How Can I Get Money to Pay for My Medical Assistant Training Program Tuition?"I would like to become a medical assistant but I don't know how to pay for my training." One concern that is emerging to the forefront of many potential medical assisting school applicants' minds is the how to come up with enough money to cover the cost of learning a meaningful trade and funding.
Medical assisting students can expect to incur approximately $7,000-$9,000 for tuition and books at a community college and up to $16,000 at a private for-profit vocational training institution. Many do not know where to look for money, although money for school is available.
Obvious and Hidden Costs of Attending Medical Assistant School
There are obvious costs, and hidden costs. Obvious costs are for tuition, books, laptop, software, scrubs, stethoscope, and a penlight. Hidden costs associated with going back to school often are cost for transportation, babysitter, and loss of income (if you have to put your job on hold or cut hours to go to school).
Money is Available
There are federal student loans, scholarships and grants and even vocational training programs for teens and adults that are completely free or fully paid for by the Department of Labor or other government funding, such as the Workforce Investment Act (WIA):
- Regional Occupational Programs (ROP) offer specialized training to high school juniors and seniors or students who are 16 years of age and are free.
- Job Corps is a program administered by the United States Department of Labor that offers free-of-charge education and vocational training to youth ages 16 to 24.
- Workforce Investment Act sponsored programs designed to prepare youth and unskilled adults for entry into the labor force, previously known as JTPA.
- And then there are Pell grants, especially Pell Grants for low income single parents returning to institutes of technology, collegiate-level institutions, vocational schools and trade schools to get a post-secondary education that will lead to a trade.
For a list of Federal Student Aid and Assistance Programs go to the New Medical Assistant website. This website will give you additional tips and ideas where to turn for medical assistant training program funding.