Financial Aid & Scholarships

Aviation Financial Aid Information

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General Information

Aviation students have several different options available to them.

Grants and Scholarships

Grants and scholarships are aid that does not need to be repaid. Aviation students should seek out grant and scholarship aid first before turning to student loans to fund their education. 

All students should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA determines student eligibility for grants such as Pell and SEOG. These grants are based upon financial need, and the offered amount will be determined by the information submitted on the FAFSA. The application can be found at

New scholarship opportunities for the Aviation Program are being discovered all the time. You can find a list of currently available aviation scholarships on the SUU aviation scholarships page.


Students should only borrow loans after all other options for aid have been exhausted. Student loans must be repaid. Loan are available from the following sources:

Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program - Direct loans come from the Department of Education, and typically come in two different forms: subsidized and unsubsidized. The type of loan and the amounts are based upon information submitted on the FAFSA. With subsidized loans, the Federal government pays the interest while the student is enrolled in school. Dependent undergraduate students may also be eligible for the Parent PLUS loan, which is a loan borrowed by a student's parent(s) on their behalf.

Private Loans - Private student loans (also sometimes referred to as alternative student loans) are loans from private lending institutions, such as banks or credit unions. Private student loans can vary from lender to lender, so research several different options before making a decision to ensure that you are getting the loan that works best for you. SUU has compiled a list of all private lenders selected by students at our school over the past three years.

More detailed information on student loans can be found on the SUU Student Loan page. Remember, when borrowing money to pay for school, only borrow what you need.