Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition (2017 – 2018)An Affordable Education Is Within Reach

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Alvernia University Online offers an outstanding degree at a price you can afford. Experience a high-quality education, with a tuition that won’t break the bank. With a quality education and reasonable prices, you can feel comfortable taking the next step toward your educational goals. We also offer financial aid resources to help you pay for your education.

Online Undergraduate Programs $440 per credit hour
Online MBA Program $550 per credit hour
Online Special Education Certification Program $550 per credit hour

Financial Aid

Alvernia University strives to keep its programs affordable; however, you may still need assistance defraying the cost of your degree. Financial assistance programs at the federal, community and institutional level can help you reduce the out-of-pocket expenses of your college tuition. Discover what types of aid are available and how you can apply; our enrollment counselors are available to answer all of your questions.

Types of Financial Aid

Several types of financial aid are available; some types of aid include:

  • Loans: Money that you borrow from either federal or private lenders for college expenses. The amount, as well as the interest that accrues during the life of the loan, must be repaid. Look at federal loans first, as they often have a lower interest rate than private lenders such as banks.
  • Grants: Assistance that does not have to be repaid. Grants are primarily need-based.
  • Scholarships: Free money that is given to a student due to an accomplishment such as excellent grades, athletics or community activities. Scholarships are primarily merit-based.
  • GI Bill benefits: Support provided to either active duty or retired military personnel. Money is awarded based on service time. Benefits do not have to be repaid.

Applying for Financial Aid at Alvernia University Online

To apply for financial aid, visit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The school code for Alvernia is 003233.

Once you complete the application, your information will be processed and forwarded to Alvernia within approximately two weeks. Your financial aid package will be prepared and mailed to you once your FAFSA has been received, you have been accepted into your program, and you have been registered.

To maintain your benefits, you’ll need to apply for funding each award year. You should complete the reapplication process at least 60 days before your academic year ends.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Alvernia University’s Title IV code for the FAFSA?
What is Alvernia’s recommended filing date for applying for aid?
You can file after filing calendar year taxes; or, anytime after January 1st, and before June 30th of the next calendar year.
Do I have to be accepted to Alvernia before I apply for financial aid?
No. You may apply before you are accepted, but you will not receive a financial aid package until you are accepted and have registered for your courses.
Is there financial aid for transfer students?
Yes! For information on how to apply to Alvernia as a transfer day student, go to the transfer section of the Admissions page.
If I’m going to attend part-time, what programs am I eligible for?
Several. The Federal Pell grant and federal loan programs provide assistance to eligible students attending school part time.
What do I do after I receive my financial aid package?
Read and respond! Call us with any questions and respond by the stated deadline. 
Will I have to send my tax return to you?
Maybe. If Alvernia requests your tax return, we will require a Federal Tax Transcript. We will not be able to accept a copy of the Federal 1040EZ, A or 1040 you filed. You will need to request this document directly from the IRS and provide a copy to the Office of Student Financial Planning. You can request this document by going online to or calling 1-800-908-9946. You can click here for a link to the IRS Tax Transcript process. Please review your requested documents on your myAlvernia and respond as quickly as possible.
If I want to attend Alvernia as an adult education student, what aid am I eligible for?
Evening students are eligible to apply for two different programs: the federal Pell Grant and federal Stafford loans. File the FAFSA and complete a Master Promissory Note if you want a Stafford loan.
What should I do if my or my family’s financial circumstances change after I apply for aid?
Don’t panic. Call the Office of Student Financial Planning and we’ll tell you what procedures to follow so we can help you obtain additional financial aid.
Do I have to apply for aid every year?
Yes. You must reapply each year.
How do I get my financial aid renewed? Must I make academic progress to keep my financial aid?
Yes! You must earn at least 67% of your credits attempted each semester, in addition to maintaining a minimum grade point average to keep receiving your financial aid. For more information contact Office of Student Financial Planning.
Must I pay all at once?
No. Alvernia bills students one semester at a time and you are welcome to use our installment payment plan. For more information on our payment plan, contact the Student Billing Office.
My parents/I don’t want to bother filling out the FAFSA because they/I don’t think we’ll be eligible for anything. Should we skip it?
No, because the rules change every year, and you just never know!