As a part-time or Degree Completion student, you have the opportunity to apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can apply by going to this website: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
This application must be completed each year and should be completed before May 1 in order for you to be considered for a Pennsylvania State Grant (PHEAA). The FAFSA will also determine your eligibility for a Federal PELL Grant and must also be on file if you want to borrow on a Federal Stafford Loan.
If during the academic year you have a drastic change to your income or incur unusually high medical or dental expenses, please contact the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office can take this information into consideration. You will be asked to complete a form, attach all the necessary documentation and the Federal government will be notified so that your aid can be recalculated.
Part-time and DCP Students may be eligible for the following types of financial aid:
Keep in mind state and federal grants are based on the FAFSA application and take into account income, assets and number in family. Federal Stafford loans are monies that must be repaid once you graduate or cease to be at least half-time.
Part-time and DCP student Procedure for Registering for Fall, Spring & Summer classes:
When you register for your classes the Controller's Office will want to know how you plan to pay your tuition bill. If your employer will be helping pay your tuition or if you expect to receive financial aid you must contact the Controller's Office to let them know your arrangements. Their office can be reached by dialing (814) 886-6473. If you do not clear your tuition bill for the semester, you should not attend classes.
Please note: Financial aid for the fall and spring will not be processed until after the semester begins. Therefore, the Financial Aid Office will estimate your aid to help you clear your bill. If you want to borrow on a student loan, you must contact Linda Gaston in the Financial Aid Office at (814) 886-6341 and let her know the amount you want to borrow for the year. Student loans will NOT automatically be processed. If you are taking a student loan for summer, a special form must be completed to indicate how much you want to borrow. For specific information regarding summer aid, please review the section on Financial Aid for Summer Classes.
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