Financial Aid

Doctor of Pharmacy Students - Professional Entry

Financial aid resources for students entering the first professional year (P1) of the Doctor of Pharmacy program

Welcome P1 students! Below, you will find the information you need to apply for various forms of financial aid available from the federal government, state governments and the College. Our team of financial aid specialists are available to answer any questions you may have.

apply for aid

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on
All applicants seeking federal financial aid must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is available October 1st but this year (24-25)  the application opened December 31st.

  • ACPHS Federal School Code - 002885
  • FAFSA Deadline – March 1st (Applications after March 1st will be processed after the deadline but failure to adhere to the deadline could affect your eligibility for other aid.)
  • If you are completing the FAFSA and you will be classified as a graduate student based on the criteria below, please indicate your grade level as Continuing Grad. You will not need to include parental information as a graduate level student.
Understanding Your Student Classification for Financial Aid Purposes
  1. Students entering ACPHS into the first professional year (P1) of Doctor of Pharmacy program receive graduate aid if they have a prior BA or BS degree.
  2. Students entering ACPHS into the first professional year (P1) who do not have a prior BA or BS, are enrolled in the BSPK and the Doctor of Pharmacy (P1-P4) are eligible for undergraduate aid years P1 and P2 and for graduate aid for P3 and P4.
  3. Students entering into ACPHS in the BSPK and progressing on the 6 year track for the Doctor of Pharmacy receive undergraduate aid for P1&P2 and graduate aid for P3&P4.
  4. Please email the Office of Financial Aid at if you have any questions about your status.

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Federal Aid

Federal Aid consists of government issued grants, direct federal student loans and work study options. Federal student loan programs offer low interest rates and, when used with discretion, provide an affordable option to meet the cost of a quality education.

Direct Federal Student Loans:

Federal and Private Student Loan Options
 Undergraduate/Junior level Subsidized Unsubsidized Additional Loans
Dependent(P1&P2 UG)
Independent(P1&P2 UG)
Undergraduate Parent/Undergraduate Private Loans
Undergraduate Private Loan
P3 and P4 years are Graduate - 33,000 Graduate/Private Loans
P1 – P4 (Graduate/Professional with prior BA or BS) Subsidized Unsubsidized Additional Loans
Independent NA $33,000.00 Per Year Graduate/Private Loans
Federal Student Loan Aggregate Borrowing Limit
  Subsidized Total*
Dependent $23,000 $31,000
Independent Undergraduate $23,000 $57,500
Total Aggregate Limit Professional Grad   $224,000

*Total includes Subsidized (need-based) and Unsubsidized

More information about federal student loans can be found at

State Aid

Students enrolled at either the New York or Vermont campus can apply for state aid.

Institutional Aid

ACPHS offers institutional scholarships and grants based upon established criteria of merit and/or need as noted. All awards are based upon full-time enrollment each semester, unless otherwise indicated. The Office of Financial Aid will evaluate eligibility annually, based upon issuance of final grades for spring term.  

  • Institutional Merit-Based Aid - financial aid awarded based on prior academic performance.
  • Institutional Need-Based Aid - financial aid awarded based on both prior academic performance and financial need.
    Note: need-based scholarships require the student to file the FAFSA each year.

*All awards are subject to adjustment due to changes in enrollment status, or receipt of other federal, state or private funds. In addition, awards will be adjusted as part of required corrections or verification of data reported on the student’s FAFSA.

*Awards will be renewed on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are expended. Awards may not be renewed to students who do not adhere to the FAFSA filing deadline of March 1. Awards will not be renewed to students with incomplete financial aid paperwork after May 1.

For a detailed breakdown of institutional, federal, and state aid, view our Scholarships, Loans, and Grants.

discover acphs tuition & fees

The tuition and fees for Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences are approved annually by the College's Board of Trustees. The Office of Student Accounts will be able to assist your billing needs.

explore Additional financing options

After completing the FAFSA, understanding different types of Financial Aid, and viewing the 2024-2025  Tuition and Fee breakdown, the next step of the process is to apply for any additional options you may have for financing your education. Here is a list of possible additional financing options:

  • Federal Parent PLUS Loan
  • Private Student Loans
  • Sponsor Loans
  • Home Equity Loans
  • Payment Plans
  • 529 Savings Plans
  • Employer Benefits
  • Private Scholarships