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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.

Posted on 3/8/2021 12:58:27 PM

Increased Student Eligibility for SNAP Benefits

Under a temporary change in eligibility announced this week by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, students may qualify for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits and it would not adversely affect their financial aid package.

Posted on 2/22/2021 10:06:15 AM

2021–22 FAFSA Available October 1

Make sure you receive maximum consideration for financial aid next year by filing your FAFSA this fall. Use your FSA I.D. to log in to the FAFSA website.

Posted on 9/30/2020 9:54:33 AM

Pennsylvania Chafee Education and Training Grant, and the Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program

Learn more about the PA John H. Chafee FosterCare Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood Grant, and the Fostering IndependenceTuition Waiver Program.

Posted on 4/6/2020 2:46:58 PM

Get the Facts About Your IUP Finances on Your Own Time

The Financial Aid and Bursar’s offices are partnering to answer questions about IUP finances. Next week, student workers from both offices will staff tables across campus to make the process more convenient.

Posted on 10/10/2019 8:32:04 AM

Get the Facts About Your IUP Finances on Your Time

The Financial Aid and Bursar’s offices are partnering toanswer questions about IUP finances. Next week, student workers from both offices will staff tables across campus tomake the process more convenient.

Posted on 9/13/2019 8:04:05 AM

2020–21 FAFSA Application Available Now

October 1 is the first day students can complete the 2020–21 FAFSA application. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool makes entering tax information very easy.

Posted on 9/28/2018 4:02:38 PM

Mobile FAFSA App Now Available for 2018–19 Academic Year

The mobile FAFSA App is now available for download (beta version) on Apple App Store and Google Play. The app is called “myStudentAid.”

Posted on 8/22/2018 9:57:34 AM

PHEAA 2018–19 Update

Effective with the 2018–19academic year, PHEAA has eliminated the classroom instruction requirement requiring students to take at least 50 percent of their credits in the classroom eachsemester.

Posted on 8/1/2018 2:45:51 PM

Avoiding Loan Scams

You never have to pay for help with student loans. Please visit the Federal Student Aid website for additional information.

Posted on 5/25/2018 7:50:40 AM

Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness Opportunity Now Available

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 provided limited, additional conditions under which a borrower may become eligible for loan forgiveness if some or all of the payments the borrower made on his or her Direct Loan Program loans were under a nonqualifying repayment plan for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

Posted on 5/24/2018 12:49:13 PM

Federal Tax Benefits for Higher Education, 2017 Tax Year

The federal government provides a number of tax incentives that can help lower the cost of higher education.

Posted on 3/20/2018 9:37:38 AM

Graduate School Scholarship Search Tool

Sallie Mae has launched a free scholarship search tool for current and prospective graduate school and professional students.

Posted on 3/14/2018 8:35:48 AM


Someone falsely posing as a PHEAA employee has been gathering personal info from students, claiming the student has “won” a grant. Any calls of this nature should be reported to PHEAA at 1-800-692-7392.

Posted on 2/15/2018 9:50:51 AM

New Scholarship Information

Students may search IUP scholarships and also apply by completing the IUP General Scholarship Application.

Posted on 10/25/2017 2:24:37 PM

2018–19 FAFSA available October 1, 2017

The 2018–19 FAFSA will be available starting October 1, 2017. You will use 2016 tax year information.

Posted on 7/12/2017 9:09:34 AM

PASSHE Foundation Extends Scholarship Deadlines

The PASSHE Foundation has extended the deadlines for four of its scholarships to June 9, 2017.

Posted on 6/5/2017 8:54:52 AM

Highmark Healthcare Scholarship Deadline Extended for Students at All 14 State System Schools.

The deadline for the Highmark Healthcare Scholarship for Rising Juniors has been extended to August 12, 2016. Students pursuing a degree in computer science, information technology, or a healthcare field are invited to apply.

Posted on 7/15/2016 3:29:48 PM

Important Information About PHEAA State Grants for Spring 2016

Pennsylvania State Grant awards through the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) are funded under the Pennsylvania State budget. Because the 2016 fiscal year budget has not yet been passed by legislators, PHEAA State Grant awards cannot be finalized.

Posted on 1/29/2016 8:34:51 AM

New Income-Driven Repayment Plan Now Available for All Federal Direct Student Loan Borrowers

As of December 17, 2015, all borrowers with federal Direct student loans have access to a new repayment plan with monthly payments limited to 10 percent of your discretionary income.

Posted on 12/21/2015 10:18:02 AM

Enhancements to NSLDS MyStudentData Download Functionality

The National Student Loan Data System enhancement allows students to download their loan, grant, enrollment, overpayment, and program enrollment information from NSLDS into a machine-readable text file.

Posted on 10/28/2015 3:46:05 PM

Obama Announces Use of Prior-Prior Year Income on FAFSA

President Barack Obama announced that prior-prior year tax information will be used on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning with the 2017–18 school year.

