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Financial Aid FAQs

General Information

» What are the deadlines to apply for Aid?
» What is the La Salle overaward policy?
» What is an independent student?
» What is my aid eligibilty if I am in a preparatory program or am taking prerequisites to get into a Master’s program?
» What is my aid eligibility if I am in the Teacher Certification Program?
» What is my aid eligibility if I am in the ESL Certification Program?
» What is my aid eligibility if I am taking Post-Master’s classes in Psychology for state licensure?
» What is my aid eligibility if I am taking courses for a graduate certificate program?
» What if I withdraw from all my courses?
» What are some of the reasons I might see a change in my financial aid package from last year?
» What does my acceptance status mean to me, and how does it affect my financial aid eligibility? 

Scholarships, Grants, Discounts, and Tax Credits

» What about scholarships for returning students?
» What is the Hope Scholarship/Lifetime Learning Credit?
» What is the PA New Economy Tech Scholarship?
» What about my PHEAA State Grant?
» What is the discount for members of religious orders and Catholic school teachers?

Credit Balances: Refunds and Money for Books

» What if I need money for books?
» How do I get my refund and money for books?

Reading Bills: Memos and Credits

» What are those credits and memos on my bill?

Special Circumstances
» I have special circumstances, what do I do?
» Will I be eligible for financial aid if I repeat a course that I already passed?

Accessing Information Online

» How can Brother Luwis answer my aid questions?

La Salle University Grant-Scholarship Overaward Policy

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:

  1. 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.
  2. If a student receives more funding than the student’s Federally calculated need allows, the University is required to resolve the over award 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 over award, financial aid will be reduced in the following order: Perkins Loan, Federal Work Study, SEOG, La Salle Grant and Federal Direct Loans.
  3. 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.
  4. The total amount of all financial aid for a student cannot exceed that student's financial aid cost of attendance. Financial aid includes Federal PLUS loans and alternative loans.
  5. 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.