How Do I Pay for Graduate School?

Financial Aid Process • Payment Plans

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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

1

If you do not already have one, obtain a FSA ID: Go to https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm. Supply your name (as it appears on your Social Security Card), Social Security number, date of birth and either an e-mail or street address to which you want the FSA ID sent.

2

Students beginning in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 will need to complete the 2019-2020 form. Be sure to complete all sections of the FAFSA and include our school code and name in the appropriate box(es) on the FAFSA your information will be sent to Concordia University. Our school code is: Concordia University, CA federal code #013885.

Students Receiving Financial Aid

Once all of these steps have been completed and you are accepted (or conditionally accepted) to the graduate program and registered for classes, the Financial Aid Office will review your information and determine your eligibility for financial aid. You will then receive a financial aid award notification via your eagles email from the Concordia Financial Aid Office. You will need to accept the full or partial amount or decline each offer in My Records. The offer of financial aid becomes official only upon receipt of the electronic acceptance. New students accepting financial aid must complete Loan Entrance Counseling and sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN). Note: If you are accepted after the first day of classes, you will be ineligible for aid until the next term.

Students must apply for financial aid annually. 

The 2019-2020 academic and financial aid year begins with May 2019 courses. The 2019-2020 FAFSA and financial aid application are available online. The financial aid year will start over with May 2020 courses.

Questions? Contact Emily Allen at emily.allen@cui.edu.

The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession. If you meet certain qualifications, you may be eligible for forgiveness on Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and your Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans. This is a separate, federal program. The U.S. Department of Education will determine your eligibility for this program. To verify your eligibility you must call 1-800-4-FED-AID or visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation for more information.

This is not a Concordia University Irvine program.

If you have been accepted into the Masters program and submitted your 2019-2020 Federal Aid application (FAFSA), please contact financial aid at (949) 214-3066 for information on your financial aid eligibility. You may be responsible for full or partial class payment depending on your aid package. Upon registration, you will be mailed a bill with payment instructions.

Payments:

Payments can be mailed in, made in person or online. We accept cash, check and e-check, money order, and cashier’s check. Credit and Debit card payments will no longer be accepted as of July 1, 2016.

Payment Plans:

As an alternative to a direct payment by cash or check, Concordia University Irvine is pleased to present our Undergraduate and Graduate students and families with the TuitionPay Monthly Payment Plans, administered by Sallie Mae.

TuitionPay is an interest-free and debt-free way to spread tuition payments over a number of months instead of in lump sum payments. You will also save on interest charges by reducing the need to borrow student loans. TutionPay offers plans to pay one semester at a time or the entire academic year.

Visit http://www.cui.edu/studentlife/financial-aid for more information and to enroll in a payment plan.

If you have questions on the amount to budget on the TuitionPay program, please contact the Bursar’s Office at 949-214-3075 or by email at studentaccounts@cui.edu.

8 Week Classes Tuition Refund:

Week(s)Refund
1Add or drop without penalty
272% Refund; 28% Prorated Tuition
358% Refund; 42% Prorated Tuition
440% Refund; 60% Prorated Tuition
5-8No refunds

Refunds Due to Dropped Courses or Withdrawal:

Students dropping courses within the refund period may be eligible for a tuition refund in accordance with the University’s fee schedule and refund procedures. Please contact the Bursar’s office for further information. Concordia University’s refund policy is determined by a weekly percentage until the 60 percent or greater point in the semester is reached. The student is responsible for paying any outstanding charges to the university. It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class if he/she decides not to attend. To officially drop a course, you must email your academic advisor and/or contact the registrar’s office.

Academic Advisor (Administration)Deborah Verdeciadeborah.verdecia@cui.edu
(949) 214-3536
Academic Advisor (C&I and Tech)Mariah Lucasmariah.lucas@cui.edu
(949) 214-3595
Academic Advisor (Counseling)Jill Swisherjill.swisher@cui.edu
(949) 214-3347
Bursar’s OfficeEdgar Lopezedgar.lopez@cui.edu
(949) 214-3073
Registrar’s Office registrar@cui.edu
(949) 214-3079