Grants are free money and do not need to be repaid. These funds come from a variety of sources including the college, state and federal governments, and outside organizations. Although students are not required to repay these funds, certain eligibility criteria must be maintained, including making satisfactory academic progress. Students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Grant programs include the following:
If you are not eligible for grant funding, Loans are monies that you and/or your parents will repay with interest over a specified period of time. Often, students are not eligible for grant funding, but they still need funding for college. Loan programs are the answer. They allow you and your parents to finance an education that may not have otherwise been affordable.
The loan programs available at Pitt-Johnstown include the following:
Federal Work-Study Program
PHEAA State Work Study Program
Incoming freshman or new students to Pitt-Johnstown do not use this scholarship application. The Admissions Office will determine new student eligiblity for institutional scholarships.
Process For Continuing Students
Each year, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s Financial Aid Office awards numerous Gift and Endowed (G&E) scholarships, made available to deserving students through the generosity of many individuals, clubs, organizations, industries, businesses, and foundations.
The selection of scholarship recipients is based on specific criteria defined by the donor. A student’s academic performance and financial need may also be considered when deciding upon qualified candidates. Most G&E scholarships are geared toward continuing students; Pitt-Johnstown requires students to complete a scholarship application for consideration. Completing the scholarship application does not guarantee selection, however, by completing the application, students are automatically considered for each scholarship that Pitt-Johnstown offers.
For consideration, students must:
The Financial Aid Office will notify students awarded scholarships via the official award letter (mailed to the home address during summer) and provide information regarding the scholarship and the availability of renewal.
If students receive a G&E scholarship, a thank-you note to the donor is expected. The Office of Institutional Advancement contacts students regarding this requirement.
Scholarship awards are generally made for the entire academic year and disbursed in two equal installments directly to the student’s bill each term. However, students who are December graduates may receive the entire annual award during the fall term upon discretion of the financial aid administrator.
Students participating in study abroad and enrolled in a Pitt-approved program may continue to receive scholarships during that term.
Students participating in the work portion of co-op programs are ineligible to receive their G&E scholarship during these terms.