Financial Aid Timeline/Process

 

September Admission begins reading freshman applications
October

Admission begins mailing freshman decision letters

Admission begins mailing merit award letters to qualified accepted students

January

Complete your taxes as soon as possible.

File the FAFSA as soon as tax information is available

February 15 Priority FAFSA filing date for entering freshman
March

Freshman financial aid packages are mailed

Beginning in March, accepted freshman should receive their financial aid package within one week of receipt of his/her processed FAFSA

The Bottom Line will help you determine what you will owe for college.

March 15 Priority FAFSA filing date for continuing students
May 1

Pennsylvania State Grant filing deadline

Application for the PA state Grant is automatic with the submission of the FAFSA

National Candidates Reply Date

Freshman entering in the fall must submit their completed Admission Reply Form and their $200 reservation deposit to confirm their place in the entering class.

June

Satisfactory academic progress and merit award review for continuing students

Continuing student financial aid packages are mailed

July

Complete Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling for loans

Fall semester bills are mailed

PLUS loan applications may be submitted

August Fall semester payment is due

 

Financial Aid Process

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is determined each year by the college to include direct (billed) costs, such as tuition, fees, room and board, and indirect, or estimated costs, such as books, travel and personal expenses.

The financial aid process begins with the submission of the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Continuing students can use a renewal FAFSA with a PIN online. This will produce an EFC, or Expected Family Contribution, which is the amount the Federal government feels that your family can afford to pay for a year of school based on the financial information provided on the FAFSA. We use this EFC to determine the amount of a student's need based on the following equation: COA - EFC = Need

Students may be selected by the Federal government for a process called Verification. The selected student is required to provide the College with income and tax documentation so that the financial aid officers can verify the information which was reported on the FAFSA.

Every student must continue to make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to remain eligible for aid. SAP is checked at the end of each academic year and is dependent upon the number of courses completed and the cumulative GPA.

General Eligibility Requirements for Federal Aid

In order to be eligible for Federal financial aid, the student must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Must be enrolled at least half time in an eligible degree-seeking program
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must make satisfactory academic progress which is checked once a year
  • Must have resolved any drug conviction issues
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, a U.S. permanent resident, or other eligible non-citizen
  • Must not be in default on a Federal loan or owe an overpayment on a Federal grant or loan
  • Must have a valid Social Security Number
  • Must have registered with Selective Service, if required to do so
     

Special Circumstances

If a situation arises that causes a drastic change in a family's financial situation after the FAFSA has been filed, special circumstances may be applied for. Call the Office of Financial Aid at 724-223-6019 to discuss the level of lost income.  If significant,  a Special Circumstances Form will be mailed to the student in order to re-evaluate the financial aid package.  If a Pennsylvania resident, the student will also be mailed a Reduced Income Form for PA state grant eligibility.
 

Changes in Enrollment

Please refer to the Return of Title IV Funds Policy for information on how financial aid eligibility is affected when students make adjustments to their enrollment during the academic year. For any student who decides to withdraw from classes, the Financial Aid Office is required by federal regulation to determine if this action affects the amount of aid available to the student. It is recommended that any student thinking about withdrawing from a course(s) consult a representative from the Office of Financial Aid first to ensure full understanding of the possible affect on aid eligibility.