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Financial Aid FAQs

What are the deadlines to apply for aid?
What does my acceptance status mean to me, and how does it affect my financial aid eligibility? 
What if I withdraw from all my courses?
Will I be eligible for financial aid if I repeat a course that I already passed?
What are some of the reasons I might see a change in my financial aid package from last year?
What about scholarships for returning students?
What about my PHEAA State Grant?
What are the credits and memos on my invoice?
How do I use my credit balance for books and/or receive it as a refund?
What can I do if I have special circumstances that are not reflected on the FAFSA?
What is the La Salle overaward policy?
What is an independent student?
Where can I find information regarding the Education Credits that I can claim on my federal taxes?
What is the discount for members of religious orders and Catholic school teachers?
How can Br. LUWIS answer my aid questions?

 

What are the deadlines to apply for aid?

Priority financial aid deadline for Incoming/Transfer Undergraduate Day Students: February 15th

Priority financial aid deadline for Returning, Evening or Graduate Students: April 15th

The purpose of our deadlines is to ensure that your financial aid is credited to your account by the start of the fall term. However, filing your FAFSA and/or IDF late, or submitting additional documentation after the deadline may cause a reduction in your financial aid award, a delay in crediting aid to your account, and/or a possible delay in processing a refund, if applicable.

You can use the La Salle portal to view your aid information and to determine if our office has received or requires any additional documentation.

If your financial aid is not in place to pay your bill for the beginning of the term for any reason, then you must be prepared to utilize the Actively Managed Payment Plan offered through our Office of Student and Accounts Receivable, which can be reached at 215-951-1055. If you do not make the necessary payment arrangements, you will incur late fees and financial holds.

 

What does my acceptance status mean to me, and how does it affect my financial aid eligibility?

Undergraduate students in the full-time day program are fully accepted students at La Salle.  Students in this category are eligible to receive financial aid provided that they continue to meet all standards of academic progress and are registered for the current semester.

Continuing Studies and graduate program students can be fully, conditionally, or provisionally accepted into an individual program. 

  • A student who is fully or provisionally accepted into a program of study is eligible to receive financial aid provided that they continue to meet all standards of academic progress and are registered for the current semester. 
  • A student who is conditionally accepted into a program of study is not eligible to receive financial aid.  Once a student is updated from conditionally accepted to fully or provisionally accepted, they must notify Financial Aid to request an evaluation of financial aid eligibility.

 

What if I withdraw from all my courses?

The University has a refund policy in place for students who withdraw from all of their courses at the beginning of the semester.  Please visit the Office of Student and Accounts Receivable website for the policy breakdown. 

A student considering a withdrawal from all courses should contact your Financial Aid counselor PRIOR to withdrawing from courses for information as to how your financial aid may be affected and the steps that will be involved. If a student withdraws from the University, La Salle University grants and scholarships may be reduced accordingly.  No financial aid can be processed once you cease to be enrolled.

 

Will I be eligible for financial aid if I repeat a course that I already passed?

Students are permitted to repeat a previously passed course one additional time while still eligible for financial aid.  Any additional attempts of the same course will not be covered through financial aid. 
If a student attempts a course for a third time, the student’s enrollment minus the repeated course must be equal to at least 6 credits as a part-time student or at least 12 credits as a full-time student in order to be aid-eligible.

For example:  A student enrolled in 12 credits who is attempting a 3-credit course for a third time, will continue to be charged the tuition rate for 12 credits, but will only be eligible for aid as a part-time student (12 credits – 3 credits = 9 credits).

 

What are some of the reasons I might see a change in my financial aid package from last year?

There are several reasons why you might have a change in your financial aid package including changes in enrollment status, housing status, or division.

For aid purposes, undergraduate students may be eligible for federal grant funds with as few as three credits, while federal loan eligibility begins at six credits (half-time status).  Institutional aid may be available to undergraduate students enrolled for a minimum of twelve credits (full-time status).  Some exceptions apply.  Graduate students are eligible for federal loans when enrolled for at least three credits.

A change in aid may also result if a student changes his or her housing status.  For example: switching from resident to commuter, or vice versa, may cause the aid to change accordingly. 

Students who switch divisions from the day program to an evening program may not be eligible to receive certain pieces of institutional aid.  Students considering switching divisions should contact Financial Aid to discuss possible financial aid implications.

 

What about scholarships for returning students?

The Office of Financial Aid oversees the many grants and scholarships that are donated through various resources, both within and outside of the La Salle community.  These scholarships are not guaranteed and are dependent upon the criteria set by each individual donor.  To be considered for additional scholarship assistance throughout the year, please complete the Common Scholarship Application.

For more information on scholarships, please visit the scholarship section of our website.

 

What about my PHEAA State Grant?

