Financial Aid

Welcome! City University of Seattle understands that funding your education requires forethought and planning, and that students often need to consider a variety of financial resources to pay for their degree or certificate.

CityU is dedicated to providing an affordable tuition, and offers students access to several financial aid services and programs – loans, grants, work study, scholarships, and more. CityU is also ranked among the top 20 best online schools for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report, and has trained staff that can process V.A. Educational Benefits. Money shouldn't be the issue that prevents students from earning their education, and we're committed to helping students at every economic level pay for their education.

Important Financial Aid Times Frames

Students are accepted into CityU programs throughout the year. When applying, keep the following financial aid time frames in mind. It takes:
  • One week for CityU to receive an online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submissions from students.
  • Four to six weeks to process a student's FAFSA or Award Package*.
  • Three to four weeks to process a student for verification once the student has submitted all necessary documents.
  • Two to three days for Federal Stafford Loans to be posted by CityU's Business Office. Processing begins every Tuesday. Refunds are issued and available the following week.
*A student's FAFSA can only be processed once they have been matriculated into their program, and student loans will not be disbursed until they have completed Entrance Counseling and electronically signed their MPN on

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