How to Apply for Aid for Acupuncture School

Whether you are a new student or a current student who is new to the financial aid process, our goal is to offer you friendly, efficient service.  We strive to effectively guide you through the financial aid process.

So that we may provide the best support possible, we ask that you please review the information provided on these pages.  Do not hesitate to contact the staff of the AOMA Financial Aid Office if you have any questions. The AOMA Financial Aid Office may be reached by phone (512-492-3007) or by email.

Step 1: The FAFSA

The first step in applying for financial aid at AOMA is the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for all forms of federal aid, including Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Federal Work Study. Because AOMA also awards some scholarships on the basis of financial need, students are encouraged to complete a FAFSA even if they do not intend to request student loans. Veteran's/Active Duty Military benefits have an alternate application process.

For your convenience, we have provided an overview of the FAFSA completion process. The process outlined below typically takes 1 - 3 days to complete. Students receive the results of their FAFSA in the form of a Student Aid Report (SAR) in an email from the Federal Student Aid office of the Department of Education. Please review your SAR very carefully! The SAR is a somewhat lengthy document that contains important information about your eligibility for financial aid.

Once you have received your SAR, you are welcome to contact the AOMA Financial Aid Office to discuss your application. The following website might be useful for completing the FAFSA and interpreting the SAR:

To complete the FAFSA:

  • Visit our priority financial aid application and disbursements dates page at
  • Visit and create a profile that allows you to complete the FAFSA online
  • Gather the following documents/information:
    • Social security number (or alien registration or permanent resident card if you are not a U.S. citizen);
    • Records of money earned during the previous tax year, including:
      • Federal Income Tax Return,
      • All wages earned (if not required to file a tax return),
      • W-2 forms,
      • Spouse's tax return and W-2 forms (if applicable),
      • Records of untaxed income,
      • Current bank statements, and
      • Current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records (if applicable);
  • Follow the instructions on to complete the FAFSA online;
  • Enter AOMA's School Code (031564) to request that AOMA receive the results of your FAFSA;
  • As of May 10, 2015, all existing applicants with PINs must create a new FSA User ID & Password which will replace the PIN
  • Visit to create a FSA User ID & Password to electronically sign your FAFSA;
  • Your new FSA User ID & Password must be validated by FSA system prior to using; an email is sent once validated by FSA.
Step 2: AOMA Financial Aid

After completion of the FAFSA and review of their Student Aid Report (SAR), prospective students should contact the Admissions Office by phone (512-492-3013/1-800-824-9987 x213) or email and submit their application to the program of study according to the published admissions deadlines. Further steps in the financial aid process depend on a student’s acceptance into the program. Students who apply from out of state can complete this process remotely, provided that they have the ability to scan, fax, and/or email documents to the Financial Aid Office.

The following steps outline the financial aid process once you have been accepted to AOMA:

  • Contact the Admissions Office by phone (512-492-3013/1-800-824-9987 x213) or by email to schedule an appointment with the Financial Services Administrator;
  • Meet with the Financial Services Administrator for preliminary financial aid advising;
  • Complete all necessary financial aid paperwork according to published deadlines below;
  • Receive confirmation of your financial aid application from the AOMA Financial Aid Office;
  • Contact the Admissions Office to make an appointment to register for classes;
  • Register for classes;
  • Receive confirmation of your financial aid package from the AOMA Financial Aid Office;
  • Communicate with the Financial Services Administrator by phone (512-492-3007/1-800-824-9987 x207) or by email regarding any additional application steps.

Verification is the process by which the AOMA Financial Aid Office verifies data reported by student applicants on their FAFSA.

Not all applicants are selected for verification. The federal government selects applicants either through a random process or because the applicant submits a FAFSA that is incomplete or contains information that is inconsistent with records at other governmental offices.

