General Financial Aid Information

Federal and State aid available at the Academy of Art University

The Academy of Art University participates in the following programs:

Federal Aid Type of Aid
PELL Grant Gift aid that does not have to be paid back

Awarded to eligible undergraduate students (first BA/BS) and eligible education credential candidates seeking an initial credential who are enrolled in at least 6 units and are not concurrently admitted to a Master's degree program.

SEOG Gift aid that does not have to be paid back

Awarded to eligible undergraduate students with exceptional financial need.

Federal Work Study Financial Aid earned while working

FWS is a federally funded program that provides students financial assistance that will not have to be paid back. FWS is awarded to students as part of the financial aid package solely on the basis of financial need with job interviews arranged by the Financial Aid Office. A FWS award is NOT a guarantee of a job or a guarantee that you will earn your entire award amount. FWS is different from other types of financial aid because you do not receive funds until you locate a job and begin working. The amount you earn is dependent upon the job you obtain and the number of hours you work. One main advantage of FWS employment is that when you apply for future financial aid, your FWS earnings are not included as a financial resource.

More information about Work Study

Direct Stafford Loans Loans from the government that must be paid back

Subsidized loans are available to students with financial need. No interest is charged on a subsidized loan while the student is in school. Unsubsidized loans are available to all students regardless of income, less any subsidized amount received. Students are responsible for the interest that will accrue on an unsubsidized loan while in school. Additional information about repayment, deferment and consolidation of these loans can be found at the Direct Loans website

Direct Parent Plus Loans Loans that are taken out by parents of dependent students that must be paid back

Federal Direct PLUS Loans are available to parents and stepparents of dependent students. Borrowers must meet credit history and debt burden requirements. Repayment is amortized over 10 years.

Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students receiving loans must be enrolled half-time to be eligible.

Direct Graduate Plus Loans Loans that are taken out by Graduate students that must be paid back

Federal Direct Grad PLUS loans are available to Master’s students who are enrolled at least half-time. A credit check is required to determine if the borrower has an adverse credit history. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students receiving loans must be enrolled half-time to be eligible.

State Aid Type of Aid
CAL Grant Gift aid award to California residents who meet certain financial and GPA requirements

The California Student Aid Commission makes new awards to eligible undergraduate students (based on financial need and GPA) who are California residents, who are enrolled in a minimum of six units, and who meet the application-filing deadline of March 2 (California Grants A and B.) These grants are renewable. The maximum Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B tuition and fee awards are $9223 for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years. Cal Grant B recipients also receive an additional subsistence stipend of $1473 each year. Beginning with the 2013-14 award year the maximum Cal Grant A and B tuition and fee awards for NEW Cal Grant recipients will be $9084.

Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students receiving loans must be enrolled half-time to be eligible.

Federal and State aid available at the Academy of Art University

The Academy of Art University participates in the following programs:

Federal Aid Type of Aid
PELL Grant Gift aid that does not have to be paid back

Awarded to eligible undergraduate students (first BA/BS) and eligible education credential candidates seeking an initial credential who are enrolled in at least 6 units and are not concurrently admitted to a Master's degree program.

SEOG Gift aid that does not have to be paid back

Awarded to eligible undergraduate students with exceptional financial need.

Federal Work Study Financial Aid earned while working

FWS is a federally funded program that provides students financial assistance that will not have to be paid back. FWS is awarded to students as part of the financial aid package solely on the basis of financial need with job interviews arranged by the Financial Aid Office. A FWS award is NOT a guarantee of a job or a guarantee that you will earn your entire award amount. FWS is different from other types of financial aid because you do not receive funds until you locate a job and begin working. The amount you earn is dependent upon the job you obtain and the number of hours you work. One main advantage of FWS employment is that when you apply for future financial aid, your FWS earnings are not included as a financial resource.

More information about Work Study

Direct Stafford Loans Loans from the government that must be paid back

Subsidized loans are available to students with financial need. No interest is charged on a subsidized loan while the student is in school. Unsubsidized loans are available to all students regardless of income, less any subsidized amount received. Students are responsible for the interest that will accrue on an unsubsidized loan while in school. Additional information about repayment, deferment and consolidation of these loans can be found at the Direct Loans website

Direct Parent Plus Loans Loans that are taken out by parents of dependent students that must be paid back

Federal Direct PLUS Loans are available to parents and stepparents of dependent students. Borrowers must meet credit history and debt burden requirements. Repayment is amortized over 10 years.

Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students receiving loans must be enrolled half-time to be eligible.

Direct Graduate Plus Loans Loans that are taken out by Graduate students that must be paid back

Federal Direct Grad PLUS loans are available to Master’s students who are enrolled at least half-time. A credit check is required to determine if the borrower has an adverse credit history. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students receiving loans must be enrolled half-time to be eligible.

State Aid Type of Aid
CAL Grant Gift aid award to California residents who meet certain financial and GPA requirements

The California Student Aid Commission makes new awards to eligible undergraduate students (based on financial need and GPA) who are California residents, who are enrolled in a minimum of six units, and who meet the application-filing deadline of March 2 (California Grants A and B.) These grants are renewable. The maximum Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B tuition and fee awards are $9223 for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years. Cal Grant B recipients also receive an additional subsistence stipend of $1473 each year. Beginning with the 2013-14 award year the maximum Cal Grant A and B tuition and fee awards for NEW Cal Grant recipients will be $9084.

Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students receiving loans must be enrolled half-time to be eligible.

Federal and State aid available at the Academy of Art University

The Academy of Art University participates in the following programs:

Federal Aid Type of Aid
PELL Grant Gift aid that does not have to be paid back

Awarded to eligible undergraduate students (first BA/BS) and eligible education credential candidates seeking an initial credential who are enrolled in at least 6 units and are not concurrently admitted to a Master's degree program.

SEOG Gift aid that does not have to be paid back

Awarded to eligible undergraduate students with exceptional financial need.

Federal Work Study Financial Aid earned while working

FWS is a federally funded program that provides students financial assistance that will not have to be paid back. FWS is awarded to students as part of the financial aid package solely on the basis of financial need with job interviews arranged by the Financial Aid Office. A FWS award is NOT a guarantee of a job or a guarantee that you will earn your entire award amount. FWS is different from other types of financial aid because you do not receive funds until you locate a job and begin working. The amount you earn is dependent upon the job you obtain and the number of hours you work. One main advantage of FWS employment is that when you apply for future financial aid, your FWS earnings are not included as a financial resource.

More information about Work Study

Direct Stafford Loans Loans from the government that must be paid back

Subsidized loans are available to students with financial need. No interest is charged on a subsidized loan while the student is in school. Unsubsidized loans are available to all students regardless of income, less any subsidized amount received. Students are responsible for the interest that will accrue on an unsubsidized loan while in school. Additional information about repayment, deferment and consolidation of these loans can be found at the Direct Loans website

Direct Parent Plus Loans Loans that are taken out by parents of dependent students that must be paid back

Federal Direct PLUS Loans are available to parents and stepparents of dependent students. Borrowers must meet credit history and debt burden requirements. Repayment is amortized over 10 years.

Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students receiving loans must be enrolled half-time to be eligible.

Direct Graduate Plus Loans Loans that are taken out by Graduate students that must be paid back

Federal Direct Grad PLUS loans are available to Master’s students who are enrolled at least half-time. A credit check is required to determine if the borrower has an adverse credit history. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students receiving loans must be enrolled half-time to be eligible.

State Aid Type of Aid
CAL Grant Gift aid award to California residents who meet certain financial and GPA requirements

The California Student Aid Commission makes new awards to eligible undergraduate students (based on financial need and GPA) who are California residents, who are enrolled in a minimum of six units, and who meet the application-filing deadline of March 2 (California Grants A and B.) These grants are renewable. The maximum Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B tuition and fee awards are $9223 for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years. Cal Grant B recipients also receive an additional subsistence stipend of $1473 each year. Beginning with the 2013-14 award year the maximum Cal Grant A and B tuition and fee awards for NEW Cal Grant recipients will be $9084.

Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students receiving loans must be enrolled half-time to be eligible.

Federal and State aid available at the Academy of Art University

The Academy of Art University participates in the following programs:

Federal Aid Type of Aid
PELL Grant Gift aid that does not have to be paid back

Awarded to eligible undergraduate students (first BA/BS) and eligible education credential candidates seeking an initial credential who are enrolled in at least 6 units and are not concurrently admitted to a Master's degree program.

