Winter Financial Aid Opportunities

  • Students taking courses during winter session may potentially be eligible for additional financial aid funding to assist with winter session costs. Financial aid for the winter session is not guaranteed and may require action on the student’s part for some aid programs, such as federal or private loans (see details below). 

    Taking winter courses and will enroll for spring:

    Students who are part-time, undergraduate students in the spring semester (i.e., less than 12 credits in the spring semester) who are otherwise eligible for the Pennsylvania State Grant (PHEAA) or the Pell Grant funding may be eligible for an increase grant(s). Review for the additional funding will be completed by the Financial Aid Office at the completion of the drop/add period for the spring semester.

    If you are changing grade levels after fall term, notify the Financial Aid Office for possible Direct Loan consideration.

    Students who would like additional funding in a PLUS or alternative loan may apply. Please indicate on the PLUS or alternative loan application that this funding is for the period of January through May, since all financial aid for winter term is processed and paid to the student account in spring term, after drop/add ends.

    For more on how to apply for these loan programs, see the PLUS/Alternative Loan section of our website.

    Any financial aid awarded as a result of attendance in the winter session will be paid to the student’s account during the spring semester. Any credit balance resulting from a student’s financial aid for spring exceeding their spring bill will automatically be applied to winter session charges. 

    Taking winter courses and will not enroll for spring:

    Students who enroll for winter courses, but do not plan to enroll for the spring semester, should consult with a financial aid representative to determine aid eligibility and actual disbursement dates.