Financial Aid for Graduate Students

Financing Your Master’s Degree

Whether you’re finishing your graduate degree as a full-time or part-time student, we can help set you up for success with the tools and information to craft a personalized plan and finance your Master’s.

2021-2022 FAFSA
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The 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid  (FAFSA) opened on October 1, 2020. To file you will use your 2019 tax information and you should NOT update it with 2020 information.  For more information on the changes or to apply visit the Federal Student Aid website

Graduate Degree Seekers

Your first step is to fill you the FAFSA. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) serves as the official application for all sources of federal aid for graduate/professional students. Eligible graduate students qualify for Direct Unsubsidized Student Loans as well as Graduate PLUS loans (additional application) through the FAFSA. Students must be enrolled half-time (3 hours per term) to qualify for an unsubsidized loan. Applying for financial aid is an annual process so you’ll need to do this every year you’re enrolled.

Avila University has a partnership with Bright Horizons to provide employers with significant tuition discounts. Check with your employer if you’re eligible for EdAssist discounts.

Outside scholarships are also available to Graduate students. 

Notification of Financial Aid: For students who apply for Financial Aid (file the FAFSA) an email will be sent to your official Avila email account once you are awarded.  You will be directed to your MyAU account to both view and accept/decline your loans.

Employer’s tuition reimbursement Program

For students who participate in a company tuition reimbursement program, Avila offers the Tuition Reimbursement Program Agreement. The following guidelines apply:

a) The student agrees to pay Avila University a fee of $50 per “traditional” semester for the privilege of paying tuition and fees after the completion of a course rather at the beginning of the course.

b) The student shall be solely responsible for paying Avila University the amount, which represents the tuition, fees, and other charges for those courses for which he or she is registered. Said payment shall be paid in full by the student within 45 days of completing those courses even if the employer should fail to reimburse for any reason.

c) Avila may declare an agreement in default if the student fails to make timely payments or breaks any condition of the agreement, resulting in an accelerated unpaid balance and interest accrual of the amount owed, and if necessary, take any action to accomplish collection. Delinquent sums shall bear an interest rate of one and one-half percent (1.5%) per month.

d) Should the student withdraw from any classes, he or she agrees to pay any balance due in accordance with the withdrawal and payment policy as published in the Avila University catalog.

e) With regard to any classes not covered by the Employer’s Tuition Reimbursement Program, the student shall pay the tuition, fees, and any other charges owed to Avila University for the same as it applies in accordance with the normal payment policies of Avila University. Payment is due and payable on the first evening of that particular class.

f) The student is responsible for remitting payments on time in accordance with the terms of this agreement. The student understands that delinquent accounts will result in the discontinuation of further enrollment and release of transcripts until accounts are paid in full.

Outside Scholarships and discounts

Outside scholarships include any funding from sources outside of Avila University, the State of Missouri, or the federal government. Awards from companies, foundations, civic and religious organizations, and employer tuition benefits are common examples of outside scholarships. Outside scholarships can affect a student’s aid eligibility, so they must be reported to the Financial Aid Office. Outside scholarships help meet a student’s college costs, so we are required to take these awards into account when determining eligibility for other aid programs. If we have to adjust other sources of aid — which may be required under state and federal regulations — we always reduce need-based loans or work-study before reducing any gift aid, like need-based scholarships or grants.

Bright Horizons
Avila University has a partnership with Bright Horizons to provide employers with significant tuition discounts. Check with your employer if you’re eligible for EdAssist discounts.

Where to mail outside scholarships

If you have received a scholarship from an outside donor, please use the following address:

Avila University
Business Office/Outside Scholarship
11901 Wornall Rd. Kansas City, MO 64145

Please request that outside scholarship checks are made payable to Avila University
Be sure to give your donor your student identification number and ask them to include it with your award. It’s helpful if the donor includes a letter explaining the award terms when they send the award check to campus.

Avoid Scams

Every year students and their families lose money to scam artists posing as legitimate scholarship funding agencies. To avoid being defrauded, be cautious about suspicious scholarship offers.

It might be a scam if:

  • You have to spend money to get money. Legitimate scholarship providers don’t charge application fees, “redemption” fees, or up-front taxes; nor do they ask students to make investments.
  • They want a bank account or credit card information. Trustworthy donors won’t ask for a credit card number to “hold” your award.
  • It’s guaranteed. No one can guarantee that you’ll receive a scholarship, and any promise of a money-back guarantee is a red flag.
  • You can’t find the information anywhere else. Scholarship agencies don’t keep information secret; they want to award scholarships. If a service promises to provide funds no one else knows about, be suspicious. 
  • You win a contest you don’t remember entering. If you receive a message saying you’ve been selected for an award or you’re a finalist in a competition you’ve never heard of, it might be a scam.
  • It sounds too good to be true. Trust your instincts. If you’re suspicious about an offer, you probably have a good reason.

Will you need a Student Loan?

Despite scholarship opportunities, many graduate students will need to take out a student loan from either the Federal government (Federal Direct Loans) or from private sources such as a bank or financial institution. Before you take out a loan, make sure you understand who is making the loan and the terms and conditions of the loan, as loans must be repaid. Click here for more student loan information and resources.

Payment Methods

Payment in Full
Avila University accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diner’s club and Novus Network (Discover), cash, personal checks, and money orders. Tuition in full is due at the time of registration or the evening of the first class.

Payment Per Class
Students may choose to pay for each class on or before the first night of class. There is no fee for this option.

Tuition Voucher
Students are responsible for the total tuition and other miscellaneous charges even though a third party may reimburse the student or pay the university directly. If your company reimbursement occurs at the completion of the course, then you are responsible to pay the tuition and fees upfront. With authorization to bill an outside source, the Avila business manager will bill your company after the first night of class and you are not responsible to pay upfront. This authorization to bill an outside source does not create a credit balance.

Questions? Just ask.

Michael Pepple

Director of Financial Aid Phone 816.501.3782

Paula Tarwater

Financial Aid Coordinator Phone 816-501-3781

Laura Modick

Financial Aid Counselor Phone 816-501-3609
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