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Mildred Elley regularly publishes its Academic Catalogs, Crime Statistics Report and Campus Security Policy.

Academic Catalogs

Learn all there is to know about the Mildred Elley campuses. You can also get more information from the Office of Admissions.

New York City Metro Branch Campus Program Disclaimer

Enrollment in the Business Management, Massage Therapy and Advanced Paralegal Studies programs is subject to the following conditions.  Mildred Elley’s New York City Metro Campus is a branch campus of the main campus in Albany, New York, and is approved as such by The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) and the United States Department of Education (US DoE).   As a branch campus, the New York City Metro Campus does not offer this program in full, and requires its students to take a portion of coursework in this degree programs at the college’s main campus in Albany; transfer of credit from other accredited institutions; or taking courses through possible cross-registration agreements between Mildred Elley and other institutions of higher education in the New York City area.

Mildred Elley is in the process of obtaining an approval by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, and following that, an approval from ACICS, to offer these programs in full.  While the college expects such approvals to be obtained, we are unable to guarantee the New York City Campus students that they will not be required to take some of the coursework through channels identified above, but will make every effort to assure that the students complete their degree on time and in a manner acceptable to all parties involved.

Student Consumer Information

Student consumer information is provided by the Financial Aid office and is the responsibility of the Director of Financial Aid to oversee.  The publications are reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis.  Information may be provided to the media for publication.

Gainful Employment Information

Learn more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important program-specific information.

Albany, NY Campus 


Non-Credit Bearing Online Programs



New York City Metro Campus 


Pittsfield, MA Campus

Campus Crime Statistics Report

Mildred Elley posts its crime data yearly with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education.

To view a three-year report by campus on the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education website, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the link Get Data For One Institution/Campus
  3. In the text box Name of Institution, type in Mildred Elley
  4. Click the Search button
  5. Click on the respective campus link

Campus Security Plan

The plan that follows outlines the actions deemed necessary to provide a safe environment for the students, visitors, faculty and staff of the Empire Education Corporation, D.B.A. Mildred Elley and Austin’s School of Spa Technology.

Occupational Outlook Data

We encourage all of our applicants and students to do independent research on the occupations that the institution trains for in order to make a sound decision about their postsecondary higher education and college plans.

The United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes an Occupational Outlook Handbook on an annual basis.  The OOH contains a wealth of information about:

  • The training and education needed for each profession;
  • Earnings;
  • Expected job prospects;
  • What workers do on the job;
  • Working conditions.

To access the Occupational Outlook Handbook’s most recent annual edition, please follow these steps:

Ten Great Reasons to Choose Mildred Elley

  1. Exciting High-Demand, Career-Track Programs

    Mildred Elley offers a full range of programs that give you short-term training so you can earn a Degree or Certificate in high-demand career fields. We are devoted to giving our students the knowledge and skills needed for employment and update our programs frequently to meet the needs of employers for careers that are in demand. At Mildred Elley, you are more than just a student—you are a professional in training.

  2. Financial Aid Available

    Mildred Elley offers financial aid and scholarships for those who qualify. Our Financial Aid advisors are committed to making the process of starting school easy and stress-free.

  3. Outstanding Placement Rates and Help in Career Search

    The Office of Career Services will work with you to assist you in your job search. Four out of five Mildred Elley graduates find rewarding positions in their chosen fields after graduation. We encourage you to call or visit us to discuss your future employment

  4. Convenient, Accessible Campus Locations

    All our campuses are conveniently located and are easy to commute to.
    • The Albany campus is located at 855 Central Avenue, with plenty of free parking and CDTA bus service from all directions.
    • The NYC Metro campus is located at 25 Broadway, with bus, subway and ferry services from all directions.
    • The Pittsfield campus is located at St. Luke's Square, with free parking onsite and bus service from points north, south, east, and west.

