Applying for Financial Aid
Step 1: FAFSA
- Complete your FAFSA online. APU’s federal code is 001117.
- For the best chance for the most aid, complete it before March 2. But we strongly recommend submitting it as soon as you can after January 1.
- If you don’t need grants or loans and don’t want to fill out a FAFSA, no problem. We’ll automatically award you any institutional aid for which you may qualify.
Step 2: GPA Verification Form (required for the Cal Grant, which is for California residents only)
- Before you fill out this form, check with your high school or college. Most schools can send GPA information electronically.
- The GPA Verification Form is available online at www.csac.ca.gov/doc.asp?id=1177.
- The GPA Verification Form must be submitted by the firm deadline of March 2.
- If you received a Cal Grant last year, you don’t need to complete another GPA Verification Form.
A Few Important Tips for Financial Aid
- Apply early! We really can’t stress this enough!
- Use your legal name on all documents (e.g., the name on your social security card).
- Keep a copy of everything you submit.
- Ask questions. We know this process can be pretty confusing. That’s why we’re here:
To request an additional Student Aid Report please call, (319) 337-5665; for the hearing-impaired, TDD # (800) 730-8913.
The College Board offers free, convenient worksheets to help you estimate your federal expected family contribution and to help you determine your capacity to take on educational loan debt.
You may also contact the Federal Department of Education via the Internet.