These are grim times. We hear grim tales of layoffs and their economic and psychological consequences on individuals and families. The only upside we can think of is that perhaps it is during times of stress and hardship that massage therapy is viewed as a promising savior for all ills, imagined or not. Investors love to talk about gold as being inflation-proof and no doubt business schools are busy preaching what they know best. Massage therapy on the other hand can be described as a physical and emotional reliever during recessionary, inflationary and depression-like conditions.
Students like you are one of the hardest hit when these conditions seem to persist and can put an end to your education goals. Dropping out of massage school should be a last resort and must be avoided at all costs. In a previous blog we talked about scholarships and grants and other financial assistance programs like student loans. They may be more limited these days as the U.Ss government tries to dig itself out of the hole, but if there’s a will there’s a way, so the saying goes. You also have the option of doing your degree on a part time basis. In fact, switching from being a full time student to a part time student is a much better alternative than dropping out.
Being a graduate student in a massage therapy program puts you in good stead. Some schools may offer what is called the Employment Gap Scholarship program. It targets individuals who have lost their jobs and who are in a graduate massage therapy program. It will pay up to $2,000.00 of your tuition fees, but amounts may vary from school to school. We’re sure other schools offer this type of assistance but may call it another name. If you’ve just been displaced from work, ask the school you’re enrolled in if they have anything similar.
Apollo College in Albuquerque, New Mexico is one massage school that offers it. You must have lost your job in the last 12 months and you need to demonstrate serious financial aid. You’ll have to fill in the FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). To qualify for it, you must maintain a GPA average of 3.0 and also submit proof of unemployment. The application date for 2009 is now past (September 30, 2009), but be first in line for next year.
Apollo College has a massage therapy program in all its five locations: Albuquerque, Boise (Idaho), Mesa, Phoenix and Tucson (Arizona) and Spokane (Washington). Based on what we read, there are presently five employment gap scholarships per location.
Don’t drop out just yet. Look into this!