To initiate the financial aid process, simply complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can complete the FAFSA on their website at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Because this form is very important, you’ll want to make sure to take extra time when completing it.
This document will allow your child to be considered for all federal financial aid, as well as for aid in most individual states. Need help with completing the FAFSA? You can get one-on-one help from a customer service representative by clicking on "Live Help" at the top of the FAFSA page.
Approximately two-to-five weeks after submitting the FAFSA, you’ll receive an online Student Aid Report (SAR). You can view your SAR once FAFSA has received all required signatures and processed your FAFSA or correction form. This report will let you know if your child is eligible for a Pell grant and will inform you of the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is the dollar amount the government determines the family is able to contribute towards college costs the following year. If the overall costs are more than the EFC, financial need is demonstrated. Therefore, your child should be eligible for financial aid. It’s important to note that this aid may come in the form of loans.
The FAFSA may be filed any time after January 1. Generally, financial aid is awarded on a “first come, first served basis,” so you’ll want to submit it as soon as possible. Pitt-Johnstown requires that you complete the FAFSA by April 1.
We understand that few families can afford to not ask this question. Typically, about 81% of our students receive some form of financial assistance. This assistance may take the form of scholarships, grants, work-study, or loans. Additionally, many students use their own savings from summer employment to help ay for expenses. Most families use a combination of the above in financing an education. Issues of financial aid and affordability can be overwhelming.
The Financial Aid staff members are committed to assisting students and their families, even if the student has not formally decided to attend Pitt-Johnstown at the time of contact.
Tuition bills are prepared by Pitt-Johnstown’s Business Office. This is the same office that receives payments. Invoices for the fall term, which runs from late August to December, are sent out via e-mail to the student’s official University e-mail account in mid-July. This invoice will show all charges for tuition, fees, and room and board, if living on campus. It will also list any financial aid or scholarships the student receives for the semester. The amount owed will be all charges, less financial aid.
Students receive an eBill electronically for each semester enrolled. When students receive their eBills, they are encouraged to review them for accuracy. Any questions about the charges may be directed to the Business Office.
Families may choose to pay any remaining balance in full, by cash, credit card through PittPAY, money order, personal check or eCheck (electronic check). The Business Office also offers payment plan options. You can also use any of these options of paymenty if you choose to sign up for a payment plan.