We want you to get the most out of your financial aid. Please follow the steps below to ensure you have completed everything.
If you’re nervous about applying for financial aid, don’t worry. It’s not as complicated as it might seem. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) plays the starring role.
With this one form, you can be considered for grants, loans, or work-study aid from the federal government. If you are a Pennsylvania resident don’t
forget to complete the PA state grant application as well.
Submitting this one form is the most important step you can take toward getting financial aid for college. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to figure out how much money you will receive from several major sources of financial aid.
You can file the FAFSA beginning October 1 of the year before the academic year you’re applying for (see current dates below). Submit your FAFSA as early as you can for maximum aid consideration.
Though you can still file it until the deadline for that year, there might be less funding available to you if you file it later in the application period.
If you are a Pennsylvania resident who is an undergraduate student completing the FAFSA for the first time, you will be directed to the PA State Grant application next in coordination with American Education Services (AES). Returning students don’t need to reapply for the state grant, it automatically updates.
Students don’t have to pay back grant funds, so be sure to apply.
Be aware that it has an earlier deadline than the FAFSA—another good reason to file your FAFSA early!
Have questions? We understand. It’s a lot of new information to sort out. You're always welcome to contact us in the Financial Aid Office at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-357-2218 with any questions.
If you’re not a resident of Pennsylvania, you can check with your state education department for any state financial aid programs.
Like grants, scholarships are a type of financial aid that you won’t have to pay back. Scholarships are not offered through the FAFSA, so you’ll want to apply for those next.
When you apply to IUP, we automatically consider you for our admissions scholarships. If you apply to the Honors College, you’ll automatically be considered for scholarships there. That’s just the beginning. We’ve gathered information on a variety of IUP scholarships—apply today with one application for some of them! You can also explore outside scholarship options.
Financial aid offers are usually sent out to incoming students by mail in December or January for the upcoming fall and spring terms. As a current student, you’ll be notified when your aid offer is available in June. All students can view their financial aid offer on MyIUP under the Finances tab.
Your financial aid offer could be changed in some cases—such as if your financial situation changes significantly, or if you receive additional funding.
If your FAFSA and PA State Grant applications are complete, your offer will list the amount of money you are eligible to receive from some of the main sources of financial aid.
To understand your offer, you’ll want to learn about the different types of aid.
You’re almost done. Finish up those final details for each source of your college funding, and you’ll be all set.
Need more money than your financial aid offer? Your FAFSA-based financial aid offer may not cover all your costs related to tuition, housing, meal plans, books, and fees.
If you need more money for college, you and your parents might consider a federal Parent PLUS loan or alternative/private student loans. You can review and apply for alternative/private loans on ELMSelect.
Are you a grad student? You can apply for a Graduate PLUS Loan if you need additional funds.