Student Financial Services


Understanding the Financial Aid Process

The process for applying and receiving financial aid takes time to complete. Here are some topics and resources that will answer some of your questions.

Who is eligible to receive Financial Aid?
To receive federal financial aid, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. You must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or eligible non-citizen.
  2. You must be enrolled a minimum of half-time each semester or term.
  3. You must be making satisfactory academic progress according to Park University standards.
  4. You must not owe a refund on any federal educational grant or be default on any federally sponsored loan program.
  5. You must have a high school diploma or GED, or have completed secondary school in a home school setting.
  6. You must, if required, be registered with Selective Service.

To receive other financial aid, you must meet the specific requirements for each type of aid. Those requirements are on the individual web pages listed below.

What kind of aid am I eligible to receive at Park University?
When you are admitted to Park University and your financial aid paperwork is completed and on file, you will receive an award notification including all aid you are eligible to receive. Some aid processes are completed at various times during the year and if you become eligible to receive additional funding, a new award notification will be sent. Some types of additional aid may require adjustment of aid you have already received.

Federal Aid consists of grants, loans and work. If you complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), your eligibility for the following aid will be determined:

  1. PELL Grant - determined by the EFC calculated from your FAFSA information; Undergraduate only
  2. Supplemental Grant (SEOG) - determined by the EFC and need/highest tuition; Undergraduate only; must be PELL recipient
  3. Iraq and Afghanistan Grant - parent or guardian was in the Armed Forces and died in military service after September 11, 2001
  4. TEACH Grant - requires specific classes taken and specific jobs after graduation to prevent grant from becoming a loan that must be repaid with interest
  5. Federal Work Study - campus-directed, limited funding for high need students that provides employment on campus (in some cases off campus positions are available)
  6. Perkins Loan - campus-directed, limited federal loan funding allocated for high need students
  7. Direct Stafford Loan Program - federal student loan program, funding must be paid back including interest
  8. Direct Parent Loan Program - federal loan program for parents of dependent students, requires a credit check--funding must be paid back including interest
  9. Direct Grad Loan Program - federal loan program for Graduate students - requires a credit check - funding must be paid back including interest
  10. Private Loan Programs - non-federal loans made by a lender such as a bank, credit union or state agency, requires a credit check—funding must be paid back including interest

Park University also offers Institutional Aid programs:

  1. Academic Scholarships for both first time Freshmen and Transfer students
  2. Program and Department grants
  3. Athletic Department grants
  4. Non-federal eligible work study

Park University also awards Missouri State Scholarships and Grants:

  1. Access Missouri Grant
  2. Bright Flight Program
  3. Marguerite Ross Barnett Program
  4. Minority Teaching
  5. Additional as eligible

Park University works with the Department of Defense (please contact your Education Officer on base), the Veterans Administration other State programs (please contact the state Higher Education Department) and individual employers (please contact your Human Resources Office) to help process your education benefits through these agencies. You are responsible for providing your Campus Center Administrator all funding forms required for confirmation each term.

How do I Apply?
  1. Apply for Admission
    To be considered for federal financial aid, federal regulations require that you must be admitted to Park University as a degree-seeking student. Please check with the Office of Admissions or your Campus Center to ensure you have been admitted into a degree program.

  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the financial aid application required. You can always call the Federal Financial Aid number for assistance at 1-800-433-3243.

    Park University suggests that you submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 and no later than May 1 for the Fall term. (Do not submit the FAFSA before January 1). Park University Title IV School Code is 002498 and must be used when completing Step Six of the FAFSA.

  3. Request Financial Aid (RFA)
    Along with the FAFSA, you must submit a Request for Financial Aid (RFA). This institutional application provides additional profile information needed to initiate and complete your financial aid process. When you have submitted the RFA and FAFSA we will electronically transmit your FAFSA application for processing, and use the RFA to begin your financial aid process here at the university.

