We have grouped the most common Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on this page, but they are the same ones found throughout the site.

Please note that Birthingway College will not accept a 2022 cohort into the Midwifery Program. FAQs about Midwifery Program admissions and prerequisites should be referenced for historical information only. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Midwifery Program

How much time will I need to spend on my studies per week?

Students should expect to put in about 30 hours of effort for each credit attempted. This includes time spent in course meetings, reviewing learning resources, and completing assessments. Full-time students are expected to take 15 credits per 12-week academic quarter. This meas full-time students should expect to spend about 37.5 hours per week on their studies.

Is the Midwifery Program a certificate or degree program?

Our online program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery degree (BSM). You must successfully complete our midwifery curriculum and transfer 45 quarter credits (or the equivalent) of general education (Gen Ed) from an accredited post-secondary institution to graduate. In most instances, your prerequisite credit courses can be applied to your 45 Gen Ed credits.

Midwifery Prerequisites

Human Anatomy and Physiology Course
  • Applicants must have completed an Anatomy and Physiology course of at least 4 quarter credits or 3 semester credits that covers all of the body systems. This course must have been taken at an accredited post-secondary institution, with a final grade of at least 3.0 (B).
  • If you are transferring credits using other systems (units, clock hours, etc.), please contact the Midwifery Program Coordinator for assistance in planning your program.
  • If more than one section is taken in order to cover the entire human body, the grade earned in each section must be a B/3.0 or better.
  • Courses from some vocational-technical schools (such as Massage Therapy, Chinese Medicine, Chiropractic, and Naturopathy) may meet this prerequisite. An official transcript must be provided.


Medical Terminology
  • An official transcript documenting successful completion of a college level Medical Terminology course of at least 1 quarter credit, with a grade of 3.0 (B) or above.
Labor Doula Workshop
  • Applicants must have completed an approved Labor Doula course or workshop.
  • Approved Labor Doula programs include Community Doula Alliance, DONA, ICEA, Birthworks, and Birth Arts Doula Program. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, we will accept online labor doula workshops in order to meet this requirement. For approval of additional programs, please contact the Midwifery Program Coordinator.
  • Labor Doula Certification is not a requirement.


Writing Course

Birthingway does not currently offer a college-level expository writing course that fulfills this prerequisite. Applicants must have done at least one of the following:

  • Completed a 4 quarter credit or 3 semester credit college-level expository writing course at an accredited post-secondary institution and received a grade of at least 3.0 (B). Creative writing will not be accepted as a prerequisite.
  • Submitted an official transcript documenting completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree or higher from an accredited higher education institution.
  • Received a minimum score of 60 in one of the following College Level Examination Program tests:
    • English Composition
    • English Composition with Essay
    • Freshman College composition
  • Received a minimum score of 4 in one of the following Advanced Placement Programs (AP) tests:
    • English Language and Composition
    • English Literature and Composition
      • You must submit your official examination scores from the College Board and/or AP Services.
  • Submitted a written letter from a college professor to the Midwifery Program Coordinator stating that a completed course had a heavy writing component and that the applicant’s writing ability in the course demonstrated at least a B. This fulfills the prerequisite only and will not count toward general education requirements.
Pre-College Requirements
  • Hold a high school diploma or equivalent. Applicants will be required to submit an official high school transcript OR documentation of GED or other high school equivalency.
Technical Standards for Midwifery Integration

A midwifery diploma from Birthingway signifies that the holder is a midwife prepared for entry into active practice. Therefore, candidates for graduation must have the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and judgment to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of client care. Therefore, the following abilities and expectations must be met and maintained from matriculation through graduation by all students. Failure to maintain Technical Standards may result in dismissal from the program. Students or applicants who have questions regarding these standards are encouraged to contact the Midwifery Program Coordinator.

