Qualifying for financial aid
Undergraduate and Graduate Students
To be eligible for financial aid consideration you must:
- Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program. Many government and institutional scholarships and grants require that recipients enroll as half-time students (6 credits or more) each semester to be eligible.
- Be a U.S. citizen or provide documentation of permanent resident or refugee status.
- Be registered with the Selective Service, if required.
- Not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on any federal educational loan.
- Have not been convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while receiving federal student aid.
- Be making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree and be in good academic standing. Withdrawal from all classes requires a separate calculation.
Only U.S. citizens are eligible for government grant and loan assistance. International students, however, are eligible for institutional scholarship aid from Point Park. Read more about international student scholarship opportunities.
Non-Degree Seeking Students
Students enrolled in programs that do not lead to the awarding of a degree or certificate by the institution (e.g. ABCTE program) are not eligible for financial aid. This includes high school students enrolled in post-secondary courses for credit, as these students are not yet degree or certificate seeking.
What Happens If You Have an Unexpected Hardship?
If there is a change in your family's finances after you apply for financial aid, please let us know. The Office of Financial Aid can review your eligibility to ensure you receive as much aid as possible. The Financial Aid Appeals Committee meets weekly to consider special circumstances and changing family situations. Please complete the Financial Aid Appeals Form and submit as soon as possible.
Questions about Eligibility?
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