Financial Aid - Adult Learner
Applying for Financial Aid - Adult Learner
Cost of Attendance
Student Cost of Attendance (COA) budgets are designed to provide students with an accurate projection of reasonable costs while enabling the Financial Aid Office to formulate an appropriate financial aid package. The COA budget assigned to a student does not, however, imply the availability of financial aid funds.
Sources of Aid
Grant aid is gift aid that does not need to be paid back.
Institutional Gift Aid
Saint Joseph’s awards grants to students based on their academic performance, achievements and financial need. To be considered, students must submit a FAFSA annually.
Federal and State Grants
Federal Pell Grant Program
The largest federal need-based student aid program provides grants up to a maximum of $6,895 per year to undergraduate students who are enrolled in their first bachelor’s degree. Eligibility is based on financial need —specifically, the EFC (Expected Family Contribution) as determined by the FAFSA, as well as educational costs and student enrollment status. Students must have an EFC of $6,206 to qualify for the 2022-23 academic year. Additionally, students must file the FAFSA to be considered.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
These federal grants are reserved for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients with the highest demonstrated financial need. Students must file the FAFSA to be considered.
PHEAA State Grant
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency provides grants to undergraduate students that meet Pennsylvania residency requirements and are enrolled at least half-time (six credits) in their first bachelor's degree program. Eligibility is based on financial need. PA residents must file the FAFSA by May 1 each year to receive consideration.
Non-PA State Grants
Delaware, Washington D.C., Massachusetts, Ohio, West Virginia, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont are among those students that allow their state grants to be transferred for use at Pennsylvania schools.
All undergraduate applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships based on academic achievement. Merit-based scholarships for undergraduates are renewable for up to eight semesters as long as the student remains enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and meets the minimum cumulative GPA requirement for the award. These scholarships can be applied to tuition only.
Other scholarships require students to submit applications and can be based on interests, activities, background and academic achievement.
Outside Scholarship Opportunities
You can apply for external scholarship opportunities to help with your Saint Joseph's tuition. If you receive a scholarship or tuition resource from an outside source, you should submit a copy of the award notification to the Financial Aid Office via email to email@example.com. This will ensure that when funds are received by the outside organization that they are appropriately credited to your account.
The Office of Financial Aid regularly updates the following scholarship databases as we receive information on outside scholarships:
The Fellowships Office helps Saint Joseph’s undergraduate students apply successfully for major fellowships, including awards for undergraduate study, study abroad, graduate study and research internships. We work one-on-one with applicants throughout the application process to help leverage their Jesuit education into service for others and transformative, lifelong success for themselves.
Federal Direct Student Loans
Federal Direct Student Loans are available to U.S citizens and permanent residents who are enrolled at least half-time (six credits/semester). Typically, Federal Direct Student Loans are included in your initial financial aid package and are available to all students, regardless of need. No cosigner or credit check is required. The student is the borrower and repayment begins six months following graduation, over a 10-year period.
Undergraduate students with financial need may qualify to have a portion of their Federal Direct Student Loan subsidized. This means the Federal Government will pay the interest on the loan while the student is enrolled and during the six-month grace period. The interest rate is “variable-fixed” for the life of the loan but variable in that it is reset July 1 for the upcoming school year.
For the 2023-2024 academic year, the interest rate on the Federal Direct Stafford Loan is 5.50% for undergraduates (7.05% for graduate students) and there is a 1.057% origination fee deducted from the loan amount by the federal government.
Whether the loan is Subsidized is based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA. If student as no financial need, total annual Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan eligibility would be: $5,500 as a freshman, $6,500 as a sophomore, $7,500 as a junior or senior.
Maximum annual loan limits per grade level for independent undergraduate students or for dependent undergraduate students are as follows:
- Freshman: $3,500 Subsidized Federal Direct Student Loan + $6,000 Unsubsidized Federal Direct Student Loan = $9,500 TOTAL
- Sophomore: $4,500 Subsidized Federal Direct Student Loan + $6,000 Unsubsidized Federal Direct Student Loan = $10,500 TOTAL
- Junior & Senior: $5,500 Subsidized Federal Direct Student Loan + $7,000 Unsubsidized Federal Direct Student Loan = $12,500 TOTAL
To receive the Federal Direct Student Loan, first-time borrows at Saint Joseph's University must do the following:
- Complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) at http://studentaid.gov/
- Complete an Entrance Counseling Session
Private or “alternative” student loans should typically be considered only after eligibility for all federal student loans have been determined. Although terms can vary depending upon the product, with most private, alternative loans:
- The student, who must be at least 18 years of age, is the primary borrower.
