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About Financial Aid

  • Mission Statement

    The Financial Aid Office is committed to providing financial resource information and services to students and their families while also supporting responsible stewardship of the funds entrusted to the university.  As members of the IUP community, we will collaborate with other campus offices and external organizations to assist in promoting educational access.

    What types of financial aid are available?

    Students can apply for grants, such as the Federal Pell Grant, Pennsylvania State Grants, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, the Academic Competitiveness Grant, and others.

    Scholarships are financial aid awarded to a student based on a number of characteristics that may include factors such as academic performance, athletic ability, special talents, or affiliation with a particular organization or group. Funds received through scholarship programs do not have to be repaid. There are numerous sources of scholarships, including IUP, state and federal governments, foundations, clubs and organizations, ROTC, religious groups, and other entities.

    Loan programs provide repayable assistance to students who apply and qualify for them. Such programs include the Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Stafford Loan, Federal PLUS Loans, and others.

    A wide variety of alternative/private loan options are also available to IUP students and their families. Each of these programs offers unique terms and conditions that affect their availability in particular circumstances.

    In addition, employment programs provide an opportunity for students to earn money to help finance educational expenses. Students may be employed on campus for up to twenty-five hours per week when classes are in session and forty hours per week during non-enrollment periods.