When a student is selected for verification, the Financial Aid Office informs that student of their selection in writing, either by mail or by email. The Financial Aid Office also informs the student of the required documentation and of the process for submitting that documentation. Examples of requested documents include, but are not limited to:

  • Income tax return for the year used for completion of FAFSA;
  • Copy of birth certificate, or original unexpired Passport;
  • Certificate of naturalization; and
  • Social security card.

The student submits the required documentation to the Financial Aid Office and completes the Verification Worksheet with the assistance of the Financial Aid Administrator. Based on the results of verification, the Financial Aid Office works with the student to make the required or applicable changes to the FAFSA or the disbursement amounts and submits those changes to the federal government.


Students are encouraged to submit the requested documentation as quickly as possible. The deadline for submitting verification documents to the Financial Aid Office is 60 days from the date the student is informed of their selection. The Financial Aid Office submits any corrections to the federal government within 120 days of the date the student is selected for verification, or by the verification deadlines published in the Federal Register. No Title IV aid will be disbursed to a selected student until that student has completed the verification process.

Please note

A student who has been selected for verification, informed of their selection by the Financial Aid Office, and who fails to provide documentation or to complete the verification process within the required time frame is not eligible to receive disbursements of federal financial aid.

If it is determined that a student has received funds that they were not entitled to receive, the student must repay that amount. If a repayment is not made, the overpayment will be referred to the Office of Inspector General.

Optional PLUS Loans

Direct PLUS Loan Application Process

Federal Direct PLUS Loans have additional eligibility requirements. In addition to the steps outlined on in Step 2, students borrowing Direct PLUS loans must follow these procedures:

  • Complete the Consent to Obtain Credit Report form with the Financial Services Administrator. AOMA Financial Aid Office processes the credit check through the Department of Education or a student may apply on their own at
    • If credit is approved:
      • Complete a Federal Direct PLUS Loan Application and Master Promissory Note (PLUS MPN).
      • Complete Direct PLUS Loan Entrance Counseling online (now under all-in-one entrance counseling) and with the AOMA Financial Aid Office.
    • If credit is declined:
      • PLUS Counseling is required if the U.S. Department of Education has informed you that you have an adverse credit history and you have:
        * Obtained an endorser or
        * Documented extenuating circumstances to the satisfaction of the U.S. Department of Education.

      • If there is an endorser for the student, then the student and endorser must reapply together and both must complete a PLUS MPN for the loan.

  • To complete PLUS Counseling at, you will need 15 -20 minutes to complete & your FSA ID.

Students may re-apply for Direct Graduate PLUS loans each Borrower Based Academic Year (BBAY - three terms at AOMA). Credit checks are performed upon application. Please note that credit worthiness may change. Receipt of a PLUS loan in one BBAY does not guarantee receipt of a PLUS loan in subsequent BBAYs.

Step 3: Complete the Certification Form

During the scheduled appointment from Admissions to Financial Aid, the Financial Services Administrator provides an overview of eligibility to the student and provides the opportunity to complete a certification form to request the amount of aid needed.

The financial aid award will be processed and an award letter will be issued.

Direct deposit

It is recommended that students complete a direct deposit form for disbursing excess aid. Complete a direct deposit form available through the Finance Office.

Priority Application and Disbursement Stipend Dates

AOMA accepts applications for Financial Aid continuously throughout the year. If you miss the Financial Aid Application Deadline for a term, you can still apply to receive financial aid for that term but the disbursement date listed below will no longer be accurate.

2015 – 2016 Financial Aid Dates

Fall 2015

New Student Application & Renewal Friday, 8/28/2015
Stipend Date Friday, 9/25/2015
Late Requests or Changes Friday, 12/4/2015

Winter 2016

New Student Application & Renewal Friday, 12/4/2015
Stipend Date Friday, 1/8/2016
Late Requests or Changes Friday, 3/18/2016

Spring 2016

New Student Application & Renewal Friday, 3/16/2016
Stipend Date Friday, 4/15/2016
Late Requests or Changes Friday, 6/24/2016