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Ashford University began as the St. Clare Boarding Academy in 1893, the vision of Father James A. Murray. The school was initially accepted only girls who either boarded at the school or attended the day school. Father Murray was assisted in the founding of the school by the Sisters of St. Francis. While providing secondary education for the girls, the sisters discovered there was a need for higher education in the Clinton, Iowa, area and founded Mount St. Clare College. The main focus of the school was to educate teachers, although it did offer a liberal arts education as well.

In 1979, the school joined St. Mary’s High School in Clinton to create what was then known as Mater Del High School. It has since become Prince of Peace Preparatory. Once the secondary school moved from the campus, Mount St. Clare was able to expand to four-year degree programs. The school became The Franciscan University in 2003, the same year they began offering master’s degree programs. Because there were schools with similar names in the area, the name was changed once again to the Franciscan University of the Prairies in 2004.

In March 2005, due to financial difficulties facing the school, Franciscan was sold to Bridgepoint Education who changed the name of the school to Ashford University. The sale also ended control by the Sisters of St. Francis. In 2016, Ashford University closed the Iowa campus due to inadequate enrollment and became an online-only university.

Ashford University Degree Program(s) Available

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science

Ashford University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science that provides insight into individual, family and community issues and solutions. Students gain an understanding of logic, law, psychology and sociology. Students are able to examine key ideas, hypothetical outlooks and experimental foundations to solve problems as well as how to compose effective communications necessary for assessment, evaluation and intervention. Students are provided detailed information on ethics within the industry as well as the need to respect human diversity. There is instruction in the scientific methods of assessment, evaluation and intervention using scientific approaches to address problems with cognition, affect and behavior. The program requires 120 credits with 43 credits in general education, 39 credits in the major and 41 credits in electives. Electives allow students to customize their degree. Courses required in the major include:

  • Communication and Conflict
  • Cultural Awareness in the Human Services
  • Death and Dying
  • e-Business
  • Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Lifespan Development
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Research Methods
  • Social Pathology
  • Social Problems
  • Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Science

Students must also complete a capstone course in applied behavior analysis.

Ashford University Accreditation Details

Ashford University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Accreditation indicates that the university voluntarily undergoes periodic reviews to confirm that they are offering students excellence in education. The school also agrees to address any issues that the accrediting agency identifies as needing improvement during that review process. Accreditation also indicates that the school has the resources necessary to provide quality education to all students.

Industry-specific accreditation agencies also confirm that programs throughout the university provide students with an outstanding education in specific fields of study as well.

Ashford University Admission Requirements

In order to apply for programs at Ashford University students must complete an online application. It is recommended that students call to speak to an admissions representative to learn details regarding what must be included with the application in order to make the process go more smoothly. Generally, students must provide official high school transcripts unless the student is over the age of 22 or have earned a minimum of 20 transfer credits. Students under the age of 18 are not permitted to attend Ashford University. Students transferring into Ashford University must provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Graduate students must also provide official transcripts from any college or university attended with one displaying the conferring of a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Ashford University Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition at Ashford University is $475 per credit hour for all classes. Graduate tuition per credit hour is $620 per credit hour for the following programs:

  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Instructional Design and Technology
  • Special Education
  • Teaching and Learning with Technology

Graduate tuition is $690 per credit hour for the following programs:

  • Accountancy
  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems Management
  • Organizational Management
  • Public Administration

Undergraduate tuition for members of the military and veterans is $250 per credit hour for undergraduate programs and between $620 and $690 for graduate programs.

New students are offered a conditional admissions period which allows them to opt out of enrollment. During the first three weeks of the student’s first credit earning course, Ashford University does not disburse financial aid or confirm VA benefits. IF the student does not progress or participate during the fourth week of the course, no charges or debt are incurred. If the student drops the course before the fourth week, any funds paid will be 100 percent reimbursed. After the fourth week, no reimbursement is issued.

Financial aid is available, and students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify. Students may be eligible for direct subsidized and unsubsidized loans, parent loans for both undergraduate and graduate studies, federal Pell grants, federal Supplemental Opportunity grants and Federal Perkins loans.

Students may elect the cash plan which allows Ashford University to deduct payments from a credit card. Debit cards are not accepted for tuition payments. The payments are processed after the start date of each course and full payment must be received before the start date of the course. Students with employer reimbursement options can defer their tuition payment 90 days after the course starts to allow for reimbursement from their employer or they may have the tuition billed directly to an employer. For direct billing, the employer must execute a Direct Bill Memorandum of Understanding. Ashford University also accepts military benefits.

Ashford University has been providing outstanding education to students for over a century. Now an online-only school, Ashford University provides flexible class formats that allow working adults to achieve their higher education goals.

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