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Consumer Information

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 1965 revised 2008 (HEOA) requires postsecondary institutions participating in federal student aid programs disclose information from various administrative areas to students.  This information may be viewed online at the following address in compliance with federal law: http://www.keiseruniversity.edu/heoa/ [this should open in a new window]

General Information

The Financial Aid Department at Keiser University provides assistance to students who need financial aid in order to pay tuition expenses at the University. The Financial Aid Department has established procedures which assure fair and consistent treatment of all applicants.

Keiser University believes that the primary responsibility for educational costs rests with a student and his/her family. However, financial aid is available to meet the difference between a student’s resources and his/her actual needs. Keiser University examines the total cost associated with attending the University including, but not limited to, tuition and fees, room and board, books, supplies, personal expenses and allowable travel expenses.

Keiser University uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to document and collect information used in determining a student’s eligibility for financial aid. The information a student supplies on the FAFSA is confidential. FAFSA instructions to complete on the web may be obtained in the Financial Services Department or going to www.fafsa.ed.gov, Keiser University code 015159.

Keiser University maintains a full-time Director of Financial Aid at each campus to meet student needs. Students are encouraged to make appointments with a Financial Aid Administrator to ensure they obtain the funding needed for their college investment. The United States Department of Education has determined that Keiser University is an institution eligible to participate in Federal Title IV financial aid programs.

The University has the following institutional and Federal aid programs available to students who qualify (subject to availability of funds).  The amount of aid a student receives at Keiser University is based on cost of attendance, Expected Family Contribution (EFC), enrollment status (full time, 3/4 time, 1/2 time, 1/4 time) and length of attendance within an academic year.

Grants

The main criterion for receiving grants is substantial financial need. Grants do not have to be repaid unless a student becomes ineligible. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined in the Keiser University Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

Federal Pell Grant

A Federal Pell Grant is an award to assist needy undergraduates in paying for their education. Pell Grants do not have to be repaid unless a student becomes ineligible. Eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant is based on several factors. Students complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and this generates an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number. Using the EFC number and other criteria, the amount of award is determined. Students with a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for Federal Pell Grants.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Federal SEOG provides additional grant assistance to students.  Funds are limited and priority is given to Pell-eligible students with exceptional financial need. Federal SEOG awards do not have to be repaid unless a student becomes ineligible. Students with a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for Federal SEOG.

Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)

The FSAG program is funded by the State of Florida and granted to needy students enrolled in bachelor degree or associate degree programs. To be considered for an FSAG Grant, applicants must meet Florida’s residency requirements for receipt of state student financial aid and must enroll for a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. They must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid which must be processed and contain a valid Expected Family Contribution (EFC) by the cutoff date set by the University for each of the Fall terms.

William L. Boyd, IV, Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG)

The grant program provides tuition assistance to Florida undergraduate students attending an eligible private non- profit Florida College or University. To be considered for the Florida Resident Access Grant the applicant must meet Florida’s residency requirements for receipt of state student financial aid and must enroll for a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester along with the other eligibility requirements.

Loans

Keiser University offers a variety of low interest loans that enable students to meet their educational costs. Educational loans MUST BE PAID BACK. Interest charges vary with the type of loan, and a minimum monthly payment may be required.

The William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program

Keiser University was selected by the United States Department of Education to participate in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program as one of its initial 104 institutions. A Federal Direct Stafford Student Loan eliminates lender and guarantee agencies. Keiser University processes a student’s application in-house, and the loan is funded directly by the U.S. Department of Education. The Federal Direct Student Loans are low interest loans.

Subsidized Direct Loan

Subsidized Direct Loans are loans for undergraduate students with financial need. Repayment begins 6 months after a student graduates or is no longer enrolled at least half time. The interest rate on Federal Direct Subsidized loans borrowed by undergraduate students between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 is 5.045%. If a student qualifies, the maximum amount of a Subsidized Direct Loan is $3,500.

Unsubsidized Direct Loan

Unsubsidized Direct Loans are loans for both undergraduate and graduate students that are not based on financial need. Interest is charged during in-school, deferment, and grace periods. The interest rate on Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans borrowed by undergraduate students between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 is 5.045% and the interest rate for graduate/professional students is 6.595%. You are charged interest on this loan from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. If the interest is allowed to accumulate, the interest will be added to the principal amount of the loan and increase the amount to be repaid. If a student qualifies, the maximum amount of an Unsubsidized Direct Loan is $6,000 for first and second year students, $7,500 for third and fourth year students, $20,500 for graduate students. Award amounts are dependent upon a student’s dependency status on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Federal Direct PLUS Loan

Federal Direct PLUS Loans are low interest loans available to parents of dependent undergraduate students and graduate and professional students. It is an affordable, low-interest loan designed to help students and parents pay for a college education. The Direct Plus Loan is an unsubsidized loan, meaning that interest accrues while the student is enrolled at least half-time and during deferment periods. A mandatory credit check is completed as eligibility for this loan depends upon the borrower’s credit worthiness. Repayment of principal and interest begins 60 days after the loan is disbursed. The interest rate on Federal Direct PLUS and Grad Plus loans borrowed between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 is 7.595%.

Federal Work Study (FWS)

The Federal Work Study program gives part-time employment to undergraduate students who need income to help meet the costs of postsecondary education. When available, Keiser University provides part-time jobs for financially needy students through the FWS program. Generally, students work 15-20 hours per week. Part of this program is community service.

Scholarships

Keiser University Scholarship Programs

Keiser University Scholarship Programs – Keiser University offers a variety of scholarships ranging from academic to financial for students who meet the criteria set by the University. Recipients must be enrolled in an associate, bachelor, or master’s program.

Private Scholarships

Outside scholarships are awarded to students who meet the specific criteria of the scholarship benefactors. Scholarship committees usually choose scholarship recipients who have high grade point averages, large financial need and/or superior academic quantities

The Financial Aid department can provide a listing of web sites for additional scholarships. Applicants can contact agencies located in their community for more information.

Additional information on financial aid programs offered at Keiser University is available by contacting the Financial Aid department at the campus a student plans to attend.

Keiser University maintains a full-time Director of Financial Aid at each campus to help meet your needs. You’re encouraged to make an appointment with the Financial Aid department to ensure that you obtain the funding needed for your educational investment. Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.

Financial aid is disbursed (released) to students in different ways depending on the type of aid and other factors. For more information about method and frequency of disbursements, contact the Financial Aid department.