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Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Steps in obtaining Financial Aid are similar for Undergraduate and Graduate Students. Whether you are a new or returning student, you must apply annually for Financial Aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Please Note: If you are an international student, you are not eligible for Federal or state financial aid programs however, you may qualify for one of the many merit scholarships offered at Pace University.

Merit scholarships and merit-based aid do not require a FAFSA submission.

Applying for Financial Aid is similar for most students, whether you are a Freshman, Transfer or Graduate student. However, there are some differences that you should be aware of, depending on whether you are a future or current student.


Application Procedures for:

All Federal Aid

New York State Aid

Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans

Pace University Endowed Scholarships

Alternative Loans (Private Education Loans)


Steps after Applying for Financial Aid

Once you have completed your FAFSA for the year and submitted any additional applications for aid, there are some steps you should take in order to secure the best possible financial aid package from Pace University.

The steps below apply to both Undergraduate and Graduate students who are newly admitted or currently enrolled.

  • Upon receipt, read and review your Financial Aid Award letter and all other information sent to you from the Pace University Financial Aid Office.
  • Log in to your MyPace Portal to check your:
    • Financial Aid status (to check for any holds or additional requirements)
    • Aid Eligibility
    • Accept or Decline your Financial Aid awards
  • Note: Simply accepting your aid does not confirm your bill payment. Be sure to follow up with the Office of Student Accounts about your Financial Aid disbursements to your bill.
  • Notify the Financial Aid Office of any changes to your enrollment or living arrangements while attending Pace University.
  • Keep up to date with and be sure you maintain aid eligibility and renewal requirements.

Instructions to accept your Financial Aid

Instructions to obtain your Scholarship Agreement Form


What to do after you have accepted your Financial Aid

Certain types of Financial Aid require additional steps after you have accepted them.

See below for our list of Financial Aid Next Steps:

Pace University Merit Scholarships

Federal Work Study

Federal Direct Loans


Information From The Pace University Financial Aid Office

The Financial Aid Office will communicate with students through the Pace email and MyPace Portal. Be sure to activate and check your email regularly. We also routinely communicate with students by U.S. mail.

When contacting the office, be sure to have available: student name and the University ID number (nine digit numbers beginning with U--). Be sure to include this information in all written correspondence, voice mail, or email as well.

Communications with parents will be shared if the student has signed an Authorization to Disclose Information Education Records Form. (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act "FERPA"). Some of the offices that can share information with parents once a FERPA Authorization has been signed are:

  • Dean of Students - housing
  • Student Accounts – billing and account balances
  • Registrar - grades
  • Financial Aid – status of awards

For more information, or to complete the FERPA form, please visit our FERPA policy page.

Note: the Financial Aid Office will not share parent tax information with the student.

For additional information or inquiries about your Financial Aid, email the Financial Aid Office or call (877) 672-1830.