SEOG Gift aid that does not have to be paid back

Awarded to eligible undergraduate students with exceptional financial need.

Federal Work Study Financial Aid earned while working

FWS is a federally funded program that provides students financial assistance that will not have to be paid back. FWS is awarded to students as part of the financial aid package solely on the basis of financial need with job interviews arranged by the Financial Aid Office. A FWS award is NOT a guarantee of a job or a guarantee that you will earn your entire award amount. FWS is different from other types of financial aid because you do not receive funds until you locate a job and begin working. The amount you earn is dependent upon the job you obtain and the number of hours you work. One main advantage of FWS employment is that when you apply for future financial aid, your FWS earnings are not included as a financial resource.

More information about Work Study

Direct Stafford Loans Loans from the government that must be paid back

Subsidized loans are available to students with financial need. No interest is charged on a subsidized loan while the student is in school. Unsubsidized loans are available to all students regardless of income, less any subsidized amount received. Students are responsible for the interest that will accrue on an unsubsidized loan while in school. Additional information about repayment, deferment and consolidation of these loans can be found at the Direct Loans website

Direct Parent Plus Loans Loans that are taken out by parents of dependent students that must be paid back

Federal Direct PLUS Loans are available to parents and stepparents of dependent students. Borrowers must meet credit history and debt burden requirements. Repayment is amortized over 10 years.

Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students receiving loans must be enrolled half-time to be eligible.

Direct Graduate Plus Loans Loans that are taken out by Graduate students that must be paid back

Federal Direct Grad PLUS loans are available to Master’s students who are enrolled at least half-time. A credit check is required to determine if the borrower has an adverse credit history. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students receiving loans must be enrolled half-time to be eligible.

State Aid Type of Aid
CAL Grant Gift aid award to California residents who meet certain financial and GPA requirements

The California Student Aid Commission makes new awards to eligible undergraduate students (based on financial need and GPA) who are California residents, who are enrolled in a minimum of six units, and who meet the application-filing deadline of March 2 (California Grants A and B.) These grants are renewable. The maximum Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B tuition and fee awards are $9223 for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years. Cal Grant B recipients also receive an additional subsistence stipend of $1473 each year. Beginning with the 2013-14 award year the maximum Cal Grant A and B tuition and fee awards for NEW Cal Grant recipients will be $9084.

Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students receiving loans must be enrolled half-time to be eligible.

Federal and State aid available at the Academy of Art University

The Academy of Art University participates in the following programs:

Federal Aid Type of Aid
PELL Grant Gift aid that does not have to be paid back

Awarded to eligible undergraduate students (first BA/BS) and eligible education credential candidates seeking an initial credential who are enrolled in at least 6 units and are not concurrently admitted to a Master's degree program.

SEOG Gift aid that does not have to be paid back

Awarded to eligible undergraduate students with exceptional financial need.

Federal Work Study Financial Aid earned while working

FWS is a federally funded program that provides students financial assistance that will not have to be paid back. FWS is awarded to students as part of the financial aid package solely on the basis of financial need with job interviews arranged by the Financial Aid Office. A FWS award is NOT a guarantee of a job or a guarantee that you will earn your entire award amount. FWS is different from other types of financial aid because you do not receive funds until you locate a job and begin working. The amount you earn is dependent upon the job you obtain and the number of hours you work. One main advantage of FWS employment is that when you apply for future financial aid, your FWS earnings are not included as a financial resource.

More information about Work Study

Direct Stafford Loans Loans from the government that must be paid back

Subsidized loans are available to students with financial need. No interest is charged on a subsidized loan while the student is in school. Unsubsidized loans are available to all students regardless of income, less any subsidized amount received. Students are responsible for the interest that will accrue on an unsubsidized loan while in school. Additional information about repayment, deferment and consolidation of these loans can be found at the Direct Loans website

Direct Parent Plus Loans Loans that are taken out by parents of dependent students that must be paid back

Federal Direct PLUS Loans are available to parents and stepparents of dependent students. Borrowers must meet credit history and debt burden requirements. Repayment is amortized over 10 years.

Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students receiving loans must be enrolled half-time to be eligible.

