Financial Aid

Tuition Scholarships are also available. Learn how to apply.

Within the world of financial assistance, there are many different forms available to students. Scholarships are financial awards given to eligible students and do not need be repaid. Grants can be federal, state or privately issued and also do not require repayment. Loans are a form of low-interest debt that must eventually be repaid and are a good option for those who do not qualify for a grant.

The Rolf Institute administers two financial aid programs to help cover tuition (fees are not included) for students who qualify – Federal Pell Grants and Federal Direct Student Loans. Students receiving Title IV Financial Aid must maintain attendance and academic standards in order to remain eligible for continued participation.

Speak with our Financial Aid Department at 303-449-5903 x107 or finaid@rolf.org for more information and details on how to see if you qualify.

We do not offer undergraduate degree programs. Our Basic Rolfing Certificate Program is offered in three phases. Financial aid is available to students who qualify.

Note: Only students attending the school in Boulder for the entire training are eligible for Title IV financial aid.

Estimates do not represent a final determination, or actual award, of financial assistance or a final net price; they are only estimates based on price of attendance and financial aid provided to students. Price of attendance and financial aid availability change year to year. These estimates shall not be binding on the Secretary of Education, the institution of higher education, or the State. Not all students receive financial aid.

Some students may be eligible for student loans. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine their eligibility for Federal financial aid.

When completing the FAFSA application(s) online, please be sure to add the Rolf Institute as one of the institutions you want your FAFSA application to be sent to. DIRI’s school code is 041725. You will need to use your tax return/income information from 2-years prior to the FAFSA start year you are completing (example- 2017 income needed for the 2019/2020 FAFSA).

To be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, students cannot currently have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher. If you have not received a Bachelor’s Degree or higher, and have not exhausted benefits at another school, you may have some Pell Grant eligibility still available. 

Because Federal aid amounts are limited (Independent borrowers may be eligible for up to $7,716 in loans while Dependent borrows may be eligible for $4,467), most students will have a balance to cover out of pocket.

Cost of Attendance

Use the Net Price Calculator to calculate your out-of-pockets costs while attending training.

Net Price Calculator

How to Apply for Financial Aid

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen
  • Have a Valid Social Security Number
  • Have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Be enrolled in the Basic Rolfing Certification Program in Boulder, CO.
  • Complete your application
  • If you are a male over the age of 26, born 1960 or later, you must be registered with Selective Service
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress

*To be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, students cannot currently have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher. If you have not received a Bachelor’s Degree or higher, and have not exhausted benefits at another school, you may have some Pell Grant eligibility still available. 

  1. Go to https://fsaid.ed.gov and Create an FSA ID
    1. Keep your FSA User ID and PW in a safe place as you will need it to complete additional loan documents
  2. Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov
    1. Enter demographic, financial and school information
    2. Sign and Submit
  3. Allow 2-3 business days for DIRI to receive your application
  4. Complete any Verification, C-Code, or additional Income documents as required (will be notified by Director of Financial Aid)
  • Once DIRI receives your application, the Director of Financial Aid will create an Estimated Cost Breakdown and Award Letter which will reflect your Cost of Attendance and how your aid may be applied to your account.
    • Cost breakdowns are estimated until the completion and finalization of all required forms.
  • Review the Estimated Cost Breakdown and Award Letter to determine any out of pocket amounts that will be owed to the Institute.
  • To refuse any or all of the loans, send an email to the Director of Financial Aid at finaid@rolf.org to get a receive a revised Award Letter and Estimated Cost Breakdown.

Before loans can be disbursed the completion of a Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling are required online. Your FAFSA log in will be required to access www.studentloans.gov

1. If you have not previously received a Direct Loan, the Federal Government requires you to complete Entrance Counseling to ensure that you understand
    the responsibilities and obligations you are assuming.

  • Entrance Counseling reviews your rights and responsibilities regarding the Federal Funding. 
    • Once you are logged in, click “Complete Loan Counseling” (this is the second link in the middle of the page). 
    • Click “Start” which is next to Entrance Counseling at the top of the page.
    • The entire counseling process must be completed in a single session. Most people complete counseling in 20-30 minutes.

