Understanding Financial Aid

An Azusa Pacific education is within your reach! When it comes to paying for college, most students do not pay the full tuition cost thanks to the support of financial aid such as scholarships, grants, and loans. In fact, at APU, 100% of new students receive some form of financial aid.

Several financial aid options are available to you as an APU student, including academic scholarships, non-academic or participatory scholarships, grants, and loans. We invite you to explore the following resources to learn more about how an APU degree sets you up for success as you pursue your calling. You can also estimate your true college cost by using the net price calculator.

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APU offers several academic scholarship opportunities, renewable for up to four years. All new admitted students will receive some level of scholarship to support their education at Azusa Pacific.

2023-24 Academic Scholarships
Amount Class Standing Renewability
Trustees’ Scholarship Full tuition Incoming Freshman Up to four years
President’s Scholarship $23,000 per year Incoming Freshman or Transfer Up to four years
Provost’s Scholarship $20,000 per year Incoming Freshman or Transfer Up to four years
Deans’ Scholarship $19,000 per year Incoming Freshman or Transfer Up to four years
Directors’ Scholarship $16,000 per year Incoming Freshman or Transfer Up to four years
Mary Hill Award $12,000 per year Incoming Freshman Up to four years

Preparing Successful Graduates

On average, a college graduate earns $24,000 more a year than a high school graduate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And more students graduate within four or five years at Azusa Pacific in comparison to public universities, lowering the overall cost of a degree and allowing them to begin careers sooner. Most important, employers actively seek APU graduates for their competence, character, and creativity. In fact, 75.8% of graduates reported securing employment upon graduation, according to APU’s 2018 destination survey.

2,000 on-campus job opportunities for students
70% of students participate in internships (many of which are paid)
$100,000 cost savings of graduating from a private institution within four years in California, rather than a public institution that may take longer, according to the AICCU
$57,796 average early-career salary for APU graduates 1

Loan Repayment

Many students graduate college with some loan debt and that’s ok! With increased employability, statistics show that APU alumni find jobs and start paying back student loans sooner. This increased employability also leads to a significantly lower loan default rate for APU students as compared to graduates of other universities, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

$23,092 average loan debt of APU graduates
$40,750 average debt of students attending a nonprofit, private institution 2

What’s Next?

It’s never too early to begin the process and learn about your available financial aid opportunities. Our admissions representatives are ready to help you navigate the process.

  1. Visit campus to learn more about APU.
  2. Apply to Azusa Pacific!
  3. Apply early for financial aid. Complete your FAFSA starting as early as October 1. (APU’s FAFSA Code: 001117)
  4. Contact your admissions representatives with any questions.
  5. Watch for a financial aid offer to arrive as early as December! Accepted students who have completed the FAFSA will receive a financial aid offer to help as they make their college decision.


  1. Source: College Scorecard, Last Updated: January 22, 2023
  2. Source: Education Data Initiative, Last Updated: January 22, 2023
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