Financial Aid

Empire College cares about our students. We understand that not everyone can easily pay for college. This is why we accept many forms of financial aid and assistance to help you in achieving your dreams.

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Federal Pell Grant (awards up to $5,920): Considered the “ground floor” program of all need-based financial aid, this program provides grant money that requires no repayment after graduation.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) (awards up to $500): This federally funded program is designed to assist economically deprived students attain higher education. The program differs from the Pell Grant and the Cal Grant programs in that the College determines eligibility. Grants are based on financial need and do not require repayment.


A student may borrow under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program.

Federal Direct Subsidized Loan (loans up to $3,500 for first-year undergraduate students): Available at relatively low interest rates through the U.S. Department of Education, these loans are guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan (loans up to $6,000 for first-year undergraduate students): The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan is similar to the above. However, this loan is not based on financial need. A student may borrow under both the Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loan program, but the total may not exceed the annual loan limits.

Federal Direct Plus Loan (Parent Loans for Students) (loans up to the cost of education less any other financial aid): These loans enable parents to borrow on behalf of dependent undergraduates. Repayment commences as early as 60 days after the loans are made. Parents can defer payments until students are out of school.

College Work-Study: The Federal Work-Study Program provides jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to each student’s course of study.

Federal and state financial aid programs are administered by Empire College School of Business to all students determined to be eligible and who maintain satisfactory progress. Eligibility for all financial aid programs is based upon a “Need Analysis” and/or prior academic performance.


Empire College programs have been funded by the following agencies:

  • The State Department of Rehabilitation
  • Private Rehabilitation Agencies
  • The United States Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • The California Indian Manpower Corporation
  • The Workforce Investment Board, which administers Sonoma County Job Link

Empire College’s programs are approved for the training of veterans and eligible persons.


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