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Financial Aid

Palo Alto University’s Office of Financial Aid offers a variety of financial resources designed to help you with education-related expenses involved in obtaining your educational goal(s). 

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While independent professional schools have no state support or extensive endowments, some type of federal and/or alternative student loan funding is available to almost all students.

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Financial assistance is available to eligible graduate PAU students in the form of PAU scholarships, loans (repayable with interest), and on-campus employment (work-study or non work-study).

Financial assistance is available to eligible undergraduate PAU students in the form of state and federal grants, PAU scholarships, loans (repayable with interest), and on-campus employment (work-study or non work-study).

The Financial Aid Counselors are here to assist you with the application of and processing of your financial aid, understanding all of your financial options, and answer any questions or concerns you may have. We strive to make this process as easy as possible for you.

Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

What is Financial Aid?

Financial aid is federal, state, institutional or private assistance that comes in the form of grants or scholarships, which do not have to be paid back, work-study, a part-time job on campus, and student loans, which must be repaid starting six months after you leave school or fall below half time enrollment.

Students must be enrolled in a Title IV eligible school and enroll in an eligible program to qualify for financial aid.


Getting Started

How can I apply for financial aid?

The first step in applying for state or federal financial aid is to complete the FAFSA. application online. Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID to log-in and sign the application. The FSA ID is made up of a username and password, and is needed to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. The FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents. 

Complete the FAFSA process

What happens after I apply for financial aid?

After the FAFSA is processed you will receive a Student Aid Report. If you provided an email address on the FAFSA, the processor will email you the Student Aid Report. This report details the information that you provided and informs you of any corrections that need to be made. At the same time that you receive the Student Aid Report, the Financial Aid Office receives your information electronically. The financial aid office uses this information to determine if additional information or documentation is required, at which time, the staff will send you a letter indicating what is needed.

What is the deadline for applying for financial aid?

The Cal Grant deadline is March 2 of each year. The earlier you apply and submit any other required information to the financial aid office, the more likely you are to have funding available when you start school. PAU’s deadline to submit all your financial aid documents in order for your bill to display your anticipated aid is July 1.

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Financial Aid Drop-In Office Hours

In person office hours will be available on Thursdays and Fridays from 7am-3pm building 2 room 208. You can contact the Office of Financial Aid to set up in person appointments. 

Virtual Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10am-11am (PST) or 5pm-6pm (PST) - Log In Here

Financial Aid Team is here to help!

Dr Amy Sikes
Amy Sikes, PhD

Interim Director of Financial Aid (650) 433-3824

Erika Lambert-Shelton
Erika Lambert-Shelton

Financial Literacy Coordinator and Interim Student Support Generalist (650) 433-3806

Mayra Corona

Financial Aid Counselor (650) 433-3824

Need to contact the Financial Aid Office? 
You can contact the financial aid office by at or by phone at 650-433-3824.