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Grants and Scholarships

Federal Grants

Any student who wishes to apply for federal grants must complete:

  1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for every school year enrolled.
  2. All admission requirements for their program.

Federal Pell Grant

A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. (In some cases, however, a student enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Federal Pell Grant.)

Effective on July 1, 2012, students can receive the Federal Pell Grant for no more than 12 semesters or the equivalent. Students will receive notification from the federal government if they are close to or have surpassed the limit via the Student Aid Report (SAR). If you have any questions, contact PES Student Financial Services at (626) 815-5300 or

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Students can receive up to $600 a year in FSEOG funds. Eligibility for FSEOG depends upon the availability of the funds and the financial need at the time a student is awarded.

Azusa Pacific University receives a certain amount of FSEOG funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid. Once the full amount of APU’s FSEOG funds has been awarded to students, no more FSEOG awards can be made for that year. In other words, FSEOG funds are disbursed on a first come, first served basis. This system works differently from the Federal Pell Grant Program, which provides funds to every eligible student.

California Grants (Cal Grants)

There are several types of Cal Grant awards. Each of the Cal Grants listed below are for students pursuing an undergraduate associate's or bachelor's degree or an occupational training program. Students normally qualify for Cal Grant A or Cal Grant B Competitive Awards.

Please note that the deadline for submitting your FAFSA and Cal Grant GPA verification information is March 2 prior to the beginning of the award year. APU recommends that you complete your FAFSA as soon as possible, starting January 1. Students can follow up on their Cal Grant status and requirements through their WebGrants 4 Students account.

Outside Scholarships

We encourage you to visit the scholarship organizations’ websites for detailed and updated information and apply at your own discretion. APU’s positions may differ from the positions of the scholarship organizations, and APU does not necessarily endorse or support those positions.

APU Young Family Scholarship

The Young Family Scholarship is a one-time scholarship awarded to a student in the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership Program in the School of Adult and Professional Studies. Students are encouraged to apply for this $1,000–$2,000 scholarship if they meet the following criteria:

You will be required to write a short essay and submit a faculty member reference as part of the application process. For the application and more information regarding the Young Family Scholarship, please contact Teri Franks in PES Student Financial Services at