Calculating the Award

Once you submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the following process will begin:

  • You'll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the federal government. You'll need to review it for accuracy, and make any necessary changes online.
  • City University of Seattle will receive your financial aid application information electronically. If we need more information to determine your eligibility, we'll contact you through your CityU email.
  • About a third of all applications will be selected by the Department of Education for verification. If you're chosen, CityU's Financial Aid Office will need to verify the information in your FAFSA. We'll ask you to send additional documentation, including a copy of your tax return transcript(s). Be sure to respond to all requests right away, so we can keep your application moving along.
  • We'll review your application, and then notify you by email of your electronic Award Package. At this point, you'll need to decide how much of the financial aid offer you want to accept. Complete the electronic Award Package quickly – CityU cannot move forward until we receive your response.
  • First-time borrowers at CityU sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN). In order to sign this, you will need your Personal Identification Number (PIN), your Social Security number, as well as two personal references.

How Your Financial Aid Eligibility is Determined

The type of federal financial aid you receive may depend upon your demonstrated financial need, which is based off of your income and other factors.

Your "need" for financial aid is based on the difference between the Cost of Attending School (COA) and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). We try to meet that need in different aid programs, such as grants, work study and student loans. Your award will include the maximum amounts you are eligible for.

Cost of Attendance (COA)

Your COA is based on the program you enroll in at CityU and the amount of credits you take each quarter. The following costs are included:
  • Tuition and normal registration fees (not including late fees)
  • Books and supplies
  • Room and board
  • Personal expenses
  • Transportation
  • Loan fee
2014-15 Cost of Attendance (3 quarters)
Dependent Living w/Parent Independent Living w/Parent Student not Living w/Parent
Tuition/Fees: See Tuition Chart* See Tuition Chart* See Tuition Chart*
Books and Supplies: $1,032 $1,032 $1,032
Rent/Food/Utilities: $3,222 $7,500 $9,630
Transportation: $1,362 $1,602 $1,320
Misc/Personal: $1,641 $1,962 $1,818
TOTAL: $7,257* per term $12,096* per term $13,800* per term

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

Your EFC is calculated according to a formula established by law. It measures your family's financial strength based on the information you provide on the FAFSA.

CityU understands that each family's situation is unique. Though the processor uses a standard formula to determine a family's expected contributions, we may consider unusual individual circumstances when we evaluate your application. If you have unusual expenses, such as extraordinary medical expenses, itemize them and send a detailed letter to our office along with receipts. We can also consider childcare expenses.

After your need has been calculated, need-based financial aid may be awarded for up to the difference between the cost of attendance and the expected family contribution. Funding for your award may include grants or loans. The composition of your financial aid award will depend upon your need level, eligibility requirements of the various aid programs, the date you applied, and the availability of funds.

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