  • You must be able to learn and to conduct basic office lab procedures.
  • You must have sufficient use of the sensory, visual, hearing, and motor systems, and the somatic sensation necessary to manipulate the required equipment, instruments, or tools, to perform a physical examination, and to provide care.
  • You must have the capacity and demonstrate performance of clinical care activities and skills including, but not limited to, palpation, auscultation, percussion, the administration of intravenous medication, the application of pressure to stop bleeding, the opening of obstructed airways, and the movements, equilibrium and functional use of the senses of touch, hearing, and vision. A complete list of required skills can be found in our Skills Assessment Checklist. Please contact our Midwifery Program Coordinator for a copy.
  • You must be able to and follow universal precautions against contamination and cross contamination.
  • You must be able to and work in a safe manner and learn to respond with precise, quick, and appropriate action in emergency situations.
  • You must be able to communicate in English with accuracy, clarity, efficiency, and sensitivity, including verbally (speaking and understanding), reading, and in writing.
  • You must communicate promptly and appropriately with clients, colleagues, health care providers, preceptors, teachers, and College personnel. This includes frequent communication with staff/faculty of Birthingway, responding to email and phone communication, reliably attending scheduled meetings (virtual and in-person), and being accountable for meeting deadlines.
  • You must have and demonstrate the skills to analyze and synthesize information, solve problems, and reach diagnostic and therapeutic judgments.
  • You must be able to acknowledge evaluation and respond appropriately.
  • You must possess the interpersonal skills to develop rapport and to maintain effective, mature, and sensitive relationships with clients, midwives, other care providers, colleagues, staff, and faculty.
  • You must be able to work independently, to accept responsibility for your own learning, to set goals for yourself, to manage your work, to ask questions, to seek support when you need help, and to collaborate with peers.
  • You must be able to maintain confidentiality and protect the privacy of your clients and of the practices in which you work.
  • You must demonstrate the emotional stability, perseverance, diligence, and consistency necessary to complete the midwifery school curriculum and to function in the midwifery profession.
  • You must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads; to function effectively under stress; to adapt to changing environments; to display flexibility and to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems and needs of many clients.


Exploring Midwifery Workshop Series OR So You Want to Be a Midwife

Direct-entry midwives and students share their stories on becoming a midwife and living midwifery day-to-day. Explore the highs and lows of this deeply satisfying and challenging vocation. And learn more about Birthingway’s online program. Meets every other Sunday afternoon for five, two-hour sessions. You must attend at least three sessions (six hours) to meet the Birthingway prerequisite.

Our upcoming Exploring Midwifery series will meet from noon-2:00 PM PST on Oct 10, Oct 24, Nov 7, Nov 21, and Dec 5. Cost $40. REGISTER HERE.


Our So You Want to Be a Midwife workshop is a condensed version of Exploring Midwifery offered in a single, six-hour session (with a 30 minute break). You must attend the entire six-hour session to meet Birthingway’s prerequisite.

Date TBA for our Winter and Spring Term workshops. Cost: $40

Biodynamic Care

How do midwives practice biodynamically? In this course, you will learn how to care for birthing people and their families by increasing oxytocin (the trust hormone) and decreasing stressors, resulting in healthy pregnancies and births, as well as immediate and long-term parent-child connections.

This one-credit course costs $350 (plus $75 term registration fee). Please fill out the 2021-2022 FAFSA by September 30, 2021 if you have scholarship needs for this course.


International Students

Birthingway cannot currently sponsor international students for a student visa. However, our new virtual program allows students to study with us in their own communities. We can admit international students into our Midwifery Program on a case-by-case basis depending upon legal requirements for offering virtual education.

Online Courses

Birthingway’s Midwifery program is now a hybrid program, with all midwifery theory coursework completed online. Students are required to complete clinical training in-person with a preceptor in their community or in a community where the student is willing to relocate.

General Institutional Information

Accreditation and State Degree Authorization

Birthingway is institutionally accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC), 850 Mt. Pleasant Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, a national professional accreditation agency authorized by the U.S. Department of Education. More information about MEAC can be found on their website at meacschools.org. 360-466-2080

This school is a nonprofit corporation authorized by the State of Oregon to offer and confer the academic degrees described herein, following a determination that state academic standards will be satisfied under OAR 583-030. Inquiries concerning the standards or school compliance may be directed to the Office of Degree Authorization, 3225 25th Street SE, Salem, OR 97302.

BCM Educational Programs
Career and Placement Services

Because the vast majority of our graduates are self-employed, Birthingway does not offer job placement services at this time. The College does offer courses and workshops that cover career and business aspects of healthcare professions. A student’s advisor may assist with career planning; however, the College does not have any dedicated professional career services staff.

Faculty List

Please see Birthingway’s Student Handbook and Catalog for a list of current faculty.

Institutional Copyright Policy
Instructional Facilities

At the beginning of 2020, Birthingway moved our operations from our previous location on Foster Road and transitioned to a decentralized administrative structure with a primary office in Beaverton. During the coronavirus pandemic, staff and faculty are working remotely to administer programs and facilitate distance-based learning.

