Accepting Financial Aid

The following will walk you through the process of accepting financial aid at CityU.


When FAFSA information is received, and no other documentation is required, a confirmation email will be sent.

If additional documentation is required, a missing information letter will be sent outlining documents needed. Most forms can be downloaded as a PDF from the forms portion of the web site.

Financial Aid Notification Letter

You'll receive a Financial Aid Notification email (to your CityU email address) when an award has been created for you. Once you've receive this email, you'll need to read through CityU's Financial Aid Terms and Conditions, and either accept or reject all, or a portion, of the aid offer through the Student Portal.

Entrance Review

A first-time borrower at City University of Seattle needs to complete Entrance Counseling.

Master Promissory Note (MPN)

A first-time borrower at City University of Seattle needs to complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN). This must be completed once every 10 years.

An MPN is a contract that includes the terms and conditions under which the loan is made and the terms and conditions under which the borrower promises to repay the student loan(s). You only need to complete a single MPN if you are requesting both a Subsidized Stafford Loan and an Unsubsidized Stafford Loan.

You should complete your MPN shortly after you receive your award notification.

Enroll for Courses

In order to be eligible to receive federal loans, you must be enrolled at least at a half-time status. Graduate students need to be enrolled with at least three credits per quarter to be considered half-time, while Undergraduate Students need to be enrolled with at least five credits per quarter.

Funds are Disbursed

Students must be registered and all additional documentation completed before financial aid can be released. Funds cannot be disbursed earlier than 10 calendar days prior to the first day of your class start date.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress toward completion of their degree. Students applying for financial aid should review the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.

Required Reading

By accepting a financial aid award package, you are confirming that you have read the Financial Aid Terms and Conditions document provided by City University of Seattle. If you have questions about the award, terms or conditions, please contact a Financial Aid Counselor before proceeding.

If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office, or call CityU at 1.800.426.5596.