  5. Flexible Scheduling

    Mildred Elley programs are offered during days, evenings, and weekends* to accommodate every student's busy schedule. We know that many of our students work full- or part-time and many have families; with Mildred Elley, you will be able to fit your studies into your busy schedule.
    *Pittsfield campus does not offer weekend classes at this time.

  6. Flexible Admissions Requirements

    Most of the students who are accepted at Mildred Elley hold traditional high school diplomas. However, we may accept some applicants without a high school diploma - call our Admissions Representatives today to discuss this option.

  7. Mildred Elley is Accredited

    We are proud of our accreditation by Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a status granted to institutions that meet or exceed ACICS' stated criteria of educational quality. We are further approved and authorized to grant AOS degrees by the New York State Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department for the Albany, NY campus. And our Pittsfield, MA campus is approved by the Office of Private Occupational School Education, Division of Professional Licensure.

  8. A Mildred Elley Diploma Opens Doors to Higher Learning

    Many of our graduates go on to earn bachelor's, and sometimes master's, degrees. Mildred Elley has entered into agreements with both public and private colleges to accept our graduates into accelerated bachelor's degree programs.

  9. We Take Care of Our Students

    From the moment you talk to our Admissions Representatives to well after your graduation, you will appreciate the personal attention that you will receive from our faculty, administration, and staff. We appreciate and respect you as a unique individual and a Mildred Elley community member. Our teachers are accessible and helpful, both in and out of classrooms. Our student support professionals, from the library to academic support and tutoring, from financial aid to career placement, will make sure that you are on the path to success.

  10. Where do You See Yourself a Few Years from Now?

    Just imagine yourself—not in a job, but in a rewarding career. Actually enjoying going to work, respected by your colleagues and superiors, admired by your family members, and being a role model in your community. Would you like to see yourself in such a position? Then talk to us at Mildred Elley. Our Admissions Representatives are waiting for your call. Talk to us today—you have nothing to lose and a world to gain.

Financing Your Future

At Mildred Elley, financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify. The Office of Financial Aid is dedicated to assisting students with the financial aid process. Our knowledgeable and skilled staff can counsel you on the variety of options available for your situation and give you insight on how you can manage your investment for your education.

Financial Assistance and Student Eligibility

Mildred Elley is approved to participate in many financial aid programs to aid students in meeting tuition costs. Those programs include:

  • Federal PELL Grant

  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

  • Federal Work-Study Program (FWS)

  • Federal Stafford Loans and PLUS Loans (low interest loans)

  • Veterans Benefits, for eligible applicants

  • Tuition Assistance Program (NYS TAP)

  • Regents Child of Veteran Awards (CV)

  • Regents Awards for Children of Deceased Police Officers, Firefighters and Corrections Officers

  • Vietnam Veterans Tuition Award/Persian Gulf Veterans Tuition Award


Mildred Elley is proud to offer several scholarship programs to its students. These programs include scholarships that recognize academic merit, reward determination and persistence in achieving the goal of higher education, and encourage an early commitment to college studies. Read more...

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Contact Information

If you are not a student and are interested in becoming one, you must first contact the Office of Admissions.

Office of Financial Aid
Mildred Elley—Albany, NY
855 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12206

(518) 786-0855 phone
(518) 786-0011 fax

Office of Financial Aid
Mildred Elley—NYC Metro
25 Broadway, Floor 16
New York, NY 10004

(212) 380-9004 phone
(212) 994-2148 fax

Office of Financial Aid
Mildred Elley—Pittsfield, MA
505 East Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

(413) 499-8618 phone
(413) 442-2269 fax

Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

How many credits do I need to take to keep my full-time status?

Mildred Elley works on a semester basis to determine full time study. You must carry a minimum of 12 credits per semester to retain this status. Remember, we schedule you for 2 mods in that semester so you should be scheduled for an average of 6-7 credits a mod, to total 12-13 for the Semester.

What is the difference between a Grant and a Loan?

Grants and loans both provide students with money to continue their educations. Grants are free money and do not need to be paid back. Any and all loans must be paid back to the lender.