While we no longer have a front office that is open to the public, we welcome you to reach out to us via email at info@birthingway.edu or by phone at 503-760-3131.

Midwifery Program Cost to Attend

For more information on costs, please see the Student Handbook and Catalog.

2022-2023 Academic Year Program Cost Estimate
Estimated expenses based on Recommended Course Sequence
Tuition & Fees Texts & Equipment Total
First Year $22,230 $1,644 $23,874
Second Year $24,936 $721 $25,657
Third Year $24,308 $717 $25,025
Total $71,474 $3,082 $74,556
Cost per Academic Credit $350
Cost per Clinical Training Credit $350
Tuition and fees are subject to annual increases. Historically, these increases have usually been between 3% and 10%


Birthingway Fees and Other Program-Related Costs
Name Cost Frequency
Application Fee $75 One-time, upon application
Enrollment Fee $200 One-time, upon enrollment
Registration Fee $100 Each term
Lab Fees Vary by course Course-by course, published on registration materials each term
Texts/Equipment Vary by course Course-by-course, published on registration materials each term
Client Care Documentation Book $30 One-time, at beginning of clinical training
Client Care Documentation Verification Fee $150 One time, near graduation
Graduation Fee $100 One time, prior to graduation

Payment is due at the time of registration each term, unless the student has financial aid clearance. If receiving financial aid, payment is due typically 4-6 weeks into the term.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Birthingway does not discriminate on the basis of anyone’s actual or perceived race, color, ethnic origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, socioeconomic status, or any other protected class in employment decisions, admissions or other college activities.

Privacy of Student Records (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their academic records. These rights include:

The right to inspect and review your academic records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access.

Current and former students may request access to their student record by submitting a Student Records Access Request.

The right to request the amendment of your academic records that you believe are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of your privacy rights.

To correct your student record, you must submit a challenge in writing to the Registrar with sufficient original documentation to support any change. The challenge must be approved by your program coordinator in consultation with relevant faculty.

The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in  your academic records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

Student records are confidential. Generally, records will only be released with written permission of the student. The privacy of student records at Birthingway is protected by federal law. Birthingway will not release private student information except when it is required by regulation or in other situations of legitimate educational interest. Examples of when your student record may be released include, but are not limited to: audits by our accrediting agency, MEAC, and/or the federal government, or while working with prior institutions you have attended to determine your financial aid eligibility.

In addition, you should be aware that academic records and related information may be shared among faculty, and between faculty and staff, as part of their support of your education. All disclosures, including within the institution, will only be made when there is legitimate educational interest.

The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the college to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

Student Privacy Policy Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-8520

For more information, please visit the Student Privacy Policy Office.

Directory Information

Under FERPA Birthingway is authorized to make specific Directory Information public. Directory Information is defined at Birthingway as your:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Birthingway Email Address
  • Matriculation Year
  • Certificates/Degrees Received
  • Program(s) of Study

Birthingway does not indiscriminately distribute private information to the general public, but certain elements of student, graduate, and alumni Directory Information may be provided. This is limited to just your name, program of study, matriculation year, and certificates/degrees received.

You may decline having your Directory Information made public by selecting “Privacy Protected” each term on the Registration form.

FERPA Release Form

As part of our system for protecting the confidentiality of your student records, you must complete Birthingway’s FERPA Release form in order for us to be able to discuss your records with your parent, spouse/partner or other persons/organizations. Please email this completed form to info@birthingway.edu or call 503-760-3131 to request our current mailing address.

Student activities

Community events and activities are listed in our quarterly newsletter.

Student Body Diversity

Birthingway does not publish data on student body diversity if the number of students represented is small enough to reveal individual students. Due to the size of the Midwifery program, student body race/ethnicity, as well as gender, have not been reported for this year in order to protect the identities of our students. If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Our statistics are based on our responses to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2021-2022 Student Financial Aid survey. This survey reports on all students enrolled in coursework during Fall 2020 and includes both degree and non-degree seeking students. Of these students:

14% (1 of 7) were awarded Pell Grants.

Textbook Information

A textbook list is provided in the registration materials for each term. For a list of required texts, please see the current Registration Packet.

