Forms of Financial Assistance


  • Federal Pell Grants are available to undergraduates who are pursuing their first baccalaureate degree. Eligibility is determined from the information submitted on the FAFSA.
  • Pennsylvania State Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who are residents of Pennsylvania. The award value is determined by PHEAA and is based upon the financial need of the applicant.
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) is available to Pell-eligible students who demonstrate exceptional financial need as determined by the analysis of the FAFSA.


  • Federal Perkins Loans are low-interest (5 percent) loans for undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Students who graduate, withdraw, or cease at least half-time enrollment will have a nine-month grace period before repayment begins.
  • William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan offered by the federal government includes both Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct Loans. Eligibility for the Subsidized Federal Direct Loan is determined on the basis of need as measured by the FAFSA and requires no payment of principal until six months after the student ceases half-time enrollment, withdraws, or graduates. Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans substitute for the EFC, up to the maximum per grade level, and require payment of interest only during periods of enrollment and the six-month grace period. The option of deferring these interest payments through capitalization is available.  The Federal Direct Student Loan interest rate is 3.76% for loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2016 and prior to July 1, 2017. A direct loan origination fee will be deducted from each disbursement.

The following chart shows Direct Loan amounts based on credits earned:


0-29 credits $5,500 Year 1
30-59 credits $6,500 Year 2
60-89 credits $7,500 Year 3
90 credits & over $7,500 Year 4

Additional Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan funds are available to independent undergraduate students. Freshmen and sophomores may be awarded up to $4,000, while juniors and seniors may be awarded up to $5,000. Dependent students whose parents have been denied a Federal Direct PLUS Loan may also apply for these additional unsubsidized funds.

Federal Direct PLUS Loans are available to parents who have no adverse credit history. Repayment of a PLUS loan generally begins within 60 days of disbursement.  The interest rate for PLUS loans that are first disbursed on or after July 1. 2016 and before July 1, 2017 is 6.31%.