2. Complete the Master Promissory Note for Subsidized/ Unsubsidized Loans

  • The Subsidized/Unsubsidized Master Promissory Note (MPN) is a legal document in which you promise to repay your federal student loan(s) and any accrued interest and fees to your lender or loan holder. There is one MPN for Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans and a different MPN for Direct PLUS Loans. Most schools are authorized to make multiple federal student loans under one MPN for up to 10 years.
    • Once once you are logged in, click “Complete Loan Agreement (Master Promissory Note)” (this is the third link in the middle of the page). 
    • Click “Start” next to MPN for Subsidized/ Unsubsidized Loans.
    • It’s important to understand that when you sign an MPN you’re promising to repay all loans that are made under that MPN. As stated on the MPN, you must repay your loan even if:

      • you don’t complete your education,

      • you can’t get a job after you leave school, and/or

      • you didn’t like the education you received.

Exit Counseling

If you have received a subsidized, unsubsidized or PLUS loan under the Direct Loan Program, you must complete Exit Counseling each time you:

  • Drop below half-time enrollment
  • Graduate
  • Leave School
  • Entrance and Exit Counseling can be completed at www.studentloans.gov
  • Return Signed Award Letter to the Director of Financial Aid to accept loans by emailing finaid@rolf.org.
Other Resources

Funds can be applied to any of the three phases.

Loans

Because Federal aid amounts are limited (Independent borrowers may be eligible for up to $7,716 in loans while Dependent borrows may be eligible for $4,467), students can apply for private student loans through many outside sources to help alleviate some of their balance.

These funds can be applied to any of the three phases.

Here are some questions to ask when exploring a private loan lender:

  • What is my FICO score and/or the FICO of my co-signer?
  • Are there loan fees or repayment fees?
  • What is the interest rate range?
    •  Is the rate fixed or variable?
    • If variable, how high can the rate go?
  • When does repayment begin?
    • Are in-school payments required?  
    • What will the monthly payment be?  
    • What will the total cost of the loan be?
  • Will I need a Co-Signer?
    • How do they evaluate the Co-Signer (credit score, history, debt-to-income ratio)?
      •  Can they be released after a certain number of payments?
  • Are there interest rate reductions for automatic withdrawal payments or having an existing account?  
  • Are there deferment or forbearance options available?
  • Is the loan forgivable in the case of death or disability?


View additional information on loans from:

WF Application Information Wells Fargo Application Information

View additional informaton on sources from:

DIRI Funding Options

 

Scholarships:

Scholarships are considered “free money” and do not have to be paid back. They should never cost you anything to apply for them.

The Rolf Institute offers Scholarships for qualifying students.

Many companies also offer scholarships for continuing education. Many can be found online. It is recommended that you “think outside the box” when applying.

Do not limit yourself. Seek out scholarships for other types of body-workers (i.e. massage, acupressure, etc.) as many may have funds available to award to students of structural integration. You can also search for scholarships offered for gender, race, veteran status, or previous places of employment.

Scholarship Databases provide the ability to search for multiple opportunities.

Veterans Benefits

The Rolf Institute is approved by the Colorado State Approving Agency for Veteran’s Education and Training benefits.

Note: Only students attending the 731-hour Basic Rolfing Certification Program in Boulder, CO are eligible to use their Veteran's Education Benefits.

Click Here to check eligibility requirements with the VA.Click Here to Apply for VA Education Benefits.

 

This institution has AGREED to Executive Order 13607 "Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members"

To speak with our Financial Aid Department, call 303-449-5903, ext 107, or email veterans@rolf.org for more information and details. 

MyCAA - Spouse Education

The Rolf Institute is an approved "Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA)" school. The MyCAA Program is an employment assistance program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification or Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation. Click HERE for more information on how to apply.

Note: Only students attending the 731-hour Basic Rolfing Certification Program in Boulder, CO are eligible for the MyCAA Program.

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

The Rolf Institute is approved by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to provide services to clients of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). Only the Basic Rolfing Certification Program offered solely in Boulder, Colorado is eligible for benefits.  

For general inquiries email CDLE_voc.rehab@state.co.us.

To speak with our Financial Aid Department, call 303-449-5903, ext 107, or email finaid@rolf.org for more information.