Birthingway’s Financial Aid Disbursement for Books and Supplies policy was created to meet the federal requirements in 34 CFR 668.164(i). These requirements specify that institutions must provide a way for Pell eligible students to purchase or obtain books and supplies no later than the 7th day of a payment period if funds could have been disbursed 10 days before the beginning of the payment period AND disbursed funds would have created a Title IV credit balance. Per the institutional policy:

  • All students may opt to purchase textbooks through Birthingway.
  • Students may opt to provide payment or use their financial aid to cover the cost of textbooks.
  • Students will authorize use of their funds by signing the textbook order form. Exception: Student may provide payment with order form. This will be the way in which students opt out of using financial aid.
  • The College will make every effort to ensure textbooks are available no later than the seventh day of a payment period.
Title IX Compliance

Birthingway seeks to foster an educational community in which all members have the opportunity to learn and contribute, free from discrimination or harassment. Any person, including a witness or witnesses, may report sexual discrimination or sexual harassment—individuals do not need to be the victim of alleged conduct or harassment in order to make a report. Reports, either written or verbal, should be made to the Title IX Coordinator and may be made in person, by mail, by telephone, or by e-mail, using the contact information listed below.

More information about Birthingway’s Student Code of Conduct and policies for addressing sexual misconduct can be found in the Student Handbook and Catalog.

Birthingway staff, students, and faculty are provided with training on how to identify and prevent sexual violence and discrimination, as well as Birthingway’s policies for addressing reported incidents. You can access our training slides here: Know Your Rights-Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Training.

Title IX Coordinator: Holly Scholles

To submit a report by mail, please call 503-850-2258 or email info@birthingway.edu to request our current mailing address.

Transfer of Credits From Another College to Birthingway

Credits may be transferred from colleges or universities that are regionally accredited or authorized to confer degrees in or from Oregon. Transfer credit may only be accepted from non-regionally accredited schools with the express permission of the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization. If approved by ODA, Birthingway may accept credit in transfer from colleges or universities institutionally accredited by a U.S. Department of Education approved accrediting body, or from other institutions on a case-by-case basis depending upon accreditation status.

Credit may be transferred in for distance education courses, as long as the offering institution meets the transfer credit policy outlined above. Birthingway does not offer credit for non-college level work, and does not offer Advanced Standing based on high school work, unless such work has been accepted for credit by an institution that meets Birthingway transfer credit policy.

In general, credit is transferred only for general education courses. Some Midwifery Program prerequisites (Human Anatomy and Physiology and English Composition) may be transferred as general education credits if they meet our transfer credit policy. General education credits must be graded with a C (2.0) or above to be considered for transfer.

We do not automatically transfer credit(s) from other educational programs to satisfy Midwifery Program requirements. We will evaluate transfer of credit for these program requirements from an accredited college upon request, on a case-by-case basis. If eligible, transferred coursework must be graded with a B+/3.5 or better or equivalent. The same course may not be used to meet both general education and program requirements. Credit given for a particular course will not exceed credit given for the equivalent or corresponding Birthingway course. At least one academic year of a program (not including general education credits) must be completed in regular coursework at Birthingway.

Transfer of Credits From Birthingway to Another College
  • Transfer of credit from Birthingway College to other programs is always at the discretion of the receiving school, and generally depends on comparability of curricula and accreditation.
  • Certificates and degrees conferred by Birthingway College are professional in nature, intended solely to prepare students for a career in the Midwifery Arts and Sciences. It is not likely that a certificate/degree earned at Birthingway College will meet the prerequisites for graduate education at another institution.
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Student Outcomes

Certifying Exam Completion Rates
Graduating Midwifery Students who took the NARM Exam
Year Number of Candidates Passed Percentage
2021 2 1 50%
2020 9 9 100%
2019 6 6 100%


Educational Statistics

College Navigator is maintained by the US Department of Education’s Institute of Educational Sciences. Visit this site to find general information about Birthingway and other colleges across the country, such as average enrollment rates, tuition and fees estimates, and loan (cohort) default rates.

Job Placement Rates and Outcomes for Graduates

Birthingway conducts surveys with graduates for three years following graduation. In Spring 2022, we contacted and surveyed graduates from January 2019 through December 2021. If graduates do not respond, we research their status elsewhere; such as on state licensing databases or their current, private business websites. Occasionally, we are unable to account for some students through either means. This year, we were able to account for all graduates.