How often to do I need to renew my financial aid?

For every award year you are in school you will need to reapply for your FAFSA as well as your NY State TAP grant if you qualify.  

If I have questions about my loans, who do I contact?

Mildred Elley has a Default Management Office, to help you with your loans.  This office may be reached at 518-429-2624.  The U.S. Department of Education Direct Loans Servicing Center can also assist you. You can reach them at: 1 800-848-0979 or visit the website:  The U.S. Department of Education is the lender for Direct Loans, Mildred Elley is NOT your loan provider. 

What if I need more money for living expenses?

Students who qualify for more money than the amount due to the school (for tuition, fees, book and supplies) can receive stipend checks after there is a credit balance on their accounts.  These additional funds would come from increasing the amount you borrow from the federal loan programs which MUST be paid back. In order to be considered for increased funds, you must fill out an additional funds request form. Keep in mind that all students have a different Financial Aid package and your eligibility for certain loans and grant money may be different than your classmates’ and friends’. We strongly recommend you only borrow additional funds if you have to, and be smart about borrowing more money than is absolutely necessary.  Remeber, this adds to the overall amount of your loan and you will be responsible for paying this back after you graduate or if you leave the school before graduating. 

I need to have additional income while going to school. Are there any resources to help me pay my bills while I am in school?

Yes, you have a number of options to support you financially while attending school.

  • Federal Work Study (FWS): Federal Work Study is a need-based program offered through the Federal Government which, if eligible, allows students with financial need to work a certain number of hours per week while you are at school. Mildred Elley supervises the program and one can either work on campus or work in a non-profit that supports their training. Students are paid an hourly wage, but no federal taxes are taken out. And, these funds do not have to be re-paid. You must fill out a work study application located on the 3rd floor to determine your need and eligibility.
  • Need a job? The Office of Career Services and Placement offer job search assistance, even while you are in school. We provide job leads for all types of work: retail, overnights, weekends, day/evening, temp work, etc. Stop by the office to see what is out there! 

Can I use Financial Aid to pay for extra items in my program; for example: flash drives, additional pairs of scrubs, materials used in MT like oils, tools, and other equipment?

Yes, there are certain educational supplies that can be purchased with your financial aid funds. Keep in mind any additional expenses add to the overall total of your loan. Students can purchase: uniforms such as Scrubs, ECE polo shirts, as well as academic resources such as: textbooks, flash drives, Microsoft software for computers and calculators. You will have to see a financial aid representative to determine if you have enough funds to purchase any additional or replacement items. 

Does my FA cover my exam fees?

While we do attempt to cover the costs of your exams not everyone will be eligible. 

If I am approved to take a Leave of Absence (LOA) how does this impact my Financial Aid?

When you are approved to take a LOA, you have a maximum of 180 days to return to school before being withdrawn from the institution. Loan funds cannot be released to students on LOA.  We recommend speaking to a FA Representative to determine if you have questions about upcoming disbursements. 

What happens after I graduate and when do I start paying back my loans?

Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct unsubsidized Loans have a six-month grace period before payments are due.  The grace period is a set period of time after you graduate, drop below half-time enrollment or leave school for any reason.   

What if I cannot afford my loan payments?

Contact our Default Management Office immediately. There are a number of options we can help you apply for to temporarily postpone or lower your loan payments. Please do not ignore your loan payment. Going into default on a student loan will affect your financial future for years. The loan servicer will usually work with you, but you have to directly communicate with them and be proactive if you are struggling to pay the bill. 

What do I need to know about a loan servicer?

A loan servicer is a company that handles the billing and other services on your federal student loan.  Visit the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) at to view information about all of the federal student loans you have received and to find contact information.  You should contact your loan servicer when you:need help making your loan payment, change your name, address or phone number, have a question about your bill, have a question about features of your student loan, graduate, drop below half-time enrollment, stop going to school, or transfer to another school.

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