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.

  • Cal Grant A Competitive Awards are for students with a minimum 3.0 GPA who are from low- and middle-income families. These awards help pay tuition and fees at qualifying schools with academic programs that are at least two years in length.
  • Cal Grant B Competitive Awards are for students with a minimum 2.0 GPA who are from disadvantaged and low-income families. These awards can be used for tuition, fees, and access costs at qualifying schools with programs that are at least one year in length. If you get a Cal Grant B Competitive Award, it can only be used for access costs in the first year. These costs include living expenses, transportation, supplies, and books. Beginning the second year, you can use your Cal Grant B Competitive Award to help pay tuition and fees at public or private four-year colleges or other qualifying schools.

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.
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