Of the Midwifery Program graduates surveyed:

  • 94% of graduates are working as a midwife (16 of 17).
  • 29% are working in a related field (5 of 17) in addition to working as a midwife. Types of related work include: Midwifery Education, Lactation Consultation, Postpartum Doula, Childbirth or Health Education, Prenatal Massage, and Placental Encapsulation.
Retention and Graduation Rates

The Midwifery Program is designed to be completed in a minimum of three years by following the Recommended Course Sequence. An additional year for general education will be needed if you are seeking the Bachelor of Science in Midwifery credential. Most students take longer to complete. Your Matriculation Catalog and credits will expire after seven years.

Of the midwifery students who graduated in 2019, 2020, and 2021, the average time for completion was:

  • A little over 5 years for the Certificate of Midwifery
  • A little over 4 years for the Bachelor of Science in Midwifery

Birthingway calculates and summarizes program cohort graduation and retention rates annually as of December 31st.

Under the Student Right to Know Act, Birthingway is required to report annually on the completion (graduation) rates for certificate and degree seeking full-time, first-time undergraduate students. Statistics look at specific matriculating cohort years and address whether or not these students complete their program within 150% of the normal time. Birthingway does not report this particular statistic because we do not enroll full-time, first-time undergraduate students. All students are required to complete college level coursework as prerequisites prior to admittance.

Health and Safety

(Virtual) Campus Safety Policies

Birthingway is required by law to inform our students and employees of any situation that represents a threat to their safety. In addition, we will not tolerate the endangerment of the safety of our community. We will fully cooperate with local police in the investigation of any incidents.

In the event that a situation arises that constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a school-wide timely warning will be issued.

Annual Security Report

The Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act (Public Law 101-542) requires that all institutions of higher education produce an annual security report. Birthingway has prepared the following information so that our community can make an informed choice about their personal safety while at Birthingway.

2021 Annual Campus Security Report

Please contact us if you would like to review prior year security reports.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

In compliance with Public Law 101-226, The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989, Birthingway College of Midwifery is legally required, and morally committed, to the prevention of illicit drug use and the abuse of alcohol by students and staff/faculty. As part of our Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program, Birthingway educates and informs our community of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol, refers community members to counseling and treatment resources, and informs them of legal penalties for noncompliance.

The College holds a strict policy against any community member (including faculty, staff, and students) attending class, clinicals, births, or any other work/practice settings in any condition other than sober. All must be able to concentrate and make good decisions. Any conviction for illegal drug and/or alcohol use or possession while on college property; engaging in college business; taking part in any Birthingway educational opportunity (such as field trips, clinical training, doula births); or in any way serving in a midwifery-related capacity will result in immediate expulsion or termination from Birthingway.

Use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in the Birthingway building and on Birthingway property except for special events, such as graduation, when approved by the Birthingway President or Board of Directors. Anyone under the influence of alcohol will be removed and dismissed or suspended from the college premises.

For counseling and treatment resources, health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse and legal penalties, please see our current Student Handbook and Catalog.

Information for Victims of Crimes

Birthingway strongly encourages anyone who is the victim of, or witness to, a crime to immediately report it to their local police.

In addition, we ask that students and faculty report crimes to a Birthingway staff member, preferably in writing. Please include the date, time (if known), and nature of the crime along with any pertinent details. The report may be submitted anonymously if the student does not wish to contact the police.

Financial Aid

Can I use financial aid to pay for prerequisites at Birthingway?

No. At this time, federal student aid is available only to enrolled Midwifery students.


Do I need to fill out another application to get a federal student loan?

If you have a completed FAFSA on file with Birthingway, and are eligible for a loan, you do not need to fill out other application material. However, you will need to do the following:

  • Sign your award letter to accept the loan amounts.
  • Complete Entrance Counseling (first time borrower only)
  • Complete a Multi-Year Master Promissory Note

The Financial Aid Officer will contact you about these requirements.

How does my academic performance affect my financial aid?

Aid recipients must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to continue to receive aid. SAP is reviewed annually after winter term. To make SAP you must have received a grade of Complete in at least 75% of the credits attempted in the academic year.

Students who do not make SAP will not be able to receive financial aid. For more information on this policy, please consult the current Student Handbook and Catalog and/or speak with your program coordinator.

I already have a bachelor’s degree. Do I qualify for aid?

