Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition

Tuition is charged and payable semester by semester. Fall 2019 tuition rate has been set at $5600. The initial down payment of $75 is due within 7 days after acceptance into Dragon Rises College and returned with the signed enrollment agreement. Enrolled students pay for the next semester during each designated registration period. Any other financial arrangements will be approved by the Director on a case-by-case basis. Student loans are disbursed during the first week of the semester, and financial aid students are allowed to pay tuition at that time, as long as they have been approved to receive loans during registration.

Tuition increases will be no more than 5%, and may increase only in the fall semester of each year. Cost of books and other fees are not included in tuition. Students withdrawing from the program will be liable for the full cost of the last semester attended past the drop period. They will not be liable for the remainder of the program after withdrawal. No tuition adjustments will be made for transfer credit(s), but if transfer credits are granted, the student will not be required to take the classes.

Fees

All students pay a one-time Registration fee of $75 and a $20 Student ID fee the first time they register for courses. Every semester students pay for clinic malpractice insurance and a technology fee. Each Fall all students also pay for SGA (student-controlled money to fund their projects), and HIPAA/OSHA training. Other fees are listed in the catalog, and apply only to some situations, like auditing courses or making up tests.

Books

Students may buy books from Dragon Rises College or elsewhere, and their first semester book purchase will be the most comprehensive. Books may average around $600 per semester, with the first semester higher and many semesters much lower.

Financial Aid

TO SPEAK TO SOMEONE ABOUT FINANCIAL AID PLEASE CALL (352)-371-2833, EXT. 26

Dragon Rises College offers Federal Financial Aid for our students in the form of Direct Stafford loans and Graduate PLUS loans.

Our student loans come directly from the U.S. Department of Education, and are not affected by issues in the banking industry. To begin to qualify for Stafford loans all you have to do is fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Unsubsidized loans are available for everyone, regardless of level in college or need. Grad PLUS loans (for graduate-level students) have additional qualifications, including a credit check. For more info on the financial aid process, see our Info Sheet. For more information on the Grad Plus loans, please see the Grad Plus Loans Info Sheet.

You may apply for loans by accessing this link: www.fafsa.ed.gov

Our school code is: G38883

The new federally mandated Shopping Sheet is available here. It is intended to help prospective students compare costs among institutions.

Florida Bright Futures and Florida Postsecondary Student Assistance Grants are available to qualifying Florida residents who have not yet completed a Bachelors degree. View available State Programs.

We are approved for Veterans Training, as well as V.A. Vocational Rehabilitation and Florida Department of Education Rehabilitation benefits. Veterans may fill out the VA Application for Benefits on line at www.gibill.va.gov

Dragon Rises College received of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) granted from the of the Coronavirus Aid, Relieve and Economic Security Act (CARES ACT).  Please click here to read the report of those funds received and how they were used.

Please contact the Financial Aid Director at Dragon Rises College for information regarding financial aid programs.

FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act) was enacted in 1974. It is a set of regulations that applies to those institutions that receive funding from the Department of Education. FERPA was written specifically for students and guarantees them the right to inspect and review their education records, the right to seek to amend education records, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of information from those education records. Please see the FERPA information sheet for more detailed information.

Scholarships

FSOMA Lynn Thames Scholarship 2020

Winners Announced: January 2020

Deadline: December 15th, 2019

Eligibility:
  • Be a current 2nd or 3rd year student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Be a current student member of FSOMA
  • Attend a participating Florida ACAOM accredited acupuncture school.
  • Have 2 letters of recommendation from either an AOM teacher or school administrator attesting to your leadership,
  • Submit an application and include either a 500-word Essay or 2-3 min video.
  • The 500-word essay or a 2-3 minute video presentation should share your reasons for studying acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and contain your thoughts on the meaning of leadership in the AOM profession.
Award Amount:

$500 paid by check to the recipient to be used to further their education and leadership development.

Website Link: https://www.fsoma.org/

Trudy McAlister Foundation AOM Scholarship Fund 2020

Opens: September 2019

Must Turn into DRCOM Admin: January 10th, 2020

Postmark Deadline: January 15th, 2020 (college must send applications)

Eligibility:
  • Completed at least one full academic year of their professional training.
  • Each college may nominate up to three students.
  • Applicants must be United States citizens.
  • A minimum 3.1 GPA from Undergraduate college work and AOM college grades is recommended, although all applications that qualify in other requirements will be reviewed. Transcripts that show Pass/Fail results will also be reviewed.
Award Amount:

The scholarship awards for 2019 ranged between $700 to $5,000 each. We hope to increase these amounts for 2020. The amounts are determined by how many schools, organizations, and individuals donate to and sponsor this program. The scholarship award(s) will directly offset the specific student’s tuition at the recipient’s college. The awards will be announced in April every year. Recipients of the Scholarship Awards are notified. Those applicants that do not qualify will not be notified.

Website Link: http://trudymcalisterfoundation.org/
Application Link: http://trudymcalisterfoundation.org/index.php/application/

NuHerbs Co. Scholarship 2020

Opens: To Be Announced!

Deadline: To Be Announced!

Eligibility:
  • Be a Current Oriental Medicine Student
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Attend a participating school (DRCOM is a Participating School)
Award Amount:

Three Scholarship are awarded:

Nuherbs® Scholarship ($2,000.00)

Herbal Times® Scholarship ($1,500.00)

Jade Dragon® Scholarship ($1,000.00)

Scholarships are awarded specifically to assist with tuition at a traditional oriental medicine institution accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Every participant will receive a $30 gift certificate from Nuherbs.

Website Link: https://nuherbs.com/nuherbs-tcm-scholarships