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City Vision University: Financial Aid & Grants

For all Financial Aid questions, contact Traci Hedlund at (816) 960-2008 x108 or financialaid [at] cityvision [dot] edu.

Federal Student Aid: Pell Grants Procedures

City Vision University has been approved by the US Department of Education to participate in the Title IV federal student aid program, for Pell grants only (not federal student loans).  Eligible students in undergraduate programs may qualify for Pell grants. The primary eligibility requirements are described below. For a full list, see here

Requirements: Since Title IV funds (such as Pell grants) are a US government program, you 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.

Also note that the Pell grant has the following requirements:

  • There is no age limit for federal student aid
  • Students must be pursuing their first bachelor's degree. 
  • Males must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Individuals with a student loan in default or have a balance at another school that is past due will not qualify.
  • Lifetime Pell Eligibility: The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you may receive over your lifetime is limited by federal law to be the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding (i.e., 600% of one year's maximum Pell award). Your current usage can be seen when you log in to NSLDS (the government's database on student loans & grants). See more details here.

Step 1: Complete FAFSA Application

Complete the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The school code is: 041191

Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to fill out your FAFSA, if possible. It makes completing the FAFSA easier, since it adds your tax information for you. If you use it, you will be less likely to be requested to submit additional verification documents.

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

Please note: if your EFC is above 5576 for 19-20 you will not qualify for the Pell grant, and must use an alternative means of financial aid to pay for your education, since we do not offer federal student loans. Anything above 0 but less than 5576 means that you will receive a partial Pell grant and will be expected to contribute some of your own funds toward your tuition expenses.

Students can estimate their financial aid at: Some students use the following estimates for other expenses for their estimate: off-campus room and board $7,000; other $500.

You can also calculate an estimate of your aid before completing the FAFSA by using the FAFSA4caster.

Step 2: Complete Financial Aid Interview

Once you have completed your FAFSA, please 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.

Once on that site, create an account, then click on Interview, and then Start an Interview. This interview will ask you several questions about your financial situation as a student, including your EFC, which you will get from your 19-20 FAFSA.

It will then ask you to indicate the terms in which you expect to be enrolled. Unless you are sure you will only be enrolled for part of the year, select all the terms that are available except the Summer 2020 term. 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.

If you have already completed the interview for an aid year, you do not need to complete it again, unless we specifically request that you do.

After you've completed the interview it will give you an estimate of your financial aid. Note that this is only an estimate, and it may change later when we have received more information about your financial situation and your previous financial aid history (if any). Note that any cost estimated for living expense, such as room and board, is not a charge from the school - the only costs for your school directly would be tuition and books.

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 3: 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 4. If additional documents are required, you can download them from the City Vision Virtual Financial Aid Office. Once you have downloaded the required documents, you can submit them through one of the following options:

  1. Upload through the Virtual Financial Aid Office. Link:
  2. Fax to (816) 256-8471 or
  3. Scan and email to financialaid [at] cityvision [dot] edu (subject: Financial%20Aid%20Documents)

We prefer documents to be uploaded or faxed, not physically mailed. Only physically mail documents if we specifically request that.

Instructions for Specific Documents

  1. Tax Documents. If selected for verification, you must provide your tax transcript(s) and your spouse's tax transcript, if married.

    If available for you in the FAFSA site, we highly recommend that you submit your tax data using the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

    Alternatively, you may order a copy of your tax documents from the IRS. To request a copy of your IRS Tax Transcript, please go to or call the IRS directly at 800-908-9946 or 800-829-1040. If you have amended your tax return, you will also need to submit an IRS Account Transcript.

    You will need your tax information from 2 years ago, not the previous year. Therefore, for 2019-20, you will need to fill out the FAFSA using your 2017 tax information. However, if you made significantly less in 2018, you may be able to get more in Pell grants if you request Professional Judgment for Income Reduction. See the instructions here on how to do that.
  2. Determining Independent Student vs. Dependent Student. If you are older than 24 you are considered an independent student. If you are under 24, see the section below to determine if you are an independent or dependent student. Dependency is a technical category determined by the government, not by City Vision University.

    Students are considered dependent of their parents unless they meet at least one of the criteria listed in this page. Note that parental income is factored into the student’s estimated family contribution for dependent students. Below is a summary of the most common criteria to be an independent student, but there are a few others. 
  • Being born before January 1, 1996 (for 2019-2020 aid year)
  • Married or separated (but not divorced)
  • Student has a child and the child receives more than half of their support from the student
  • In foster care, ward of the state, or both parents were deceased any time after the age of 13.
  • Student is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces (See link for full definition)

If you have questions please refer to the document linked above, or contact the financial aid department. 

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 4. Receiving Award 

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

  • In order to remain eligible for federal student aid, you must comply with the university's policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • Students who are eligible for federal student aid (i.e., have completed all requirements) will be issued an award letter. Receipt of the award letter is considered to be acceptance of the funds offered, if no reply is made requesting a change in the award. Students can decline funds offered or request a change in offered amounts by emailing financialaid [at] cityvision [dot] edu. If changes are requested, this will require our financial aid servicer to re-process your aid before a new award letter can be issued and funds disbursed.
  • If a student has submitted all required items in their financial aid file and been determined to be eligible and completed the first 5 weeks of their term, their financial aid will be disbursed on the first day of the seventh week of the term. Students will not be billed until the first day of the seventh week of the term. City Vision then has 14 days to issue a check. Students meeting these requirements can expect to have their check sent to them by the end of the term. 
  • Half-time students will only receive half of their Pell grant award. To be considered full-time in a term, a student must participate in 2 courses (or more). Students who only submit assignments in one course in a term are counted as half-time.
  • The charges for tuition will be automatically applied to your balance with the university according to the tuition billing policy. If you have a credit balance remaining after you have been charged for tuition and received your financial aid for a term, it will be refunded to you as per our Credit Balance Policy.

For any questions, please contact Traci Hedlund at (617) 282-9798 x108, financialaid [at] cityvision [dot] edu

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

Payment Plans - 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.

Internship Program -  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. Follow this link to learn more about the Internship Program.

Veteran's Educational Benefits -  The degree program is approved for educational assistance benefits for qualified veterans and their dependents under programs administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  For application and enrollment procedures, call toll free at 1-888-GIBILL1 or visit the VA educational web site.

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

Because it is a four-year educational institution, City Vision University does not participate in the V-RAP program for veterans.

Workforce Investment Act  - 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.

Vocational Rehabilitation  - 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.

Dependent of Fallen Public Safety Officer Scholarship - 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.

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

Private Loans - 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.

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

Third-Party Scholarships for Students with Disabilities - Students with disabilities may review this guide to financial aid for students with disabilities.

Institutional Scholarships - We also offer various tuition discounts / institutional scholarships to qualified individuals, including students from rescue missions, City Vision internship sites, and students from developing countries. See our tuition discounts and scholarships page for more information.