If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you may qualify for Federal Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Student Loans. Unfortunately, those with a previous bachelor’s degree will not qualify for any of the federal or state grant programs in which Birthingway currently participates. Please contact the Financial Aid Officer to discuss your loan eligibility. Don’t forget to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)!

I just got married. Should I change my marital status on the FAFSA?

You should change your marital status if a change would better reflect your ability to pay or would address an inequality. Birthingway accepts changes to the FAFSA marital status on a case-by-case basis until September 1st each year. If your marital status changes after September 1st, you will need to wait until the following award letter to report your new marital status.

Please contact the Financial Aid Officer. You will be required to submit proof of marital status change (such as a marriage license), and other pertinent information (such as your spouse’s income).

I noticed that my award letter includes a Cost of Attendance. What is it and how is it determined?

Each year, Birthingway estimates the cost to attend your program based on the following:

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Texts and Equipment
  • Room and Board
  • Personal/Miscellaneous
  • Transportation

Cost of Attendance may vary depending on full-time, half-time or part-time attendance. This number is used to help you gauge your annual expenses while attending Birthingway, and to ensure that Birthingway does not over award financial aid. Your estimated financial assistance (grants, loans, scholarships, etc.) cannot exceed your Cost of Attendance minus your Expected Family Contribution from the FAFSA.

The Cost of Attendance is an estimate and may not reflect your actual expenses. Please speak with the Finance Coordinator for questions you have related to your statement or charges incurred on your student account.

I plan to enroll at another school while attending Birthingway. Can I receive aid at both schools?

No, you may not receive federal financial aid from two schools at the same time. You may, however, wish to enter into a Consortium Agreement between Birthingway and another institution. Most students enter into a Consortium Agreement when completing their general education requirements at another school, while still taking coursework or clinical training credits at Birthingway.

The Consortium Agreement allows you to combine applicable credits from both schools. For example, if you attend half time (6 quarter credits) at Birthingway and are completing 6 quarter credits at a local community college to transfer toward your Midwifery Program graduation requirements, you would be considered full time (12 credits) under a Consortium Agreement and awarded aid accordingly.

To enter into a Consortium Agreement, please speak to Birthingway’s Financial Aid Officer. You will need to complete Consortium Agreement paperwork, which is due at least one week before the Enrollment Confirmation date of the term covered by this consortium agreement.

What is an Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?

Your Expected Family Contribution is the amount that you are expected to contribute annually to finance your post-secondary education. This number is calculated based on information that you provide on the FAFSA and will be printed on your Student Aid Report. The EFC is also used to calculate some grant awards.

What is my enrollment status and why is that important?

Enrollment status is based on the number of credits for which you are registered each term.

Full-time = 12 quarter credits
3/4 time = 9-11 quarter credits
Half time = 6-8 quarter credits
Part time = 5 or fewer quarter credits

Certain grants have different award amounts depending on your enrollment status. To receive loan disbursements and/or to prevent your loans from going into repayment, you must maintain at least half-time status.

Your enrollment status is verified on the Monday after each core day has met once for the term (Enrollment Confirmation Day). No changes are made to your aid after this date, unless you drop or withdraw from a course without beginning attendance, in which case your Pell Grant award may be recalculated.

When will I receive my aid check?

Financial aid disbursements typically occur the third week of each term. You may choose for Birthingway to hold any funds that result in a credit on your student account, or for Birthingway to release all funds to you by check. If you choose to have the credit balance refunded to you, you will receive notice of the availability of the check within two weeks of the funds being applied to your account.

I am getting an outside scholarship and/or a private loan. Will this affect my other aid?
You must inform the Financial Aid Officer of any outside funds that you receive. Depending on the amount of the additional funds, Birthingway may be required to reduce other aid in your financial aid package.

Types of Aid

Direct Loans

If, after grant and work-study awards have been made, you still have financial need and are attending at least half-time, you may be eligible for Direct Stafford subsidized loans. With a subsidized loan, interest is paid by the federal government while you are in school at least half-time, during the six-month grace period or in a deferment period. The annual award limit for subsidized loans varies between $3,500 and $5,500, depending on your year in school.

As of July 1, 2013, new borrowers are subject to new subsidized loan limits based on the number of years they borrow. Borrowers may only borrow subsidized loans for the first 150% of their program, as measured in years:

Program Name:Credential Type

Minimum Program Length


Midwifery Program:Certificate

3 years

4.5 years

Midwifery Program:Bachelor Degree

4 years

6 years

A “new borrower” is defined as a student:

  • with no federal student loan balance as of July 1, 2013 OR
  • who had a federal student loan balance on July 1, 2013, but who paid the balance in full prior to receiving a subsequent subsidized loan disbursements after that date.

