Financial Aid & Pell Grants

To receive financial aid at City Vision, follow the steps below. For all Financial Aid questions, contact Traci Hedlund at (816) 960-2008 x108 or

Step One: Check Eligibility

For students seeking federal aid, City Vision University only participates in the federal Pell grants program for our undergraduate programs. Students at City Vision University may not receive federal student loans.

Note: City Vision’s Undergraduate Certificate in Christian Ministry is not eligible for federal aid.

The main eligibility requirements for Pell grants are listed below. For a full list, see here

If you are not eligible for Pell grants, City Vision offers many Other Forms of Financial Aid.

  • Students must be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen (typically the holder of a Permanent Resident Card – green card). See this FAQ for more on eligible non-citizens.
  • Students must be pursuing their first bachelor’s degree.
  • Men must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Students cannot have with a student loan in default or a past due balance at another school.
  • Students cannot receive more than the equivalent of six years of Pell grants. The amount you’ve received so far can be seen when you log in to NSLDS (the government’s database on student loans & grants). See more details here.

Step Two: Complete FAFSA Application

Complete the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Use the City Vision school code of 041191

Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to fill out your FAFSA, if possible. This will add your tax information automatically, and makes it less likely you will need to submit additional documents.

After completing the FAFSA, you will be given the amount for the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

You will only be eligible for Pell grants if your EFC is less than 5576 for 19-20. If your EFC is more than 0 but less than 5576, you will receive a partial Pell grant. You will need to review the other forms of financial aid that we offer.

Step 3: Complete Financial Aid Interview

After completing your FAFSA, visit our Virtual Financial Aid Office (VFAO) to complete your financial aid interview for the 19-20 financial aid year. Do not select a year before 19-20.

See the section below for more detailed steps on how to use this site:

  1. Create an account
  2. Click on Interview
  3. Click on Start an Interview. 
  4. Select 19-20 for the year on the interview
  5. When it asks for your EFC, use what your 19-20 FAFSA indicated.
  6. When it asks about the terms in which you plan to be enrolled:
    • Select all the terms that are available except the Summer 2020 term, unless you know you will only be enrolled part of the year.
    • Choose “full time” for your status unless you are sure that you will be half-time (1 course per term).
    • Do not include terms that have already passed, unless you were enrolled in them but haven’t yet received aid for them.
  7. After you’ve completed the interview it will give you an estimate of your financial aid. 
    • This may change later when we have received more information about your financial situation and your previous financial aid history (if any). 
    • Any cost estimated for living expense, such as room and board, is not a charge from the school – the only costs for our school directly would be tuition and books.
  8. To complete the form, you will sign off that the information is accurate and you accept the estimate.

You will need to complete a new interview at the start of each new aid year (typically before Summer term). Before you complete it, you will also need to complete the FAFSA for that year.

Step 4: Submit Required Documents (if selected for verification)

After completing your FAFSA and the financial aid entrance interview, you will be notified if there are additional documents that are required, or you will receive an email with a financial aid offer amount.

If you receive an email with a financial aid offer, you can skip to step 5. Otherwise, read the instructions on the verification documents page.

Please note that students who have been selected for verification will not be determined to be eligible for financial aid until the review process is complete.

Step 5. Receiving Award

To receive your financial aid award, you must enroll in City Vision University and register for courses.

You should read the linked policies on how to receive financial aid payments each term.

For any questions, please contact Traci Hedlund at (617) 282-9798 x108, 

Veterans and Military Benefits and Scholarship

City Vision students can receive VA educational benefits. City Vision also provides a 15% instiutional scholarship to all military and veterans and their dependents who are currently using VA benefits. See our veterans and military benefits page for more information.

Other Forms of Financial Aid

City Vision University provides VA education benefits to qualified veterans and their dependents.  To apply, call toll free at 1-888-GIBILL1 or apply online.

To get an estimate of your projected VA benefit amount, you may use this tool. Put the school name in as “City Vision College.”

Then, read these instructions on the documentation you will need in order to receive VA education benefits.

These benefits are administered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), not the US Department of Education, which administers Pell grants.

City Vision offers various tuition discounts / institutional scholarships to qualified individuals.

WIA is the nation’s principal workforce development program providing funds to address the employment and training needs of dislocated workers, low income adults and youth. The funding for WIA comes from the Federal Department of Labor. WIA provides support to participants to increase their education, training, employment, job retention. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of the workforce, reduce dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation. Contact your local office to apply for WIA educational funding.

City Vision University is a qualified institution for vocational rehabilitation in many states. Our admissions staff can work with your vocational counselor to have City Vision approved as a vendor in your state if we are not yet in their system. Contact your local agency for more information.

AmeriCorps Members who choose to take the education award can see instructions on how to use it to pay for City Vision University classes.

In certain circumstances, students may arrange a payment plan with the business office.  Normally, this involves paying half of tuition at the beginning of the term, then paying the second half in the middle of the term. Contact the university for more information.

We have a network of ministries throughout North America that host student interns. This includes many urban missions and youth programs.

During their time of service and learning, these ministries provide housing free of charge and pay for students’ City Vision University tuition for up to one year. Learn more about the Internship Program here.

A Pell-eligible student whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer is eligible to receive a maximum Pell Grant for the award year for which the determination of eligibility is made. To qualify for this scholarship, a student must be Pell-eligible and have a Pell-eligible EFC (up to 5576 for the 2019-2020 award year), and be less than 24 years of age or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of his or her parent’s or guardian’s death.

If you qualify for a Pell grant and meet the other criteria for this scholarship, please let our Financial Aid Office know.

 Students may apply for private student loans from providers such as Sallie Mae, but City Vision strongly encourages students to avoid incurring student loan debt, unless absolutely necessary. See this page for more on private loans. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for private student loans.

You may search for third-party scholarships to which you could apply by going to the Department of Labor’s scholarship site.