Undergraduate Financial Aid Award Process

California University of Pennsylvania lets you know the types and amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive through our process for undergraduate financial aid award notification. 

Here's how the awarding process works for various types of undergraduate students:

  • First-time freshmen and transfer students: If you are beginning at Cal U in the fall term, a financial aid award letter will be mailed to your permanent address. First-time freshmen and transfer students will obtain access to VIP, the Vulcan Information Portal, from the Office of Admissions shortly after being accepted. The information included within your financial aid award package, mailed to your permanent address, is the same as the information that's available on VIP.
  • Remaining undergraduate students: You will receive your award once Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is checked in early June, after the grade submission deadline. To check, visit VIP.
  • Undergraduate students who apply for summer financial aid: You will begin receiving financial aid award notifications in late November/early December via VIP

Online Access to Financial Aid

Cal U encourages you to continually monitor your financial aid award(s) on VIP. You can find the most current information regarding your awards and any changes that may have been made to them.  

Your financial aid award package will be listed under the Financial Aid tab after you log in to VIP. Click on Award Summary and on 2017-2018 Award Year to see how much you have been awarded for the year. The aid is already accepted for you, so there is nothing you need to do to accept the awards through the school.

Important: If you wish to adjust or cancel an award, you must fill out the Student Loan Adjustment Form, found in the Financial Aid Forms list, and send it to the Financial Aid Office.

If you log in to your account and don't see an award package, check the Requirements tab to learn if you need to submit additional documents. You must complete your file before Cal U will process your financial aid award(s).  

Financial Aid Award Policy

All awards to undergraduate students are based on full-time enrollment (12 credits). If you attend less than full time, your financial aid award package will be adjusted based on your credits enrolled. If you attend less than half time (6 credits for undergraduate students), you will not be eligible for any state aid nor for most federal aid, including student loans.

In limited instances, based on Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), undergraduate students may be eligible for a small portion of their federal Pell Grant.

  • Financial aid is awarded on a rolling basis until the end of the academic year.
  • Recommended deadlines are posted online to ensure students receive state and institutional funding.
  • Funding is awarded on a first come, first served basis per defined eligibility requirements and based on federal need.
  • The FAFSA and any other additional institutional forms must be submitted before financial aid can be awarded. Awards for incoming undergraduate students are processed as estimates without all documents submitted. Upper-class students are not awarded financial aid until the student's file is complete.
  • After the fall and spring term add/drop period and disbursement, financial aid is not adjusted upward or downward unless the student fully withdraws from the term.

Important: Cal U reserves the right to adjust a student's financial aid award package at any time if additional information is received that changes the student's original eligibility. A student's aid package may be adjusted due to a change in registration, grade level, verification or state/federal legislation.

Eligibility

General Financial Requirements

 

Our general eligibility requirements are that you must:

  • demonstrate financial need (for most programs);

  • be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen;

  • have a valid Social Security number (with the exception of students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau);

  • be registered with Selective Service, if you're a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25);

  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program;

  • be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds;

  • maintain satisfactory academic progress in college or career school;

  • sign statements on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSASM) stating thatyou are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant and you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes;

  • and show you're qualified to obtain a college or career school education byhaving a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law.

Awarding Policy

 

Please be aware that we reserve the right to adjust your Financial Aid Award Package at any time should we receive additional information that changes your original eligibility. Your aid package may be adjusted due to change in registration, grade level, verification, or state/federal legislation.

All awards are based on full-time enrollment (12 credits undergraduate/9 credits graduate). If you attend less than full time, your aid package will be adjusted based on your credits enrolled. If you are less than half time (6 credits undergraduate/ 5 credits graduate) you will not be eligible for any state and most federal aid including student loans. In limited instances, based on your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), undergraduate students may be eligible for a small portion of their Federal Pell Grant. If you are a graduate student, you must be enrolled in at least 5 graduate-level credits in order to receive your federal student aid. Graduate students cannot receive federal aid for undergraduate courses.

