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City Vision University: Financial Aid & Grants

For all Financial Aid questions, contact Traci Hedlund at (617) 282-9798 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.  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 (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 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the school year in which you plan to attend. If you want aid for the Spring 2 term, you must complete the 17/18 FAFSA. The school code is: 041191

Note that you cannot use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the 17/18 FAFSA. It has been added back for the 18/19 FAFSA. Once it is time for you to fill out that FAFSA, we recommend you use the Data Retrieval Tool, since it makes completing the FAFSA easier and you will be less likely to need to submit additional documents. On the 17/18 FAFSA, here is how to answer the questions without the Data Retrieval Tool:

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

Please note: if your EFC is above 5328 you will not qualify for the Pell grant. Anything above 0 but less than 5328 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 17-18 financial aid year.

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 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, or for part-time, just indicate full-time for all remaining terms until Summer 2018. 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 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.

Note that you will need to complete a new interview at the start of a new aid year (in this case, Fall 1 2018). At that time, you will also need to complete your 18/19 FAFSA. We recommend that you do both of those things in August 2018, since Fall 1 2018 starts at the end of that month.

Step 3: Submit Required Documents (if selected for verification)

After completing your FAFSA and the financial aid entrance interview, you will be notified whether there are additional documents will be required or you will receive a financial aid award email letter. If you receive an award letter, you can skip to step 3. 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)  or
  4. Mail to City Vision Financial Aid, 48 Pleasant Street, Dorchester, MA 02125.

Do not email any documents containing personally identifying information, such as Social Security Numbers.

We prefer documents to either be uploaded or faxed, since this makes them easiest to process. Mailing documents is not recommended, due to the delay.

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 this using the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool. (But see comments above under Step 1 regarding its unavailability in the 17-18 aid year.)

    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.

    Starting in the 2017-18 aid year, you will need your tax information from 2 years ago, not the previous year. Therefore, for 2017-18, you will need to fill out the FAFSA using your 2015 tax information. However, if you made significantly less in 2016, you may be able to get more financial aid (including Pell grants) if you submit a Professional Judgment for Income Reduction form. 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, 1994 (for 2017-2018 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 linked document and/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 participate in one course are counted as half-time.
  • Once you have enrolled and registered for courses, the charges for uition will be automatically credited to your balance with the university. If you have a credit balance after these charges are applied, it will be refunded 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 Discount

City Vision University is certified to receive veterans benefits and provides a 25% discount to all military and veterans and their dependents who are currently using VA benefits. Beginning in June 2016, City Vision is also a member of the VA's Yellow Ribbon program, which means that the VA will match the veterans' discount dollar-for-dollar. 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 and, then, paying the second half in the middle of the term. Contact the university for more information.

Internship Program -  We have a network of over seventy 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). City Vision University is also a certified Yellow Ribbon provider as of June 2016, which means that the VA will match our 25% veteran's discount dollar-for-dollar. For application and enrollment procedures, call toll free at 1-888-GIBILL1 or visit the VA educational web site. 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.

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 loans via 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.

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.