What financial aid is available? It's a common question students ask before enrolling at Ashworth College Online. We understand. Balancing your dreams of launching a new career or taking the next step forward in your current one with the financial responsibilities you have to yourself and family is a challenge.
The answer to the financial aid question though is probably not what students expect to hear: Ashworth College does not accept (or offer) federal financial aid or private student loans. The reason? At Ashworth College we are committed to making tuition affordable for all students. A college education without using student loans may seem impossible – after all, according to the National Center for Education Statistics three out of four students at 2-year institutions use financial aid – but Ashworth students are able to graduate without using them. Here are a few ways we help students graduate without using student loans.
A college education is critical to career success, and we don't want tuition to be a financial burden that prevents students from getting what they want–and deserve–for themselves and their families. On average the cost per credit hour at the college is $65. Since this is an average, the cost per credit may be higher or lower depending on whether you're earning a professional certificate, an associate's degree, or a bachelor's degree but no matter what option is right, it's considerably less expensive than other colleges. If you want to see how Ashworth compares to other schools, check out our cost comparison chart.
Beyond tuition, the extra costs of college can often surprise students. From books to transportation to additional student fees, these small costs can add up to a significant amount. For Ashworth students however, everything is included in your tuition, which means there are no extra fees for things like books, study guides, academic support and career guidance. Avoiding these costs and knowing the exact cost of tuition by using our tuition calculator helps students like you fit paying for their education into their budget and avoid the need for federal or private student loans.
Paying for college is a big investment, even with affordable tuition. You are making a financial commitment, but also a commitment to yourself and your family for a better life. Doesn't it make sense that commitment is on your terms? At Ashworth College, students choose how they want to pay for college with flexible payment options. Our admissions team walks every student through their tuition payment options so you can understand your choices and select the plan that fits your financial situation and life.
In addition to keeping tuition affordable, Ashworth offers a variety of opportunities for students to save on tuition costs. For example, all students enrolled in an associate's degree have the opportunity to qualify to receive their final semester at no cost. There are other discounts for referring other students to the college, alumni returning to further their education, and savings for families who are attending Ashworth together. A full list of available discounts can be found on our savings page.
Figuring out how to pay for college is a choice all students must make. Often, the high cost of some colleges is an obstacle forcing students to forgo their career goals or making them think the only option is to take out student loans. But, those are not the only options. Finding an accredited, affordable program like those offered by Ashworth College can help you avoid those high cost loans and prepare you for the career path you want!
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If you’ve taken any prescription medications, you’ve no doubt interacted with a pharmacy technician. These professionals are most recognizable as the folks at your local drug store – handing you a prescription bag and ringing up your purchase on the cash register.
Retail pharmacies aren’t the only places pharm techs work, though. Pharmacy technicians work in a variety of settings, from hospitals to mail-order prescription facilities. And their job tasks can vary greatly depending on where they work.
About half of all pharm techs work in drug stores, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In a retail environment, pharmacy technicians work under the direction of the registered pharmacist to handle a number of important tasks, including:
Most pharmacy technicians employed in a retail setting work full time, sometimes in shifts that include nights and weekends. The median pharmacy technician salary in retail drug stores is about $30,000 per year, and demand for pharm techs is expected to grow rapidly as the Baby Boomer population continues to age.
Some pharm techs don’t want to interact with the public as much as required in a drug store setting. If that sounds like you, then you may be interested to know that hospitals employ many pharmacy technicians “behind the scenes” to prepare medications for patients. Like their retail peers, hospital-based pharm techs also work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist, but they may perform more complex tasks, including:
Working in a hospital is tops for pharmacy technician pay: the median salary for these professionals comes in at nearly $37,000 per year.
Many people receive their medications through the mail these days, and while it’s true that big machines count and package those pills, the prescriptions still must be processed by someone who has passed a pharmacy technician exam.
In a mail-order pharmacy, a pharm tech might:
Pharmacy technician hourly pay in a mail-order facility might run as high as $15.50, for a median annual salary of about $31,000.
Pharm techs work in other settings, too, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities, where they may package and dispense medications to patients.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to become a pharmacy technician, our Admission Advisors can put you on the path to enter this this fast-growing field. Learn more about the online pharmacy technician program at Ashworth College. Call 1-800-957-5412 or request free information today!
In our GO AFTER IT blog series, you'll meet fellow students and grads who committed themselves to chasing their dreams and proving it pays to GO AHEAD toward better opportunities -- no matter the obstacles to be overcome.
When Dan Brennanhusen* attained his role as the new director of safety and security for a major school district, his qualifications included nearly two decades of law enforcement and corporate security experience. He had also earned his Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Ashworth College and is a strong believer in the power of education to achieve success.
“I believe higher education is a leveraging tool to seek higher positions,” says Brennanhusen, “and with higher positions you typically are better compensated.”
While Brennanhusen was rewarded with better compensation, he feels that his Ashworth College program provided him with something much more valuable than the promise of higher pay. Even after working as a professional in law enforcement for so many years, he learned new concepts and techniques from the books and lessons in the Master of Criminal Justice Degree Program. He also discovered the practicality of his education, since he is using what he learned every day in his new job.
“I found the program to be contemporary and directly applicable to my profession. The core principles and components of my studies positively impact my career daily,” he says.
The quality of the program was unquestionably relevant to Brennanhusen’s career, but there were other benefits of an Ashworth College education that drew him into attending in the first place.
“Because I had a really busy work and family life, including two kids, I had to find a flexible program. I had been promoted to new assignments and divisions so life was as busy as it could possibly be. Ashworth College offered the accreditation and flexibility I needed to attain my objectives. The cost was also a plus.”
One might ask why a successful criminal justice professional who was already promoted would want to continue their education. According to Brennanhusen, the answer was twofold: career advancement and personal growth. At the time, he was a police sergeant and wanted to become a member of his department’s executive leadership team by working his way up to chief. After being promoted to commander, Brennanhusen realized that he would need a master’s degree to be considered for the next step up. And he knew that a higher-level degree would help him in his role for future promotions.
Says Brennanhusen, “Hiring someone always comes with some risks. I view degrees and higher education as an important piece of the puzzle. Having ‘missing pieces’ may cause a potential employer to find someone who has a more complete puzzle.”
As Brennanhusen completed his educational “puzzle,” he took his time. Aside from his competing priorities of earning a living and caring for a busy family, he says he didn’t want to merely pass assignments – he wanted to get good grades, do well and truly learn. He even paused his studies for a while so he could regroup and refocus.
Congratulations to Brennanhusen on completing his master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and the opportunities it has afforded him. If you’re interested in this field, or other fields of study, we recommend you contact an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 who will be happy to answer any and all questions you may have.
* At the request of the student in the interest of job privacy and security, a pseudonym is being used; otherwise, all quotes and information in this blog are actual and verifiable.
What’s your dream career? Working in the booming healthcare field? Criminal justice? Owning your own business?
All too often, people’s dreams get derailed because they think they can’t get the education they need to turn their vision into reality. The Ashworth College graduates in these videos will tell you otherwise. Hear their inspiring stories, and then talk to an admissions advisor today so you can stop dreaming and start pursuing your ideal career!
Wouldn’t you love to star in your own graduation video, dressed in a gown and mortarboard like these students? We would certainly love to see you walk the stage at our live commencement event to receive the certificate, diploma, or degree you earned at Ashworth College.
Learn more about the many flexible, afforedable programs available to help you start turning your dream career into a reality: Talk to an admissions advisor today!