Adult Degree Program Aid
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The Office of Graduate and Adult Studies will help you find opportunities to offset the cost of your education, including:
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Adult Degree Program Tuition Discount Program
- Adult Degree Program Basic Rate: 38% discount from the traditional day-time rate.
- Preferred Employer: Students employed by one of Seton Hill University's Preferred Employers may qualify for an additional special tuition reduction.
- Nonprofit Discount: Students employed by a nonprofit entity may qualify for an additional special tuition reduction.
- Postbaccalaureate Discount: Students already holding a bachelor's degree may qualify for a reduction in tuition.
New Adult Degree Program students starting classes may be eligible for:
- $1,000 - $4,000 per year for full-time (12+ credits) Adult Degree Program students
- $500 - $2,000 per year for half-time (6-11 credits) Adult Degree Program students
If you are transferring credits from another college or university these scholarships are for you. They are merit-based: we review your transcripts and GPA/QPA to determine scholarship amounts.
New Adult Student Scholarship
- $2,000 per year for students who have been out of high school for at least 4 years and have minimal college experience (less than 6 credits). Half-time and full-time students are eligible.
All Adult Degree Program scholarships can be renewed every year if you remain in good academic standing at Seton Hill. Tuition discounts and scholarships are not stackable. If you are eligible for both, a program counselor from the Office of Graduate and Adult Studies can help you to determine which is the best option for you.
Employer Reimbursement Program & Tuition Deferment Program
Seton Hill understands that many adult students are working outside the home and are eligible for some type of tuition reimbursement through their employer. Contact Student Accounts or the Office of Graduate and Adult Studies for more information on Preferred Employer Discounts, Employer Reimbursement and Tuition Deferment.
Credit for Life Experience
Seton Hill offers prospective students a chance to earn up to 30 credits for knowledge gained through life experiences. Find out more here.
Unlike loans, grants do not need to be repaid.
Federal Pell Grant
Awarded by the federal government to both full and part-time undergraduate students based upon the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Enrollment status will change your Pell Grant.
PHEAA State Grants
Residents of Pennsylvania who are attending school full-time or part-time (at least six credits in a semester) and who have need as determined by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) are eligible for awards from this state agency. Grants are awarded to students who are making academic progress, are enrolled in 50% or greater courses where instruction takes place in a class room, and show demonstrated financial need based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), (filed before May 1), and residency status as determined by PHEAA.
Grants From Other States
If you reside in a reciprocal state, you may qualify for a state grant and be able to bring your grant into Pennsylvania. The amounts may vary. Please contact your state agency about application procedures and deadline dates for the following: DE, MA, OH, VT, WV, and DC.
Unlike other forms of aid, loans must be repaid.
Subsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan
Federal loan administered by the U.S. Department of Education. This loan is interest-free while the student is enrolled at least half-time. Full repayment can be spread over 10 years. An application, which are referred to as a Master Promissory Note (MPN), can be completed online at www.studentloans.gov.
Unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan
Federal loan opportunity for independent borrowers, and those dependent borrowers who do not qualify for the full federal interest subsidy under the subsidized Stafford Program or whose parents have been denied a PLUS loan. Combined subsidized and unsubsidized loans may not exceed the annual loan limits. This loan is not interest- free while the student is enrolled. However, students have the option to capitalize interest payments until after graduation. To obtain current interest rates go to www.studentloans.gov.
Alternative Loan Options
This loan is for students to cover college expenses that are not covered by other financial aid resources. The Financial Aid Office strongly suggests exhausting other loan options before looking into Alternative Loans as they are not subject to federal Direct loan regulations. Interest rates, fees, and loan amounts are subject to your credit score and most students are required to have a cosigner to qualify. Once you have considered federal loan options, you can go to www.elmselect.com. This will give you a side-by-side comparison of general information of 6 more lenders. The information is not customized to each borrower but you will be able to gather general information such as their interest rate range.
Seton Hill is a Military-Friendly School and participates in the New Post – 9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program. More detailed information can be found on the Military Benefits page.
Private scholarships are another good way to help fund a college education - FinAid can help you start your search.
How to Apply for Aid as an Adult Degree Program Student
At Seton Hill, the financial aid application process is easy! Simply file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible, and include Seton Hill as a recipient of the results (federal school id #003362). As soon as we get your FAFSA information we will start the process of securing all types of assistance available to you. (You do not need to have all of your admission documents in to file the FAFSA.) Once you’ve been accepted and confirmed your intention to attend Seton Hill we’ll finalize your aid offer.