Financial Aid for Adults, Graduate, and Veteran Students


Student Financial Services, SSC in Hodes
11901 Wornall Road / Kansas City, MO 64145 / 816.501.3600 f: 816.501.2462


Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Financing Your Degree

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

2020-2021 FAFSA
File Now.

The 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid  (FAFSA) opened on October 1, 2019. To file you will use your 2018 tax information and you should NOT update it with 2019 information.  For more information on the changes or to apply visit the Federal Student Aid website

Adult Undergraduate Degree Seekers

1. Avila Adult undergraduate students who register for at least six (6) credit hours may be eligible for financial aid. All aid applicants must be accepted for admission and enrolled in courses prior to awards being offered. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form must be completed with Avila University’s school code (002449) reported on the application.

2. A financial aid award notification will be sent via email to the student’s Avila account, as well as the email address reported on the FAFSA.  Students can access, view, and accept/decline awards on the myAU portal.

3. Students should review the documents requested by the Financial Aid Office.  All documents must be received prior to the disbursing of aid.

4. Financial Aid, including loans, must be fully processed and loan checks or disbursing dates must be on record at registration time to be considered as reducing the balance due. If this is not the case, you will be responsible on the due date for payment.

5. Where loans are involved, the proceeds must be applied to any balance due.

For students who participate in a company tuition reimbursement program, the 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 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.

COVID-19 Related Displaced Worker Discount
Amount: 25% off tuition

Now available to all workers who are displaced, laid-off, or furloughed. This discount is available to your spouse or partner as well. Apply within six months of separation from your employer and enroll in Spring 2021 classes to qualify.

KC Scholars
Amount: up to $5,000 per year for up to 5 years and you can enroll full-time or part-time.

Applicants must be at least 24 years old at the time of college enrollment in Fall 2020 and have previously earned at least 12 college credits.

Since May 2017, KC Scholars has awarded 424 Adult Learner Scholarships, and over 30 awardees have already completed an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

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.

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.


Graduate Degree Seekers

Applying for financial aid is an annual process. 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.

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.

Veteran Students

Avila’s Yellow Ribbon Program: Avila University, in conjunction with the Veteran’s Administration, completely covers all tuition and fee costs for qualified veterans and family members. That means you may be eligible to attend Avila for FREE! Avila, nationally recognized as a G.I. Jobs Military Friendly School works with all veterans and their families to ensure they receive the support needed to pursue their education and their dreams. Join your fellow veterans, active-duty military members, spouses, and dependents who call Avila home.

Why Veterans Choose Avila

Avila offers veterans a values-based educational experience with real world challenges! Classes are small, and every one of your professors will know you by name. A degree from Avila University is a natural fit for motivated individuals from the United States military. Classes are designed for interactive, intellectual exchanges among instructors and students. The campus is easily accessible in suburban Kansas City, Missouri, and provides veterans with the support and services to facilitate success.

Contact the Office of Admission to talk about the Avila experience or a tour of campus or Paula Tarwater, the VA Certifying Official, for information on how your VA benefits can help your educational dreams become reality.


Paula Tarwater, Financial Aid Coordinator
P: 816-501-3781 / E:

Avila University Mission Statement: Avila University, a Catholic University sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is a values-based community of learning providing liberal arts, professional, undergraduate, and graduate education to prepare students for responsible lifelong contributions to the global community.

According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive this funding.  Therefore, you may be eligible if:

  • You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months
  • You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001
  • You are a dependent eligible for Transfer of  Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.

If you have any further questions, please contact Paula Tarwater at 816.501.3781 or

Apply with the VA/DOD.
Veterans and service members:


  • Have your spouse or parent visit and click on Apply for Benefits to be awarded their educational benefits.
  • Have your spouse or parent apply to transfer their educational benefits to you or through their Chain of Command
  • Visit yourself and apply to use your transferred educational benefits

Documents required to be certified as a student at Avila University:

  • Certificate of Eligibility from the VA, which should be received when you are found eligible to use educational benefits (or a printout from eBenefits showing your eligibility and % rate)
  • DD-214 (if applicable)
  • Avila University’s VA Certification Request form (for each semester you are requesting to use your benefits)

Avila’s belief that success is a community effort is reflected in the number of on-campus resources available to guide you through whatever adventure you’re undertaking:

Counseling and Career Services – 816.501.2901
Campus Ministry – 816.501.2423
Learning Services – 816.501.3666
Student Access Services – 816.501.3666
Health Services – 816.501.3668


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