How Do I Pay for Graduate School?

Financial Aid Process • Payment Plans

Payment Options

We know that paying for your graduate degree is an important factor when choosing a school. Contact the Graduate Information Office to talk more about the key factors to consider – or, read on to learn about the different ways you can finance your graduate degree.

Financial Aid Process

Applying for Financial Aid

Complete all steps below to apply for financial aid. Note: There are financial aid options that are not based on need. Most students in our online programs use financial aid to pay for their program. We recommend that you complete these steps as soon as possible to make sure that your payment arrangements are in order by the first night of class. For help, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (816) 501-3600 or


Students should submit the 2022-2023 form. You will need your 2020 Federal Tax Return, your FSA ID (, and Avila University’s School Code (002449). Graduate students are considered independent for financial aid purposes.


Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) for accuracy

You will receive this form 7-10 days after the FAFSA is submitted. If there are any errors on your SAR, log back into your FAFSA to make corrections.


You will receive your financial aid award letter from Avila once you have been academically accepted.

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.


Complete Loan Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note

Entrance Counseling is only required for first time Federal Direct Loan borrowers; all borrowers must complete a Master Promissory Note. Both can be completed at (you will need your FSA ID from Step 1).

Federal Loan Requirements

To be eligible to borrow funds under the Federal Direct Loan Program, you must:

  1. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  2. Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  3. Not be in default on prior educational loans
  4. Maintain satisfactory academic progress

Through Avila’s Pay in Full option, the account balance, after accepted financial aid is applied, may be paid in full. This payment can be made on-line (through your MyAU account) prior to the beginning of each semester/term.

Questions? Contact the Business Office by phone at (816) 501-3700 or by e-mail at

If you and your school qualify, this program may provide loan forgiveness for eligible Federal Direct Loans. This is a separate program requiring separate forms and processes. The U.S. Department of Education will determine your eligibility for this program; Avila University is not responsible to verify your eligibility for this program. Please do not based your enrollment on this program, as it can be difficult to ensure qualification for government programs which are subject to reform and funding changes.

You must call 1-800-4-FED-AID to verify your eligibility or visit for an application.

Important Notes:

  • We will work with students who receive tuition reimbursement from their employer.
  • If you are using financial aid to pay for tuition, you must be enrolled and admitted to the program of your choice before your student loan funds can be released. You may be required to make payments until your financial aid funds are released.
  • Avila University has a partnership with Bright Horizons/EdAssist to provide employers students with significant tuition discounts. Check with your employer if you’re eligible for Bright Horizons/EdAssist discounts.