Immaculata University's Office of Financial Aid administers a variety of need-based financial assistance programs. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed and submitted in order to be eligibile for any of these programs.
Immaculata University participates in a number of federal need-based grant programs. The general criteria for eligibility include enrollment in an eligible institution; status of citizen, national, or permanent resident of the U.S. or the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands; and demonstration of financial need. Need is defined as the difference between educational costs—tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies, and personal expenses—and the amount the student and the student’s family can be expected to pay for the education as determined by the federal need analysis formula.
Federal Pell Grant
The Pell Grant is a need-based federally funded grant. The awards vary in amounts and are based upon the eligibility criteria from the processed FAFSA. This grant is awarded to either full- or part-time enrolled undergraduate students pursuing their first degree-granting program.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
This grant program is administered by the University and is awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional financial need and are enrolled at least half-time. The minimum FSEOG award is $100 per year. Priority is given to students who qualify for the Federal Pell Grant.
Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
This grant is awarded to freshman & sophomore students who are eligibile for the Pell Grant, completed high school after January 1, 2005, and have completed a rigorous high school program of study. Second-year students are required to have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 or better to retain this grant.
National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART)
This grant is awarded to junior and senior students who are eligible for the Pell Grant and are pursuing a major in mathematics, science, technology, engineering or a critical foreign language such as Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian. Recipients of this award must maintain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least a 3.0.
Pennsylvania State Programs
Many states offer grants, based on financial need and full-time enrollment status to their residents. Some of these grants may be used only at institutions within that state while others may be used at colleges outside the state. Students from states other than Pennsylvania should check with their state’s higher education office to determine whether or not they qualify.
Pennsylvania State Grant Program (PHEAA Grant)
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) offers grants that vary in amount. Notification of award amount will be provided directly to the student by PHEAA. Awards are determined by PHEAA on the basis of financial need and enrollment status. Application is made by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and is available for eight semesters for qualified students. State grant application deadline is May 1 of every year.
The Chafee Education and Training Grant (ETG) Program
The Chafee Education and Training Grant (ETG) Program is a federally funded program administered through the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). This grant offers assistance to Pennsylvania undergraduate students aging out of foster care who are attending a post-secondary institution. Maximum awards are $5,000 per academic year and are contingent upon federal funding; thus they are not guaranteed.
Educational Assistance Program (EAP)
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) together with the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), administer the Educational Assistance Program (EAP)
for members of the Pennsylvania National Guard. This program provides tuition assistance for students who enter into a service commitment with the Pennsylvania National Guard, typically for a period of six years.
New Economy Technology Scholarship (NETS)
The Technology Scholarship and the SciTech Scholarship are both awarded through the New Economy Technology Scholarship (NETS)
Program. The goal of this program is to address the critical need to educate and retain a workforce of highly trained technology experts. These scholarships make financial aid available to undergraduates studying in approved technology or science fields.