  • Financial aid is awarded on a rolling basis until the end of the academic year.

  • We post recommended deadlines on the website to ensure students receive state and institutional funding.

  • The funding is awarded on a first come first serve basis as per defined eligibility requirements and based on federal need.

  • We require the FAFSA submission and any other additional institutional forms.

  • Financial Aid Award Letters for first time freshmen and transfer students are mailed to the student's permanent address in late February/early March.

  • Returning undergraduate and graduate students receive their Financial Aid Award notifications in early June via the Cal U VIP (Vulcan Information Portal).

  • Students that apply for Summer Financial Aid receive Financial Aid Award notifications in late March/early April via the Cal U VIP (Vulcan Information Portal).

  • Awards for incoming students are processed as estimates without all documents submitted. Upper-class students are not awarded financial aid until the student's file is complete.

  • Disbursement does not occur until all files are complete; enrollment period is at least part time; courses have officially started; and initially not until after each term add/drop period.

  • Aid is awarded full time and disburses as per credits registered at time of disbursement.

  • After the fall and spring term add/drop period and disbursement, aid is not adjusted upward or downward unless student fully withdraws from the term.

Programs Eligible for Financial Aid

 

The following programs are eligible for federal financial aid at Cal U:

  • Associate degree programs
  • Bachelor's degree programs
  • Master's degree programs

Cal U also offers limited graduate or professional programs that do not lead to a post-baccalaureate degree, are at least 10 weeks, provide at least 12 credit hours of instruction, and prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The list of these approved programs on the Department of Education Program Participation Agreement (PPA) are listed below. Please refer to the individual departmental website to obtain disclosure and gainful employment information. Students are eligible for federal graduate loan limits.

0862 Advanced Addictions Counseling Certificate
0158 Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate
0740 Applied Criminology Certificate
5855 Arabic Language and Cultures Certificate
0444 Autism Spectrum Disorders
0741 Behavioral Crime Analysis Certificate
0329 Business Analytics Certificate
0701 Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
0714 Criminal Justice Certificate
0851 Cybersecurity Certificate
0918 Early Childhood Education Certificate
0926 English as a Second Language Certificate
0994 Exercise Science Health Promotion- Performance Enhancement & Injury Prevention
0996 Exercise Science Health Promotion- Rehabilitation Sciences
0992 Exercise Science   Health Promotion- Wellness & Fitness
0998 Exercise Science Health Promotion-Sport Psychology
0894 Graduate Certificate in Data Science
0715 Homeland Security Certificate
7139 Land Management Certificate
0716 Law and Public Policy Certificate
0977 Principals Certification
0910 Reading Specialist Certificate
0157 School Counseling Certification Only
0410 School Psychology Certification Only
0861 Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Counseling Certificate Program
0981 Sport MGT: IAA- PB Intercollegiate Athletic Administrative Track
0935 Sports Counseling Certificate
0917 STEM Secondary Education Certificate
0703 Student Affairs Practice Certificate
7482 Sub-Baccalaureate Certificate in Data Science*
0455 Superintendent Letter of Eligibility
0717 Threat Assessment and Management in Schools
0983 Wellness Coaching Certificate

CALU offers teacher certification programs that are exempt from gainful employment and eligible for federal undergraduate loans only.

  • Elementary Certification
  • 4-8 Language Arts & Reading
  • 4-8 Math
  • 4-8 Science
  • 4-8 Social Studies
  • 4-8 Math & English, Language Arts & Reading
  • 4-8 Math & Science
  • 4-8 Math & Social Studies
  • 4-8 Science, English, Language Arts, & Reading
  • 4-8 Science & Social Studies
  • Pre K-4
  • Special Ed. 4-8 Language Arts/Reading
  • Special Ed. 4-8 Math
  • Special Ed. 4-8 Social Studies
  • Technology Ed. Certification
  • Social Studies Certification