Can I Still Get Financial Aid If I'm Getting a Second Associate's Degree?

by Maya Black ; Updated July 27, 2017

An associate's degree prepares you for further undergraduate study. Some professions, however, consider the associate's degree sufficient for licensing, such as culinary arts, nursing and some allied health professions, such as respiratory therapist and physical therapy assistant. If you earn an associate's degree and decide that you require a second associate's degree to enhance your career, you could receive additional financial aid with stipulations.

Conditions

You can apply for financial aid for your second associate's degree after you reapply for admission to your college and state your intentions to earn a second associate's degree. An admissions counselor must help you determine the courses you need to complete your new associate's degree and provide the list of courses to the financial aid office. Some colleges also require you to submit a written appeal for financial aid directly to the financial aid office.

Degree Audit

Your college financial aid office conducts a degree audit after you apply for admission. The audit clarifies which courses are necessary to complete your degree and the number of semesters it takes to complete the courses with the academic department to which you applied. Cape Cod Community College indicates that you only get financial aid for the courses you need to complete and for the time frame that it takes to complete the courses.

Financial Aid Awards

Generally speaking, you could be eligible for less financial aid because you don't take as many classes to complete a second associate's degree as you do to complete a first associate's degree. Your college awards you the types of financial aid for which you are eligible as an associate's degree holder -- loans or grants -- after evaluating your file and written appeal.

How to Apply

You can apply for financial aid for your second degree by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. You must provide the same information as you did when applying for financial aid for your first degree, including information from your most recent tax return. You must also enter the school code on your FAFSA, even if you already have a financial aid file at your school.

About the Author

Maya Black has been covering business, food, travel, cultural topics and decorating since 1992. She has bachelor's degree in art and a master's degree in cultural studies from University of Texas, a culinary arts certificate and a real estate license. Her articles appear in magazines such as Virginia Living and Albemarle.