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Accelerated Degree Programs: Gain Master’s Level Experience While Earning Your Bachelor’s Degree with MAP

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You have goals to expand your education beyond a Bachelor’s degree—and you’re looking for the best route to compete your educational aspirations. Argosy University’s Master’s Accelerated Plan (MAP) allows qualifying undergraduates to take select graduate-level courses. These accelerated courses count toward completion of a Bachelor’s degree and can lead to advanced standing in one of Argosy University’s Master’s degree programs. Generosity

MAP is offered at 18 locations of Argosy University and through Argosy University, Online Programs.

Students in MAP will have the opportunity to learn from experienced graduate-level faculty. And the coursework you’ll take satisfies the requirements to complete your Bachelor’s degree. MAP is a hands-on view of what it’s like to be in a Master’s level program, providing networking opportunities and the chance to learn from guest speakers.

Not everyone is eligible for the program—to take graduate-level courses, you need to be accepted into MAP and have a CGPA of at least a “B” (3.0). To apply for the program, current undergraduate students must have already completed between 60 and 105 undergraduate credits.

Students transferring into Argosy University who wish to join MAP must have completed up to 90 credits and meet all requirements for MAP acceptance—as well as the school’s admissions requirements. Applicants new to Argosy University may transfer from 60 to a maximum of 90 credits toward a Bachelor’s degree.

Once you’re accepted into the accelerated master’s program, you’ll need to complete a minimum of 12 graduate credits in one of the areas established by the University. These credits will apply toward your undergraduate electives.

MAP is a hands-on view of what it’s like to be in a Master’s level program, providing networking opportunities and the chance to learn from guest speakers. Ready to learn more? Visit Argosy University’s MAP page for more information.


Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: Argosy University, 333 City Boulevard West, Suite 1810, Orange, CA 92868 © 2017 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu.
See auprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

Transfer credit is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Argosy University offers no guarantee that credit earned at another institution will be accepted into a program of study offered by Argosy University.

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Are scholarships and financial aid available to online students?

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It’s understandable that you may need some help paying for your education. It’s a big investment in your future! More specifically, you may wonder if online schools offer financial aid or scholarships. Fortunately, students at Argosy University, Online Programs have access to much of the same financial aid, scholarships, and grant opportunities as students attending a brick and mortar school.* Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

The first step in seeing what you qualify for is to fill out the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Over 22 million people fill out a FAFSA form each year.

The FAFSA is not difficult to complete, provided you have all of the required documentation. One will first need to determine if they are a dependent or independent student. Your dependency status determines whose information you must report on the FAFSA. If you’re a dependent student, you will report your and your parents’ information. If you’re an independent student, you will report your own information (and, if you’re married, your spouse’s). You can get help determining that here https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/dependency .

Students will need to create a FAFSA ID before starting the form. You’ll need your social security number, your parents’ social security numbers, your driver’s license number, tax returns, and information on savings and checking accounts. There’s even a convenient tool that links the to the Internal Revenue Service’s website, which can fill in some of the required FAFSA information.

The FAFSA submission will also determine your eligibility for Pell grants, federal grants that are generally awarded to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. Some individuals are not eligible to receive these grants—so be sure that you qualify. Federal Grants do not have to be repaid by eligible students who remain in school. Students might have to pay back all or part of a Federal Grant if he/ she withdraws from school before finishing an enrollment period (for example, a semester or class session).

Other federal aid possibilities include Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), direct loans, Parent PLUS loans, and graduate PLUS loans.

In addition to any assistance that the FAFSA identifies, Argosy University accepts employer tuition assistance and military tuition assistance.

Argosy University also offers scholarship and grant opportunities, which vary by program and location. This assistance is available to qualified prospective and current students—and sometimes to school alums. These scholarships and grants may also be restricted to online students. There may be other requirements and all are subject to change at any time.

Once you’ve begun your FAFSA process, consider reaching out to an Argosy University student finance counselor to learn about other financial aid options for your online classes. We are dedicated to working with you to help you achieve your education goals. Click here to learn more about how we can assist you.

* Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: Argosy University, 333 City Boulevard West, Suite 1810, Orange, CA 92868 © 2017 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu.
See auprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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New Year’s Financial Resolutions: 4 Financial Planning Tips

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Written by Dr. Paul M. Wendee, DBA, CFP®, CBI

Department Chair | College of Arts and Sciences| Graduate School of Business and Management at

Argosy University, Orange County


Now that we have begun the New Year, it is time to start thinking about some financial planning steps we can take to increase our wealth.

I wrote a short workbook on this subject entitled, Four Easy and Powerful Steps to Building Wealth. This workbook is available at no cost to anyone by signing up for the free membership to my website, the Intrinsic Value Wealth Report . The link for the workbook is: Four Easy and Powerful Steps to Building Wealth .

The four financial planning steps are as follows:

1. Set up a recurring investment into your bank account.

2. Determine an investment allocation.

3. Select your investments.

4. Start investing now.

The workbook has many resources to help you get started on investing in the New Year. Go to this link and sign up to get more details on starting your wealth building program.

Additionally, I would suggest that people of any age start planning for retirement. A good first step is use one of the many good retirement planning calculators available. The Intrinsic Value Wealth Report has one that can be accessed at Retirement Calculators . Also, look into using a retirement savings vehicle such as an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or a 401K plan. Click Retirement Accounts for information on IRAs and 401K plans.

In the financial planning field, one of the best ways to save money is a concept known as paying yourself first. It is very simple and works this way. Each month, the first money that comes out of your paycheck should be to your own savings account or retirement planning account. After that, you can pay your bills, go on vacation, go out for dinner, buy your groceries, etc. Following this simple guidance will ensure that you will be setting aside some savings each month.

Couples should plan for savings and retirement, as well. As couples, it is critically important for you to be in agreement on your savings and investment plans. If you are not in agreement, it is unlikely that your savings and investment plan will ever get started. I have seen many couples fail in their financial goals over the years by not being in agreement and working together on their family financial planning.

Napoleon Hill said that if you can imagine something, you can achieve or create it. This applies to achieving your financial goals as well. Visualize what you are saving and investing for, whatever it might be – college for your children, vacation, retirement, and so forth. And most importantly, START NOW! Don’t wait. Procrastination never gets you to your goals. Furthermore, the power of compounding your investment returns needs as much time as you can give it for the maximum possible benefit from investing to be achieved. The longer you have to save and invest, the larger the potential returns you can achieve.

The information and opinions expressed herein represent the independent opinions and ideas of the faculty and do not represent the opinions and ideas of Argosy University.

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