Apply for Financial Aid
Financial aid is available to students who are enrolled at least half-time as a regular degree-seeking student. To apply for financial aid, all students must complete the appropriate steps and all required forms.
Applying for Grants and Scholarships
Because grants and scholarships vary by academic program, there is no single application process. For information on how to apply for individual scholarships, visit Scholarships.
Applying for Federal Student Aid Loans
STEP 1: Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Complete your FAFSA online at fafsa.ed.gov using the IRS Data Retrieval tool to upload your tax information. APU’s Title IV Code is 001117. Apply for a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. The FSA ID acts as your electronic signature for the FAFSA and as your password to federal websites. Do not share it or lose it. After you have submitted your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). Please review your SAR for any incorrect information. Make any necessary corrections online for faster processing.
Completing the FAFSA is an important key to securing aid for a graduate degree. Take advantage of these FAFSA tips to strengthen your chances of receiving funding.
STEP 2: Verification (selected students only)
The Department of Education randomly selects students who have completed the FAFSA for a process called verification. If you are selected for verification, you will be required to submit additional documentation to Student Financial Services.
STEP 3: APU sends a Financial Aid Offer letter
When your financial aid offer has been prepared, you will receive a notification that your Financial Aid Offer Letter is available in your Message Center on home.apu.edu.
STEP 4: Complete your To Do List items
You must complete all To Do List items to receive financial aid. You can find your To Do List by logging in to your account at home.apu.edu.
STEP 5: Enroll at least half-time
Federal regulations require you to be enrolled at least half-time per term in order to receive financial aid. APU defines a term as all sessions within a traditional semester. For example, Fall Session, Fall Session 1, and Fall Session 2 together comprise the fall term.
|Type of Program||Units Required for Half-Time Enrollment|
|All professional programs and teaching credentials||6 units|
|All Azusa Pacific Seminary master’s degrees||4 units|
|All doctoral degrees||3 units|
|M.S. in Nursing (MSN) programs||3 units|
|Master of Social Work (MSW) and M.A. in Clinical Psychology (MFT)||4 units
(3 units in summer)
|All other programs||5 units
(3 units in summer)
Important Deadlines and Reminders
- Per federal regulations, all required loan paperwork and processes must be completed while the student is still enrolled.
- You must have all financial aid documentation submitted no later than three weeks before the end date of the term to receive financial aid for that term.
- The 2019-20 FAFSA cannot be completed any later than June 30, 2020.
- The 2020-21 FAFSA cannot be completed any later than June 30, 2021.
- Check your APU email and Student Center To Do List items frequently at home.apu.edu.
- Keep copies of all information that you fill out and submit to APU.
- Financial aid is a lengthy process. Please start as early as possible and respond quickly to all requests for additional information from Student Financial Services.
- If you have any questions about the process, please contact your Student Account Specialist.