Direct Graduate Plus Loans Loans that are taken out by Graduate students that must be paid back

Federal Direct Grad PLUS loans are available to Master’s students who are enrolled at least half-time. A credit check is required to determine if the borrower has an adverse credit history. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students receiving loans must be enrolled half-time to be eligible.

State Aid Type of Aid
CAL Grant Gift aid award to California residents who meet certain financial and GPA requirements

The California Student Aid Commission makes new awards to eligible undergraduate students (based on financial need and GPA) who are California residents, who are enrolled in a minimum of six units, and who meet the application-filing deadline of March 2 (California Grants A and B.) These grants are renewable. The maximum Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B tuition and fee awards are $9223 for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years. Cal Grant B recipients also receive an additional subsistence stipend of $1473 each year. Beginning with the 2013-14 award year the maximum Cal Grant A and B tuition and fee awards for NEW Cal Grant recipients will be $9084.

Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students receiving loans must be enrolled half-time to be eligible.


Veteran Affairs

Academy of Art University is authorized by the Department of Veterans Affairs to certify students enrolled in our degree programs for benefits under Chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty), Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 G.I. Bill – Active Duty and the Fry Scholarship) Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation), Chapter 35 (Veteran’s Spouses or Dependents), Chapter 1606 (Selected Reserve), and Chapter 1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance Program). Eligibility and chapter is determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Applications to complete - Prior to Registration

Forms to submit – Prior to Registration

  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or completed VA application. (Not required for VA Vocational Rehabilitation (CH31) student)

  • VA Student's Bill of Rights
    Education Plan
    Request for Certification(In order to receive benefits, this form must be completed and submitted every semester.)

  • DD214 (if applicable)

  • Kicker/College Fund (if applicable)

  • Tuition Authorization Form (if applicable)

  • VA Form 28-1905 – ONLY REQUIRED for VA Vocational Rehabilitation (CH31) students

Forms to submit – After Registration

  • Request for Certification (In order to receive benefits, this form must be completed and submitted every semester.)

Official Transcripts

Form Number Form Name Who needs it?
22-1990 Application for VA Education Benefits
  • Chapter 30, 1607, or 1606
  • Chapter 330-Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Never collected benefits
22-1995 Request for Change of Program or Place of Training
  • Chapter 30, 33, 1607, or 1606
  • Collected benefits before
22-5490 Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance
  • Chapter 35
  • Never collected benefits
22-5495 Request for Change of Program of Place of Training Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance
  • Chapter 35
  • Collected benefits before
  • Educational Objective changes

Applications to complete - Prior to Registration

Forms to submit – Prior to Registration

  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or completed VA application. (Not required for VA Vocational Rehabilitation (CH31) student)

  • VA Student's Bill of Rights
    Education Plan
    Request for Certification(In order to receive benefits, this form must be completed and submitted every semester.)

  • DD214 (if applicable)

  • Kicker/College Fund (if applicable)

  • Tuition Authorization Form (if applicable)

  • VA Form 28-1905 – ONLY REQUIRED for VA Vocational Rehabilitation (CH31) students

Forms to submit – After Registration

  • Request for Certification (In order to receive benefits, this form must be completed and submitted every semester.)

Official Transcripts

Form Number Form Name Who needs it?
22-1990 Application for VA Education Benefits
  • Chapter 30, 1607, or 1606
  • Chapter 330-Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Never collected benefits
22-1995 Request for Change of Program or Place of Training
  • Chapter 30, 33, 1607, or 1606
  • Collected benefits before
22-5490 Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance
  • Chapter 35
  • Never collected benefits
22-5495 Request for Change of Program of Place of Training Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance
  • Chapter 35
  • Collected benefits before
  • Educational Objective changes

Applications to complete - Prior to Registration

Forms to submit – Prior to Registration

  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or completed VA application. (Not required for VA Vocational Rehabilitation (CH31) student)

  • VA Student's Bill of Rights
    Education Plan
    Request for Certification(In order to receive benefits, this form must be completed and submitted every semester.)

  • DD214 (if applicable)

  • Kicker/College Fund (if applicable)

  • Tuition Authorization Form (if applicable)

  • VA Form 28-1905 – ONLY REQUIRED for VA Vocational Rehabilitation (CH31) students

Forms to submit – After Registration

  • Request for Certification (In order to receive benefits, this form must be completed and submitted every semester.)

