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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GRANT PROGRAMS


Educational Opportunity Grant ($2,250-$4,500): Apply now! The Business School periodically awards Educational Opportunity Grants which are announced on local radio stations and in the newspaper. Applicants submit a written statement to the Opportunity Grant Committee, which is comprised of the President, Executive Vice President, Director of Education, and Director of Admissions. The statement must show the person’s commitment to their education, a goal to succeed, as well as a financial need. Out of all the applicants, the top 10% are chosen, and they have a verbal interview with one of the committee members. One person is chosen to receive free tuition for the program of their choice. The remaining applicants are then offered a grant of up to $750 per quarter for a program that is 3 to 6 quarters in length.

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.

Cal Grant (Awards up to $5,672): The California Student Aid Commission manages Cal Grant – these funds are for eligible California residents and do not have to be repaid. There are three types of Cal Grant A, B, and C which each have different allotted amounts and are need-based. If you’re eligible for Cal Grant you’ll be assigned by the Student Aid Commission to one of these based on how you fill out your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)or CADAA(California Dream Act Application) and based on your GPA Verification. Students are encouraged to apply October through March 2nd each year and funding begins in Fall.

 

LOAN PROGRAMS


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.

 

OTHER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE


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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