What paperwork is required by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for determination of the Pennsylvania State Grant?
Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as the State Grant Form; available at www.pheaa.org. Eligibility requirements for this grant program are also available on PHEAA’s website.
What GPA was used to determine eligibility for the Good Neighbor Award for incoming freshmen?
The admission office used the cumulative GPA as of the end of the junior year as reflected on the high school transcript submitted with the application for admission. The GPA is rounded to two digits.
At what point is the Good Neighbor Award confirmed?
Eligibility will be confirmed upon completion of the verification process, which entails W&J collecting tax documents from each family and reviewing to confirm accuracy of the FAFSA application used to determine financial need. More specific information regarding the paperwork needed for verification will be mailed to students by the College toward the end of March. PHEAA must also confirm eligibility for the Pennsylvania State Grant upon review of the FAFSA and State Grant Form. This confirmation is expected toward the end of summer.
How is the level of financial need determined and met for this program?
Financial need is determined by subtracting the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and a $3,000 student contribution from our Cost of Attendance. Financial need is met through the use of any federal, state and outside grant/scholarship, any W&J merit scholarship and the Good Neighbor Award as well as the maximum Stafford Loan and work study.
What is included in the standard Cost of Attendance (COA) used in determining financial need?
The COA is comprised of direct and indirect costs. Direct costs are billed to the student and include tuition (9 courses a year), activity, health and service fees, a standard double room and the 14 meal plan (if living on campus). Indirect costs include the estimated expense of items families will realistically incur when students are enrolled and include books, transportation, commuter expenses (for those living with parents) and personal expenses. Students are not billed by W&J for these items.
What expenses are not covered by the Good Neighbor Award?
Costs incurred by students in addition to the standard charges for tuition, fees, meals and housing will be the responsibility of the family. Examples are lab fees, technology fee, health insurance premium, study abroad fees, etc. Family cost will also increase when students choose to decline participation in the Stafford Loan program. Families should also note that work study earnings will not be deducted from the balance due and are paid directly to the student in the form of a paycheck. These earnings can be used to cover the indirect costs students will incur that are mentioned above.
How does the receipt of outside aid affect the Good Neighbor Award?
Per federal regulation, any outside scholarship received must be added to the financial aid package. Students are encouraged to inform the Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible after being notified of scholarship awards. Any outside scholarship received will be used to recalculate the level of the Good Neighbor Award. If an award revision occurs, then an updated financial aid award letter will be sent to students.
How will renewal of the Good Neighbor Award be determined in future years?
Renewal of this award will be determined on an annual basis. Students must complete the FAFSA each year by May 1st, which is also the deadline to apply for the Pennsylvania State Grant. Students will be expected to maximize their Stafford Loan eligibility, which will increase with grade level. The student contribution used when determining financial need may increase with grade level as well. The student must continue to be eligible for the Pennsylvania State Grant to remain in the program in addition to meeting the academic progress requirements explained in the College Catalog. If eligibility for the Good Neighbor Award is not maintained, students will be evaluated for a W&J grant to help reduce costs.
If a student is selected to be a Resident Assistant for the Office of Residence Life in the future, how does that affect the Good Neighbor Award?
Resident Assistants are compensated with a small stipend in addition to an award that covers the cost of their annual room charge. In this situation, the Good Neighbor Award will be reduced by the amount of the room benefit since this expense is covered by the Office of Residence Life. Students will retain their eligibility for work study even if employed as a Resident Assistant to continue to have an opportunity to earn money to assist with indirect expenses.
Can a student who enrolled beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year who was not originally eligible for a Good Neighbor Award become eligible in future years?
Students must be eligible for the Good Neighbor Award at the time of initial enrollment at W&J in order to be considered for an award each year thereafter.
Can a Special Circumstance (such as loss of income) qualify a student for the Good Neighbor program?
Eligibility for the Good Neighbor Award will always be determined using the EFC calculated from the 2013 income provided on the FAFSA. A state grant may be awarded by PHEAA based on an estimated reduction in income in the current year but this will not meet the criteria for the Good Neighbor Award. Estimated income is too unpredictable in these situations. Families experiencing a change in income should seek guidance from a financial aid representative regarding other aid options.