The Financial Aid Process
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1. File your FAFSA.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the key to determining your federal financial aid eligibility.

The financial information you provide will determine how much aid you may qualify for and what types of funding you may be eligible to receive.


2. Understand your military education benefits.

AIU recommends reviewing the VA's tools and guides for information on the various VA Education Programs. In addition, we recommend speaking with your Education Officer, or reviewing your military branch’s tuition assistance policy. Also, if you are a spouse of a member of the military, you should review the MyCAA program to see if you might qualify for assistance.


3. Get to know the various types of financial aid available.

While your FAFSA is being processed, take some time to read up on the different types of financial aid available to help fund your degree. This will help you get ready to talk with your Financial Aid Advisor and feel confident about the aid package you receive.

Getting a handle on your options now can make a big difference later on.


4. Talk with an AIU Military Financial Aid Advisor.

AIU's Military Financial Aid Advisors will cover your Financial Aid and Military Education Benefits with you. An advisor will also walk you through your award letter and be available throughout the aid process. They can:

  • Help you with paperwork
  • Explain your aid package
  • Remind you of upcoming deadlines
  • Answer questions

Other Forms You May Need

  • Master Promissory Note
  • Student Authorization Form
  • Entrance Counseling Quiz
  • Loan Option Form
  • Additional verification documents, if applicable

5. See if you qualify for AIU grants and scholarships and apply.

AIU offers 8 grants and scholarships for AIU Online students and 11 grants and scholarships for AIU Atlanta and AIU Houston students.

Your award letter will automatically include the grants you’re eligible for, based on your admission application and your FAFSA.

AIU has also established four grants specifically for active-duty military members, veterans and their families:

AIU Online Veterans Grant

  • For veterans
  • Up to $1,500
  • Online campus only
  • One-time grant

AIU Online Yellow Ribbon Grant

  • For post-9/11 veterans
  • Up to 100% of program costs after the GI Bill is applied
  • Online campus only

Eligibility for AIU's military grants is determined by your military branch and the Veteran's Administration. See the online catalog for full details and conditions.

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AIU Online Military Spouse Grant

  • For spouses of active-duty and drilling servicemembers
  • Up to 10% off program costs
  • Online campus only

AIU Freedom Grant

  • For active-duty and drilling servicemembers and their families
  • Up to 10–20% off tuition costs (depending on degree type)
  • Atlanta & Houston campuses only


6. Apply for outside grants and scholarships.

Since most grants and scholarships don’t usually need to be paid back, they’re well worth the time it takes to apply.

Keep in mind that outside grants and scholarships operate on their own schedules, and funds you win may not be available until your second session or later.

Don't forget:
Classes start March 21st!