East West College is committed to helping students achieve their educational goals.
East West College can advise you on several different tuition and financing options, and our Financial Aid Department is dedicated to helping you develop an affordable and feasible payment plan.
You can attend East West College either as a Program student or a Non-Diploma student, depending on what works best for you.
Program students agree to complete the 800-hour EWC program within a limited time period and to fulfill all the terms in their Enrollment Agreement. For this, the college guarantees a tuition rate that is currently $16,600 for the complete program.
Non-Diploma students do not enroll in the 800-hour program, but take any classes they wish, according to their own schedule and the prerequisites outlined in the EWC Catalog. In exchange for this independence, they have to re-enroll each term and pay the tuition rate in force at that time. A non-diploma student may eventually complete the entire 800-hour program but will receive transcripts of their coursework, rather than a diploma. Current tuition for non-diploma students is $23 per clock hour.
What other fees and expenses can I expect?
There is a non-refundable fee of $25 for applying to East West College. Your application will remain active for six months after you submit it, but you will be responsible for all financial, academic and other policies in effect when you actually start classes.
There is a one-time registration fee of $100 when you sign the Enrollment Agreement. If you elect to cancel your enrollment within five days of the date of enrollment, and before the commencement of classes, this registration fee is refunded.
The estimated cost of textbooks, supplies and a massage table is approximate $1,200 for the 800-hour Program. For your convenience, the EWC Campus Store stocks all of these items. You may also obtain these items elsewhere, use textbooks in the library, and use the EWC Practice room (for a nominal linen fee) instead of purchasing a massage table.
In addition, you are required to receive and pay for a professional massage in six courses throughout the program. While rates for massage sessions can vary widely, you should plan to spend $300-350 over the course of the program.
Additional charges will be incurred for transferring credits, repeating failed courses, dropping courses, taking additional courses outside of the program requirements, missed exams, completing required tutoring sessions, obtaining official transcripts, replacement student ID cards, and returned checks. Elective courses may have a lab fee for materials.
Other expenses such as room and board, transportation and loan origination fees will vary depending on your own needs.
Students may make full payment of tuition and fees at the time of enrollment, apply for federal financial aid, obtain tuition assistance from agencies, or set up a payment plan.
As a COMTA-accredited institution, East West College is eligible to offer federal financial aid to students who qualify. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours of classes per week to receive financial aid assistance. Students are considered to be enrolled at a ¾ time status or ½ status while enrolled in East West College of the Healing Arts Massage program, depending on the length of their program.
Applying for federal financial aid can feel complicated, but East West has developed a simple, step-by-step way to make it easier. Just click the links below to get started.
Applying for Federal Student Aid
You can easily apply for federal student aid online, by filling out the Free Federal Student Aid Application, or FAFSA.
The first step is to apply for your Federal Student Aid ID by visiting this site.
Once you have your FSA ID, you will need to collect the following information, in order to complete the application:
- Valid Driver’s License
- Social Security Card
- W-2 Records or Other Financial Income Documents
- Federal Tax Returns
- Parents’ Tax Returns (Under Age 24)
- Untaxed Income Records
- Current Bank Statements
- Investment Records
- Alien Registration or Permanent Resident Card (Not US Citizen)
Once you have this information, you can complete the online application at studentaid.gov.
Types of Federal Financial Aid Available
There are two types of federal financial aid available to East West College Students—Federal Pell Grants and William D. Ford Direct Loans. Special benefits for Veterans or Americorps are discussed at the respective sites.
The Federal Pell Grant Program
Grants are need-based grant funds to a student that don’t have to be repaid. In the federal financial aid system, these funds are awarded through the Federal Pell Grant Program. They are available to East West College students. Awards are based upon the estimated family contribution calculated by the FAFSA application, and the cost and length of the program.
The Federal Direct Loan Program
Direct Loans are funds available for students to borrow that have to be repaid. In the federal financial aid system, these funds are awarded through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. These Direct Loans are designed to help students and parents pay for the student’s education after high school. At this time, the lender is the U.S. Department of Education rather than a bank or other financial institution.
Interest rates on Direct Loans are affordably low and fixed for the life of the loan. Students are not required to make payments while enrolled for at least 12 hours of classes per week. A six month grace period begins when a student enrolls for fewer than 12 hours of class, withdraws from all classes, or graduates. Please be aware that a one time six month grace period is granted during a student’s borrowing history.
Direct Subsidized and Direct Unsubsidized Loans have a current interest rate of 4.99% and a loan origination fee of 1.057%. The origination fee is deducted from the total loan amount prior to the loans being disbursed to the school.
Direct Subsidized Loans
Direct Subsidized loans are for students with demonstrated financial need as determined by the student’s estimated family contribution. No interest is charged while a student is in school at least half-time (12 hours of classes per week minimum), during the grace period, and during deferment periods. The loan amounts cannot exceed the federal annual/aggregate limit for subsidized loans.
Direct Unsubsidized Loans
Direct Unsubsidized loans are not based on financial need. Interest is charged while the student is in school and during the grace period. Students may elect to either pay the interest, but not the principal while in school or postpone paying interest while in school which will result in the accrued interest to be capitalized upon leaving school or reducing course-work below half-time. The loan amounts cannot exceed the federal annual/aggregate limit for combined subsidized and unsubsidized loans.
For more information regarding a student’s lifetime eligibility on financial aid and annual/aggregate limits, please go to https://studentaid.gov/
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct PLUS Loans are unsubsidized loans designed for parents to help pay for their dependent student’s education. The PLUS loan is a credit-based loan that may be borrowed annually. The amount is determined by subtracting the financial aid awarded to the student from the cost of attendance as determined by the school. Interest begins accruing with the first disbursement of funds. Repayment also begins immediately and the first payment is due sixty days after the first disbursement of loan funds, however parents, as borrowers, may be able to defer payments if selected in the application process.
Receiving Your Financial Aid Award Package
After you complete your FAFSA, the federal government will send the results of your application to the East West College Financial Aid Office in the form of an ISIR (Institutional Student Information Record). It is important to keep an eye out for communication from the financial aid department, in case there are any corrections needed on your application prior to determining your eligibility. Once you are accepted into our 800-hour program, the Admissions Office will send your Enrollment Agreement to the Financial Aid Office, which will use all of this information to calculate your Financial Aid Award Package. The Financial Aid Office will then contact you to discuss your Financial Aid Award Package, and answer any questions you may have.
There will be four items in your Financial Aid Award Package:
- Budget Worksheet. This shows the cost of your program, the total aid you have been awarded and the budget that was used to calculate your need. It also shows any amounts that will not be covered by your Financial Aid Award.
- Financial Aid Award Letter. This will tell you the type and amount of aid you will receive and when you can expect to receive it.
- A Parent PLUS Worksheet (if relevant). This worksheet is only for the parents of dependent students with PLUS loans. It shows the cost of attending East West College, the amount of the student offer and the remaining balance. This information will allow parents to borrow additional funds to help with living expenses while their student is attending school.
- Financial Aid Loan Summary. This document gives a detailed breakdown of the types and amounts of aid being borrowed, when to expect the disbursements to your account, and your responsibilities associated with the funds.
At the end of your financial award counseling meeting, we’ll have you complete an electronic undergraduate “Master Promissory Note” and “Entrance Counseling” document that indicates your legal obligations and provides information to you surrounding the federal student aid program. Both of these required documents can be completed online by visiting https://studentaid.