Federal loan balance applies to both FFEL and Direct student loans.

Please see the Department of Education’s Student Aid website for more information on the new subsidized loan limitations.

In addition to subsidized loans, Direct Stafford unsubsidized loans are available. Unsubsidized loans are non-need-based aid. With an unsubsidized loan, unlike a subsidized loan, interest will begin to accrue immediately and will continue to accrue even when you’re not in repayment.

Unsubsidized loans are limited to the difference between the Cost of Attendance and the amount of other aid received. The annual award limit for unsubsidized loans varies between $3,500 and $12,500, depending on your year in school, dependency status, and the amount of subsidized loan received. You must attend at least half-time to receive an unsubsidized loan.

Parent PLUS loans are available to credit-worthy parents of dependent students. Students must be attending at least half-time for the parent to receive the loan. To request a PLUS loan, please contact the Birthingway Financial Aid Officer for an application and more information.


Pell Grants are available only to students with significant financial need who have not previously completed a baccalaureate degree. The maximum award (for full-time, full-year students with a zero Expected Family Contribution ) is $6,895 for the 2022-23 award year. Pell Lifetime Eligibility is capped at six years of full-time study.

Some students may also be eligible for the Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG), a state run aid program for Oregon residents without a baccalaureate degree. The maximum award (for full-time, full year students with a zero Expected Family Contribution) is $4,692 for the 2022-23 award year.

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program has limited funds and only a small number of students receive awards. Birthingway awards Pell-eligible students with the highest need first. Awards are currently set at $600 per year.

Other aid options

In addition to the Federal Student Aid programs, Birthingway is listed as an eligible training provider with the Oregon Department of Workforce Development.

As a Title IV school, we are authorized to accept payment through Americorps.

Birthingway does not currently offer any institutional aid.

Birthingway does not currently offer any federal work-study placements.

Students who wish to borrow private or alternative educational loans should contact Birthingway’s Financial Aid Officer and read through our Title IV Loan Program Code of Conduct.

If you are in a Specialized Program or are a community student (any student not matriculated in the Midwifery or Lactation Consultation Program) and you are planning on paying for tuition and fees with external financial assistance, such as a scholarship, please complete the Community Student Financial Assistance form and submit with your registration.

Financial Information and Financial Assistance

Direct Loan Cohort Default Rate

Cohort Default Rates are calculated by the Department of Education using information from the school’s borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular period of time.

Birthingway’s Official 2018 3-Year Cohort Default Rate is 4.1%. The National Cohort Default Rate for 2018 is 7.3%.

For more information on Cohort Default Rates:

Educational Loan Code of Conduct

Birthingway’s Loan Program Code of Conduct prohibits conflict of interest with regards to our staff members who assist students in borrowing private or alternative loans, and outside lending, guarantee or servicing agencies.

Entrance and Exit Counseling Requirements

Our Financial Aid pages contain information about student loan entrance and exit counseling.

Federal Student Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
General Financial Aid Information

Visit Birthingway’s Financial Aid page for general and contact information.

Institutional Refund Policy

Please review our Institutional Refund Schedule.

Net Price Calculator

In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008, all Title IV post-secondary institutions are required to post a Net Price Calculator to their school’s website in order to help prospective students estimate total cost and financial assistance. However, under the HEOA, institutions that do not enroll first-time, full-time degree-seeking students are not required to have a Net Price Calculator.

At this time, Birthingway’s only Title IV eligible program is our Midwifery Program. This program does not enroll any first-time students, as all students in this program are required to complete college-level prerequisite courses prior to acceptance.

While we do not have a Net Price Calculator, we are eager to help you estimate the potential cost to attend. Please contact our Financial Aid Officer for more assistance.

Preferred Lender Arrangements

Birthingway will gladly work with students who are interested in financing their education with the support of private student loans. The college maintains a Preferred Lender List and borrower information on our financial aid page.

To receive more information about private loans, please contact Birthingway’s Financial Aid Officer.

Return of Title IV (Federal Student Aid) Funds Policy
State Grant Assistance for Eligible Students

Read about state grant assistance on the financial aid webpage.

For more information, visit the Oregon Student ACCESS Commission webpage.