Official Transcripts

Form Number Form Name Who needs it?
22-1990 Application for VA Education Benefits
  • Chapter 30, 1607, or 1606
  • Chapter 330-Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Never collected benefits
22-1995 Request for Change of Program or Place of Training
  • Chapter 30, 33, 1607, or 1606
  • Collected benefits before
22-5490 Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance
  • Chapter 35
  • Never collected benefits
22-5495 Request for Change of Program of Place of Training Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance
  • Chapter 35
  • Collected benefits before
  • Educational Objective changes

Applications to complete - Prior to Registration

Forms to submit – Prior to Registration

  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or completed VA application. (Not required for VA Vocational Rehabilitation (CH31) student)

  • VA Student's Bill of Rights
    Education Plan
    Request for Certification(In order to receive benefits, this form must be completed and submitted every semester.)

  • DD214 (if applicable)

  • Kicker/College Fund (if applicable)

  • Tuition Authorization Form (if applicable)

  • VA Form 28-1905 – ONLY REQUIRED for VA Vocational Rehabilitation (CH31) students

Forms to submit – After Registration

  • Request for Certification (In order to receive benefits, this form must be completed and submitted every semester.)

Official Transcripts

Form Number Form Name Who needs it?
22-1990 Application for VA Education Benefits
  • Chapter 30, 1607, or 1606
  • Chapter 330-Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Never collected benefits
22-1995 Request for Change of Program or Place of Training
  • Chapter 30, 33, 1607, or 1606
  • Collected benefits before
22-5490 Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance
  • Chapter 35
  • Never collected benefits
22-5495 Request for Change of Program of Place of Training Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance
  • Chapter 35
  • Collected benefits before
  • Educational Objective changes

Applications to complete - Prior to Registration

Forms to submit – Prior to Registration

  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or completed VA application. (Not required for VA Vocational Rehabilitation (CH31) student)

  • VA Student's Bill of Rights
    Education Plan
    Request for Certification(In order to receive benefits, this form must be completed and submitted every semester.)

  • DD214 (if applicable)

  • Kicker/College Fund (if applicable)

  • Tuition Authorization Form (if applicable)

  • VA Form 28-1905 – ONLY REQUIRED for VA Vocational Rehabilitation (CH31) students

Forms to submit – After Registration

  • Request for Certification (In order to receive benefits, this form must be completed and submitted every semester.)

Official Transcripts

Form Number Form Name Who needs it?
22-1990 Application for VA Education Benefits
  • Chapter 30, 1607, or 1606
  • Chapter 330-Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Never collected benefits
22-1995 Request for Change of Program or Place of Training
  • Chapter 30, 33, 1607, or 1606
  • Collected benefits before
22-5490 Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance
  • Chapter 35
  • Never collected benefits
22-5495 Request for Change of Program of Place of Training Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance
  • Chapter 35
  • Collected benefits before
  • Educational Objective changes

Applications to complete - Prior to Registration

Forms to submit – Prior to Registration

  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or completed VA application. (Not required for VA Vocational Rehabilitation (CH31) student)

  • VA Student's Bill of Rights
    Education Plan
    Request for Certification(In order to receive benefits, this form must be completed and submitted every semester.)

  • DD214 (if applicable)

  • Kicker/College Fund (if applicable)

  • Tuition Authorization Form (if applicable)

  • VA Form 28-1905 – ONLY REQUIRED for VA Vocational Rehabilitation (CH31) students

Forms to submit – After Registration

  • Request for Certification (In order to receive benefits, this form must be completed and submitted every semester.)

Official Transcripts

Form Number Form Name Who needs it?
22-1990 Application for VA Education Benefits
  • Chapter 30, 1607, or 1606
  • Chapter 330-Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Never collected benefits
22-1995 Request for Change of Program or Place of Training
  • Chapter 30, 33, 1607, or 1606
  • Collected benefits before
22-5490 Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance
  • Chapter 35
  • Never collected benefits
22-5495 Request for Change of Program of Place of Training Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance
  • Chapter 35
  • Collected benefits before
  • Educational Objective changes

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