  4. Enrollment
    Federal sources of financial aid require that you be enrolled at least half time, with the exception of Pell grant which may be paid to a student who is enrolled less than half-time at certain levels of EFC (expected family contribution). Some Park University funding requires full-time enrollment to be eligible. 
    Financial aid correspondence may be sent to:

    Park University
    Student Financial Services  Box 44
    8700 NW River Park Drive
    Parkville, Missouri 64152-3795

    Phone: (816) 584-6290
    Fax: (816) 584-2512

How long will the process take?

After Park receives your processed FAFSA , our financial aid specialists calculate your financial need using the information from your Student Aid Report (SAR), and your Request For Financial Aid (RFA). Following this, an official electronic award notification will be generated and emailed to your Park e-mail address. Financial aid packaging is done daily and electronic award notifications are generated as files are completed in date order.

The award notification will list the types of financial aid you can expect to receive based on your financial need under federal guidelines. The types of aid awarded could include scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans that you are eligible to receive at the time you applied.

Login to the MyPark portal to review your financial assistance.  You must either accept or decline each aid type awarded.

If you are selected for verification, you will be requested to submit specific additional documents that will be evaluated prior to you receiving your award.

How much financial aid will I receive?

Based on the information you provide on the Free Application for Federal Aid and the Request for Financial Aid, our financial aid specialists will prepare your financial aid package. This package may combine loans, grants, work-study or scholarships.

Using an established formula (financial need = COA - EFC) which is a result of the cost of attending (COA) Park University, minus your expected family contribution (EFC), determines your financial need. Your financial need is what can be met in terms of gift-aid and self-help aid. The expected family contribution (EFC) is the result of your processed FAFSA and is your expected contribution towards your own education.

Example:
Cost of Attendance $10,000
Expected Family Contribution    -1,500
Financial Need   $8,500

Park University will then try and meet the remaining $8,500 in financial need with your financial aid package that combines loans, grants, work-study, or scholarships.

Changing enrollment
Financial aid eligibility is based on the number of hours you are enrolled during each enrollment period. If you drop or add a class after your financial aid award is created, your award will be reviewed prior to aid disbursement to determine if the aid offered must be changed.
  • For sixteen-week semesters
    • undergraduate students – 12 hours is full-time
    • graduate students – 6 hours is full-time
  • For eight-week terms
    • undergraduate students – 6 hours is full-time
    • graduate students – 3 hours is full-time

Withdrawing from coursework
If you withdraw from all coursework during a term of enrollment and have received federal financial assistance, the Student Financial Services Office is required to perform a return of title IV funds calculation to determine if any funding must be returned.

Dropping courses during enrollment adjustment period (first 8 days of the term)
  • Aid will be adjusted to reflect the new enrollment status. \Example, dropping from full-time to part-time.
Partial Withdraw
  • Aid will not be adjusted.
Full Withdraw
  • Calculations will be made to determine if any funding must be returned to the Department of Education

It is important to remember that withdrawing from the courses will impact satisfactory academic progress and may lead to suspension of federal financial assistance. View the satisfactory academic progress policy.

Disbursement of aid
  • The terms that you are enrolled determine when your aid will be disbursed.
  • If you are enrolled full-time for either 16- or 8-week terms your attendance in class must be verified after the enrollment adjustment period. If you have no unusual circumstances, your aid will generally be released between the 9th and the 15th day of the term.
  • If you enroll in a combination of 16-week and 8-week classes, some funds cannot be disbursed until you have reached the full-tim enrollment status.

Hours and Terms Enrolled Eligibility and Timing of Payment of Aid
16-week term
3 hours
eligible only for Pell paid at less than half time, no loan eligibility
16-week & 8-week Fall 1 or Spring 1
3 hours 16-week, 3 hours 8-week (6 total)
eligible for aid paid at half-time basis, beginning day 9 of term (August or January)
16-week & 8-week Fall 2 or Spring 2
3 hours 16-week, 3 hours 8-week (6 total)
eligible for aid paid at half-time basis, paid beginning day 9 of term (October or March)