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A Variety of Options to Pay for School Are Available
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Paying for School

American Sentinel offers a variety of options, some of which are listed below, that may help you pay for your education. Our admissions advisors can help you choose the best one for you.

Payment Plans

You can finance your tuition costs using a variety of monthly payment plan options.

American Sentinel makes paying for your education convenient and affordable. We offer 0% financing with a down payment of as little as $500. These payment plans are designed to have your balance paid in full by graduation.

We also offer extended financing that allows you to make payments while in school and continue to pay off any existing balance after graduation. Finance your entire degree by paying one low, fixed monthly payment, $250 per month for an RN to B.S. Nursing or $400 per month for an M.S. degree, with the UBenefit Payment Plan. See more information below.

Scholarships, Grants and Discounts

American Sentinel University offers scholarship, grants and discounts which may reduce or waive tuition, fees, and other educational expenses. Eligibility may be based on degree program, field of study, financial need, or a combination of these or other factors.

Federal Student Financial Aid

Students with financial need may qualify for federal student aid—loans or grants. Our Financial Aid Office is here to assist you in determining if you qualify for federal student aid and guiding you through the process. 

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Rural Health Pricing

If you work or reside in a HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) area (check zip codes here) you are eligible to receive the following special discounted pricing:

  • BSN $330 per credit hour (standard is $430 per credit hour)
  • BSN Powered by SIMPath® $2,495/semester (standard is $3,100/semester)
  • MSN $440 per credit hour (standard is $560 per credit hour)
  • MSN Powered by SIMPath® specializations $3,200/semester (standard is $4,000/semester)
  • Nurse Practitioner specializations $450 per credit hour (standard is $575 per credit hour)
  • MBA Healthcare $440 per credit hour (standard is $560 per credit hour)
  • DNP $650 per credit hour (standard is $770 per credit hour)
  • IPC Certificate $440 per credit hour (standard is $560 per credit hour)

Proof of address required.

Military Benefits

American Sentinel offers reduced tuition and other benefits, such as waived graduation audit fees, for our military member students and their spouses. We have experience working with students approved for military benefits, including TA and VA benefits.

At American Sentinel, you have a head start. A no-cost evaluation of prior college, military training, work experience, and DSST, CLEP and ACE credits can help you earn your degree faster.

Education Partner Program

We have education partnerships with some of the nation’s leading hospitals and healthcare organizations. Education Partner benefits include tuition discounts, deferred payment options, and simplified financial and reimbursement paperwork. See if you are eligible for one of our Education Partner programs through your employer or professional organization by speaking with an Admissions Advisor at 866.922.5690.

Employer Reimbursement

American Sentinel University provides customized assistance for students wanting to use tuition reimbursement benefits through their employer. This includes providing cost verification invoices for tuition and fees as well as documentation needed to confirm successful completion of the course. Talk to your human resources department to see if you qualify, and then contact an admissions advisor to see how we can help.

General Education Alternatives

American Sentinel University offers the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in a general education course’s content and receive course credit by examination. Students are provided an eBook and given 180 days from time of course access to complete a 125 item examination successfully. Credit is awarded when a 70% or greater is earned. These courses are offered at a significantly discounted rate compared to general education credit hour courses.

“Year of the Nurse” Scholarship

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife” in honor of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. To celebrate, American Sentinel has created the “Year of the Nurse Scholarship.” Existing and new students can apply for this $2,000 scholarship. Five scholarships will be awarded per quarter in 2020. This scholarship can be applied to any of our degree programs. One scholarship per recipient.

Who is eligible?

  • Existing American Sentinel students
  • New students can apply but are not eligible for consideration until they have passed the first week of their first course.

Qualifications to Apply

  • Academic Achievement (minimum GPA of 2.5 for undergraduate students and 3.5 for graduate students)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay (max 500 words or 2 pages double spaced)
  • Meeting quarterly application deadlines in 2020: March 15, June 15, September 15, December 15

What is the specific course price?

