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Financial Aid and Scholarships Offered for Law Enforcement Students

Law enforcement is a great field to consider if you are a natural leader. While some law enforcement agencies have their own training programs, most of the available jobs in this field require you to have training before you apply. While law enforcement classes can be expensive, especially if you get a full degree, there is finance aid available to help you with tuition and other student expenses. Let’s take a look at where to find funds available for law enforcement students.

Government Financial Aid

If you’re interested in getting training in law enforcement, one of the first places you should look for scholarships and other forms of finance aid is with the government. For undergraduate students, the government has money available through the federal Pell Grant – all you have to do to get this money is fill out the FAFSA to see if you qualify (it’s based on your family’s income). If you don’t qualify for the Pell Grant, however, many government departments at the local, state, and national levels also have money for students.

Financial Aid from Your School

Another great place to find money for an education in law enforcement is with your school. Most colleges and other training programs have both scholarships and grants available directly to their students. This money ensures that the best and brightest students attend their program, so often, the money you receive from your school is in larger amounts than you’ll find elsewhere. Almost all schools have a financial aid department, so this is where you should start if you’re interested in scholarships and other forms of financial aid through your college or training program.

Outside Financial Aid

Lastly, don’t forget that many outside organizations, companies, groups, and so forth offer scholarships and other forms of financial aid for law enforcement students. These typically fall into two categories: money available for any student, regardless of major or program of student, and money available specifically for law enforcement students. Some of the law enforcement-specific funds for students are available from the following groups:

  • Women in Federal Law Enforcement, Inc
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Police Corps

Some law enforcement agencies will also help fund your education in exchange for a commitment to work for them when you graduate.

Law Enforcement Training Schools & Programs

Kaplan University – For those students that want to earn a background in criminal justice, Kaplan University offers degrees at the associates, bachelors, and masters levels. The curriculum examines white-collar crime, juvenile delinquency, police operations, criminal investigation, and criminal evidence. Students rave at the dynamic learning environment.
American InterContinental University – The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement and BS/CJ: Investigations & Law Enforcement are specialized degrees from American InterContinental University. In this post 9/11 world, the need for law enforcement has never been stronger. These programs provide students with a thorough look at criminal and juvenile justice processes, investigation techniques, the courts system and corrections.
Grand Canyon University – The Master of Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement is a specialized degree offered by Grand Canyon University. The curriculum explores law enforcement management and leadership in criminal justice, criminal investigation, and psychology and the legal system. Advanced topics include the roles of expert witnesses, criminal profilers, custody trials, and jury selection consultants.
South University – The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement from South University is designed for students passionate about law enforcement. The curriculum includes core courses in criminal justice principles, along with general education courses in math, humanities, science, and social science. Students also have the opportunity to take electives.
Ashford University – Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Law Enforcement Administration trains graduates to be knowledgeable about law enforcement and the leadership and management skills required to perform administrative tasks in the field. Ashford University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001, wascsenior.org.
Walden University – The BS/CJ: Crime & Criminals degree from Walden University is a specialized 15 unit concentration that focuses on criminal theories and behavior. Students learn how to conduct a criminal investigation, including interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence, and capturing suspects. For those interested in forensics, a BS in Forensic Psychology is also available.
Argosy University – Argosy University's Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology prepares students to apply clinical, counseling, and neuropsychology skills in a law enforcement setting. Offered online, this degree provides students with the flexibility and freedom to allow them to work while completing the degree. Many graduates work as mental health professionals in the law enforcement system.
Rasmussen College – The AS/CJ: Law Enforcement from Rasmussen College empowers students to create positive change in their communities by serving in law enforcement. The curriculum explores investigation techniques that will enable you to become an integral part of the law enforcement team. This program offers students the flexibility of online learning.
Southern New Hampshire University – The BS in Policing & Law Enforcement from Southern New Hampshire University features courses in policing and law enforcement, crime and criminology, and the law and legal process. Electives are offered in business, psychology, sociology, information technology, and political science in order to give students a more balanced education.

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