How do I apply for a PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) grant?
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Pennsylvania residents may apply for a state grant by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) before May 1 for the next academic year. The Federal Processor sends the names and financial information for all Pennsylvania residents electronically to PHEAA. The PHEAA State Grant Division uses that financial information to determine your state grant eligibility, then notifies students directly of their award status.

PHEAA will request first-time students to complete an additional information form.

La Salle was not listed as my first choice on my FAFSA, how can I change it to get my PHEAA State Grant at La Salle?
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PHEAA will base its award on the educational costs of the first college listed on the FAFSA. If this is not La Salle, you can make the change on the PHEAA State Grant website or by calling PHEAA at 1-800-692-7392.

Who is eligible for a PHEAA grant?
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Eligible Pennsylvania residents must be enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate degree program to be considered for a PHEAA Grant.

What can affect my PHEAA Grant amount?
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The state grant awards are based on full-time, day enrollment costs. La Salle is required to report to PHEAA any change in housing, enrollment status, or financial circumstances. Once the state receives this information, the student’s state grant award will be recalculated. This may result in a change in the grant amount.

Why was my PHEAA State Grant reduced because I am an evening or part-time student?
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One factor that determines your eligibility for a PHEAA Grant is the cost of your program. Initially, the PHEAA State Grant Division assumes you to be a full-time day student. If you are an evening or part-time student, then this may cause a reduction in the original amount of your PHEAA Grant when your correct enrollment status is reported to PHEAA.

On my FAFSA, I indicated that I was going to live in the dorms but I am now going to commute from my parent's home. What should I do?
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A student changing housing status, should contact Financial Aid at 215-951-1070 or finserv@lasalle.edu to determine if the change will affect your financial aid package.  Also, you should contact PHEAA directly by calling 1-800-692-7392. 

How many semesters of PHEAA State Grant can I receive?
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A student may receive eight (8) full-time semesters or 16 part-time semesters, or any combination of both.

I made academic progress for my federal and La Salle aid, but I did not make progress for my PHEAA State Grant. Why?
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PHEAA State Grant has its own standards of academic progress apart from the federal and La Salle policies. Basically, for every two semesters of full-time State Grant that you receive, you must earn 24 credits. If you receive two part-time State Grants, then you must earn 12 credits to make progress. All appeals of State Grant progress must sent directly to PHEAA State Grant Division. You may call them at 1-800-692-7392 for additional information.

I have a special circumstance that I would like to be taken into account in determining my PHEAA State Grant. How do I do this?
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All letters of appeal of your PHEAA Grant eligibility should be sent directly to the PHEAA State Grant Division. Please visit the PHEAA website to find the forms required to report income changes.

 

What are the credits and memos on my invoice?

Students are encouraged to review the semester invoice upon availability to ensure that all financial aid is properly credited to the account.  The financial aid award letter can be used for comparison with your invoice, or you can check your financial aid on Br. LUWIS within the La Salle portal.
The following outlines what you can expect to see on your invoice:

Credited on invoice

  • Pennsylvania State Grant (PHEAA) - if La Salle was listed as the student's first choice school
  • Federal Perkins Loan - if the student has properly signed and returned the promissory note and data sheet, which will be made available prior to the start of term
  • Athletic Grants - if the student-athlete has signed and returned his/her grant-in-aid agreement to the Office of Financial Aid
  • Private Scholarships - if the organization has sent the funds to La Salle

Credited as memos (an estimated credit applied to your account until the actual funds are disbursed to the school)

  • Federal aid (Direct loans, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant [SEOG]) and institutional aid do not disburse to your account until the official first day of the semester
  • You have applied for a loan that has not been completely processed

The amount of the memo'd aid will be listed at the bottom of the invoice, and will expire at the start of each term.  It is the student’s responsibility to follow up with Financial Aid regarding any undisbursed funds.

 

How do I use my credit balance for books and/or receive it as a refund?

If you are a financial aid recipient with a credit balance on your account after all tuition, fees and other charges are covered, a refund will be issued after the add/drop period (first 7 days of each semester). Generally, refunds are processed within one week; however, refunds at the start of term may take approximately two weeks to process due to the large number of students with credit balances. *La Salle University has a two week timeframe to process all refunds IF the credit is due to federal financial aid only.  The Business Office mails all refund checks directly to your home address – checks may not be picked up in person.

There are two ways you can receive money for books:

  • Refund check – mailed to home address, as noted above
  • Gold Card – tuition account credit balances may be transferred to your La Salle ID Card, which acts as a debit card on campus. Please visit the Office of Student and Accounts Receivable for a Gold Card application and information pertaining to transfers.

 

What can I do if I have special circumstances that are not reflected on the FAFSA?

Some families experience significant income reductions after the filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that the Office of Financial Aid can take into consideration to determine if additional assistance can be offered. A student who wishes to request such a review, can submit the Special Conditions Form, along with all necessary documentation to Financial Aid for review.