  • There are no changes to the standard 2020 tuition rates
  • Existing students’ scholarship amounts will be applied to remaining tuition obligations. Scholarships will not be applied retroactively to outstanding balances or tuition paid for completed courses. No cash refunds will be given. E.g. A degree student who has only two courses remaining may receive the scholarship, but the scholarship amount will be reduced as needed to cover only any remaining tuition and fees.
  • Students who receive a discounted tuition rate are still eligible to apply.

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on how well the letters of recommendation and the personal essay showcase the candidate’s excellence in the following areas:

  • Community Service
  • Personal Commitment to Education
  • Leadership Potential
  • Commitment to the Healthcare Profession

Apply for “Year of the Nurse” scholarship

“Rural Health” Scholarship

The obstacles faced by healthcare providers and patients in rural areas are vastly different than those in urban areas. To do our part to help improve rural health disparities we have created “Rural Health” scholarships. We will award eight scholarships per calendar year (four BSN – $5,000/year, two MSN – $7,500/year, two DNP – $10,000/year) for students who work/live in a designated rural area (see “who is eligible”). One scholarship per recipient.

Who is eligible?

  • Existing American Sentinel students
  • New students can apply but are not eligible for consideration until they have passed the first week of their first course.
  • Must live or work at one of the following:
    • Rural designated area (check zip codes here)
    • Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or
    • Federally Qualified Health Center or rural health clinics* or
    • Federally recognized Native American Tribes and Alaskan Natives (including all Indian Health Services).

*facilities that receive federal grants to provide healthcare to underserved populations

Qualifications to Apply

  • Academic Achievement (minimum GPA of 2.5 for BSN and 3.5 for MSN and DNP)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay (max 500 words or 2 pages double spaced)
  • Meeting application deadlines
    • Quarterly BSN deadlines in 2020: March 15, June 15, September 15, December 15
    • Bi-annual MSN and DNP deadlines in 2020: March 15 and September 15

What is the specific course price?

  • There are no changes to the standard 2020 tuition rates
  • Existing students’ scholarship amounts will be applied to remaining tuition obligations. Scholarships will not be applied retroactively to outstanding balances or tuition paid for completed courses. No cash refunds will be given. E.g. A degree student who has only two courses remaining may receive the scholarship, but the scholarship amount will be reduced as needed to cover only any remaining tuition and fees.
  • Students who receive a discounted tuition rate are still eligible to apply.

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on how well the letters of recommendation and the personal essay showcase the candidate’s excellence in the following areas:

  • Community Service
  • Personal Commitment to Education
  • Leadership Potential
  • Commitment to the Healthcare Profession

Apply for “Rural Health” scholarship

“Front Line Nurse” Scholarship

American Sentinel is proud of our alumni and the work they are doing on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are offering five $7,000 scholarships to our BSN alumni who wish to enroll in our MSN, Nurse Practitioner program or our new MSN Powered by SIMPath® program. 

Who is eligible?

  • American Sentinel BSN Alumni working to support patients and their communities during the pandemic and wishing to enroll into the MSN, Nurse Practitioner program or our new MSN Powered by SIMPath® program. 
  • Current American Sentinel BSN students that are within 6 credits of completing their degree.
  • American Sentinel BSN alumni who are currently in an American Sentinel MSN, Nurse Practitioner program or an MSN Powered by SIMPath® Education, Informatics or IPC specialization. 

Qualifications to apply

  • Academic achievement (minimum GPA of 2.5 in American Sentinel BSN)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay (max 500 words or 2 pages double spaced)
  • Applications accepted June 1 through July 17. Decision will be made by July 31st.

Apply for “Front Line Nurse” scholarship

What is the specific course price?

  • There are no changes to the standard 2020 tuition rates
  • Existing students’ scholarship amounts will be applied to remaining tuition obligations. Scholarships will not be applied retroactively to outstanding balances or tuition paid for completed courses. No cash refunds will be given. E.g. A degree student who has only two courses remaining may receive the scholarship, but the scholarship amount will be reduced as needed to cover only any remaining tuition and fees.
  • Students who receive a discounted tuition rate are still eligible to apply.

