Students Services

Federal Aid Programs

Federal Subsidized Stafford Loans
This loan is need-based. The federal government pays the interest while the students is in School and during grace period before repayment begins


Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
This loan is available to all students. The terms are the same as the Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan except that the borrower is responsible for the interest that accrues before repayment.


Health Professional Students Loans
This subsidized loan is available to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. The loan interest is 5% fixed. (Parental financial data are required)


Loans for Disadvantage Students
Long term, low-interest (5%) loan for eligible students who meet federal definition of “disadvantage background” (parental financial data is required).


Grad PLUS Loan
This is a low rate loan for graduate students, have a fixed interest rate of 8.5%. More importantly, education loans interest are deductible. You can take up to 10 years to repay. Grad PLUS require a basic credit check, but are not made based on income or asset require no collateral.


Federal State Grants
Some amounts of federal and state grants are available.


Alternative Loans
These loans provide supplemental funding when other financial aids do not cover costs. Alternative loans, also known as private loans, help bridge the gap between the actual cost of education and the limited amount the government allows you to borrow in its programs. Alternative loans are offered by private lenders (banks or other financial in institutions) and there are no federal forms to complete, inline federal loans for these private loans may set credit criteria and consider borrowers credits score.

Financial Aid

Financial aid has the commitment of financing the student’s education by establishing a budget for each academic year. This includes the following expenses: Tuition, Room, Board, Equipment, Books, Personal Expenses, Transportation and other fees.


Students must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to receive federal financial aid:

  • United States Citizen, national, U.S. permanent resident or eligible non citizen
  • Be enrolled as a Half Time student or More: Enrolled in 10 credits or more in any of the academic semesters
  • Not be in default in any previous student loans
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress

All students will be eligible to receive financial aid if they demonstrate their inability to cover their educational cost. Students are entitled to receive one or a combination of the following awards:


Maximum time for completion of the optometry program while being eligible for federal loans is six academic years for a full-time student and eight academic years for a part-time student. Students must pass courses at the rate of at least 75 percent of the courses attempted to be eligible for federal loans the next semester.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Click Here for more information on how to apply for Financial Aid.

Admission Process

Candidates must submit an application form through OptomCas. The Admissions Committee interviews candidates with completed applications, meeting the above requirements either in person or by telephone. For out of state candidates an interview with a practicing alumnus is arranged when feasible. The Committee explores the candidate’s strengths using five criteria:

  • Concern for career objectives
  • Knowledge of the profession
  • Communication skills in English and Spanish
  • Motivation
  • Self- confidence

Candidates are evaluated using the following interview parameters:

Grade Point Average (GPA) 25 percent
Required Course work Point Average ( RGPA) 30 percent
Optometry Admission Test (OAT) 35 percent
Interview by the School Admission Committee 10 percent

Once a candidate is accepted, a $1,000.00 deposit is required within 15 days of acceptance. This deposit will be applied to the tuition fee. An administrative fee of $ 500.00 will be deducted from the acceptance deposit if a prospective student with an offer of admission have withdraws or declines his/her candidacy.

University Housing Description

The School of Optometry offers its students the possibility to live in modern university housing in one of three walk-up style buildings inside the campus. There are a total of 112 bedrooms available for student housing.

Our apartments are equipped with the following:

  • Twin bed in each bedroom
  • Wardrobe in each bedroom
  • Washer and dryer
  • Water heater
  • Air conditioning
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Electric range
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Desk and chair in each bedroom
  • Furnished living room
  • Dining room set for four persons
  • Fire alarm system
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Internet
  • Cable TV ready*
  • Parking area
* Fee paid by students

Our University Housing has a security system and access control.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office determines the supply of aid to which the student meets the eligibility requirements and the availability of funds and therefore reserves the right to make changes in the aid when needed.

The student must complete the Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) via the Internet by accessing the page

The application is free, it is transmitted over the Internet and you can select the version in English or Spanish. This application will be used to assess eligibility for all federal, state or institution that manages institutional. The organization will receive the response from the FAFSA to the proper evaluation, approximately 72 hours.

You need the following documents to facilitate the process:

  • Social Security Number (yours and your parent, if you are a dependent student)
  • Driver's License Number
  • Income Tax Return of the previous taxable year to which you are applying
  • Information other income received in the home, except Social Security benefits and benefits Nutrition

Assistance Program (NAP)

  • W-2 - If it is required to file return

All applicants must have a personal identification number ( PIN NUMBER ) 4 digit, to sign the application electronically, correct, know the status of it or access to the answer. Students who are dependent on their parents, one parent must apply for a PIN to electronically sign the scholarship and accelerate the process. You can request a PIN to: or when completing the FAFSA. This number is unique and you can use it every year. Do not share your PIN number with others, protect your identity!

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