Ashford University has an old yet distinguished history. The academic institution, known previously as Mount St. Clare Academy, was first founded in 1893 in Clinton. In 1918, it became Mount St. Clare College through the support of the Sisters of St. Francis Assisi. In 1979, MSC was approved to award baccalaureate degrees in the field of Business Administration. In 2002, MSC was renamed as “The Franciscan University” and 2 years later, the University conferred its first Master’s degrees. In 2005, Bridgepoint Education Inc acquired The Franciscan University and subsequently changed it’s name to Ashford University. Despite the name changes, the thrust of the University has remained the same: “to provide accessible, affordable, innovative, high-quality learning opportunities and degree programs”.
Ashford University prides itself with being able to offer high quality yet affordable education to anyone, anywhere because classes can be taken on campus or online. They have an extensive range of degrees: 2 associate’s programs, over 40 bachelor’s and six master’s programs; all of these can be earned online.
Tuition for online courses vary depending on program. For undergraduate programs, the tuition per credit hour is $375.00. Post graduate programs cost more – between $480 and $540 per credit hour. Tuition excludes other miscellaneous costs such as books and other fees. Financial assistance, however, is readily available. Finance options include federal assistance through government grants, tuition reimbursement, veteran’s benefits, military assistance, cash plan, direct bill plans and private loan plans. Additional information on admission requirements, tuition fees and financial assistance can be obtained by going to the Ashford University website.
Ashford University is accredited with The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. The University constantly strive to implement the Quality Matters standard for it’s online courses and, as evidence of the high calibre of education provided, Ashford has, for three consecutive years, been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
For more information on admissions, college majors, degrees offered, online programs, school rankings, tuition, scholarships and financial aid options, please contact Ashford University.