Becker College Office of Financial Aid
47 Sever Street
Worcester, MA 01609
» Why do I have a health insurance charge on my bill?
» How do I waive the health insurance charge?
» What are the options for paying my tuition bill?
» How do I apply for financial aid?
» What are the eligiblity requirements for financial aid?
» When should I apply for financial aid?
» I have been selected for a process called verification. What do I need to do?
» How will I know if I have been awarded any financial aid?
» I have been awarded a Federal Direct Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. What are the additional steps that I need to complete to accept this/these loan(s)?
» I have received a letter from the Commonwealth stating that I am eligible for the Massachusetts Early Childhood Educator Scholarship or Massachusetts Paraprofessional Teacher’s Preparation Grant. Why am I not able to see this aid on my award letter or pending on my bill?
» What is financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress?
» When will the financial aid be disbursed to my account?
» Am I eligible for a book voucher?
» When may I expect to receive my semester financial aid refund check?
» I get tuition reimbursement from my employer. Is it possible for me to defer my course charges until I receive the money from them?
» How do I withdraw from a course for the term?
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires all students enrolled at least three-quarter time (9 or more credits per semester) to be covered under an acceptable health insurance plan. Students enrolled at least three-quarter time will be automatically billed for the cost of the College insurance unless a health insurance waiver is submitted annually. The waiver may be completed online at www.universityhealthplans.com.
If you have your own comparable health insurance coverage, you may waive Becker’s College health insurance charges online at www.universityhealthplans.com. You will be required to waive the health insurance charge each academic year.
Payment for each Accelerated course is due prior to the start of the course.
Office of Student Accounts
61 Sever Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Be sure to include the student’s name and ID# on the check or money order.
You may apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must:
The Office of Financial Aid encourages you to complete the FAFSA simultaneously with applying for acceptance into the Center for Accelerated and Professional Studies. You must re-apply for financial aid each year and may do so after January 1st for the upcoming academic year.
If you are selected for verification, you will be notified by the Office of Financial Aid. If you are selected for verification and did not elect the usage of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you and your parent (if a dependent student) will be required to provide a federal income tax transcript from the IRS. Other documents may also be required to complete the verification process as well.
The Office of Financial Aid mails an award letter notifying you of your aid eligibility. Additionally, you may view your award letters online via Becker College’s Insite.
All first time borrowers at Becker College must complete both the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note (MPN) before any funds may be disbursed to the student’s account. You may complete these requirements on-line at www.studentloans.gov. Once the Office of Financial Aid has received notification from the U.S. Department of Education that these requirements have been completed, the funds from these loans may be used toward your student account.
These awards will be added for each term of your eligibility once the Office of Financial Aid has received a certification roster from the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance. These rosters are typically received toward the end of the second month of each semester. Funding for the summer semester is dependent on availability from the Commonwealth. You are encouraged to register for all semester courses at the start of each term to allow the Office of Financial Aid to properly certify enrollment and award eligibility with the Commonwealth.
Becker College, in accordance with federal regulations, requires all students who receive federal financial aid to maintain satisfactory academic progress. Student academic progress is measured at the end of each semester against the following standards.
Additional information on financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress may be found in the Center for Accelerated and Professional Studies student handbook, the Office of Financial Aid website and the Office of Financial Aid Award Guide.
Most financial aid awards are disbursed in equal amounts each semester and applied directly to your student account. Disbursements are made after the fourth Monday of the third module of each semester once enrollment has been confirmed. State scholarship and grant funds are disbursed to your student account once the funds are received by Becker College.
Book vouchers are offered to students whose financial aid is in excess of their semester charges. The amount of the voucher comes from your financial aid award and the book voucher amount used will be charged back to your student account. For more information on book vouchers, please contact the Office of Student Accounts at 508-373-9437 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is the policy of Becker College to return all verified credit balances to students each semester. If your financial aid is in excess of your college bill, refund checks will generally be available by late August for the summer semester, mid-December for the fall semester, and late April for the spring semester. These dates only apply to students who have completed all of their financial aid paperwork. Refunds are contingent on receipt of financial aid funds by the College.
Yes, Becker College offers a deferment plan, which allows the student to defer the charges up to 30 days after the last class of that course, only for students who receive tuition reimbursement from their employer. Under this plan, the student must submit the following to the Office of Student Accounts prior to the start of the fall and/or spring semester.
Please note, that if you do not receive the reimbursement from your employer, you will be responsible for the course charges.
Students who are unable to complete or attend a course for which you are registered must officially withdraw from the course or the College. To withdraw from a course, students must contact their Academic Advisor for the Center of Accelerated and Professional Studies. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute withdrawal from a course; a student must contact their Academic Advisor to officially withdraw.
The date on which the signed Drop/Withdrawal form is received by the Center for Accelerated and Professional Studies, or the date the course is dropped through Insite by the student, is the official date of withdrawal. Students who do not officially withdraw or withdraw after the Add/Drop period of each module or term (depending on the course and week number of instructional time as noted below) will be responsible for the course charges whether or not attendance actually occurred.
5-7 Week Courses
During the 7 calendar days of the Add/Drop period of each module 100% Refund
During the second calendar week of the module 50% Refund
Starting with the third calendar week of the module 0% Refund
15 Week Courses
Through the end of the Add/Drop Period 100% Refund
After Add/Drop 0% Refund
Students who drop a course prior to the Add/Drop period (upon which they will receive a 100% tuition refund) may incur a loss of the following additional expenses: