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Download the Financial Aid Handbook (pdf)

What is Financial Aid?

Federal Student Aid is financial help from the government for eligible students to pay for educational expenses at an eligible postsecondary school (college, vocational school, graduate school, etc). The financial aid program was designed to help cover some or most of a student’s costs to attend a postsecondary school. Federal financial aid will not necessarily cover all of a student’s costs.

How to Apply

Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applications can be completed and submitted online at or a physical application can be obtained from the Cayce/Reilly School’s financial aid office and completed and mailed in. On the application you will need to select the Cayce/Reilly School as the school you would like your application information forwarded to. You can also add our school code to your application:  041373. For additional information on Federal Financial Aid, visit

Eligibility Requirements 

Eligibility for federal student aid is based on financial need and on several other factors, as determined by the U.S. Department of Education. To receive aid from these programs, you must:

  • Demonstrate financial need (except for certain loans)
  • Have a high school diploma or a GED certificate, or pass the Ability-to-Benefit test approved by the U.S. Department of Education, or complete a high school education in a home school setting that is treated as such under state law. *The Cayce/Reilly School does not participate in the Ability-to-Benefit test
  • Be working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. (Student Aid Website )
  • Have a valid Social Security Number
  • Males must register with the Selective Service if required. You can use the paper or electronic FAFSA to register, you can register at, or you can call 800-688-6888.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress once in school
  • Certify that you are not in default on a federal loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant
  • Certify that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes

Application Deadlines

Deadlines for FAFSA application completion are aligned with the start of each program:

* January 16, June 10 and September 23, 2015

Change in Circumstances 

When students and/or families experience a change in circumstances, such as loss of income, the information which was provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may no longer accurately reflect the family’s financial situation.  In some cases, the Financial Aid Office may be able to adjust income information only, based on these “special circumstances”. Adjustments to income, however, will not guarantee that additional financial aid will be awarded.

Special circumstances recognized by the Cayce/Reilly School include:

  1. Divorce of parents (Dependant students only)
  2. Death of spouse
  3. Medical disability of student or spouse
  4.  Loss of employment due to lay off or termination
  5. Loss of income or benefits (social security, child support, etc) by student, spouse, or parents of dependant student
  6. A change in housing status that results in the student being homeless, as defined in section 103 of the McKenny-Vinto Homeless Assistance Act.

Conditions that are NOT recognized as special circumstances include:

  1. Automobile or household repairs
  2. Consumer indebtedness (auto loans, credit card payments)
  3. Additional food purchases beyond budget
  4. Not sharing housing, if single
  5. Medical bills that are not excessive
  6. Utility and telephone bills.


In order for a student to be considered for special circumstances, the student must complete the Change of Circumstances form from the Financial Aid Office and will need to provide documentation that supports these circumstances.

>>Download the Change in Circumstances Form

Case Review

A case-by-case review by the financial aid administrator and the student must demonstrate that a special circumstance exists that can be documented and recorded by the financial aid office. The aid office must also maintain documentation of the decision made after review of the student's circumstances (i.e., whether to make any adjustment, and the nature of any adjustment made).

Federal regulations clarify that special circumstances are "conditions that differentiate an individual student from a class of students rather than conditions that exist across a class of students." Each student is individually reviewed to determine whether, in that student's particular case, special treatment is indeed warranted. 

Eligible Programs at the Cayce/Reilly School

To be considered for federal financial aid, you must be enrolled or plan to enroll in the full or part- time 700-hour massage therapy certification program at the Cayce/Reilly School. Students taking continuing education courses and/or pursuing additional hours to obtain the 1,000-hour diploma are not eligible for federal financial aid at this time.

The Cayce/Reilly School is on a clock-hour program. To apply any financial aid that a student is eligible for, they must maintain a minimum amount of class time per week

Full–time students:   24 clock hours per week
Part-time students:   12 clock hours per week

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