Financial Aid for Adult Learners

Financial Aid for Adult Learners

Yes! Financial aid IS available for adult learners!

Tuition

Undergraduate tuition

$555/credit

(effective May 14, 2018)

Graduate tuition

$695/credit

(effective April 30, 2018)

Elizabethtown College’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies has accelerated undergraduate and graduate degree programs delivered in a format that enables matriculated students to maintain eligibility for need-based and merit-based financial aid, including grants, loans and scholarships. Also, your employer might help offset the cost of your education; talk to your human resources department or consult your employee handbook for information about tuition reimbursement or assistance programs.

Special Tuition Announcement for 2019-2020

It is with great excitement that we announce that the SCPS will be freezing tuition for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. The cost per-credit for undergraduate and graduate courses will remain at the current rates of $555 and $695 respectively.

Types of Financial Aid Available

Eligible students might receive the following types of financial aid:

  • Federal Pell Grant - undergraduate only 
  • PHEAA State Grant - undergraduate only
  • Federal Direct Loan
  • Scholarships

Financial aid is calculated upon actual registered credits. It is imperative for students to plan ahead and register for all semester credits early on in the process.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

For the undergraduate and graduate degree programs you may mail or email required materials to: Elizabethtown College, Financial Aid, One Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022 or finaid@etown.edu

A packet of the required financial aid forms is available through the Continuing and Professional Studies Offices.

Associate & Bachelor's Aid*

All steps should be completed at least ONE MONTH prior to the start of classes:

Graduate Degree Aid:

*Elizabethtown College recognizes that standard financial aid forms do not always capture the full financial profile of our students. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 717-361-1404 if you feel you have special circumstances or have any questions concerning this process. 

Elizabethtown College is required to review your academic progress regularly to ensure your continued eligibility for Federal financial aid, as outlined in our Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policies and procedures. For information about SAP Standards at Elizabethtown College, and for the policies that are in effect for undergraduate and graduate students, visit the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards webpage

Enrollment Eligibility for Financial Aid

The accelerated sessions are offered in three 5-week (undergraduate) or two 8-week (graduate) "mini-terms" which comprise a semester.  Because of this, the determination of half-time status is different than traditional degree programs that operate on a fall/spring semester schedule. Undergraduate enrollment levels are determined by combining the credits taken in three separate 5-week sessions. Graduate enrollment levels will be determined by combining the credits taken in the two 8-week sessions.  The following are the credit minimum requirements for half-time and full-time enrollment by degree:

Undergraduate Programs (including associate and bachelor programs)

Full-time status is a student taking 12 or more credits within the semester.
Half-time status is a student taking at least 6 credits per semester.

Graduate Programs (effective fall 2014-15)

Full-time status is a student taking 6 or more credits within the semester.
Half-time status is a student taking at least 3 credits per semester.

The website www.studentaid.gov has an abundance of information for students regarding all aspects of using federal aid, and offers a “summary” page for students to get a snapshot in one place to view their borrowing history and lender information and much more.  At www.studentaid.gov, students can:

  • view their federal student aid history, including loan detail, grant detail, and overpayment detail;
  • get their loan servicer’s contact information;
  • find out how much Pell Grant eligibility they have left; and
  • download their federal student aid history into a text file using the MyData Download function.

Disbursal of Financial Aid

Disbursal of aid typically takes place in the first session in which a learner is registered; PHEAA grants (for undergraduate students) are not disbursed until the last session of the semester. 

Renewal of Financial Aid

Learners must reapply each year in order for aid to continue. Typically a reminder is sent by the financial aid office through email in March. Learners are highly encouraged to complete materials for their application by May 1 for the following summer and fall and November 1 for the following spring. This includes the College's Employer Assistance Verification Form and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Possible tax documents and other worksheets may requested.

Scholarships for Adult Learners

Edward and Carol Murphy/Charlotte Newcombe Scholarship for Mature Women Students The Edward and Carol Murphy/Charlotte Newcombe Scholarship for Mature Women Students is open to female students ages 25 and older, on basis of financial need, academic record and professional/career aspirations.. In August, an email is sent to all matriculated SCPS students who meet the criteria, inviting them to apply for the endowed scholarship.

James L. Fritz/Charlotte Newcombe Scholarship for Mature Women and Men Students The James L. Fritz/Charlotte Newcombe Scholarship for Mature Women and Men Students is open to male and female students ages 25 and older, on the basis of financial need, academic record and professional/career aspirations. In August, an email is sent to all matriculated SCPS students who meet the criteria, inviting them to apply for the endowed scholarship. 

Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunities (PDF)
Graduate Scholarship Opportunities (PDF)

There are numerous external scholarships available to nontraditional students. We've compiled a list, available in the PDF documents. Please know that these links take you off our website; we do not monitor or control the information provided on these websites. This information is provided for your convenience only.