FINANCIAL AID

INSTITUTIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

OFFICE OF SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID

The Financial Aid Office of American Pathways University helps students find additional resources to meet up to 100% of educational expenses. The APU Institutional Scholarship Program helps pay for 30% to 80% of tuition, depending on financial need. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office to apply for financial aid.

APU INSTITUTIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM



General Qualifications

Character, potential, dedication of purpose, academic achievement, and special abilities are considerations for awarding an institutional tuition scholarship. To receive an APU Institutional Scholarship Program grant students must first apply for external financial aid that may be available to them from employers, Federal and State programs, foundations, and private scholarships. To maintain an APU scholarship a student must demonstrate progress toward completion of an academic program and complete the term for which the grant is awarded. Only one of the following Institutional Scholarship Program grants may be awarded per academic term. The amount of the grant is based on financial need (see table below). Recipients must meet the specific qualification for the following APU Scholarship Options.

American Pathways University Consortium (APUC) Scholarship

Specific qualification: Affiliation. All students having a current staff or client affiliation with a listed APU Consortium organization and otherwise qualify for the University’s Institutional Financial Aid Program are eligible to apply for a scholarship of up to 80% of the cost of tuition, depending on financial need. (Students who become post-clientele after matriculating at APU may preserve their affiliation status for an APUC scholarship by maintaining continuous progress toward completing of an academic program.)

Higher Education Leadership Program (HELP) Scholarship

Specific qualification: Residency. All students living in the service area of the University and otherwise qualify for the University’s Institutional Financial Aid Program are eligible to apply for a scholarship of up to 55% of the cost of tuition, depending on financial need.

American Pathways University Work Study (APUWS) Scholarship

Specific qualification: Work Study. All students living outside the service area of the University and otherwise qualify for the University’s Institutional Financial Aid Program may apply to perform regular volunteer service for a listed APU Consortium organization and if accepted by the organization are eligible to apply for a scholarship of up to 55% of the cost of tuition, depending on financial need.

APPLICATION

Students seeking Institutional Financial Aid must initiate a three-step application process. Available financial aid will be applied from the date of the initial application as follows:
1.    External Financial Aid Application. The Financial Aid Office will help students assess possible external sources of educational financial aid and provide information for making application for such aid. Upon determination of the amount of available external financial aid, a student’s account will be adjusted to reflect application of the maximum amount (see below) of the appropriate APU Scholarship Option (see above) to the unfunded balance (as determined by Nos. 1 and 2 below) from the initial date of application
2.    Institutional Scholarship Application. After the student applies for external financial aid (a copy of the application must be provided to the Office of Financial Aid), an initial APU scholarship will be granted for the minimum amount (see below) of the appropriate Scholarship Option (see above) for which a student qualifies.
3.    Institutional Scholarship Award. Pending the availability and amount of external financial aid, an APU scholarship grant will be awarded for the maximum amount of the appropriate Scholarship Option (see above) for which a student qualifies, adjusted annually based on documentation of financial need (i.e., IRS Form 1040 AGI or similar documentation).
TABLE OF FINANCIAL NEED AND SCHOLARSHIPS

APU Institutional Financial Aid is a percentage of tuition expenses based on financial need. The parenthetical percentages indicate the maximum amount of institutional financial aid when there is an external payer of last resort available to the student.

Annual Income APUC Scholarship HELP Scholarship APUWS Scholarship
(Affiliated) (Unaffiliated Resident) (Non-Resident Work Study)
<$20,000 80% (64%) 55% (44%) 55% (44%)
<$25,000 70% (56%) 50% (40%) 50% (40%)
<$30,000 60% (48%) 45% (36%) 45% (36%)
<$35,000 50% (40%) 40% (32%) 40% (32%)
<$40,000 40% (32%) 35% (28%) 35% (28%)
>$40,000 30% (24%) 30% (24%) 30% (24%)

Changes to the foregoing may be made by the University without prior notice. Please verify the currency of this information with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

INVOICING

Students are invoiced for tuition and fees, with scholarships applied in the following order:
1.    The minimum amount of scholarship is applied pending determination of external financial aid, upon which the maximum amount is applied to a student’s unfunded tuition balance from the initial date of the Institutional Scholarship Application.
2.    Overpayment resulting from No. 1 is credited to a student’s future course registration and tuition invoices.

QUALIFYING AND REMAINING ELIGIBLE FOR APU FINANCIAL AID

To qualify and remain eligible for APU financial aid, a student must meet the following requirements:
1. Personal and academic qualifications: Character, potential, purpose, achievement, special abilities.
2. Specific program qualification: Affiliation* (APUC), Residency (HELP), Work Study (APUWS).
3. Application for external financial aid: Employer, Federal & State, foundations, private scholarships.
4. Annual documentation of financial need: IRS Form 1040 AGI or similar documentation.
5. Progress toward completion of an academic program (Degree Plan) & completion of the grant term.
6. Maintenance of the minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA).
7. Not in default on a student loan, owe repayment of a grant, or have unpaid bills to the University.