Q: When applying for financial aid at Life West, do I need to include my parent’s income and assets?
You need to provide only your income (and your spouse, if applicable). Chiropractic students at Life West are considered independent since they are enrolled in a graduate/professional degree program.
Q: I have been working the past year, will that affect my eligibility?
That is not a problem as the federal loans for graduate students are available to students of all income and asset levels.
Q: Can I also borrow for living expenses?
Chiropractic education requires a very intense course of study and most students choose not to work full time while going to school. The student loan budget includes tuition, books, and a standard cost of living expense.
Q: Do you have scholarships?
Life West has a number of institutional scholarships, which are available to both incoming and current students. Detailed information and applications are available here.
Life West also recommends you look into outside scholarships (not funded by the school) for options. The criterion varies for each scholarship, with a high percentage only available only to chiropractic students. We recommend the following websites to research scholarships opportunities, such as www.fastweb.org or www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov. A variety of free scholarship websites are available therefore we do not recommend paying to search (www.finaid.org/finaid/scams.html).
Q: Do you have financial aid programs for veterans?
Educational benefits are available to veterans attending Life West through the various assistance programs provided by the federal government. Students are eligible to use both the current GI Bill ® and the Post – 9/11 GI Bill. Detailed information, eligibility criteria and updates on the various chapters may be found at www.GIBILL.va.gov.
The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 caps payment at $21,084 for a 12 month period (8/1/15-7/31/16) for private education. In addition, the Post-9/11 Act provides a monthly stipend up to $3,125 and a $1,000 annual book allowance. If you have less than 36 months of service all benefits are prorated based on your length of service.
Life Chiropractic College West is also a proud member in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Through our participation in this special program offered by the Department of Education, it is possible for eligible U.S. veterans enrolling at Life West to have up to 100 percent of their out-of-pocket tuition and fees covered. Our participation in the program means coverage of all your tuition not already provided for by the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
*GI bill ® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about educatoin benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/