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Financial Aid Application Procedure

An education at University of the Sciences is a long-term investment, and financial aid is a great way to offset the cost of your education. From Federal grants to scholarships and work study, there are many forms of aid.

The first step in acquiring financial aid is to apply, and our knowledgeable Financial Aid Office staff members are here to help you with the process and discuss your aid options.

Here are the basics of applying for financial aid.

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

If you are an incoming freshman or a transfer student and would like to be considered for need-based financial aid (including loans), you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • All students and at least one parent who will be completing the FAFSA will need to obtain a FSA ID.
  • It is highly recommended that you submit a FAFSA online, since it may be processed up to two weeks faster than a paper application. You can submit your FAFSA online at http://www.fafsa.gov. The University's School Code is 003353.
  • Alternately, to apply through the mail, you can call (800) 4FED-AID, and press "0" for a customer service representative to request a paper FAFSA be mailed to you.
  • The USciences FAFSA preferred filing priority date is March 15 for the academic year beginning the following fall. After the preferred date, aid will only be awarded if funds are available.

When completing the FAFSA, be careful answering the following questions on the form:

"What degree or certificate will you be working on during the next academic year?"

  • If you are a student in the Doctor of Pharmacy Program (PharmD), the Physical Therapy Program (DPT), or the Occupational Therapy Program (OT), you will be earning your bachelor’s degree after your fourth year of study.
  • PharmD P3 or P4 for the 2015-16 academic year will be a graduate/professional student pursuing a graduate or professional degree.
  • DPT P2 or P3 for the 2015-16 academic year will be a graduate/professional student pursuing a graduate or professional degree.
  • OT students in the P3 or P4 year and ALL PB OT students for the 2015-16 academic year will be a graduate/professional student pursuing a graduate or professional degree.

Grade level for all other undergraduate students will be either freshman, sophomore, junior or senior. Only students in specific graduate or doctoral level courses will answer this question with “graduate or professional degree”.

"Please tell us which schools may receive your information, and indicate your enrollment status."

Be sure to indicate the School Code for the University of the Sciences: 003353.


Applicants for need-based financial assistance from USciences must be degree-seeking students carrying at least one-half the full-time academic course load. Financial Aid staff determines eligibility for awards for regularly admitted students based on financial need as determined by the US Department of Education using the information supplied on the FAFSA. A financial aid award will be made only after you have been admitted to USciences.

Determination of Financial Need

Financial need is the difference between the total Cost of Attendance and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The financial aid staff use this figure as the basis for awarding all need-based financial aid.

Cost of Attendance

The basic budget (Cost of Attendance) for a year at USciences should include tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous personal expenses. It is the responsibility of the student to plan ahead, anticipate all costs, budget all resources, and request aid for the academic year.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

The Expected Family Contribution is the amount of financial support you and your family are expected to be able to contribute to your education. This is determined by the US Department of Education from the information submitted on the FAFSA.

For more information, contact the USciences Financial Aid Office, (215) 596-8894.

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