BTI Now Eligible for Federal Financial Aid Programs

October 14th, 2010

Body Therapy Institute was recently granted eligibility by the United States Department of Education (ED) participate in Federal Student Aid programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act. For a school to be eligible, it must be accredited by an agency recognized by the ED and demonstrate both financial responsibility and administrative stability. BTI has been accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation since 1999, and received another five-year renewal from COMTA in April 2010.

Achievement of eligibility for Federal Student Aid is a major milestone for BTI, as it means that students can now apply for a number of programs that will help them fund their career training in the Massage Therapy Diploma Program. These programs include: Pell Grants, Stafford (Direct) Loans and Parent Direct (PLUS) Loans. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

The first step for a prospective student is to go online to the ED website and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – better known as the FAFSA.

The second step is to go to the website of the BTI Virtual Financial Aid Office, or VFAO. This provides a student interview framework that gathers important information, and provides the exact amount of the amount of Federal Student Aid that a student will be eligible to receive. There is no cost for either of these two steps, and they can be done before or after a prospective student comes to BTI for the free campus tour and career exploration session with a member of the our Admissions staff.

The BTI Website has a new page that provides an overview of financial aid options for students, along with instructions on how and where to go to complete these application processes. If you have questions, email the BTI Admissions Department at, or call 888-500-4500 toll-free.