Financial Aid Application Procedure
If you are an incoming freshman or an incoming 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). The University's School Code is 003353. It is highly recommended that you submit a FAFSA on the Web, since it may be processed up to two weeks faster than a paper application. You can submit your FAFSA on the Web at http://www.fafsa.gov. You can obtain an electronic signature (Personal Identification Number, PIN) at http://www.pin.ed.gov.
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 FAFSA is the only form you need to complete. USciences does not have a supplemental financial aid form.
Completing the FAFSA for the 2013-2014 Academic Year
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 2013-14 academic year will be a graduate/professional student pursuing a graduate or professional degree. DPT P2 or P3 for the 2013-14 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 2013-14 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 courseload. 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.