- Most undergraduate students will need a credit-worthy cosigner (note-even if loan does not require a cosigner, the interest rate is often much higher without one, particularly if the student does not have an established credit history). Many products offer a cosigner release option once the student has graduated and successfully made a certain number of on-time payments.
- The student can borrow on a yearly basis up to the “total cost of attendance” minus the other financial aid he/she is receiving.
- Are generally disbursed directly to the University via EFT after the drop/add period ends each semester.
- Can be deferred while the student is in school and for the first six months following completion of his/her program, but loans are “unsubsidized” (interest is accruing during this period).
- Offer both variable and fixed rate options.
- Are based on either the prime rate or LIBOR rate plus an add-on.
- Are zero origination fee loans (i.e.-no fee is deducted from the amount you borrow) but there are one or two exceptions to this.
- Interest rates vary depending upon the credit-worthiness of the student borrower and/or cosigner.
Preferred lender policy
It is not Saint Joseph’s University’s practice to recommend a specific lender. Each student/parent has the right to select a lender of their choice; however, as a service to our students and families, Saint Joseph’s University provides a historical list of lenders our students have successfully borrowed with over the past several years. Visit elmselect.com to learn more about private education loans and to compare various loan products.
1. Apply online for the full year amount needed at the individual lender’s website or go to elmselect.com to compare products and apply for one (it is not recommended to apply for multiple loans since a credit check is run on the student and the borrower).
2. Once an application is processed and approved by the lender, Saint Joseph’s University receives electronic notification and will “certify” the loan with the lender directly. Once a loan is certified, it will appear on the Award Offer tab of The Nest (go to Administrative Services, Financial Aid, then Award Offer) where the student’s other financial aid is listed.
3. Funds will be disbursed to the University shortly after the drop/add period ends each semester.
Federal Truth in Lending regulations mandate all new private loan application will require additional certifications (Title X of the Higher Education Opportunity Act). This regulation mandates self-certification and a waiting period that may lengthen the process (the average processing time is 3-6 weeks). Once the loan is approved and a final self-certification is received by the lender, funds will be disbursed to the school after an 8 day waiting period, typically after the drop/add period ends each semester. Please contact Office of Financial Aid if you have questions.
Dates and Deadlines
Please be aware of these important dates related to your financial aid award for the 2023-24 school year:
PRIORITY FAFSA FILING DEADLINE
New & Returning Adult & Transfer Students: March 1
FINANCIAL AID AWARD PACKAGE NOTIFICATION
Transfers and Incoming Adult Students: Rolling
FEDERAL AND STATE AID DISBURSED TO STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Federal aid and private, alternative loans typically disburse two to three days following the add/drop deadline each semester. Account refunds are typically issued within two weeks of disbursement for students that have a credit.
Policies, Disbursements & Refunds and Forms
- Financial Aid Office | Tel:610-660-2500
- Office of Student Accounts | Tel:610-660-2400
- Admission & Financial Aid Counselor (freshmen/transfers only) | Tel: 610-660-1300
- Federal Direct Loan Servicing: 800-848-0979
- Federal Direct Plus Loan Applicant Services Dept.: 800-848-0979
iGrad Financial Wellness
Saint Joseph’s Financial Aid Office is proud to offer iGrad to our community, a best-in-class online resource for your continued financial wellness journey. Part of our mission as an office is to help college students prepare for their financial futures. With your iGrad membership, you will be able to take advantage of features such as:
- Building and maintaining good credit
- Money management
- Simple budgeting tools
- Student loan and debt management
- Salary, debt-to-income, loan payroll and other calculators
Take advantage of this benefit and join us in our efforts to make sure every Hawk lives a financially healthy life during their time at Saint Joseph’s and beyond.