Financial Aid for Massage School
Accredited Massage Therapy & Health Practitioner Programs. At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, we’re proud to provide the most affordable and comprehensive Massage Therapy and Holistic Health Practitioner Programs in Southern California. We help guide our students in choosing the Financial Investment Plan that’s best-suited for their unique circumstances – which may include the Federal Student Aid Program (FAFSA), special funding, payment plans, or third-party opportunities.
What is FSA and FAFSA?
Federal Student Aid (FSA) and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are government-sponsored funding packages that assist students with the cost of tuition, housing, and other fees associated with higher education. The package may be made up of federal grants and scholarships (which do not need to be repaid) and loans (which do need to be repaid). Typically, these awards are determined based on the economic needs of students and are calculated from the FAFSA data collected on the student and/or their parents.
Who Qualifies for FSA?
Federal Student Aid (FSA) is available to US citizens or eligible noncitizens with a valid social security number. Students must be accepted and enrolled at an educational institution for the purpose of obtaining a degree, certificate, or other recognized credential offered by that institution (such as the certificates offered at our school
To receive FSA support for your educational investment at Healing Hands, a student must:
- Enroll in one of our programs.
- Plan to participate in 15 hours of classes/course work per week. You will be expected to finish the 600-hour Massage Therapy or 1000-hour Holistic Healing Practitioner program in one year.
- Satisfactorily complete 90% of the course hours to maintain FSA eligibility.
- Have a high school diploma, General Educational Development (GED) certificate, or qualifying equivalent equal to High School.
Typically, these awards are determined based on the economic needs of students and are calculated from the FAFSA data collected on the student and/or their parents.
Time-line for FAFSA
One immense benefit of FAFSA is that you can apply any time! However it is extremely important that you apply for the right year, based on when you are enrolled in the program. FAFSA awards years are from July 1st - June 30th of the following year. Ex: July 1st 2023 - June 20th 2024 would be the 2023/2024 FAFSA application.
When you apply for FAFSA, you will receive an automatic confirmation email right away. Healing Hands will receive your FAFSA information 3-5 business days after you have applied. Once Healing Hands receives your FAFSA, we will contact you to schedule an Financial Aid appointment to go over all FAFSA information and any other funding sources you may have qualified for.
We work hard to make sure you can get the education you deserve. Our school supports a wide variety of funding options for each of our students’ special circumstances – which we call ‘Special Funding.’ Qualifying for these programs will depend on a student’s special certification or unique situation.
Veterans Benefits & GI Bill®
Healing Hands is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (under SAA) to process Veterans Benefits for military veterans, including Title IX, Post 9/11® – Chapter 30, 31, 33, and 35. Healing Hands Also participates in VRRAP - for Veterans who have become unemployed due to COVID and have previously exhausted education benefits.
Please visit the Veterans Benefits Page for more information on this program.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/
Active Duty Military Tuition Assistance
Active Duty military may qualify for Tuition Assistance (TA). TA may provide up to $4,500 per year towards the Massage Therapist or Holistic Health Practitioner Programs. In order to qualify for Tuition Assistance, an active duty service member must receive permission and clearance from a Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor. Once the program has been approved by the ESO, the ESO will provide the Tuition Assistance Authorization Voucher for each course the service member enrolls in. The Voucher will be given to the Special Funding team at Healing Hands School for processing. Please check with a ESO for further information.
This funding maybe used in conjunction with Federal Student Aid, or any other scholarships or aid the applicant may qualify for.
MyCAA: For Active Military Spouses
My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) will grant a military spouse a scholarship of $4,000 to go to Healing Hands School of Holistic Health. This funding can be combined with Federal Student Aid.
Please visit the MyCAA Website to apply.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
WIOA is a grant specific to unemployed or underemployed workers. The goal of the grant is to provide funding for someone who has been laid-off, and whose industry is in declining for retraining. Or, if someone can greatly improve their employment. This grant is offered in Riverside and Orange County, and will soon be offered in San Diego County. Applicants must contact a Career Center to apply and work with a Case Manager to complete the process. Each county gives a different amount of grant money for education. But he grant can be anywhere from $5,000 to 10,000.
In Orange County start the process by going here: Workforce Solutions
In Riverside County, start the process by calling the Riverside Workforce Development Board at (833) 391-0507
Coming soon: San Diego County information.
The California Student Aid Commission provides grants to qualifying students a Cal Grant. Money that does not have to be paid back to the government.
Healing Hands School of Holistic Health provides students with access to Cal Grant C - for vocational schooling. This grant is used towards tuition first, then can be applied to student housing and other fees associated with the cost of living. This grant also provides some funding towards books and supplies.
The California Student Aid Commission may provide grants to: US citizens or eligible noncitizens with a valid social security number, and immigrants who qualify for CADAA - the California Dream Act Application (Bill AB540). Students must be accepted and enrolled at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health to receive this support.
