Undergraduate Financial Aid

The application process begins with filing your FAFSA.

  • Request an ID and password. This may be done at time of filing the FAFSA
  • Complete FAFSA on-line at https://fafsa.ed.gov
  • The AIU Federal School Code is 011117.
  • File by March 2nd to get access to priority aid.
  • You must reapply each year to continue receiving federal financial aid.

A student is eligible for financial aid if he or she:

  • Is a U.S. citizen, or eligible non-citizen
  • Is not in default on a federal student loan or has made satisfactory repayment arrangements;
  • Does not owe money back on a federal student grant or has made satisfactory repayment arrangements;
  • Is registered with Selective Service (males at least 18 years old).
  • Has a valid social security number;
  • Is enrolled at ALLIANT INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY (in at least six units per semester, 12 units for some aid such as Perkins) in a degree or credential program;
  • Is making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). See Catalog.

Once ALLIANT INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY receives your FAFSA data electronically from the Department of Education, we calculate a standard budget for you. The standard budget includes full-time tuition (12 units) and average living expenses (housing status: on campus).

The Financial Aid Package is compiled based on the results of your Student Aid Report (SAR) or your electronic FAFSA data.

  • Components of A Financial Aid Package:
  • Cost of Attendance – EFC = Financial Need.
  • Cost of Attendance or your Budget – the estimated amount that it will cost you to attend ALLIANT INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY during the nine-month enrollment period (2 semesters).
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC calculated by a federal formula) – the amount your family can contribute to your education based on your FAFSA information
  • Financial Need – your eligibility for need-based aid, such as grants, subsidized Federal Loans, Federal Work Study and some scholarships

Sample Standard Budget

Tuition $ 8,160 $ 8,160
Loan & Other Fees $ 255 $ 255
Books and Supplies $ 896 $ 896
Room and Board $ 4,045 * $ 4,045 *
Transportation $ 419 $ 419
Personal Expenses $ 2,000 $ 2,000
Semester Budget $ 15,775 $ 15,775
COA = $ 31,550
EFC = 0
Need = $ 31,550

*Room & Board charges reflect on campus housing Double.

Sample Standard Budget

Tuition $ 6,900 $ 6,900
Loan & Other Fees $ 255 $ 255
Books and Supplies $ 927 $ 927
Room and Board $ 6,646 * $ 6,647 *
Transportation $ 616 $ 617
Personal Expenses $ 2,100 $ 2,100
Semester Budget $ 17,444 $ 17,444
COA = $ 34,890
EFC = 0
Need = $ 34,890

*Room & Board charges reflect on off campus not living with parents

The total financial aid award cannot exceed the cost of attendance.

  • Once we have determined your eligibility (Financial Need) and packaged your financial aid, we produce your financial aid award letter.
  • We use an Electronic Award Letter on the web. You will receive an email telling you that your Award Letter is available. You will also have access to your Shopping Sheet information on the MyAlliant financial aid portal.
  • 2016-2017: If you are a new student starting in the fall, your Electronic Award Letter will show your financial aid award for two semesters fall 2016 and Spring 2017.
  • 2017-2018: If you are a new student starting in the fall, your Electronic Award Letter will show your financial aid award for two semesters fall 2017 and Spring 2018.
  • You will be instructed to:
    • Accept, Decline or Reduce each award.
    • Complete Entrance Counseling” and “Financial Awareness Counseling. Click on the link provided.
    • Submit your Electronic Award Letter

The Financial Aid Office utilizes email as an official means of communicating important information regarding your financial aid. Please maintain and review your Alliant email account on a regular basis. New students should provide a current e-mail address for emails prior to start of enrollment. Once a student starts attending the University all emails will be sent to the student’s Alliant email.

  • Alliant Scholarships
  • Outside scholarships
  • Cal Grant (A, B, or C)
  • Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Federal Subsidized Direct Loan (Unsubsidized Direct Loan if applicable)
  • Federal PLUS Loan (Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students)
  • Federal Work Study


A detailed outline of ALLIANT INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY’s 2016/17 cost can be found online under Tuition and Fees.

  • Tuition per semester (12 units) = $8,160
  • Tuition per semester unit (for part-time students) = $680
  • Tuition per year (two semesters)= $16,320


  • Tuition per semester (12 units) = $6,900
  • Tuition per semester unit (for part-time students) = $575
  • Tuition per year (two semesters)= $13,800


Refund formula:
[Total Aid Offered] – [Tuition and Fees] = [Refund]
(Example Only)

Year Total Aid Offered Tuition and Fees Refund
2016/17 $17,000 $16,320 = $680
2017/18 $17,000 $13,800 = $3,200

Financial Aid funds are provided from three basic sources: federal, state and institutional.

  • Federal:
    Federal regulations outline and govern institutional and student responsibilities; application procedures and set policy standards.
  • State:
    The State of California regulates institutional and student responsibilities, maintenance of student records and recipient enrollment requirement.
  • Institutional:
    The Financial Aid Director, in coordination with the school administration establishes financial assistance policies and procedures.
  • Direct loans are sent to the school via EFT.
  • Institutional aid is posted after compliance is verified.
  • State and federal grants are awarded according to eligibility guidelines.
  • All funds are directly applied to your student billing account.
  • Your student account statement is available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the MyAlliant portal at https://my.alliant.edu/ics/default.aspx
  • Refunds are issued from the Accounts Payable Office in San Francisco and will be mailed to your address indicated on the MyAlliant portal or directly wired (EFT) to your checking/savings account within 14 days after the funds have posted to your student account.