What Grant Options are available as a Professional Liberal Studies (PLS) Student and /or Haub Degree Completion Program (HDC) Student?

Saint Joseph’s University has a long, rich tradition of addressing the learning needs of adult students, and we are proud to offer a variety of institutional grants to help address their needs. Institutional grants at Saint Joseph´s University are awarded to students based on merit at the time of admission.

In addition, grant aid can be awarded at the federal or Pennsylvania state level if the student qualifies for this type of aid. Students are encouraged to review the options below to determine if they are eligible for specific grants and scholarships.

Institutional Gift Aid

Institutional grants at Saint Joseph´s University are awarded to students based on their high school performance, achievement, and need.

For a complete listing of scholarships for College of Professional & Liberal Studies students, please click here: Scholarship Information Page


Federal Pell Grant Program
The largest federal need-based student aid program providing grant assistance ranging from $692 to $6895 to undergraduate students who are enrolled in a degree or certificate program and who have not received their first bachelor´s degree. Eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need, cost of education, and enrollment status. The amount of the student´s award is determined using the Federal Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR), Expected Family Contribution (EFC), and the Payment Schedule provided by the U.S. Department of Education.


PA State Grant
The Pennsylvania State Grant Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) and provides grant assistance to undergraduate students who are enrolled in at least a two-year program and who are Pennsylvania residents and enrolled at least half time. Eligibility is based on financial need as determined by PHEAA, and 2021-22 awards range between $500 and $5,000. Eligible students who, in their senior year, enroll for nine or more credits in one of their last two semesters may receive a full-time PHEAA Grant even though they are not enrolled full time. Reduced tuition cost must be reported to the agency and may result in adjustment to the grant amount. Recipients must also be Pennsylvania high school graduates or have a Pennsylvania GED. Receipt of PHEAA State Grant assistance may not exceed the equivalent of eight semesters of full-time awards. The filing deadline each upcoming academic year is May 1. PHEAA State Grant recipients who have received two full-time semesters of awards must complete 24 credits. Part-time students are required to complete 6 credits for every semester of part-time PHEAA State Grant aid received in the prior academic year.  PHEAA Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) reviews are completed in late August/September, for the prior academic year.  PHEAA Grants do not disburse to student accounts typically until after the 3rd week of classes, once SAP reviews have been completed.

All other states should contact their state Department of Higher Education for grant information or visit fafsa.gov to determine what date you must file the FAFSA by in your state to receive state grant consideration. 

For application details to the grants listed above, please contact the Financial Aid Office.


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