Understanding Financial Aid

See How Financial Aid Helps You Pay for College

An Azusa Pacific education is within your reach! Check out the following information to understand the actual cost of attending APU, available financial aid options, and how an APU degree sets students up for success as they identify their calling and pursue their dreams.

Understanding True Cost

When reviewing APU’s tuition and fees, keep in mind that most students do not pay the full price. In fact, 95 percent of students receive some form of financial aid, such as scholarships, grants, and loans.

2017-18 Cost

Tuition$36,926
Room and board$8,618
Fees$580
Total$46,124

2016-17 Comparison

Average national four-year private college$45,370*
Azusa Pacific University$44,390

*Source: The College Board, 2017

Students from every income bracket receive financial aid:

$0-39,99923%
$40,000-79,99921%
$80,000-119,99923%
$120,000-159,00014%
$160,000+19%

Income distribution for all students receiving financial aid.

Breaking Down True Cost

To find out true cost, subtract all aid received from the total cost.

$46,124

2017-18 cost before financial aid is factored in. Most students do not pay this amount; 95% of APU students receive some form of financial aid.

Scholarships

(e.g., Trustees’, Academic, Athletic, Music, and more)
Based on merit; do not need to be repaid

Grants

(e.g., APU Grant, Cal Grant, Pell Grant)
Need-based financial awards; do not need to be repaid

Loans

(up to the full cost of attendance)
Need-based financial aid; require repayment

= True Cost

What remains after financial aid is subtracted is the actual cost you will pay. Get an estimate of your true cost with the online net price calculator.

Preparing Successful Graduates

On average, a college graduate earns nearly $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.

2,400 on-campus job opportunities for students
70% of students participate in internships (many of which are paid)
4.4 years average time for an APU student to complete their degree*

*Source: MONEY magazine’s Best Colleges 2016-17 rankings

$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
$50,000 average early-career salary for APU graduates*

*Source: College Scorecard, 2017

The Economist recognized APU among the nation’s top schools producing employable graduates in 2015.

Loan Repayment

With increased employability, APU alumni find jobs and start paying back student loans sooner.

Loan Default Rates*

Azusa Pacific University2.9%
Private colleges7%
Public universities11.3%

*Source: U.S. Department of Education

66% of APU graduates are paying down their debt*
vs.
46% national average of college graduates paying down their debt*

*Source: College Scorecard, 2017

$30,516 average loan debt of APU graduates
vs.
$32,300 average debt of students attending a nonprofit, private institution*

*Source: Student Loan Hero, 2016

1 in 4 APU students graduate with zero loan debt

What’s Next?

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

  1. Visit campus and attend a financial aid event.
  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 counselor 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.