Financial Aid

Empire College cares about our students. We understand that not everyone can easily pay for college. This is why we accept many forms of financial aid and assistance to help you in achieving your dreams.

Federal and state financial aid programs are administered by Empire College School of Business to all students determined to be eligible and who maintain satisfactory progress. Eligibility for all financial aid programs is based upon a “Need Analysis” and/or prior academic performance. Empire College School of Law (Juris Doctor program) is not eligible for federal or state financial aid programs. Private loan programs are available for law students.

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Federal Pell Grant (awards up to $5,815): Considered the “ground floor” program of all need-based financial aid, this program provides grant money that requires no repayment after graduation.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) (awards up to $500): This federally funded program is designed to assist economically deprived students attain higher education. The program differs from the Pell Grant and the Cal Grant programs in that the College determines eligibility. Grants are based on financial need and do not require repayment.


A student may borrow under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program.

Federal Direct Subsidized Loan (loans up to $3,500 for first-year undergraduate students): Available at relatively low interest rates through the U.S. Department of Education, these loans are guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan (loans up to $6,000 for first-year undergraduate students): The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan is similar to the above. However, this loan is not based on financial need. A student may borrow under both the Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loan program, but the total may not exceed the annual loan limits.

Federal Direct Plus Loan (Parent Loans for Students) (loans up to the cost of education less any other financial aid): These loans enable parents to borrow on behalf of dependent undergraduates. Repayment commences as early as 60 days after the loans are made. Parents can defer payments until students are out of school.

College Work-Study: The Federal Work-Study Program provides jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to each student’s course of study.


Empire College programs have been funded by the following agencies:

  • The State Department of Rehabilitation
  • Private Rehabilitation Agencies
  • The United States Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • The California Indian Manpower Corporation
  • The Workforce Investment Board, which administers Sonoma County Job Link

Empire College’s programs are approved for the training of veterans and eligible persons.


Dean’s Scholarship

The Empire College Dean’s Scholarship is available to high school seniors who plan to enroll at Empire College. Ten scholarships are awarded annually ranging from $250 to $1500. Applications accepted January 1-April 15 each year (to be recognized at a Senior Awards Event), as well as throughout the year for students planning to enroll and begin classes between June and the following May.

Selection criteria:

  • Academic achievements
  • Applicant’s letter of intent 
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Two letters of recommendation

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Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Education Scholarship

Kaiser Permanente offers one $2,500 scholarship each year to a current Empire College medical student.

Scholarship requirements:

  • Enrollment in an Empire College medical program for 1200 hours or greater
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2
  • Minimum of 90% attendance
  • Completed minimum of two quarters
  • Currently attending Empire College.

Community Foundation Sonoma County Scholarships:

There are more than 35 Legacy and new scholarship funds that have been established with Community Foundation Sonoma County. In 2013, these scholarships were administered as Scholarship Sonoma County. Beginning in January 2014, scholarship applications for all Legacy and new scholarships that have been established with Community Foundation Sonoma County are being administered by their partner, 10,000 Degrees.

The community scholarships vary annually and have included:

  • Charles Demeo Scholarship Fund (Single mothers in danger of becoming homeless)
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Sonoma County Scholarship (Hispanic descent+)
  • Marsha & Donald Jacobs Family Fund (Priority is given to re-entry students)
  • Helen Kellum Scholarship (Academic ability, realistic goals)
  • La Tortilla Factory Jose & Mary Tamayo Memorial Scholarship Fund (Latino students+)
  • My Future is in Healthcare Scholarship (Preference to low-income, bicultural students with demonstrated interest in health field+)
  • Michael F. O’Donnell Memorial Scholarship Fund (Currently enrolled in law school or pursuing a law-related career)
  • 100 Black Men of Sonoma County Scholarship (African-American descent)
  • Redwood Empire Estate Planning Council Scholarship (Business, Law or Accounting)
  • Sands for a Sustainable Future Scholarship (Continuing college students)
  • Sonoma County Medical Association – Health Careers Scholarship (Medical)
  • Andrea Vicini Memorial Scholarship (Italian descent+)
  • Andy Wallstrum Memorial Scholarship (Graduate of Lawrence Cook Middle School)

For a list of current scholarships, visit

P.E.O. California Scholarships for Women

P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization for women. Founded in 1869 as a small friendship society, P.E.O. quickly grew into a diverse, widespread sisterhood with one mission: promote educational and personal growth opportunities for women. The application is open every September to January.

Scholarship requirements: Student must be enrolled in the following award year, must be a California resident and a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States or Canada

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P.E.O. International Scholarships for Women

P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women CELEBRATE the advancement of women; EDUCATE women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and MOTIVATE women to achieve their highest aspirations.

P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA) for women in doctoral programs.

P.E.O. STAR Scholarship (STAR) for high school senior women.

P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education (PCE) for women returning to school.

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