Applying For Aid

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Transfer Students
International Students

First Year Applicants & Continuing Students

1) Apply for Admission. To receive priority consideration for available financial aid funds, complete your admission application file on time.

2) Get Your PIN (Personal Identification Number): Plan to file your FAFSA online and e-sign it with a Federal Student Aid PIN. Students and parents may request PINs now. Having a PIN will make filing the online FAFSA a totally paperless process (but don’t forget to print the confirmation page).

3) Fill out the FAFSA online.

All Applicants and Continuing Students – Please fill out FAFSA with school code 012154 (CIIS).  

Prospective students please don’t wait until you have been admitted to file your FAFSA. Note: Submitting a paper FAFSA will dramatically increase the time it takes to process your application. Electronic filing is recommended.

4) In addition to completing the FAFSA, all students must also complete the ACTCM Supplemental Financial Aid Form found in the table below.

2015 ACTCM Financial Aid Application

5) Once the FAFSA has been processed, it is transmitted to ACTCM electronically. You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) that lists the information reported on the FAFSA. Any errors or changes in information on the SAR should be reported to the Financial Aid Office.

6) Once we have completed the review of your financial aid application and you have been admitted as a student at ACTCM, we will mail your financial aid award offer along with the “Understanding Your Award Letter” booklet and any other documents required in order to receive financial aid.  The Financial Aid Award Letter confirms the financial aid that you are being offered. It includes the types and amounts of financial aid that you are eligible to receive and also includes the cost of attendance, which is used to determine financial aid eligibility.

7) If needed, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Federal Verification Worksheet
Tips for completing FAFSA
FAFSA Online

Transfer Students

Students who wish to transfer from another college of Oriental medicine to ACTCM must follow the same application process as entering United States or international students, and must also meet with the Dean of their desired program to discuss ACTCM’s curriculum requirements.

In addition to undergraduate transcripts, a transfer student must also submit a transcript from the acupuncture and/or Oriental medicine college at which he or she studied previously. For a student wishing to obtain ACTCM transfer credits for work completed at another Oriental Medicine college, the college must be ACAOM accredited or in candidacy status or the foreign equivalent. A student who has attended a non-ACAOM approved college in the United States should contact the Admissions Office for information. All transfer credits must be awarded before the student begins classes at ACTCM.

Depending on the amount of acupuncture and Oriental medicine education received at another institution, transfer students may be required to take the first or second level comprehensive exams, challenge exams, and/or placement exams so that the College can develop a course schedule that reflects their level of knowledge. If a transfer student lacks sufficient knowledge in a certain subject, he or she will be required to take a Required Review (see Policies section) or a course for credit in order to reach a level equivalent to other students in the MSTCM program. In general, the placement of transfer students into specific MSTCM classes is based on a review of all previous educational coursework, as well as on the outcomes of exams.

Transfer students are required to meet with the Academic Advisor or the Dean of the Master’s Program prior to registration each quarter for approval of their course schedule.

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International Students

ACTCM students who are neither U.S. Citizens nor eligible permanent residents are encouraged to contact their home countries for information about student financial assistance. Many countries may be willing to provide financial assistance to fund an ACTCM education.

Some privately funded student loans are available to non-U.S. citizens, provided a co-signer is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. In addition, the website provides information for international students who are thinking about pursuing education in the United States.

Canadian students may use both the Canadian and provincial loan programs to fund education at ACTCM as well as the Educaid Canadian Higher Education Loan Program.  For further information, contact the relevant Canadian agencies or access the Canadian Loan website which links to provincial websites. For more information on Canadian Students Studying in the United States, please visit the International Student Loan website.

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