Posted on 9/28/2015 2:57:01 PM

PHEAA State Grant Application Now Available for Summer 2011

The Summer 2011 PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) State Grant application is now available online . The Summer State Grant program allows eligible students attending summer courses to receive a state grant award for the Summer term. The PHEAA grant is limited to first-baccalaureate-degree

Posted on 3/15/2011 1:19:34 PM

2011 Summer Financial Aid Applications Now Available

Financial aid applications for Summer 2011 are now available online and at the Clark Hall service desk. Office of Financial Aid

Posted on 3/14/2011 2:15:49 PM

Tax Credit for Students and Their Families

A tax credit of up to $2,500 may be available to students and their families when filing their 2010 federal tax return. Please review important facts to determine your eligibility for the American Opportunity Tax Credit , a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act recently extended through 2012. More

Posted on 2/18/2011 9:17:25 AM

Join Financial Aid on Facebook

Get the latest updates from the Office of Financial Aid on its Facebook page!

Posted on 2/11/2011 11:09:27 AM

Freshman Financial Aid Award Letters for Fall 2011

Freshman that are coming in Fall 2011 can expect to receive their Financial Aid Award letters at their home address beginning mid-March 2011. All other upperclassmen can expect to find their 2011–2012 financial aid awards beginning mid-June by logging into their URSA account. Office of Financial Aid

Posted on 2/4/2011 9:05:05 AM

Studying Abroad? This Video May Help Answer Questions

Find out answers to frequently asked questions about studying abroad by watching this video.

Posted on 1/28/2011 9:39:26 AM

It’s Time to File the FAFSA for 2011

Submit your 2011–2012 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than April 15, 2011, for maximum financial aid consideration for the 2011–2012 academic year. Office of Financial Aid

Posted on 1/24/2011 8:28:37 AM

Office of Financial Aid Has Facebook Page

Stay up to date on financial aid policies, procedures, and deadlines by becoming a fan of the IUP Financial Aid Facebook page.

Posted on 1/13/2011 9:21:15 AM

IUP Cohort Default Rate Below National, Pennsylvania Average

The fiscal year 2008 official Cohort Default Rates (CDR) were released from the U.S. Department of Education on September 13, 2010. A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school’s borrowers who enter repayment on particular Federal Family Education Loan Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program l

Posted on 9/17/2010 10:03:21 AM

Destefano Gives Keynote for President’s Commission on the Status of Women Conference

The keynote address at the third annual President’s Commission on the Status of Women at IUP conference, held on May 19, 2010, at the Hadley Union Building, was given by Alisa DeStefano, associate director of Financial Aid here at IUP. Mrs. DeStefano’s remarks were titled “I’m Too Busy to Rest; Subtitled: Ladie

Posted on 5/24/2010 11:00:06 AM

Transition to Direct Loan Program Coming in Summer 2010

Federal legislation is pending that, if passed as written, would require all schools in the U.S. to participate in the William D. Ford Direct Loan (DL) program, which utilizes the federal government as the lender to fund federal student loans. The effective date currently written into the legislation is July 1, 201

Posted on 3/11/2010 9:10:27 AM

It’s Time to File the FAFSA

It’s that time of year again...time to file the 2010–2011 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for next academic year! The FAFSA should be submitted no later than the priority filing date of April 15, 2010, for maximum financial aid consideration for the 2010–2011 academic year. The FAFSA may be compl

Posted on 1/6/2010 3:21:34 PM

Winter Session: Potential Financial Aid Opportunities

Students attending the Winter Session may potentially be eligible for additional financial aid funding to assist with Winter Session— Distance Education  costs if enrolled in the subsequent Spring semester at IUP. Find more information on the Financial Aid office website:  Winter Session .

Posted on 12/17/2009 10:27:18 AM

Financial Aid Office Announces New Hours

Effective August 15, 2009, the  Financial Aid Office  will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Posted on 8/4/2009 10:19:41 AM

Are You Attending Classes? Confirm Your Attendance!

Failure to confirm your attendance with the Bursar's Office will prohibit aid or loans from disbursing to your account. See this important notice from the Financial Aid Office.

Posted on 4/29/2008 8:41:35 AM

Important Notice About Loans

The Financial Aid Office has been notified by AES/PHEAA that the organization will temporarily suspend approving new student loans with AES/PHEAA as the lender for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 academic years.  This includes Stafford, PLUS, and GradPLUS loans.

Posted on 3/3/2008 9:29:17 PM

Student Aid and Identity Theft

Helpful information and resources to protect yourself from identity theft.

Posted on 2/15/2008 4:23:04 PM

Fast Facts About Financial Aid

A short summary of what you need to know and where to find the information needed about Costs and Financial Aid at IUP.

Posted on 11/12/2007 10:31:46 AM

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