The Pitt-Johnstown Financial Aid Office processed about $38 million in scholarships, grants, and loans that provided assistance to more than 89% of our students in 2015-16. The following points will be helpful in your pursuit of financial aid.
Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form. This can be accessed after January 1 at www.fafsa.gov
The FAFSA form must be completed for the upcoming school year any time after January 1.
Pitt-Johnstown’s priority filing deadline for institutional aid is April 1. You must apply before this date in order to receive maximum consideration for financial aid.
The deadline for PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) State Grant is May 1.
You must file a FAFSA every year to be considered for financial aid. If you have previously filed a FAFSA, you will be sent a Renewal FAFSA, which will be pre-printed with information from the previous year. Be sure to review this information and make corrections as necessary.
A student must be enrolled in at least six credits per semester in order to be eligible for most financial aid.
Be sure to list the University of Pittsburgh’s Title IV Code (008815) in the appropriate section of the FAFSA form. This is the code for all campuses within the University of Pittsburgh system.
There are three main types of aid a student can qualify for by completing the FAFSA:
Grants and Gift Aid do not have to be repaid. These funds come from sources including the university, state and federal governments, and outside organizations. You are not required to repay these funds, you may have to meet certain criteria in order to maintain eligibility including satisfactory academic progress. This type of aid includes the Federal Pell Grant, the PHEAA State Grant, and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG).
Loans allow students and their parents to finance an education they may not have otherwise. Loans must be repaid with interest during a specified period. Students not eligible for grants often use loan programs. Loans available at Pitt-Johnstown include the Federal Perkins Loan, the Federal Direct Stafford Loan, and the Federal PLUS Loan.
Campus employment and the Federal Work Study Program are two direct work programs available to Pitt-Johnstown students. Work is available in the many departments, offices, or library on campus while learning skills that are beneficial to future employment. Working while in school offers many advantages such as time management, personal budgeting, and general workplace experience.