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on how well the letters of recommendation and the personal essay showcase the candidate’s excellence in the following areas:

  • Patient support during the pandemic
  • Personal commitment to education
  • Leadership potential
  • Commitment to the healthcare profession

“Nurse Appreciation” Scholarship

American Sentinel appreciates nurses and their service. New students who have been Registered Nurses for 10 years or more, are eligible to receive a discounted tuition rate of $460, or $475 for MSN Nurse Practitioner role and population focused courses, per credit hour which can save up to $3,600 – $4,200 off the cost of the degree.

Who is eligible?

  • New M.S. Nursing students
  • New MBA Healthcare students
  • New MSN/MBA Healthcare students
  • New Doctor of Nursing Practice students – applies to M.S. Nursing bridge courses only (N501PE, N505PE and N515PE)
  • Nurses who have been an RN for 10 years or more. Years of service determine by Associates of Science Nursing (ADN) graduation date.

What is the specific course price?

  • Graduate term-based tuition rate is $560 per credit hour or $1,680 per course. Tuition rate for MSN Nurse Practitioner role and population focused courses is $575 per credit hour, or $1,725 per course. Powered by SIMPath® tuition is $4,000 per semester.
  • With the scholarship the tuition rate is $460 per credit hour or $1,380 per course. Tuition rate for MSN Nurse Practitioner role and population focused courses is $475 per credit hour, or $1,425 per course. Powered by SIMPath® tuition is $3,300 per semester.
  • Master’s programs require a total of 36 to 42 credit hours (some certifications may translate into college credit)

“Expertise in IT” Scholarship

New students who have experience working in Information Technology or Information Management professions and/or hold qualified IT certifications are eligible to receive a reduced tuition rate, which can save you up to $3,600 off your degree.

Who is eligible?

New students enrolling in the following programs:

  • MBA Healthcare
  • MSN, Nursing Informatics
  • MSN/MBA Healthcare

AND

  • Have five or more years work experience in informatics, information technology or information management, OR
  • Hold any one of the IT industry certifications recognized for potential transfer credit by American Sentinel University or any non-expired Microsoft, CISCO or ESRI certification, or Informatics Nursing Certification.

What is the specific course price?

  • Graduate term-based tuition rate is $560 per credit hour or $1,680 per course. Powered by SIMPath® tuition is $4,000 per semester.
  • With the scholarship the tuition rate is $460 per credit hour or $1,380 per course. Powered by SIMPath® tuition is $3,300 per semester.
  • Master’s programs require a total of 36 credit hours (some certifications may translate into college credit)

UBenefit Payment Plan

American Sentinel University wants to make earning your degree more affordable. With the UBenefit payment plan, students can finance their entire degree by making low, fixed monthly payments. Like our other payment plan options, there are no interest charges to use this payment plan. Please note that American Sentinel uses a 3rd party loan servicer to service these payment plans. Students will be assessed a one-time finance charge of $250 which can be included in the amount financed on their plan. This fee is not subject to refund after the five (5) calendar day cancellation period.

  • $250 a month RN to B.S. Nursing and RN to B.S. Nursing, Powered by SIMPath® (books and some fees not included)
  • $400 a month M.S. Nursing (books and other fees not included)
  • $400 a month MBA Healthcare (books and other fees not included)

Who is eligible?

  • New students enrolling on or after March 1, 2017 in the RN to B.S. Nursing, RN to B.S. Nursing, Powered by SIMPath®, M.S. Nursing, M.S. Nursing, Powered by SIMPath®, MBA Healthcare, MBA Healthcare, Powered by SIMPath®, MSN/MBA Healthcare or MSN/MBA Healthcare, Powered by SIMPath®
  • Students qualifying for discounted tuition rates are also eligible for the UBenefit Payment Plan.

What is the specific course price?

There are no changes to the standard 2020 undergraduate tuition rate:

  • $430 per credit hour for RN to B.S Nursing, term-based
  • $3,100 per semester for RN to B.S. Nursing, Powered by SIMPath®
  • $560 per credit hour for M.S Nursing; $575 for MSN Nurse Practitioner role and population focused course
  • $4,000 per semester for M.S. Nursing and MBA Healthcare, Powered by SIMPath®

Students qualifying for discounted tuition rates may also be eligible for the UBenefit monthly payment plan.