Financial Aid for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
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Starting with the August 2016 entry, we will be awarding $1000 scholarships to applicants who score 90% or better on the quantitative section of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test, if taken in the last three years. Please click here to learn about the GRE
Program Structure for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
- Study for 11-12 months at the University in Fairfield, Iowa
- Optional 8 months practical training at a U.S. company as part of your program
- Receive academic credit for your training
- Typically receive $65,000 to $75,000 per year compensation from the company
- One course via Distance Education if needed
- Use low interest, long term federal student loans, including cash for expenses
Program Cost The program cost varies slightly depending on entry date and the academic progress for each student:
August entry combines two semesters plus two courses during our summer term to complete the degree using federal student loans.
February entry combines spring semester, summer term, and fall semester (ends mid December) using federal student loans. Students complete their degree via optional curricular practical training during employment (no cost) or a distance education course ($1,800 from work earnings).
Tuition and Fees
Housing (single room) & meals
Federal Student Loans
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- An additional $7,800 is available in federal student loans towards your books, travel, and personal expenses.
How can I qualify for Federal Student Loans?
The application for the FAFSA is the first step. The largest portion of the federal student loan is guaranteed. The remaining portion only requires that there is no adverse credit, for example, no history of late payments, or an endorser would be required. Most of our USA MS CS students qualify for the entire program cost to be covered, except for any distance education courses ($1800) which can be paid from work earnings.
How do I know I can repay loans?
Most of our graduate students are placed in jobs with incomes sufficient to comfortably repay federal student loans. If necessary, there are also postponement options for unemployment, and long term repayment options to diminish the monthly payment, as well as income based repayment options.
What if I want to live off campus while in Fairfield, Iowa?
The Federal Student Loan for housing and meals may be used for dorm housing and meals on campus or for off campus housing and meals. The quantity of Federal Student Loan is the same either way. Students who live on campus are required to pay for meals on campus. Students who live off campus may purchase their own meals. On campus housing and meals is usually preferable due to the convenience.