Scholarships are gift funds that are often awarded to students based on various criteria including high academic achievement, special talents, or other associations with the sponsor. Like grants, scholarships do not have to be repaid. However, if you are using Federal Student Aid (FSA), you will need to declare any scholarship awards which may affect your total FSA eligibility.

While we don't directly offer university scholarships, there are many opportunities to apply for private scholarships. In fact, more than 100 organizations have provided our students with scholarships, so it may be worth your time to investigate these and other avenues.

If you have scholarship funds approved for use at APUS, have your scholarship organization mail the award letter and funds to below mentioned address:

American Public University System
Attn.: Financial Services
111 West Congress St,
Charles Town, WV, 25414.

The following should be included in the award letter communication:

  • Contact Name, Phone Number and/or email address
  • Check Amount
  • Required Enrollment Status (i.e., full-time, half-time)
  • Academic Year or Semester for which the funds apply
  • List of expenses the funds can be used for
  • Date in which funding needs to be returned if not used

A scholarship will affect your other student aid because all your student aid added together cannot be more than your cost of attendance. You will need to let APUS know if you have been awarded a scholarship so that the financial aid office can be sure it is accounted for in your financial aid package

Scholarship Payments (Checks)

Once received, scholarship funds will be applied towards allowable tuition and fees, in accordance with the scholarship guidelines. 

  • Scholarship checks need to be made payable to American Public University System.
  • If a scholarship check is made out to the student and school, the student must endorse the check before sending to APUS.

Register for Courses

Course registrations should be placed within 30 days of APUS receiving your scholarship funding. When registering for courses select “Scholarship” as the payment method. 

Additional Assistance

If you have questions regarding scholarships, you can contact a Financial Aid Advisor by emailing [email protected] or calling 855-731-9218 Mon – Thurs 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET; Fri 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.