Office of Financial Aid

If your family’s income has been adversely affected between 2019 and 2021—We may be able to help!

If your family has experienced a loss of income between 2019 and 2021, the Office of Financial Aid may be able to provide you additional federal funding so you can stay on track toward graduation. Completion of the Special Circumstances Appeal form will enable us to determine if you are eligible to qualify for federal need-based financial aid for the current 2021-22 academic year. 

Please contact our office if you have additional questions by email at or phone at 724-357-2218. Please be sure to include your Banner ID number.

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If you’re like most of our students, financial aid means a lot to you and your family. You’re counting on it. You need it to make the jump into a college education. You need it to back you up, so you can earn your degree.

We know how important it is for you, and we’re here to help.

Tuition and Fee Cost Estimator

Estimate your cost to attend IUP, including tuition, fees, and room and board.

You’ll find a lot of the information you'll need on our website, where we’ll walk you through the steps and untangle the process.

Still have questions? You are always welcome to contact us at or 724-357-2218.

Two students working together at a laptop.Your Financial Aid Timeline

Follow along month-by-month as our timeline for incoming students guides you through the process. Here are some FAFSA Facts or Fiction Tips.

Your Financial Aid Step-by-Step

Just take it step-by-step, and you can handle your financial aid smoothly throughout college.
  1. Apply for aid. To apply for aid, start with the FAFSA.
  2. Receive your offer. IUP compiles your financial aid offer with the maximum aid you are eligible for at that time. Understand each type of aid in your offer.
  3. Accept what you want from your offer. Decide what aid you wish to accept, and do the paperwork to make it official.
  4. Learn the requirements for each type of aid you have. Understand what you have to do to maintain eligibility for your financial aid. Watch for rules about grades, attendance, drop-add, etc.
  5. Attend every class on your schedule, including online classes, as often as you can throughout the term, especially during the first few weeks of the semester. You must be making satisfactory academic progress to maintain your eligibility for many types of aid. For some kinds of financial aid, professors have to track that you are actively participating at the beginning of the course and throughout the semester.
  6. Get help as early as possible if you are having trouble with your classes. Talk to your advisor and the Office of Financial Aid before dropping or withdrawing from a class, especially if it will leave you with less than 12 credits, which can affect your aid.
  7. Keep track of your aid for each year and plan ahead. We've collected links to resources that can help you manage your money, such as a loan-payment simulator, information on deferments, information on finances after graduation, and more.


Net Price Calculator: Estimate your cost to attend IUP.

Tuition and Fee Cost Estimator

Estimate your cost to attend IUP, including tuition, fees, and room and board.


2023–24 FAFSA Available October 1

The 2023–24 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to apply for financial aid for fall 2023 is available as of October 1.

Biden-Harris Student Loan Debt Relief Plan

President Biden, Vice President Harris, and the US Department of Education have announced a three-part plan to help working and middle-class federal student loan borrowers transition back to regular payment as pandemic-related support expires. This plan includes loan forgiveness of up to $20,000.

PA Student Loan Relief for Nurses Program

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is excited to announce the administration of the PA Student Loan Relief for Nurses (SLRN) Program.

2022-23 FAFSA Application Available Now for Financial Aid

Today is the first day students can complete the 2022–23 FAFSA application. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool makes entering tax information very easy.

New Information Regarding SNAP Benefits for Students

Students seeking to enroll in the temporarily expanded SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) should apply in the state in which they are currently living and attending school. There is no minimum amount of time that someone must live in a state in order to apply for SNAP, and all they need to do is verify their residency in that state.