I recently had the pleasure to speak with Alecia Mitchell, ASM Wellness Financial Aid Representative. Her refreshing, non-intimidating manner is ideal for intimate discussions about finances. She sincerely enjoys her role as Financial Aid guide and being a part of the experience that can transform someone’s life.
AM: When I began this career, after being in the military, I immediately saw how I could inspire and encourage others. Financial Aid can be dry and intimidating. My personality naturally helps people trust me, open up and break the ice as we begin the discussion about intimate information. This process is involved in an experience that can change someone’s life forever. I am extremely grateful for my role in this process.
AM: Once a person has defined the school they want to attend then they can explore several options including in-house scholarships. With career schools like Atlanta School of Massage, student loans are available with amounts depending on the individual. Student loans are more flexible than most loans, such as credit card, home or car loans. The federal government works with individuals’ unique circumstances.
I send clients a list of resources for grants, scholarships and loans so they can read through the information and be prepared to ask me any questions when we meet in person. It’s important to give my clients plenty of room and time to digest the information and make sure they completely understand options and loan agreements. I do not rush this process.
AM: I recommend the IFAP financial aid handbook and to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA). Pell grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree. Amounts can change yearly. For the 2016–17 award year the maximum award is $5,815.
Both the federal government and nonprofit organizations offer money for school to veterans, future military personnel, active duty personnel, or those related to veterans or active duty personnel. Our school accepts the Vocational Rehabilitation, Post 9/11 GI Bill, REAP, DEA, and the Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserves benefits for for qualifying veterans.
AM: I heard this woman’s life story who had so many odds against her and was ready and excited to enroll in one of our programs. I had to break the news that one of her loans was in default and she broke down in tears. When we contacted the lender she was only delinquent for 259 days so we were able to consolidate her loans so she would be eligible to receive FA. As we explored more she had a father who was a disabled veteran so there were VA benefits available to her as well. I helped her through that process. So her life just turned around. She ended up being a 4.0 student, graduated with honors and launched her own mobile massage business. I was so thrilled to be a part of transforming her life.
To find out more about what financial aid options may be available to you, contact Alecia at 678-805-0130.