Financial Aid

Applications for financial aid should be made well in advance of the semester in which study is to begin.  To be eligible for financial aid, adult learners must meet the following minimum credit registration:

Associate degree seekers - must carry at least six credits per semester and be matriculated in an Associate’s degree program.  Students are classified as full-time when they take 12 or more credits within a semester.  Students taking between 9-11 credits are classified as three-quarter time.  Students taking between 6-8 credits are classified as half-time.  Students taking 1-5 credits per semester are classified as less-than-half-time.

Bachelor’s degree seekers – must carry at least six credits per semester and be matriculated in a Bachelor’s degree program.  Students are classified as full-time when they take 12 or more credits within a semester.  Students taking between 9-11 credits are classified as three-quarter time.  Students taking between 6-8 credits are classified as half-time.  Students taking 1-5 credits per semester are classified as less-than-half-time.

Master’s degree seekers - must carry at least three credits per semester and be matriculated in a Master’s degree program.  Students are classified as full-time when they take 6 or more credits within a semester.  Students taking 3-5 credits are classified as half-time students.  For information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 361-1404 or visit the office online at http://www.etown.edu/offices/financial-aid/.

Adult learners receiving financial aid should be sure to register well in advance of the start of the semester. The registration must be verified by the SCPS for the Financial Aid Office to determine the amount of aid and to arrange for its disbursement. Only courses taken from Elizabethtown College (including those we teach at the Dixon University Center, the Lancaster Center, and the York Center) will qualify for financial aid. The cost and credits for any transfer courses, which learners take from other institutions will not be considered in determining eligibility and will be the learners' own responsibility. Matriculated students may use JayWeb to check the status of their paperwork and to check award amounts once they have been made. 

Disbursal of aid: The level of aid for which learners are eligible is partly determined by the number of credits for which they are registered. Because the accelerated sessions have starting dates staggered throughout the semester, aid will not be disbursed to the learner's accounts until the final course for which the learner is registered in that semester has actually begun. If the learner has contacted the Business Office at 361-1417 and requested a refund, the refund to which the learner is entitled will be processed at that time as well. 

Renewal of aid: Learners must reapply each year in order for aid to continue—By May 1 for the following fall and by November 1 for the following spring. This includes the College's own application, as well as federal and state forms. Necessary information and forms should be requested from the Financial Aid Office well in advance of these dates. 

Use of aid for textbooks: It is recommended that learners pay for textbooks directly rather than using aid money. If it becomes necessary to withdraw during the refund eligibility period, or due to medical reasons, which allow for a pro-rated refund, federal regulations specify a Title IV Refund Formula be used in calculating the refund amount. That amount is then returned to the source of the aid funds, not the learner. Cost of textbooks cannot be figured into that and learners may owe money for the books. If learners pay for the books up front and then have excess aid funds left on account, that money will be refunded.

Status of account: When receiving aid, it is still the learner's responsibility to be sure that all charges have been paid. If there are excess aid funds on the learner's account, the credit may be carried over from fall to spring. However, it must be cleared by the end of April. The learner must request a refund EACH SEMESTER by contacting the Business Office at 361-1417.