University description (as per official university website)
HISTORY OF AIMC BERKELEY
AIMC Berkeley is more than just an acupuncture school....The Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley entered its 15th year in 2006. The College began in San Francisco, California in 1990 with donations from Meiji Institute of Japan and its alumni. The school was called Meiji College of Oriental Medicine (MCOM), and its first class enrolled in September of 1991. In January of 1999, the College relocated to Berkeley, CA in order to provide its students and the community with a higher quality facility and a better educational environment.
The year 2003 marked an emergence of the College, a renewal of vision, vitality, and vigor. Dr. Shuji Goto, esteemed Japanese educator and acupuncturist, joined the College's Board of Directors as Chairman, bringing a vision of world-class education and practice for acupuncture and integrative medicine in the United States. As a result, the College changed its name to Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley (AIMC Berkeley).
Acupuncture School Financial Aid
The Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley (AIMC Berkeley) is authorized to award Title IV student financial aid to all eligible students. The primary source of funding is the Federal Stafford Loan Program, available at a fixed interest rate of 6.8% (as of 7/1/06). Stafford loans have a 6-month grace period before repayment begins. The grace period begins 6 months after you cease being at least a half-time student.
Much of the financial aid information AIMC Berkeley is required to make available is provided in the U.S. Department of Education Student Guide. The Student Guide for the current academic year is available from the Financial Aid Office or can be accessed online at http://www.studentaid.ed.gov/, under Student Guide.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
1. Download and complete the AIMC Berkeley Application for Financial Aid (AFA) (return to the financial aid office).
2. Go to the FAFSA Web site to submit your federal application (0809 for winter 09 or spring/summer 09 terms). Our school federal code is 033274.
3. After the financial aid office has received the above information, an award letter outlining your assistance and a loan request form will be mailed to you. You will need to return a signed copy of the award letter and a completed loan request form to the financial aid office.
4. Once the financial aid office has received all your paperwork and you are at least conditionally accepted your federal loans will be certified (electronically submitted for guarantee).
Subsequently you will receive an email communication from EDFUND (state guarantor) directing you to complete your online master promissory note (MPN - a legal agreement to repay your loan). You will need your pin number from filing your FAFSA to electronically sign your MPN. Your loans can not be disbursed to the college without the prompt signing of your MPN.
Students must complete their financial aid applications in a timely manner, at least one month before the beginning of a term if the financial aid is needed to pay tuition. Late tuition payment due to failure to make timely application will result in a late fee of $100 being assessed.