Types of Aid
Scholarships are typically merit-based, meaning they are awarded depending on demonstrated academic ability or other specific talents. All institutional aid from APU is subject to coordination with federal, state, institutional, and outside aid policies. Unless otherwise noted, award amounts listed are for a student enrolled full time.
A grant is a form of need-based financial aid that does not need to be repaid. Grants are distributed based on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Loans are a form of need-based financial aid that must be repaid with interest. They are offered based on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Federal Work Study
Federal Work-Study is a need-based, government program granted to students who qualify. Students must work on campus to receive the Federal Work-Study award.
Many scholarships are available from sources outside of APU. You can search for these scholarships through websites such as finaid.org or fastweb.com. The Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center is sometimes notified of scholarships available through APU departments or local organizations, and can provide information on request.
Please be advised that funding from all of the sources listed is not guaranteed. Budget limitations may reduce or eliminate any of the awards described without notice. Also, on rare occasions, the amount of financial aid originally offered may end up being reduced or eliminated due to federal, state, and/or institutional policies. See the Stacking Financial Aid section on our Policies page for more information on possible restrictions.