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Grants and Scholarships

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grant amounts are determined by the Department of Education based on the Expected Family Contribution from your FAFSA and full or part-time enrollment at the University. Pell Grants may only be used towards the student’s first undergraduate degree. More info.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Students must be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant in order to be considered for the Federal SEOG. Federal SEOG awards are processed by the Financial Aid Office. Awards are determined for students through a combination of significant need as demonstrated on the FAFSA form and the availability of funds. These funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. More info.

Pennsylvania State Grant (PHEAA Grant)

PHEAA State Grants are awarded by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) to eligible Pennsylvania residents pursuing their first undergraduate degree. Awards are based upon demonstrated financial need as determined by PHEAA from the information submitted on the FAFSA, and full or part-time enrollment. Deadline for consideration is May 1 annually. More info.

Pennsylvania National Guard EAP

Together with the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, PHEAA administers this tuition assistance program for students who enter into a service commitment with the Pennsylvania National Guard for a period of 6 years. In order to be considered for the Pennsylvania National Guard Education Assistance Program (EAP), the student must:

  • Be a resident (bona fide domiciliary) of Pennsylvania
  • Be enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program of student at an approved Pennsylvania institution

Recipients of EAP funds who fail to honor the service commitment with the Pennsylvania National Guard must repay the total EAP award amount, plus interest.

To apply:

  • If you are already a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, contact the readiness NCO (Noncommissioned Officer) at your unit of assignment.
  • If you are not a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard and want more information, go to the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs website.

More info.

State Grants

If you are from a state other than Pennsylvania, please check with the Office of Higher Education in your state for information regarding out-of-state use of grants. Delaware, Alaska, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, and Ohio are the states that allow students to use their grants out-of-state. New Jersey and New York do NOT allow their grants to be used out-of-state. Please check with your State's Department of Education for more information and to apply.

USciences Merit Scholarships (also known as USP Merit Grant or USciences Merit Award)

These awards are based on your academic achievements to date. The Admission Office awards these scholarships to incoming students. You do not have to apply separately for a USciences Merit Scholarship, but recipients must maintain full-time enrollment to retain these awards. You will be reviewed automatically and notified by mail regarding your eligibility. Please direct inquiries regarding USciences Merit Scholarships to the Admission office. This is a non-need based program which can only be used to cover tuition costs. Students may receive one of these awards for up to 8 semesters of full-time enrollment.

First-time Freshman

Merit awards are provided to first-time freshman based on their academic achievement in high school and performance on standardized tests. Below each merit award, we’ve listed the academic criteria that highly corresponds with eligibility. These are benchmarks; every student is considered individually in the context of their overall academic profile. To determine your eligibility please use the net price calculator.

Merit awards for first-time freshman entering in fall 2016:

Founders' Scholarship, $20,000 Annual Award
For first-time freshman, professional programs only (OT, PH, PT, PA)
SAT: 1300 | ACT: 29 | GPA: 3.9

Trustees' Scholarship, $18,000 Annual Award
For first-time freshman
SAT: 1300 | ACT: 29 | GPA: 3.9

President's Scholarship, $16,000 Annual Award
For first-time freshman
SAT: 1200 | ACT: 26 | GPA: 3.7

Provost's Scholarship, $14,000 Annual Award
For first-time freshman
SAT: 1100 | ACT: 24 | GPA: 3.6

Deans' Scholarship, $12,000 Annual Award
For first-time freshman
SAT: 1000 | ACT: 22 | GPA: 3.2

Promise Grant, $6,000 Annual Award
For accepted first-time freshman who show academic promise

Notes:

  • All students are automatically reviewed at the time of admission for merit awards and can qualify for one merit award.
  • A student’s eligibility is calculated by a formula that weighs the SAT/ACT and the GPA equally at 50% each. Use the net price calculator to find out your merit award eligibility.
  • Merit awards are renewable for four undergraduate years of education.
Transfer Students

President's Scholarship, $8,000 to $11,000 Annual Award
For transfer students
GPA: 3.50+

Promise Grant, $8,000 Annual Award
For transfer students
GPA: 300-3.49

PTK Award, $1,000 Annual Award
For PTK students only

Health Science Grant, $5,000 Annual Award
For BS degree holders pursuing OT

Notes:

  • Students are automatically reviewed at the time of admission for merit awards and can qualify for one award (with the exception of the PTK Award, which is applied in addition to a merit award).
  • Merit awards for transfer students are renewable for the duration of the student’s estimated time to achieve degree completion.

Athletic Grants

Athletic grants are determined by the Athletic Department. Athletic awards are contingent upon the requirements and standards of that office. Please contact the Athletic Department with questions regarding this award. This is a non-need based program.

USciences Grant (formerly known as the USP Grant) 

USciences Grants are University funds made available to students as a means of supplementing other aid sources. Students who complete the FAFSA will be considered for this grant. A student must enroll full-time to receive this award. Students who first received this award in Fall 2011 and those first receiving it in subsequent years, may receive this award for no more than 8 semesters of full-time enrollment.

Outside Scholarships - Websites for Scholarship Searches 

The following websites allow you to set up a personal profile and then provide you with search results of scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply.  There is no fee for the use of any of these websites.

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