NIMAA Approved to Offer Federal Financial Aid to Eligible Students

Title IV Approval Allows NIMAA Students to Access Pell Grants

The National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA) is pleased to announce its approval to participate in the Federal Student Aid Program (FSA). The FSA program is designed to provide financial assistance needed to attend post-secondary institutions like NIMAA.

Participation in the FSA program will provide an important financial resource to current and future students. NIMAA’s approval will allow eligible NIMAA students to access Federal Pell Grants to assist with the cost of program tuition and fees.

NIMAA’s accredited Medical Assistant training program was founded in 2016 by two leading community health centers, Community Health Center, Inc. in Connecticut and Salud Family Health Centers in Colorado. NIMAA is now able to offer their medical assisting program in 22 states and continues to expand across the country. NIMAA’s unique training model prepares graduates to work in high-performing, team-based practices through a combination of online learning and extensive hands-on externship experience in partner primary care clinics across the U.S., particularly those that care for underserved populations with complex care needs.

NIMAA is designed to increase access to educational opportunities in the communities health centers serve and to address a critical workforce shortage in primary care. Student access to federal financial aid will be of great assistance in achieving these goals while providing more opportunities for individuals who might not otherwise be able to afford attendance at an accredited medical assisting program.

“While the cost of NIMAA’s program – $6,000 tuition and $785 in fees – is much lower than many medical assistant programs, we know it can be a barrier for many in the communities we serve,” says NIMAA Chief Executive Officer Elena Thomas Faulkner.  “We are delighted to be able to offer this resource to applicants from across the United States who wish to begin their health career through our medical assisting program.”

“A special thanks to all of our external organizations and strategic partners who over the past five years have helped us achieve national accreditation and now Title IV approval,” says NIMAA Board Chair and Community Health Center, Inc. Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Masselli.

NIMAA students entering the Spring 2022 cohort are eligible to apply for Federal Student Aid to support their studies with NIMAA. To learn more about available financial aid opportunities, visit: or to learn more about the NIMAA program, visit: