Financial Aid Resources
We want you to be empowered to ask questions about the costs associated with attending college.
Because everybody's situation is different – from first generation to multi-generation and everywhere inbetween – this page contains information we hope you find helpful in navigating this process.
Federal and state money gets dispersed to students in the order their FAFSA applications were received. And since funds are limited, submitting your completed FAFSA form early gives you the best chance at securing money!
SAU Scholarship Deadline
Apply to SAU by March 15 to be considered for SAU scholarships and aid. We disperse funds in the order applications are received.
Even More Resources
We've collected some unbiased, objective information and savvy advice related to paying for college.
Please take a look at these free, non-profit resources below:
- Education Finance Council/For You, Not For Profit
Excellent guide for undergraduate and graduate students
- Iowa Student Loan
All about loans and scholarships. (Different from Iowa Tuition Grant)
Paying for College Guide, including a detailed, must-read section on the FAFSA
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Paying for College
Helping students and families make educated financial decisions
Net Price Calculator
These calculators help estimate your out-of-pocket costs plus financial aid and scholarship figures for attending St. Ambrose University as an undergraduate First Year or transfer student.
Before you begin using one of the calculators below, it's helpful to have your parents' latest tax return (and your own if you have one); that will help you to complete the Financial Aid section of this calculator. The other sections – on scholarships and where you want to live – are self-explanatory.
First Year Student Calculator
Transfer Student Calculator
After Completing the FAFSA
Each college you listed on the FAFSA will receive your information. It takes a few days for the federal government to process your form. Learn what's next!
We want to put you in touch with the right person so you can get the right answers with little hassle.
Look at the categories below to see who you should contact depending on your present stage of college enrollment.
I'm interested in attending St. Ambrose:
Contact the Admissions Office at 563-333-6300 or email@example.com.
Our admissions staff is here to assist. We'll get you connected with your Admissions Counselor who will have plenty information about the admissions process and help you develop a plan to pay for college.
I'm admitted or have enrolled to attend to St. Ambrose:
Contact your Admissions Counselor.
Your Admissions Counselor's name can be found on the letter and business card included in your acceptance packet. Or, if you don't remember - we understand! - you can always call 563-333-6300 and we'll look up your name and your counselor. All counselors are also listed in alpha-order with their photos on this page.
I am a current St. Ambrose student:
Contact Bee Central, a help center for students and their families.
Associates in Bee Central can help you with student accounts, course registration and financial aid.
Get organized to stay on top of deadlines!
You'll receive a lot of information between the time you start your college search to making a final decision. Set aside a container – a folder, tote, or whatever is handy – to keep track of everything you receive in the mail, plus paper copies of any financial/tax information.
In your email account, create a folder to save correspondence related to the college application process. Having a dedicated space – physically and electronically – means you know where to look when trying to find something and it won't get mixed in with other day-to-day information.
Below is a general timeline of what a future college student should be doing to prepare in the 1-2 years before enrolling.
Summer Before Junior Year:
- Make a list of colleges to visit.
- Schedule campus visits
- Follow some schools on social media where you plan to visit and/or apply. This will give you a feeling of what it's like on campus.
Summer Before Senior Year:
- Apply to SAU. We begin admitting first-year students on September 1.
- Connect with your admissions counselor, coaches, or faculty from the program/major of interest
- Submit your FAFSA beginning October 1 (using prior-prior year tax information that you or your parents used to file taxes). Be sure to include SAU FAFSA code 001889
- Submit your housing deposit (November)
- Visit SAU
- Priority financial aid deadline is March 15
- Visit SAU
- Complete your housing contract (May)
- Make your final decision and commit to SAU
After October 1: Future transfer students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you've already completed a FAFSA, be sure to add St. Ambrose University (code: 001889)
March 15: Priority financial aid deadline
July 1: Deadline for FAFSA filing to receive institutional aid including the Iowa Tuition Grant.
Financial Aid Forms
2021-22 Asset Verification
2021-22 Child Support Paid
2021-22 Child Support Received
2021-22 Cost of Attendance Worksheet
2021-22 Household Resource
2021-22 Low Income
2021-22 Room and Board Assistance Application
2021-22 Staff/Faculty Grant Application
2021-22 Student Verification
2021-22 Student Verification Addendum
2021-22 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
2021-22 Untaxed Income Verification
2021-22 Verification Worksheet-Independent Student (V4)
2021-22 Verification Worksheet-Dependent Student (V4)