Other Types of Financial Aid

  • RA Benefits are available to assist with educational costs. Upperclassmen can apply to be a Resident Assistant (RA) in exchange for various levels of room benefits along with a small stipend. The housing benefit and stipend must be included as a resource in the financial aid package. This is based on regulations from the U.S. Department of Education that govern federal financial aid programs. This means that a student's level of financial need is affected and in turn, eligibility for Subsidized Stafford loans and Federal Sork Study will be less than in previous years. Students who have an RA position and do not apply for financial aid or submit a financial aid application will not be approved to work a job on campus. More information is available from the Office of Residence Life.
  • Tuition Exchange- This benefit is for spouses and dependents of College and University employees. It is recommended that you start the application process in the fall prior to the year your child will attend. Many decisions are made by January or February. Contact your  employer's Human Resource office for more information.
  • Tuition Remission- for employees and spouses/dependents of employees of W&J.
  • Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits - or contact your county Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Military Benefits - Washington & Jefferson College is approved for Veteran Education benefits. Some programs also allow for the transfer of benefits to go to qualifying dependents. Determination is made by the Veterans Administration.
  • NEED (Negro Educational Emergency Drive) - Washington & Jefferson College has partnered with the NEED program and PHEAA's PATH program to provide unique funding opportunities to African-American students from specific counties in Western Pennsylvania. These counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland.

The Negro Educational Emergency Drive (NEED) is a community based organization offering financial aid, internships, and counseling to help young African-Americans apply to, finance, and complete higher education. The funding from NEED helps to fill the gap that exists after federal, state, and institutional aid has been exhausted.

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) has a unique program that uses an allocation from the state to match private contributions to students from participating agencies. NEED is one of these agencies, so there is potential for funding from both NEED and PATH for students who meet the criteria.

Interested students can visit NEED's website (www.needld.org) for more information or to complete an online application.

William Hertzler Memorial Scholarship - This renewable scholarship is offered to selected students from Juniata County and is funded from the generous donation given to W&J by the Hertzler family.  The annual amount of this award is determined by the income generated from the scholarship fund and over the past four years has covered more than 90% of W&J’s annual tuition costs!  New students enrolling in the fall that wish to be considered for the William Hertzler Memorial Scholarship need to apply and have an offer of admission to W&J  as an incoming freshman by February 15.  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must also be completed by W&J’s priority deadline of February 15.  Scholarship recipients will be announced starting March 1.   Awards will be offered based on a review of both academic achievement and financial need.  Please note that a William Hertzler Memorial Scholarship replaces any W&J merit scholarship previously awarded by the Admission Office.  This award is renewable each year as long as recipients remain in good academic standing as defined by the College.

It is important for Hertzler scholarship recipients to know about an opportunity for additional scholarship monies through a similar fund established by the Hertzler family for graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania.  Those interested should contact that school directly for more detail regarding scholarship availability.
 

  • Private College 529 Plan This is a new way to pay for a child's future education costs and is more of a long term investment.