Texas School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Dallas takes applications for Fall and Spring admissions. Students are encouraged to apply early with the expectation that the majority of applicants will be received by February 1st for Fall admissions. Spring admissions are not guaranteed. Decisions are made on a first come, first served basis with the expectation that many decisions will be made by April 15th. Though it is possible to apply until all slots in a given class are full, later applications are reviewed with the expectation that such later applications represent the kind of forethought and planning expected in doctoral study. Admission requirements are as follows:
Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department of the campus to which application is being made. An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:
All applicants will receive written notification of the Admissions Committees decision. Admissions Committee decisions are final and are not subject to appeal. Accepted applicants are required to remit a non-refundable deposit of $500.00 by the date stipulated on the written notification to reserve a place in the entering class. This deposit will be applied toward the tuition of the students first semester. An applicant, if rejected, can reapply by following the reapplication policy.
Additional Requirements prior to Matriculation
Applicants need to have completed five foundation courses (see below), or their equivalent, with a grade of B- or better prior to matriculating into the Clinical Psychology program at the Texas School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. Abnormal psychology General psychology Tests and measures or psychological assessment Statistics or research methods Personality theories
These courses are designed to provide a foundation for the required curriculum and offer perspectives and information that complement those of the clinical psychology program. Students who have not completed these courses prior to admission must do so before the first semester of matriculation and receive a grade of B- or better. Argosy University offers courses in all of the above subject areas in an online format. Students who have completed one or more foundation courses must submit an official transcript documenting their completion to the Student Services Department.
Financial assistance (financial aid) awarded through Argosy University may consist of a combination of federal grants, scholarships, state aid programs, loans, and/or part-time work-study opportunities for those who qualify. Different forms of financial aid are explained later in this section. Students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Argosy University Institutional Application for Financial Aid to apply for financial assistance. After students are accepted and complete the appropriate paperwork, students will receive an award letter from Argosy University, describing their Financial Aid Package.
Argosy University participates with federal, state, and private agencies to make various financial aid programs available to students. However, the primary responsibility for financing a college education rests upon the student and family. If a student obtains a loan to pay for an educational program, the student will have the responsibility to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, less the amount of any refund. If the student has received federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of the moneys not paid from federal student financial aid program funds. If the student has any questions regarding the repayment of the loan, he or she should contact the institutions financial aid office or contact the agency that guaranteed the loan.
Types of Financial Assistance
There are several sources from which students may receive financial assistance. These sources may include the following:
Grants are financial awards that do not have to be repaid. They are usually based on need.
Federal Work Study Program
Available to graduate and undergraduate students, eligibility for this program is based on financial need. Students are offered jobs (usually on-campus) which pay at least the federal minimum wage. The number of hours to be worked during a semester is determined by the amount awarded by the program. The average work schedule ranges from ten to twenty hours per week.
Scholarships are financial awards which do not have to be repaid. Funds are provided by a variety of government, civic and professional organizations as well as the school itself. Awards are made in recognition of outstanding student achievement. Student achievement can be defined in many waysby academic talent, community service involvement, or demonstrated leadership abilities. Scholarship opportunities at Argosy University are designed to assist students in pursuing their educational goals by recognizing their prior achievements in these areas.
A loan is financial aid which must be repaid to the lending institution. Eligibility, interest rates, payment deferment periods (if any), and loan amounts vary by the type of loan the student obtains. Loans are available in several forms, as briefly explained below:
Federal (Title IV) Loans Federal Perkins Loan
This is a fixed interest rate, subsidized loan. It is administered by Argosy University, and eligibility for the loan is based on financial need. Funds in this program are extremely limited.
Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan
This is a fixed rate, subsidized loan, administered by lenders. Eligibility for this loan is based on financial need. Argosy University must certify the students eligibility for the amount borrowed.
Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
This is a fixed rate loan, administered by lenders, and is not based on need. Argosy University must certify the students eligibility for the amount borrowed. Payments may be deferred while the student is enrolled; however, interest accrues on the loan during that time.
Federal Direct PLUS Loans for Graduate and Professional Degree Students
This loan is for students in Graduate programs who need additional funds and who meet Federal eligibility requirements. The interest rate is fixed, and interest accrues while the student is in school. There are credit requirements for this loan. It is recommended that students borrow the Federal Grad PLUS Loan from the same lender as their Stafford Loans.
Other Financial Assistance Resources
In addition to the federal and state programs listed here, Texas School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University participates in other programs designed to provide financial assistance to specific groups of students. Some of these programs include: Veterans Administration (VA) Job Training and Partnership Act (JTPA) Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)
Applying for Financial Assistance
Students must be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for most types of financial aid. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Argosy University Institutional Financial Aid Application are two documents which help to determine the amount of assistance for which a student is eligible. The FAFSA is used to collect personal and financial information which is used to calculate financial need and determine eligibility for financial aid. This analysis takes into account factors such as income, assets, number of family members in the household, and the number of family members enrolled in college.