University description (as per official university website)
The NewSchool of Architecture and Design Story
In 1980, the late Richard Welsh founded NewSchool of Architecture in a small industrial building in Chula Vista, Calif. Welsh had a vision: a superb professional education program that culminated with the Bachelor of Architecture degree.
Change and growth came quickly. In 1988, NewSchool of Architecture relocated to central downtown San Diego and, in 1989, Bislin Education Corp. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Futures in Education, Inc.) purchased the school. Soon after, more degree programs were added: the Associate of Arts, the Master of Architecture and the Master of Science in Architecture. In 2001, ForeFront Education, Inc., acquired the school and changed its name to NewSchool of Architecture and Design.
From its earliest days, NSAD developed an evening class structure to accommodate a large number of working students. In 1991, the year NSAD was institutionally accredited, students became eligible for federal financial aid programs. There became less fiscal need for evening classesóbut by this time a tradition had been established. Many mid-career professionals interested in changing vocations were attracted to the programís afternoon and evening schedules, which remain a top draw today.
In July 2008, NSAD was acquired by Laureate Education, Inc., a global network of 45 accredited campus-based and online universities offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than half a million students around the world. NSADís highly regarded architecture and design programs complement Laureateís global network of higher education institutions.
NewSchool of Architecture and Design helps students apply and determine eligibility for various types of financial aid to assist with the cost of items such as tuition, books, meals and housing. This includes federal and state grant eligibility. However, as an institution, NSAD values the commitment a student makes with current and future earnings to education, and includes self-help through loans and work as part of a financial aid package.
NSAD is approved by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the following federal Title IV programs:
Federal Pell Grant (FPELL)
Federal Pell grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. Because they are grants, students are not responsible for repayment. Eligibility is determined according to need, the cost of attendance, and the amount of money appropriated by Congress to fund the program.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The FSEOG is available to students with exceptional financial need and a low expected family contribution. Because this is a grant, students are not responsible for repayment. The amount of the grant and the number of students who may receive it depend on the availability of funds from the U.S. Department of Education.
Federal Family Education Loans or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)
Federal Family Education Loans or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans are another source of Federal Student Aid. Loans may be obtained from either the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) funded by a lender, such as a bank, credit union or savings and loan association or the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Loans obtained through these programs are lower interest rate loans that are insured by guarantee agencies or the U.S. Department of Education. A student can apply for Stafford Loans through the school's financial aid department.
Student eligibility must be determined using the results of the FAFSA and a student must be enrolled in an approved program at least half- time to participate in Federal Title IV programs. The loan must be used to pay for direct and/or indirect educational expenses.
Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
The Federal ACG Grant program is awarded to first-year and second-year students who graduated from a federally defined rigorous high school program on or after January 1, 2005, and who meet other eligibility requirements. Because ACG is a grant, students are not responsible for repayment.