Overview

Investing in your professional education can be a challenge. But the benefits you’ll enjoy from the career-focused programs at JFK University make the effort worthwhile.

Several types of financial assistance are available in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships to bridge the gap between educational expenses and your personal financial resources. (Please note that federal student aid has certain eligibility requirements.)

Additional Information

Tuition Unit Cost

  • Undergraduate $500
  • Graduate $680
  • Doctoral $860
  • Law $975
  • FlexCourse℠  $8500/yr

Eligibility

There are a few basic requirements students must meet in order to be eligible for the federal student aid programs.

Grants

A number of federal and state grants are available to qualified, mostly undergraduate, students. Grants do not need to be paid back and may be awarded based on merit or financial need.

Scholarships

Scholarships are usually awarded based on merit, need, or other specific requirements. Sometimes those requirements may be based on minority status or special talents. Others may be awarded to students that win academic competitions. Scholarships, like grants, do not need to be repaid.

Loans

Most college students pay for their education with grants, scholarships, loans, or a combination of the three. Loans come in all sizes and varieties and differ from grants and scholarships in that they must be paid back. Some loans may be subsidized by the U.S. Department of Education while others are offered unsubsidized.

Federal Work-Study (FWS)

Through the Federal Work-Study program, the Financial Aid Office at John F. Kennedy University offers students the opportunity to work as part-time employees through the University.

How to Apply

To qualify for any kind of financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A link to the FAFSA may be found at the top of this page. 

The Federal School Code for JFK University is 004484-00.

For a paper version of these electronic forms, email the JFK University Financial Aid Office at finaid@jfku.edu or call us at (925) 969-3385. 

Complete the JFK University Supplemental FA Information Application and submit to the Financial Aid Office.

Once you have turned in the required forms and been admitted as a regular student to JFK University, your file is considered complete and goes on a waiting list to be reviewed.

NOTE: Financial aid counselors work on applications in the order they are received. The wait is approximately three to four weeks for us to determine your Financial Aid eligibility. After we review all of the required paperwork sent to us, we will determine your need.

If you are selected for Verification, we will then request a copy of your most recent Federal Income Tax Return. 

NOTE: Once you have both of the above forms on file, you also may qualify to receive a financial aid deferment for your tuition with the Accounting Department. If you are admitted on a provisional basis, you are only allowed one term for a financial aid deferment.

After your information has been verified and any information has been corrected, you will then be sent an Award Notification Letter which details any grants, scholarships, or loans available to you for the academic year. Please review the award letter and call us if you have any questions.

Reminder: This process must be completed every three terms. It is your responsibility to keep track of when you need to re-apply for financial aid.

Main Application Form

To qualify for any kind of financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A link to the FAFSA may be found at the top of this page. 

The Federal School Code for JFK University is 004484-00.

For a paper version of these electronic forms, email the JFK University Financial Aid Office at finaid@jfku.edu or call us at (925) 969-3385. 

Supplemental Application Form

Complete the JFK University Supplemental FA Information Application and submit to the Financial Aid Office.

Review and Verification

Once you have turned in the required forms and been admitted as a regular student to JFK University, your file is considered complete and goes on a waiting list to be reviewed.

NOTE: Financial aid counselors work on applications in the order they are received. The wait is approximately three to four weeks for us to determine your Financial Aid eligibility. After we review all of the required paperwork sent to us, we will determine your need.

If you are selected for Verification, we will then request a copy of your most recent Federal Income Tax Return. 

NOTE: Once you have both of the above forms on file, you also may qualify to receive a financial aid deferment for your tuition with the Accounting Department. If you are admitted on a provisional basis, you are only allowed one term for a financial aid deferment.

Award Notification

After your information has been verified and any information has been corrected, you will then be sent an Award Notification Letter which details any grants, scholarships, or loans available to you for the academic year. Please review the award letter and call us if you have any questions.

Reminder: This process must be completed every three terms. It is your responsibility to keep track of when you need to re-apply for financial aid.

Military/Veterans

Among the students that have historically avoided debt are those who have served in the military. Eligibility for veterans’ educational benefits is determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). You may apply for veterans’ educational benefits online through VONAPP.

Useful Links

FAQ

What is JFK University's federal school code?

JFK University’s federal school code is 004484-00.

What if I did not originally list JFK University on my FAFSA?

You can go online to www.fafsa.gov or contact the Central Processor (1-800-4FEDAID or 1-800-433-3243) to request a duplicate SAR (Student Aid Report) be sent to John F. Kennedy University (school code 004484).

