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ABA Online

M.A. in Behavior Analysis Practice

Fifth Edition 

Thank you for your interest in the ABA Online Fifth Edition M.A. in Behavior Analysis Practice. Because students taking this master’s program typically meet the half-time status of five credits per semester, traditional (FAFSA-based) financial aid options are available to those who are eligible, in addition to private student loans and other options as applicable. 

The Fifth Edition MA in Behavior Analysis Practice program covers six semesters over a 2-year period.  If you are eligible to take out loan(s) for the program they will cover up to 3 semesters at a time.  The total tuition cost for the first 3 semesters of this program is $8,715.  If you will be taking loan(s) for your second year of the program, the total tuition cost is $12,780 for the final 3 semesters.

For example, a student following the standard plan of study could request the following for their first year of study if eligible:

 

YEAR 1
Semester Course Cost

Maximum Loan Amount
Semester 1 BEH5041: Introduction to Concepts & Principles of Behavior Analysis $1485  $6834
BEH5044: Ethics for Behavior Analysts 1 $495
BEH5060: Applied Experience in Behavior Analysis $925
Semester 2 BEH5043: Measurement and Experimental Design in Behavior Analysis $1485  $6833
BEH5047: Introduction to Assessment and Intervention $495
BEH5060: Applied Experience in Behavior Analysis $925
Semester 3 BEH5048: Assessment & Behavior Change Procedures for Skill Acquisition & Performance Improvement $1485  $6833
BEH5050: Supervision & Management Fundamentals $495
BEH5060: Applied Experience in Behavior Analysis $925
Total First Year    $8715 $20500
YEAR 2
Semester Course Cost

Maximum Loan Amount
Semester 4 BEH5049: Assessment & Behavior Change Procedures for Behavior Reduction $1485  $6834
BEH5051: Advanced Personnel Supervision & Management $495
BEH5060: Applied Experience in Behavior Analysis $925
Restricted Elective $925
Semester 5 BEH5042: Conceptual Analysis of Behavior for ABA Practitioners $1485

$6833  
BEH5047: Introduction to Assessment and Intervention $495
BEH5060: Applied Experience in Behavior Analysis $925
Restricted Elective $925
Semester 6 BEH5040: Personalized System of Professional Improvement $925

$6833  
BEH5060: Applied Experience in Behavior Analysis $925
BEH5046: Ethics For Behavior Analysts 3 $495
Restricted Elective $2775
Total Second Year    $12780 $20500

*The university's board of trustees has approved these tuition and fees for the academic year 2020–2021. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.


Federal Stafford Loans

The U.S. Department of Education offers eligible graduate students at participating schools direct unsubsidized loans (direct Stafford loans).

To be considered for a federal student loan:

  • Student must be accepted by Florida Tech
  • Student must file the FAFSA.Our school code is 001469.
  • Student must be a U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens.
  • Student must be enrolled in a degree program.
  • Student must register for at least half-time status (at least five credit hours per semester for degree-seeking students).

If you qualify, your loan options will be presented to you in your financial aid award letter. If you wish to take advantage of the loan(s) presented to you, you must then accept your loan(s).


Graduate PLUS Loans

Federal Graduate PLUS loans are not based on financial need. They are available to graduate and professional development students. Credit checks are required for Federal PLUS Loans. The decision to approve or deny the loan is based on the results of a credit check that is conducted by the US Department of Education. This loan can help the student cover any educational expenses not covered by other financial assistance up to the cost of education. Eligible borrowers can apply at https://studentaid.gov/. When applying for a PLUS loan, it is important to note that it is a loan and must be paid back. PLUS loans are unsubsidized, meaning they begin to accrue interest starting from the date the funds are disbursed to the student’s account. These loans also have an origination fee deducted by the lender before funds are disbursed to Florida Institute of Technology. The interest rate and origination fees are a set rate each academic year and set by the federal government. Rates are typically announced during the summer before the academic year begins.


Private Loans

Private loans are loans contracted with private lending companies directly by the borrower. Florida Tech works with FASTChoice to make finding a private loan provider as simple as possible. The lenders listed on FASTChoice are lenders that have previously made private education loans to our students and have met the university’s strict criteria. Florida Tech’s Loan Options page is reviewed annually. Note that at least two lenders will always be presented to you. You are free to choose any lender, including those not presented. Please note that private education loans do not carry a federal guarantee and are considered financial aid because Florida Tech must certify three things to the lender:

  • Student has been accepted to Florida Tech
  • Student is enrolled in courses
  • Borrowed amount is within the student's cost of attendance less any other financial aid

Our officials are prohibited from accepting any financial or other benefits in exchange for displaying lenders and loan options in FASTChoice.

For further details on these loan options, please visit the Financial Aid website for graduate students.


Outside Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

Florida Tech encourages all students to apply for outside scholarships. Sometimes searching for scholarships can be quite intimidating, especially with the risk of scams.

FinAid.org/Scholarships (https://finaid.org/scholarships/) can quickly arm you with the knowledge to smartly and efficiently search for scholarship aid and avoid scholarship scams. To learn more about how to avoid scams and report fraudulent activity, visit the Federal Trade Commission's Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams web page(https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0082-scholarship-and-financial-aid-scams).

For further details, including a list of sites to begin your search, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website (https://www.fit.edu/financialaid/outside-scholarships/) for outside scholarships and grants. Keep in mind the fifth edition MA in Behavior Analysis Practice is a fully online master’s degree program in which students are enrolled half-time when taking a minimum of five credits per semester.


AmeriCorps

You are able to use the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award towards the 5th edition ABA online MA in Behavior Analysis Practice.  It is fast and easy to access your national service participant account in My AmeriCorps. To register, go to https://my.americorps.gov/mp/login.do and click on Register to create a new Member/Alum account. Then follow the instructions provided on the website.

For more details, please send us a quick email at abareg@fit.edu, and we’ll be happy to assist.


Military Benefits

The M.A. in Behavior Analysis Practice is eligible for students to use their Post-9-11 (GI Bill) benefits for the courses. To use those benefits, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs requests that students be registered as degree-seeking students and apply to the university. If you plan to use veteran’s benefits to fund the M.A. - Behavior Analysis Practice program, please contact our office by email to abareg@fit.ed or by phone at 321-674-8382, option 2, and we'll help you get started.  


Using Financial Aid Funds for Textbooks

Since our partnership with MBS Direct does not allow the use of future or anticipated loan funds to purchase books, students may need to purchase textbooks with their own funds and use their financial aid refund to reimburse themselves. 


If you have any further questions about financing the ABA Online fifth edition certificate program or require assistance, we are here to help! Please email abareg@fit.edu or visit our contact page for phone hours.