Post 9-11 G.I. Bill

Student Financial Services

Need-Based Financial Aid Programs...

Need-Based Grant Programs
Educational Loans and Other Sources of Assistance

Cedar Crest StudentsYour financial aid can be comprised of a combination of merit scholarships/awards (not based on family financial information) and need-based financial aid from federal, state and/or college financial aid programs. 

Eligibility for merit scholarships is reviewed based on the information you provide through your admissions application about high school and/or college (if transferring from another college) academic and related achievement(s). 

Eligibility for need-based financial aid programs is determined by your FAFSA application and other required documentation of your family’s financial information.

There are several components in determining a student’s eligibility for financial need based programs but basically,

COA - EFC = Your Financial Need

Cost of Attendance
Cost of Attendance (COA), or the student’s academic year budget, is based on the estimated cost of a typical student's registration fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses for a nine–month academic year (fall and spring semesters). These budgets include direct charges by the College and estimates of indirect expenses (transportation, books and supplies, miscellaneous living expenses, etc.).

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
When your FAFSA is processed by the U.S. Department of Education, a formula is applied to the information you provided. Once processed, an Expected Family Contribution or EFC is returned.  The EFC is an index of the family’s ability to pay for one year of educational cost and is used by the College to administer federal, state and institutional need-based financial aid programs.

If you are a dependent student, your EFC will be based on:

  • your income and your parent(s)' income
  • your assets and your parent(s)' assets
  • the age of your older parent living in your household
  • the number of family members living in your household
  • the number of family members (other than your parents) in college during the coming academic year
  • your state of legal residence
  • your parents' state of legal residence

If you are an independent student, your EFC will be based on:

  • your income and your assets, and your spouse's, if you are married
  • the number of children and other dependents in your household
  • the number of family members in college during the academic year
  • your state of legal residence

Financial Need
Financial need, or financial aid eligibility, is the difference between your Expected Family Contribution and the standard Cost of Attendance calculated for each academic year.


Need-Based Grant Programs

Cedar Crest Grants
Need-based Cedar Crest College Grants are made possible through the generosity of friends and alumnae of the College and vary according to financial need as determined by the FAFSA formula and consideration of other resources. Students must complete the FAFSA to be considered for a Cedar Crest College grant.  CCC Grants are available only to full-time traditional students during the regular fall and spring semesters.

Federal Pell Grants
The Pell Grant is a federal grant awarded on the basis of need and the cost of the individual college. The maximum annual full time award for 2011-2012 is $5,550. Federal Pell Grants are available to eligible students enrolled for at least three credits per semester and are automatically awarded to qualifying students who have completed the FAFSA and submitted all subsequently requested documentation.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (SEOG)
These federal grants are awarded in varying amounts to federal Pell Grant-eligible students with exceptional financial need from low-income families. Since SEOG is a federal allocation, funds are limited. Application is made by completing the FAFSA.  This grant is awarded in addition to the Federal Pell Grant.

Pennsylvania State Grants (administered by PHEAA)
Available to eligible Pennsylvania residents taking at least six credits per semester, PA State Grants are awarded according to demonstrated financial need. Students must complete the FAFSA by the PHEAA State Grant Deadline of May 1 to be considered for this grant.

Other State Grants
Students who live outside of Pennsylvania, should contact their state's higher education agency for information on grants available in their state. The following states permit transfer of their educational grants to students attending out-of-state colleges: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Educational Loans and Other Sources of Assistance

Federal Perkins Loans
Federal Perkins Loans are federally funded need-based loans made by Cedar Crest, and funding is limited. The interest rate is fixed at five percent. Students make no payments and no interest accrues while enrolled in college.  Students must complete the FAFSA to be considered and awards are made through the College’s office of Student Financial Services.

Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Nursing Loans are need-based and limited to nursing students enrolled in NUR courses. The interest rate is fixed at five percent. Students are eligible to receive up to $3000 per Academic Year. Students must complete the FAFSA to be considered and awards are made through the College’s office of Student Financial Services.

Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan
This is a federal loan made to either parent (or step-parent) of a dependent student.  The borrower may apply to borrow an amount up to the student’s cost of attendance minus financial aid.  The interest rate is currently fixed at 7.9% for the 2009-2010 academic year.  Repayment starts 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed, though deferment is available while the student is enrolled at least half-time.  If a parent is determined not to be creditworthy and is denied for this loan, the student is automatically qualified for additional annual Unsubsidized Stafford Loan funds of $4,000 for freshmen and sophomores or $5,000 for juniors and seniors.  To apply for this loan program, please complete the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Request and return it to Student Financial Services.  Return address and fax information are located on the bottom of the Request form.

Federal Graduate PLUS Loans
Graduate students may apply for a federal Graduate PLUS Loan up to the cost of attendance for an academic year, less all other grant, scholarship and loan resources. The student is the Borrower and must be credit-qualified to obtain a federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Students should be certain they have exhausted all other Stafford Loan resources prior to applying for a Graduate PLUS Loan.

Federal Work Study
Federal Work Study jobs are awarded based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA application. Students work an average of eight hours per week and are eligible to earn up to a maximum of $2,200 per academic year. Students who qualify for federal work study will be notified as part of their financial aid award and all employment payroll requirements are administered through Student Financial Services. Federal Work Study students are paid bi-weekly by check or direct deposit.  Federal Work Study earnings are treated separately from other student income when applying for federal financial aid.

Campus Employment
Currently enrolled students are eligible to apply for positions through the campus employment program. Campus employment is not part of a student’s financial aid. Current employment opportunities are maintained by the Student Financial Services offices. Earnings through this program are considered regular income for students and are reportable as earned income for tax and financial aid purposes.

Outside Scholarships
Students are encouraged to investigate outside scholarship opportunities from hometown civic clubs, high schools, parents’ employers, churches and other organizations. Students are required to notify Student Financial Services and provide written documentation if they receive any outside scholarships, as federal regulations required these to be considered a resource in determining aid eligibility. If adjustments to the aid package are necessary due to outside scholarships, Cedar Crest reduces self-help aid first (student loans) and adjusts grants only if necessary to prevent an over-award.

Private Educational Loans
These are consumer education loan for students who have applied for all types of financial aid (grants, scholarships and federal student loans) and are looking to cover a remaining balance up to the cost of education.  The student, along with a credit-worthy co-signer, is the borrower for all private educational loan programs.   The maximum amount that may be borrowed is the school’s cost of attendance minus any other financial aid.  For some loan programs, principal and interest may be deferred while the student is enrolled in school at least half-time.  Fees and interest rates for these types of programs vary greatly and depend upon the credit criteria of the borrower (student) and co-signer.   There are many private educational loan programs available which have different program features.  When selecting a private educational loan, please be sure to carefully research all aspects of the loan program (i.e. loan fees, interest rates, repayment options, etc.).  Regardless of the private educational loan program you choose, you will be required to complete a Private Education Loan Applicant Self-Certification form.  This form will be supplied by your lender in order for you to acknowledge your understanding of other loan options, including the federal student Stafford and federal parent PLUS loan options.  


Code of Conduct for Private Educational Loans

Cedar Crest College recommends students and their families utilize the federal loan programs before considering private educational loans. The College does not endorse or recommend any lender, nor does the College have any financial interest in any specific lending institution. Students and their families have the right to select the private educational loan of their choice. Student Financial Services will certify any loan selected by the student using certification guidelines the private educational loan program requires (i.e. academic progress, enrollment status, etc) along with the certification guidelines for all educational loans. Federal and/or private educational loans may only be certified up to the Cost of Education minus any other financial assistance received (scholarships, grants and/or other loans).

Students will need to submit a Private Education Loan Applicant Self-Certification form when applying for a private educational loan. The student will need to provide the Cost of Attendance information and estimated financial assistance received for the loan period for which the loan is being borrowed. The loan cannot be approved for disbursement to the College until this form is received by the lender. It is important for students seeking a private educational loan to begin the process in a timely manner, as the approval process can be extensive.

When selecting a private educational loan, be sure to carefully research all aspects of the private loan program before applying (i.e. loan fee, interest rates, repayment options, etc.).

Last Updated:9/28/11