A student must:
- Complete a FAFSA or a CADAA application by March 2nd before the award year in which you enroll
- Have financial need as determined by you FAFSA/CADAA application
- Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Create an account at WebGrants4students
Cal Grant’s are awarded to those students determined to have the greatest need according to the Student Aid Commission for
Vocational Rehabilitation Education Benefits
If you qualify for private or state funding for retraining, we can process your vocational retraining benefit. To find out more about these benefits, please visit the California Department of Vocational Retraining website.
Healing Hands School of Holistic Health provides an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Disabled students will be encouraged to apply for Vocational Rehabilitation benefits for additional aid and support.
Please note: all applicants must be able to give and receive a professional massage in order to have the ability to benefit from the program itself.
For students who are looking to invest in their education with monthly payments, we have payment solutions.
Tuition for the Massage Therapy Program for 600 hours is $9,000, this breaks down to $15 per clock-hour.
Tuition for the Holistic Health Practitioner Program for 1000 hours is $15,000, this breaks down to $15 per clock-hour.
Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) is charged by California State and is currently $25 for MT or $42.50 for HHP programs. What is Student Tuition Recovery Fund? The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution. More information can be found in our Annual Catalogue.
To qualify for the Massage Therapy or Holistic Health Practitioner payment plan, you start with $250 On-Time Deposit plus your first monthly payment plus your STRF fee. This is due two weeks before your first class (the registration date).
Payment Plan examples:
|Massage Therapy – 600 hours
|Monthly pymt + $250 On-time + STFR = 1st payment
|Hours of class time per quarter
|$900 (15 months)
|100 hours (1 class)
|$1,275 (9 months)
|200 hours (2 classes)
|HHP – 1000 hours
|Monthly pymt + $250 On-time + STRF = 1st payment
|Hours of class time per quarter
|$917.50 (2 years)
|120 hours or less
|$1,292.50 (15 months)
|200 hours or less
‘Hours of Class Time Per Quarter’ is subject to Administrative approval.
Holistic Health Practitioner
Books, Massage Table, supplies, Materials estimated…....……. $ 1,700.00
On-time Deposit ………...........................................................… $ 250.00
Student Tuition Recovery Fee..................................................... $ 42.50
Tuition …………...........................................................…………. $ 15,000.00
Total Tuition and Fees …............................................................ $ 16,992.50
*On-time Deposit is refundable to students who graduate on time
**Tuition breaks down to $14 per clock hour
Massage Therapist Program
Books, Massage Table, supplies, estimated …………...………. $ 1,030.00
On-time Deposit ………............................................................… $ 250.00
Student Tuition Recovery Fee..................................................... $ 25.00
Tuition ………………............................................................……. $ 9,000.00
Total Tuition and Fees .............................................................…. $ 10,305.00
*On-time Deposit is refundable to students who graduate on time
**Tuition breaks down to $15 per clock hour
Scholarships & Non-Tuition Aid
All of the resources below have been used by one or more of our students to successfully help build their future. We are always happy to consider and work with any aid that someone may qualify or apply for.
At Healing Hands School, we encourage students to apply for third-party scholarships to help with their educational investment. Here are some resources to consider:
- Tribal Grant Scholarships: Native Americans may qualify for a scholarship through their tribe. Contact your tribe to see if they can help you with school.
- Herman H. Dirksen Scholarship: $1,000 scholarship awarded to up to 10 San Diego County residents. This scholarship can be used for trade schools like Healing Hands School. For more information, visit: SDFoundation.org/Scholarships
Aid may be available to help with non-tuition expenses. Here are some resources to consider:
Government Social Services:
- Welfare-to-Work: Program participants may be eligible for help with child care, transportation, and work-related or training-related expenses. Participants who find a job and are no longer eligible for welfare may continue to receive help with medical care and child care expenses. If you qualify, Welfare-to-Work can help pay for school materials and supplies, but not tuition.
- CalWorks Child Care Program: The purpose of this program is to help a family transition smoothly from the immediate, short-term child care needed as the parent starts work or work activities to the stable, long-term child care necessary for the family to live and remain off aid.
Local, Non-Profit Services:
- California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth: Free (grant) money for foster youth to be used toward living expenses while enrolled full-time in school.
- Build Futures: Orange County based, this group helps young adults 18 – 25 years old with assistance for housing, phones, bus passes, and related resources with the goal of self-sufficiency for the young adult.
- The Teen Project: Los Angeles based, with reach into Orange County, provides teens who are aging out of the foster care system with all of the resources and support of an intact family. To allow the greatest opportunity for a successful transition to adulthood.
- Interfaith Community Services: San Diego based non-profit social service focus's on housing for veterans, homeless, unemployed or underemployed, families, youth and seniors. Also provides a variety of life-building services. Interfaith may also be able to provide a small grant through WIOA for tuition.