FINANCIAL AID AT SAINT FRANCIS UNIVERSITY

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Your Journey. Our Commitment.

Saint Francis University believes every qualified person who desires higher education has the right to pursue it regardless of socioeconomic status.  Below you will find many tools to help you on your journey, but always feel free to reach out at any time. We are here for you!


Contact Us

E-mail: finaid@francis.edu
Phone: 814-472-3010
Fax: 814-472-3999


 

GETTING STARTED

Helping to Make the Process Easier 

We have several tools to help make the process of financial aid easier.  Here you will find net price calculators, an early version financial aid estimator, and general information regarding the financial aid process.

Net Price Calculators

Choose one of the following Net Price Calculators to estimate net totals and financial aid considerations.

 

Early Version Financial Aid Estimator

Use the estimator to generate an Early Version Financial Aid Package.  This will give you an indication of the amount of financial aid for which you may qualify.


Financial Aid Dictionary

Below, we define some terms frequently used by colleges and universities.  


Cost of Attendance

Our estimate of each year’s total college costs includes tuition and fees, room and meals, books and supplies, personal expenses, and transportation.


Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

Your expected Family Contribution (EFC) is an index number used to determine your eligibility for federal student financial aid. This number results from the financial information you provide in your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. It's reported to you on your Student Aid Report (SAR).

 

Your EFC is calculated according to a formula established by law and considers your family's taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security). Schools use the EFC to determine your federal aid eligibility and financial aid award. 


Demonstrated Need

This is the Cost of Attendance for Saint Francis University minus your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). 


Financial Aid

Money given, loaned or made available to help cover college costs. Financial aid can come in the form of gift (scholarships and grants) and self-help (loan and work). At Saint Francis University, 98% of undergraduates who apply received some type of aid.


Merit-based Financial Aid

Money offered to students based entirely on high school or previous academic performance.  Saint Francis University currently offers 5 different merit-based scholarships that are calculated by your admission's counselor.


Need-based Financial Aid


Federal, State, or Institutional aid given to families that qualify by filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
 


Net Price


The amount that the family pays for one year of college. This is calculated by subtracting the total amount of grants, scholarships and self-help aid from the Cost of Attendance.

Financial Aid Types

Please feel free to explore these common aid types and reach out to your financial counselor with any questions you may have.

UNDERGRADUATE 

How to Apply for Financial Aid

  • Apply for a federal username and password at studentaid.gov. Both the student and a parent must apply for separate usernames and passwords.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at studentaid.gov. The FAFSA can be completed as early as October 1st. 
  • Once the FAFSA is complete, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Federal Government. The SAR will contain a number known as the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
  • The Office of Financial Aid will send you a Financial Aid Award Package once you are fully accepted to Saint Francis and the office has received your FAFSA. Please note: May 1st is the filing deadline for Pennsylvania State Grant consideration (PHEAA).  To check state grant status, check pheaa.org

  • Eligibility

    In order to receive Saint Francis University Institutional Aid (Institutional merit aid, University grants, Endowed University scholarships, etc.) full-time dependent (as determined by Federal guidelines) undergraduate students are required to do one of the following:

    • Live in University owned or operated housing includes Residence Halls, University owned apartments/houses/townhouses, and University operated rentals.
    • Commute from primary home of parent or legal guardian as long as the home is within a 40 mile radius of the campus.
    • Be registered with the university as a dependent of a current Saint Francis University employee and receiving tuition remission benefits.
  • Athletic Aid Eligibility

    In order to receive athletic aid, an undergraduate or graduate student, regardless of dependency status, must reside in University housing unless approved by the Department of Athletics. 

  • Commuter Students
    • To be eligible for institutional aid, students who commute from the home of a parent or legal guardian or are dependents of a SFU employee and receiving tuition remission benefits must be registered with the Office of Residence Life and approved as a commuter.
    • If a student chooses to live off-campus (private residence, apartment, etc.) they do so with the understanding that they will forfeit Saint Francis University institutional aid.
    • If a student fraudulently reports that they are commuting from home to the Office of Residence Life and are found to be living off-campus, the University reserves the right to revoke institutional aid and disciplinary action may be taken.
    • A Saint Francis University student housing contract is for two semesters. The on-campus housing policy applies to Fall and Spring semesters (Summer is excluded with the exception of Athletic contracts which are subject to their terms and conditions). 
Graduate 

How to Apply for Financial Aid

To receive a Financial Aid Package you must first be accepted to Saint Francis University.  Please contact the Graduate Department you are seeking acceptance to for Admissions information.

  • Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or add Saint Francis University's federal school code (003366) at studentaid.gov  for the academic year in which you will be enrolled.
  • Complete Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling for Federal Direct Loan at studentaid.gov.   
  • Alternative/Private Loan information can be found at www.elmselect.com.
  • Payment plan options available via CashNet. Please visit the Student Finances section on your my.francis.edu portal to enroll.
Francis Worldwide School of Continuing Studies

How to Apply for Financial Aid

To receive a Financial Aid Package you must first be accepted to Saint Francis University.  Please contact the Francis Worldwide Department for Admission information.  

  • Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or add Saint Francis University's federal school code (003366) at studentaid.gov  for the academic year in which you will be enrolled. 
  • Complete Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling for Federal Direct Loan at studentaid.gov. 
  • Alternative/Private Loan information can be found at www.elmselect.com.
  • Payment plan options available via CashNet. Please visit the Student Finances section on your my.francis.edu portal to enroll.