Financial Aid / Tuition
Palo Alto University’s Office of Financial Aid offers a variety of financial resources designed to help you with education-related expenses involved in obtaining your educational goal(s). Our financial assistance programs consist of grants, scholarships, fellowships, loans, and work assistance. While independent professional schools have no state support or extensive endowments, some type of federal and/or alternative student loan funding is available to almost all students.
The Financial Aid Counselors are here to assist you with the application of and processing of your financial aid, understanding all of your financial options, and answer any questions or concerns you may have. We strive to make this process as easy as possible for you.
Palo Alto University (PAU) offers a high-quality, tailored, competitive education with world-renowned faculty and instructors, at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. At PAU, students experience the following:
- Faculty with rich, research-based backgrounds, and excellent teaching methods.
- Clinical training with potential licensure options.
- High internship placement rate including 97% APA-accredited internship match rate for the Ph.D. program,100% APA-accredited internship match rate for the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium program (in 2013 and 2014; see APA Data), and 98% practicum placement rate for the M.A. Counseling Program.
- Tuition stabilization Once admitted, PAU guarantees no tuition increases for the duration of a student's program.
- Regional accreditation by the WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission (WSCUC) for all degrees. American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation for the Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs.
Undergraduate Programs: Palo Alto University (PAU) offers Bachelor degrees in two majors: Psychology and Social Action and in Business Psychology. PAU Bachelor degree programs are uniquely designed for students transferring from a California Community College or those who have completed the first two years of college and now wish to major in Psychology or Business. Accredited by the WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission (WSCUC), PAU Bachelor Programs are offered in online, Evening/Online Hybrid and day formats, adapting to the different educational needs of our students.
The PAU Bachelor degree programs are highly structured, professional and efficient, allowing students to graduate in two years and begin their careers or graduate study as quickly and as inexpensively as possible. International students may obtain more information about application requirements here.
Master's Programs: Palo Alto University (PAU) offers two Master's degrees, M.A. Counseling and M.S. Psychology, each of which is accredited by the WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission (WSCUC). Master's programs are grounded in evidenced-based teaching and are designed to help accommodate a variety of schedules, from anywhere, for students with a bachelor's degree and an interest in counseling and psychology who are ready to take the next step.
Doctoral Programs: Palo Alto University (PAU) offers two APA Accredited doctoral programs in psychology. Both programs specialize in PAU’s Practitioner-Scholar Model that aims to produce graduates who are critically reflective and informed consumers of psychology and associated clinical services.