II. Federal Programs
Federal PELL Grant Program
PELL Grants are a Federal aid program designed to provide financial
assistance to those who need it to attend post-high school educational
institutions. PELL Grants are intended to be the "floor" of a financial aid
package and may be combined with other forms of aid in order to meet
the full costs of education. The amount of your PELL Grant is deter-
mined on the basis of your own and your family's financial resources.
You will be eligible for a grant if you are a U.S. Citizen and establish
financial need by means of the application.
The PELL Grant award is a grant and, unlike a loan, does not have to be
repaid. Awards range from $400-$4,000 for full-time students.
PELL Grant consideration is determined based on results of the "Free
Application for Federal Student Aid" form.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are available to a limited
number of undergraduate students with exceptional financial need and
Eligible students who are accepted for enrollment or who are currently
enrolled may receive Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants.
The maximum duration of a grant is five years. Grants range from $200
to $4,000 a year.
The amount of financial assistance students may receive depends upon
their need, taking into account their financial resources, those of their
parents and the cost of attending Edinboro University. The "Free
Application for Federal Student Aid" is required.
Federal Perkins Loans
Edinboro University participates in the Perkins Loan Program. High
school graduates who have been accepted for enrollment at Edinboro
University or students enrolled in full-time or at least half-time courses
and who need financial help for educational expenses, are eligible for
Undergraduate students may borrow between $200 and $3,000 each
year. The repayment period and the interest do not begin until nine
months after students end their studies. After termination of studies, the
loans bear interest at the rate of five percent a year, and repayment of the
interest and principal may be extended over a 10-year period, except that
the institution requires a repayment of no less than $40 a month.
The amount of the loan is reduced if the borrower becomes a full-time
teacher in a public or other non-profit elementary or secondary school
with a high enrollment of students from low-income families or the bor-
rower becomes a full-time teacher of handicapped children. The amount
of reduction is 15 percent a year plus interest for the first and second
years of service, 20 percent a year plus interest for the third and fourth
years of service and 30 percent a year plus interest for the fifth year of
service. In addition, interest and payments shall be deferred during any
period in which the borrower is carrying at least one-half the normal aca-
demic work load at an institution of higher learning, or up to three years
if the borrower is on full-time active duty as a member of the Armed
Forces of the United States, is a volunteer under the Peace Corps Act, or
is a volunteer under the Volunteer Act, If a student is temporarily dis-
abled or serving a full-time internship a deferment is also issued.
Edinboro University approves and makes the loans and is responsible for
collections. The "Free Application for Federal Student Aid" is required.
III. Federal Work-Study/Institutional Student
Students who need a job to help pay for college expenses are potential-
ly eligible for employment by Edinboro University under the federally
or institutionally supported Work-Study programs.
Students may work while attending classes at least half time. Students
average 12 hours per week employment. Wages from employment could
help provide total educational costs including necessary clothes, trans-
portation and personal expenses.
Work may be for Edinboro University or for an approved off-campus
agency. Off-campus jobs are assigned in public or private non-profit
organizations. On-campus jobs may include work in offices, laborato-
ries, the library, maintenance and the dormitories.
The Federal Work Study Program requires completion of the FAFSA and
the student must demonstrate need. Students seeking employment from
institutional funds are also required to complete a FAFSA (with some
exceptions). Need is not a factor for institutional student employment.
Students are required to respond "yes" on the FAFSA indicating their
desire for student employment. Preference is given to students who are
eligible for federal work study when placing students.
IV. Nursing Student Assistance
Interested nursing students should contact the Financial Aid Office for
the "Free Application for Federal Student Aid" form which is required.
This program is intended to assist full-time students to achieve careers
in nursing by providing long-term, low-interest loans to help meet the
costs of education. The maximum loan is $2,500 for an academic year or
the amount of financial need, whichever is less. The total amount of a
student's loans for all years may not exceed $13,000. Loans are interest
free during the in-school period.
Repayment may be made over a ten-year period which begins nine
months after study has been terminated. Five percent interest accrues
during the repayment period. Payments may be deferred up to three
years during military service, Peace Corps participation or periods of
full-time advanced professional training in nursing.
V. Edinboro University Scholarships and Prizes
Edinboro University has available to its students a wide variety of schol-
arships and prizes. These awards are based upon scholastic achievement,
major program of study, athletic prowess, class rank, financial need or a
combination of these criteria. Funds for the various scholarship areas are
made available through donations by private industry, by faculty, staff
and community contributions and through private endowments.
Scholarships for Honors Students
The Edinboro University Honors Program is designed to provide recog-
nition and enriched learning opportunities for academically gifted stu-
dents. The full scope and eligibility requirements for the program are
outlined in the Academic Recognition and Honors section of the cata-
Entering freshmen with strong credentials who may be potential honors
students are considered for the following scholarships: The Presidential
Honors Scholarship, Diebold Alumni, Alumni Honors, Verizon Honors,
Crowe Honors, Diebold, Dollars for Honors, Eberly Foundation,
Forness Honors, GTE Honors, M.R. Kline Honors, Marquette Honors,