FAFSA Facts for Faculty

    1. Encourage ALL students to complete the annual FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by April 15 each year that they are enrolled in a degree-seeking program at IUP. Students can complete this free form at the FAFSA website. Sometimes students don’t think they will qualify for federal or state aid, so they choose not to complete the FAFSA. Unfortunately, a person’s financial situation can change during the course of the year, and it may become necessary to apply for student loans in order to continue enrollment at the university. If the FAFSA is already on file, the affected student will not experience any delays in accessing federal funds.

      Note: Continuing students financial aid packages will not be available until mid-June.

    2. Withdrawing from a class during the course of the semester may impact current and future financial aid eligibility. Students who are considering withdrawing from a class should contact the Financial Aid office at either financial-aid@iup.edu or 724-357-2218.

    3. Continued eligibility for federal and state aid is typically reviewed at the end of the spring semester. Undergraduate students who do not have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better and graduate students who do not have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better will not be eligible for additional federal financial aid until their GPA meets these minimum requirements. For federal aid purposes, both undergraduate and graduate students are expected to successfully complete at least 67 percent of all attempted credits, including transfer credits. Students may only receive federal financial aid funding for 150 percent of the “required” credits needed to complete their degree. In other words, financial aid eligibility for a two-year associate’s degree, which requires 60 credits, is terminated when the student has earned 90 credits or more. Federal funding for a four-year bachelor’s degree program, which requires 120 credits, ends at 180 credits. Clock-hour students should contact the Financial Aid office for additional clarification.

      Note: The state requires full-time PHEAA grant recipients to successfully complete at least 12 new/non-developmental credits for each semester in which they were enrolled full time. Part-time recipients must earn at least 6 new/non-developmental credits each semester.


    4. E-mail is the primary means of communication for the Financial Aid Office. Students must check their university e-mail and MyIUP regularly to ensure that they do not have any outstanding requirements for additional information which may prevent the disbursement of their financial aid.

    5. IUP students interested in summer school should contact the Financial Aid Office at either financial-aid@iup.edu or 724-357-2218.

      Note: Students interested in federal student loans must be enrolled in a total of 6 or more credits during the summer. The earliest that summer financial aid will disburse to students’ university accounts is Summer Session One—after students’ academic progress is evaluated.