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PAYING FOR SCHOOL

 
The right education can set you up for success now and into the future. Starting a rewarding career that will provide growth and help build a better life for you and your family requires the proper training.
 
Education is the key that opens doors for you. It readies you to think critically, address situations thoughtfully and prepares you for a lifetime of success.
 
At Pima Medical Institute, you will have the support you need to achieve in the classroom and beyond.
When you graduate from Pima Medical Institute, you will not only have the certificate or degree you worked hard for, you will walk away with the skills and real-world experience that will serve you well when you begin your job search. Your credentials and knowledge will set you apart from others in the workplace and show employers your dedication to the field.
 
We know heading back to school is a big decision. There are lots of things to consider and many questions you may have – Am I making the right choice? Is this the best school for me? How will this affect me and my family? One of the biggest questions is often, How do I pay for college?
 

Borrow Smart

 Understanding the options you have to pay for school is important, and can be overwhelming. Don’t be intimidated – be informed and keep these tips in mind.
 
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
 
Federal Student Aid is part of the U.S. Department of Education and they are the largest provider of student financial aid in the country. They developed the FAFSA form to help students determine for which federal assistance program they qualify. You can learn more and access FAFSA online.
 
Don’t borrow more than you need.
 
Remember, any money you borrow will have to be repaid – often with interest – once you graduate. Only borrow what you need to cover your education expenses. If you’re going back to school full-time and won’t be working, factor in your living expenses, and be sure not to over budget. You may be offered more than the amount you need for your education and living expenses, but you don’t have to take the maximum amount you’re offered.
 
Ask questions and understand what you’re signing.
 
You have options when it comes to financing your education. Be sure to research which options are best for you. Whether you’re meeting with one of our financial aid officers or you’re looking at private loan options, ask:
 
  • What types of loans am I eligible for?
  • What is the interest rate?
  • Will the interest rate change and if so, how often?
  • Can I get a lower interest rate?
  • What fees do I have to pay?
  • When will I be expected to start repaying my loan?
  • What will my monthly payments be?
  • How long will I have to make payments?
  • Do you offer borrower protection?
  • Do you offer deferment or forbearance?
 
Consider repaying your loans while in school.
 
You can start to pay back your loans, or begin paying any interest that you accrue, while you’re still in school. That means you can reduce your total balance, lower your monthly payment and potentially pay off your loan sooner.

For Washington State residents seeking information and resources about student loan repayment or seeking to submit a complaint relating to your student loans or student loan servicer, please visit www.wsac.wa.gov/loan-advocacy or contact the Student Loan Advocate at loanadvocate@wsac.wa.gov


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