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Financial Aid


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. For the 2017-2018 academic year, the maximum award is $4,123.

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.


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

  • Undergraduates may borrow up to $3,500 for the first year, $4,500 for the second year, and up to $5,500 for each remaining undergraduate year.

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

  • Undergraduates can borrow up to $4,000 for the first and second year, and up to $5,000 for each remaining year. However, there are limits.

Alternative Loans

This loan is for parents or 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 loan regulations like Stafford and PLUS loans. Interest rates, fees, and loan amounts are subject to your credit score and most students are required to have a cosigner to qualify.  Seton Hill University does not recommend any particular lenders over any other lenders that currently offer alternative loan products.  The Financial Aid Office will certify any loan that a student chooses to borrow from and all of the lenders that have done business with Seton Hill University students in the last 3 years can be found as part of any of the options listed below.

Alternative Loan Options

Once you and your family have considered federal loan options, you can use the Pennsylvania Private Loan Marketplace to instantly and accurately compare customized rates and terms from multiple alternative loan lenders side-by-side. The Marketplace displays products from up to 7 local and national lender options complete with detailed listings of APRs (annual percentage rates), interest rates, total cost, monthly payments, borrower benefits, fees and repayment options that is customized to each individual borrower application.  This is the only product out there that will give you this kind of information and will help you make an informed decision about the most appropriate loan for you.

If you are interested in pursuing another alternative loan option other than the Pennsylvania Private Loan Marketplace you may go to 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.

Private Scholarships

Private scholarships are another good way to help fund a college education - FinAid can help you start your search.

Military Benefits

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.

Discounts & Employer Reimbursements

Special Discounts Available to Adult Degree Program Students

  • Adult Degree Program Basic Rate: 38% discount.
  • Preferred Employer: Students employed by one of Seton Hill University's Preferred Employers may qualify for a 50% tuition reduction. Contact us to find out if your employer is one or our Preferred Employers!
  • Nonprofit Discount: Students employed by a nonprofit entity may qualify for a 50% tuition reduction.
  • Postbaccalaureate Discount: Students already holding a bachelor's degree may qualify for a reduction in tuition of up to 40%.

Please Note: These discounts are applied to the regular per credit fee, not the already discounted Adult Degree Program per credit fee.

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.

The Office of Financial Services & the Registrar contains Student Accounts, Financial Aid and the Registrar. Contact the office at or (724) 830-1010.