When do I apply for financial aid?

As soon as possible. Deadlines vary according to the type of award offered. Students who submit required documents by the deadlines published in the financial aid application materials will receive priority consideration for all available funds.

March 2 is the priority deadline for Cal Grant A and B. 
Loan applications should be submitted to the Financial Aid Office at least one month prior to the term of intended enrollment.

What is the maximum amount of financial aid I may receive?

The Financial Aid Office packages various forms of financial aid for which the student is eligible. While the amount of aid may vary depending on financial need and availability of funding, awards for undergraduate and graduate students may be made up from the following sources up to these annual maximums:

Undergraduate Maximum Aid Awards by Source

Pell $6,095
FSEOG $1,000
Cal Grants $14,341
 JFK University Scholarships $1,000
Direct Loan – Subsidized  $5,500
 Direct Loan – Unsubsidized $7,000
 PLUS Direct (Parent Loan)*

* Parents may borrow up to the student’s cost of attendance minus other financial aid the student is offered. These loans are credit-based.

Graduate Maximum Aid Awards by Source

JFK University Scholarship $1,200
Direct Loan – Unsubsidized $20,500
PLUS (Graduate Loan)*

* Graduate students may borrow up to the student’s cost of attendance minus other financial aid the student is offered. These loans are credit-based.

What is Verification?

Verification, or audit, is a process, initiated by the U.S. Department of Education or by the Financial Aid Office, requiring you to verify the information that you provided on the FAFSA. You are then required to submit signed copies of income tax returns and any other required documents to the Financial Aid Office.

If your application is selected for verification, you will not be eligible for federal aid until this process is completed.

About 30% of all financial aid applicants at JFK University are selected at random each year for verification when their application is processed. Other students are selected due to discrepancies or missing information on their application, after file review by the Financial Aid Office, or after your request for consideration of special/unusual circumstances.

The Financial Aid Office will notify you of the documents that you will need to submit to them in order to complete the Verification process.

To avoid unnecessary delays, please submit all required documents promptly. Also, be sure you have filled out the Verification Worksheet completely, and that all documents are signed by the appropriate parties. Documents with blanks and missing signatures will be returned!

How will I know what types of aid I will be receiving?

Once the Financial Aid Office has reviewed and verified (if needed) your application and received any additional information requested, you will receive an electronic Award Letter from the Financial Aid Office. This will detail all aid for which you are eligible (grants, loans, scholarships) for the award year, which typically covers three terms.

How do I accept my award?

You will accept and/or decline your aid online on SOAR in the JFKU Student Portal.

Since financial aid may not cover my entire living and educational costs, what else can I do?

Keep in mind that the purpose of financial aid is to bridge the gap between educational cost and a student’s resources; it is not intended to directly provide money for living expenses. To cover these costs, many of our students apply for scholarships and seek employment, as well as look at ways to reduce living expenses by sharing a place with relatives or friends.

What is the total cost of attendance?

The average annual costs determined to be necessary to attend JFK University include tuition, books, fees, room and board, transportation, etc. and are subject to change annually.

The Nine-Month Student Expense Budgets are based on the California Student Aid Commission Student Expense and Resources Survey (SEARS) data and are updated for three years of inflation using the September Estimated California Consumer Price Index.

How is my Expected Family Contribution (EFC) determined?

The EFC formula applied to your information is determined by the federal government based on your FAFSA application. It considers the income and assets that you have (and that of your spouse if married, parent if dependent), number in household, number in college, and your state of legal residence.

What steps do you follow to determine my eligibility?

The formula to determine eligibility is:

Cost of Attendance
LessCost of AttendanceExpected Family Contribution
LessCost of AttendanceOther Financial Aid
EqualsCost of AttendanceFinancial Need

Why can't you tell my spouse, parents, or outside agencies what kind of aid I have been awarded?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (also known as the Buckley Amendment) and the Higher Education Act 483(a)(3)(E) limits access to educational records without expressed written consent. If you wish to have someone else speak to us on your behalf, please contact the Financial Aid office to determine if releasing information to others is allowable.

Do I have to reapply for financial aid each year?

Yes. You need to complete a FAFSA every year. The new FAFSA is available each October 1.

What is an Entrance or Exit Interview?

An Entrance or Exit interview or loan counseling session is required before your federal loans are initially disbursed and after you cease being enrolled as a half-time student (undergraduate = 6 units; graduate = 4.5 units; law student = 3 units).