Police Academy Students

  • The Criminal Justice Training Center offers noncredit training programs for police recruits and law enforcement personnel. The center’s role in both the university and the community is to provide high-quality education programs for the continuing professionalism and advancement of the criminal justice system.

    A number of financial aid programs are available to students who are enrolled in the full-time or part-time IUP Municipal Police Academy.

    Municipal Police Academy (Act 120 Program)

    Financial Aid Information

    A number of financial aid programs are available to students who are enrolled in the IUP municipal police academy.

    Federal Pell Grant

    The Federal Pell Grant program provides funds to students to be used for educational purposes. The Student Aid Report (SAR), which is generated as a result of filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), will indicate whether the student has eligibility for a Pell Grant. IUP determines the specific award amount, based on the Pell formula for clock-hour programs. Students who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for a Pell Grant.

    Pennsylvania State Grant

    Students enrolled in the Municipal Police Academy are not eligible to receive funds through the Pennsylvania State Grant program; this is due to the short length of the program.

    Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans

    These loan funds are borrowed from the US Department of Education (USDE) for educational purposes to be repaid after students leave school. The FAFSA is the application for funds from this student loan program. Police Academy students are automatically awarded their maximum loan eligibility by the IUP Financial Aid Office. The loan limits are based on student’s dependency status (as determined by the FAFSA) and whether the student is attending the full-time or the part-time academy.

      Full Time  Part Time 
    Dependent  $4,654  $5,500 
    Independent  $8,038  $9,500 

    Note: Eligibility may be limited for students who received Federal Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan funds previously.

    If the loan is subsidized by the federal government, principal and interest are deferred while enrolled. Students are responsible for the interest on unsubsidized loans while enrolled. There is a six-month grace period after the last day of enrollment before repayment of principal begins. Current interest rate information can be found at Federal Direct Student Loans.

    If you have not already completed an electronic Master Promissory Note (MPN) for the Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan program, you must do so before any loan funds can be disbursed. The MPN can be completed online at Federal Direct Student Loans. Entrance counseling for IUP must be completed on this same website before funds can be paid to your account. Once you cease enrollment in the police academy program, you must complete online exit counseling at Federal Direct Student Loans. You can find helpful information on managing repayment on this same website.

    Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan

    Parents of dependent students may apply for a Federal Direct PLUS Loan for an amount up to approximately $16,000. The actual approval amount will be determined by IUP, based on the student’s other financial aid. A credit check is performed by USDE at the time of application. Dependent students whose parents have been credit denied for a Federal Direct PLUS Loan may borrow Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan funds.  (Independent student maximum applies)

    Repayment of principal and interest begins 60 days after the Direct PLUS Loan funds are fully disbursed. There are some limited deferment provisions available. The loan proceeds are sent directly to IUP. Current interest rate information can be found at Federal Direct Student Loans.

    Alternative Loans

    There are a number of privately-funded loan programs available for which students and a credit-worthy cosigner may apply. Students should apply for federal funding sources before applying for private, alternative loans. A list of various alternative loan programs is available online, and you can apply online as well. Go to the Loans section of the IUP Financial Aid website for more information.

    Veterans Benefits

    Veterans or reservists may be eligible for veterans educational benefits. Upon acceptance into the program, you should contact the IUP Veterans Office at 724-357-3009. You will be sent the required documents for processing your VA educational benefits.

    Other Possible Resources

    The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) also offers funds for education for eligible applicants. Local civic groups or unions may have educational funding opportunities available for their members.

    Additional Financial Aid Information:


    In order to apply for federal financial aid, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed online. You should contact the IUP Financial Aid Office to determine which aid year’s FAFSA needs to be completed based on your particular program dates. You will need the IUP school code, which is 003277.

    Parents of dependent students may apply for a Federal Direct PLUS Loan online at the Federal Direct Student Loan website. If the parent borrower is credit approved, then a Federal Direct PLUS electronic Master Promissory Note (eMPN) must also be completed on the same website.

    If selected for a process called verification, you must provide copies of prior year federal income tax returns and other documents to confirm your FAFSA data. The IUP Financial Aid Office will notify you if verification is required. All forms must be received and completed before your last day of attendance in order to be eligible for financial aid.

    Financial Aid Awarding

    All students will be awarded their maximum Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan eligibility after the Pell Grant eligibility is determined. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the IUP Financial Aid Office if he or she wants to reduce or cancel any portion of the Federal Direct Loan.

    Receiving Financial Aid Funds

    All financial aid funds are paid directly to students’ accounts at IUP. One disbursement is made at the beginning of the program, and one is made after students have reached the midpoint of the program and have completed half of the program’s clock hours. Students must be enrolled and be making satisfactory academic progress to receive financial aid. Funds in excess of the IUP bill will be refunded for related educational expenses. (Note: Often refunds are not available until after the midpoint in the program, when the remaining portion of the federal aid is disbursed.)