If you are awarded any additional financial aid, you will receive a revised financial aid letter. Please note that even though your special circumstances may increase your eligibility for aid, there may not be enough funding to meet your needs.

 

What if my financial aid exceeds my cost of attendance?

La Salle University reserves the right to reduce University need or non-need-based funding in the event an "overaward" occurs due to a change in a student's enrollment, housing, or financial situation, or if additional outside funding is made available to a student.

There are five types of overawards:

  • When the total of a student’s grants and scholarships exceeds the student's direct costs for tuition, room, board and fees, La Salle University reserves the right to reduce institutional funding, either need- or merit-based. All outside grants and scholarships will be applied first to University charges. University grants and scholarships will then be applied to subsequent University charges. The one exception to this policy is athletic aid as the NCAA regulations take precedent.
  • If a student receives more funding than the student’s federally calculated need allows, the University is required to resolve the overaward per federal and institutional policy which prohibits a student from receiving aid in excess of need.
    • If a student is awarded additional aid, which causes the total of all aid to exceed the federally calculated need, then there must be a reduction in the financial aid. To resolve this overaward, financial aid will be reduced in the following order: Perkins Loan, Federal Work Study, SEOG, La Salle Grant and Federal Direct Loans.
  • If a student has been awarded one or more La Salle University merit-based scholarships and then is subsequently awarded a half-tuition or greater scholarship, then the student becomes ineligible for those La Salle University merit-based scholarships.
  • The total amount of all financial aid for a student cannot exceed that student's cost of attendance. Financial aid includes Federal PLUS loans and alternative loans.
  • If a student earns in excess of the Federal Work Study award, then La Salle University reserves the right to reduce other need-based aid.

Exception:  If a student has already been awarded need-based aid and subsequently receives additional funding, such as a private scholarship, then no other aid will be reduced as long as the total of the financial aid does not exceed need.

 

What is an independent student?

Federal Financial Aid regulations automatically considered a student to be independent if the student is:

  • 24 years of age;
  • married;
  • enrolled in a graduate or professional course of study;
  • currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training OR is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces;
  • have children or other legal dependents (other than a spouse or child) who are receiving more than half of their support from the student;
  • was an orphan, a ward of the court, or in foster care at age 13;
  • currently an emancipated minor or in legal guardianship as determined by a court in their state of residence;
  • has been determined as an unaccompanied youth who was homeless by their high school or school district homeless liaison, or by the director of an emergency shelter program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on or after July 1, 2008;
  • has been determined as an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or was self-supporting and at risk of being homeless by the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program.

If a student does not meet the above criteria, aid administrators have the authority to make a student independent under special and extreme circumstances using professional judgment. A student who would like to be considered as an independent student should submit all required documentation as noted on the Checklist for Dependency Review, which is available on the Forms and Applications page.

Special Note:  A parent who is unwilling to assist a student in the financial aid process is not grounds for a student to be declared independent, as this is a personal issue between the student and the parent.

 

Where can I find information regarding the Education Credits that I can claim on my federal taxes?

Information pertaining to the American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning Credits can be found via the IRS website

 

What is the discount for members of religious orders and Catholic school teachers?

Persons employed within a religious order may receive a 30% tuition-only reduction for courses taken in all programs, except for Graduate Religion.  Full-time day students may not receive the discount in conjunction with any other La Salle funding except for the Mission Grant, if offered.  To apply, the student is required to present a letter from his/her order verifying his/her status for each semester the tuition reduction is to be granted.  Students must apply each term.  Note:  Christian Brothers and Seminarians are exempt from this discount.

Persons employed as full-time teachers in Catholic schools within the dioceses of Philadelphia, Allentown, Trenton, Camden, and Wilmington may receive a 30% tuition-only reduction in the College of Professional and Continuing Studies Division and Graduate Division (except Graduate Religion). Students may receive the discount for up to 9 credits per semester. For summer courses, the student may receive the discount for 9 credits for the entire summer term. The student must present a letter from the principal of his/her school verifying full-time employment and a copy of the semester’s bill to Financial Aid to have the discount credited. This must be done for each semester. Discounts cannot be stacked on top of other financial aid.
 

How can Br. LUWIS answer my aid questions?

Br. LUWIS is the La Salle University Web Information System, and is accessible by logging on to the La Salle portal.

By accessing Br. LUWIS you can do the following:

  • view your financial aid awards
  • determine if all your aid has disbursed to your account
  • learn if additional documentation is required to complete your aid application
  • confirm we have received your submitted documentation

NOTE: Funds that are listed as a memo or anticipated credit do not appear in Br. LUWIS. Funds must be disbursed to the student’s account in order to appear on Br. LUWIS.