously received federal financial aid (no defaults).
  • Remain in good academic standing by meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards, which are outlined in the academic catalog.

Your U.S. Department of Education FSA ID

Creating your U.S. Department of Education FSA ID is the first step in the financial aid application process. You must apply for your FSA ID prior to completing the FAFSA form. You, and your parent if you are a dependent student should get an FSA ID as soon as possible. You can apply for an FSA ID at any time, but in some cases, you’ll need to wait up to three days before you are able to use you FSA ID, so we recommend registering early.

The FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature. Only create an FSA ID using your own personal information and for your own exclusive use. You are not authorized to create and FSA ID on behalf of someone else, including a family member.  Create your FSA ID.

Your FAFSA

The FAFSA application process takes about an hour. Prior to completing your FAFSA, review and print the list of documents needed and print and complete a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet.

Start the FAFSA application. Remember to:

  • Select American Sentinel University as your school so that we may receive your FAFSA results and your Institutional Student Information Record electronically. The American Sentinel University school code is 041277.
  • Use your PIN to electronically sign your FAFSA.
  • Click on “Submit My FAFSA Now.” This is step 10 of 10 on the online FAFSA site.
  • Write down your confirmation number and estimated Expected Family Contribution.

After your FAFSA has been processed, you will be notified via email that your Student Aid Report (SAR) is available to view, print or correct, if needed. Be sure to review your SAR for errors and check that the American Sentinel University school code (041277) is on it.

Financial Aid Code of Conduct

American Sentinel University participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, which includes the Direct Subsidized and Direct Unsubsidized Student Loans, the Direct Graduate PLUS Loans and the Direct Parent PLUS Loans.

To comply with the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act, American Sentinel adopts the following code of conduct to provide guidance to university employees, assure the integrity of the student aid process and uphold ethical conduct of university employees with regard to student loan practices. This code of conduct is applicable to all university employees and agents, the university’s Financial Aid Office and the Office of Student Accounts.

A revenue-sharing arrangement is an agreement between an institution and a lender in which:

  1. A lender provides or issues a loan that is made, insured or guaranteed under the Higher Education Opportunity Act to students attending the institution or to the families of such students.
  2. The institution recommends the lender or the loan products of the lender and in exchange, the lender pays a fee or provides other material benefits to the institution (or an officer or employee), including revenue or profit sharing.

American Sentinel and its employees will not enter into any type of revenue-sharing arrangement with any lender, guarantor or servicer. All loans are processed without regard to lender or mode of transmission (i.e., electronic or paper). The university will neither recommend a private loan lender nor accept material benefits including revenue or profit sharing to the university, an officer or an employee of the university or an agent.

Employees of the Office of Financial Aid and the Office of Student Accounts are prohibited from soliciting or accepting any gift from a lender, guarantor or servicer of education loans.

  1. Gifts include any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan or other similar item that has a monetary value of more than a de minimus amount. This includes gifts of services, transportation, lodging or meals, whether provided in kind, by purchase of a ticket, payment in advance, or reimbursement after the expense has incurred. However, gifts do not include those specific exemption set forth in the Education Opportunity Act (20 U.S.C. Section 1094(e)(2)(B)(ii)).
  2. Gifts to family members of a university employee are considered to be a gift to the employee if the gift is given with the knowledge and acquiescence of the employee and there is reason to believe the gift was given because of that employee’s position at the university.

Employees of the Office of Financial Aid and Office of Student Accounts shall not accept from any lender, or affiliate of any lender, any fee, payment or other financial benefit (including opportunity to purchase stock) as compensation for any consulting arrangement or other contract to provide services to a lender, or on behalf of a lender, relating to education loans.

American Sentinel University participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, which provides student and parent loans through the United States Department of Education. Lenders in the private student loan industry will not be given a preferred status. The university will not produce a preferred lender list that gives any lender an advantage in securing business from university students. Any university-preferred lender list will clearly and fully disclose the criteria and process used by the university to select preferred lenders. Further, students will be told that they have the right and ability to select the lender of their choice regardless of the preferred lender list.

American Sentinel University will not assign a borrower’s private student loan to a particular lender; all decisions will be made by the borrower in his/her independent review of borrower benefits and lender services. Further, American Sentinel will not refuse to certify or delay certification of any loan based on the borrower’s selection of a particular lender or guaranty agency.

American Sentinel University will not request or accept from any lender any offer of funds to be used for private education loans (defined in section 140 of the Truth in Lending Act) including funds for an opportunity pool loan in exchange for University providing concessions or promises regarding providing the lender with a specified number of loans made, insured or guaranteed; a specified loan volume of such loans; or a preferred lender arrangement for such loans.

American Sentinel University will not request or accept from any lender, guarantor or servicer of student loans any assistance with call center staffing or financial aid office staffing. The university also prohibits employees, representatives or agents of any lender, guarantor or servicer of student’s loans from identifying themselves to students or their parents as employees, representatives or agents of the university.

Employees of the Office of Financial Aid and Office of Student Accounts who serve on an advisory board, commission or group established by a lender, guarantor or group of lenders or guarantors, are prohibited from receiving anything of value from the lender, guarantor or group of lenders or guarantors, except that the employee may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in serving on such advisory board, commission or group. Any employee who serves on such an advisory board, commission or group shall disqualify himself or herself from any discussions about the university’s financial aid operations.

Employees of the Office of Financial Aid and the Office of Student Accounts shall comply with all other applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, accrediting bodies, and university policies and procedures, including its Conflict of Interest Policy.

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