Medical Billing Scholarships
What Types of Scholarships are There?
While most colleges and universities offer courses in medical billing and/or medical coding under their Health Information Management Programs, it does not take a full-fledged four-year degree to become qualified to get into medical billing.
Many colleges offer two year programs that are tailored specifically for medical billing. In addition, there are a growing number of training schools that offer medical billing courses (that have a college credit equivalent) which, when you are finished, leave you certified to go into medical billing.
Regardless of the path you decide to take, there are a few ways to get scholarships for medical billing; you can get a scholarship through your individual college or university or, you can get a scholarship through an independent organization or foundation that provides funding for those studying medical billing.
Popular Medical Billing Scholarships
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has created a foundation specifically to help those interested in Health Information Management. This includes medical billing and medical coding. You must be enrolled in a program approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management. Scholarships for students in associate programs start at $1,000 and increase depending on the length of program you are pursuing.
The Virginia Health Information Management Association (VHIMA) awards scholarships to students pursuing degrees in Health Information Management in Virginia schools. Qualified students must already be enrolled in at least an associate’s program that leads to taking the Registered Health Information Technician Examination and they must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Imagine America Scholarships are available for students first going into college as high school seniors, and adults who are going back to school. You do not need to be studying Medical Billing to qualify, but it is open to those who are studying medical billing.
Keep in mind that individual colleges or universities may also offer scholarships (usually on a financial need basis) to qualified students who are pursuing Health Information Management degrees, whether on a two year or four year level.