Eligibility & Deadlines

Undergraduate Eligibility Criteria

In order to qualify for need-based financial aid, an undergraduate student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, or eligible non-citizen per federal regulations.
  • Be admitted to the University.
  • Not have received a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent - some forms of aid, however are offered to post-undergraduate students as specifically noted under the section titled “Bachelor’s Degree Holders.”
  • Not have received aid for the maximum number of allowable semesters (eight).
  • Not have defaulted on a previous federal loan.
  • Be matriculated in a program that terminates in a degree or certificate.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student. (A full-time undergraduate student is one who is registered for at least 12 credits per semester. The University offers some types of financial aid to part-time students. For undergraduates, part time is defined as 6-11.5 credits. Some forms of aid are offered to less than full-time students as specifically noted under “Part-Time Students.”
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the University.
  • Apply for financial aid by the indicated deadline using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the analysis of the (FAFSA).

Priority Filing Date

In order to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to be considered for financial aid the University asks that all new and continuing students complete a FAFSA as soon as early January but no later than March 1st.  Filing a FAFSA by this date will maximize the amount of financial aid that will be available to you. Filing by March 1st will also ensure that the University will receive and communicate the necessary information in time to allow the students to make informed decisions regarding their enrollment and related financial plans.    

All Students that apply for admission are automatically considered for any merit based aid that is available; no additional application is neccesary

All eligible students are considered for financial assistance regardless of filing date, depending upon availability of funds. However, University-administered funds will not be used to replace federal or state grants or loans for which a student may have been eligible but for which he/she failed to apply successfully.

Pennsylvania Undergraduate Students

PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) State Grant Deadline
PHEAA’s deadline for receipt of the completed FAFSA application is May 1 for the following year. Applications received after that date may render a student ineligible for PHEAA Grants as well as the other types of aid specified above.