Financial Aid Information

Piedmont International University is committed to make a quality education affordable and financial options accessible to qualified students. Each year the university contributes approximately 1 million dollars in tuition grants and scholarships to its student body and over 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid or assistance.    

Steps to Financial Aid and Scholarship Awards:

STEP 1: Complete your FAFSA at with your FSA ID username (for help on creating this ID please see video tutorial) and password and with Piedmont’s school code. You must complete FAFSA to be considered for financial aid at Piedmont. The FAFSA will determine your eligibility for federal, state and institutional aid. All US citizens and eligible non-citizens are required to complete the FAFSA each school year. If you do not plan to apply for federal student aid in the 2016-2017 academic year, please email the financial aid office so we may address this requirement.

FAFSA Hints:

  • You will need the previous year's tax returns and your driver's license number.
  • Please be sure to include our school code 002956.
  • Allow approximately 30 minutes to complete the FAFSA. If you have to step away during the application, your information will be saved for 30 days.
  • The FAFSA must be completed annually.
  • Verification: If you are informed you are selected for verification (indicated by an asterisk next to your EFC on the Student Aid Report (SAR) that FAFSA returns to you) you will be contacted by the PIU Financial Aid Office regarding any additional paperwork that is required to process your federal aid.
  • Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool if available to save time with submitting information.


STEP 2: Once the University receives confirmation your F.A.F.S.A. is completed you will be notified from the Financial Aid Office and you will be given access to the “Financial Aid Student Terminal” (F.A.S.T.) to apply for Financial Aid. It is important that you do not try to enter the F.A.S.T. application prior to the FAFSA.

STEP 3: The Financial Aid Office will send you a link to begin your F.A.S.T. registration. 

Note: Financial aid files are packaged after a financial aid officer reviews all the information for accuracy and completion. If your FAFSA is selected for further verification, all additional paperwork must be submitted before any aid will be finalized. Changes to enrollment status may affect the type and amount of aid you receive.

See our Payment Options page to learn about how to pay for your remaining estimated balance due (as indicated on your award notice) after Financial Aid.

Federal Aid

The Federal Aid provided by the United States Government offers both grants and loans. Grants are particularly important because the federal government does not require students to repay the grant. Loans are beneficial because they can offer fixed low interest rates with a six-month grace period following graduation.

Pell Grant

The Pell Granta need-based grant awarded to low-income undergraduates who are working toward their first bachelor’s degree. Eligibility for Pell is calculated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and the amount is determined by the student’s enrollment status and financial need.

Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

The SEOG is designed for those with exceptional financial need. Students who are Pell eligible will automatically be considered for the SEOG. However, students who receive the lowest expected family contributions (EFC) are considered first.


Although we strive to help students find funds to attend school without utilizing loans, sometimes they are necessary. Please make sure you have exhausted all other financial resources (grants, scholarships, and work-study options), before applying for loans.

  • To keep track of the federal loans you borrow and to find contact information for your servicer, please visit
  • The National Student Loan Data System is the easiest way to track your loans. Login to and you can download your financial aid history, research who is your current loan servicer, and see the current balance and status of any existing loans. Should any student have questions, please contact PIU's aid office at or call 336.714.7900.
    Note: Piedmont's three year cohort default rate for 2015 (the most recent year of data released by the Department of Education) was 13.4% compared to a national average of approximately 11.5%.  

There are several types of loans that a student may choose to use, so please review the loans below for more information.
Subsidized Stafford
Unsubsidized Stafford
Parent PLUS
Private Loans
Title IV School Loan Code of Conduct

Financial Forms

Net Price Calculator

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires all colleges to provide a Net Price Calculator for first-time, full-time students.  The link below will allow you to calculate an estimate of what an average first-time student taking a full-time course load would pay at Piedmont after receiving Federal and institutional financial assistance. 

Net Price Calculator