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Financial aid is any assistance received to help pay for college. There are four main types of financial aid available: scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs. Financial aid packages generally include a blend of these aid types and are awarded based on merit and/or need.

In addition to financial aid, other options can help students cover college costs. These may include employer reimbursement, graduate assistant ships and even payment plans over time.

Follow the links below to learn more about each option.

Types of Financial Aid Available to Students

Type of Aid/Program


Grants Financial aid that does not have to repaid
Loans Financial aid that must be repaid with interest
Scholarships Financial aid based on merit, financial need or private/outside scholarships
Foster Care Tuition Waiver Financial aid for Pennsylvania youth in foster care or discharged/adopted from foster care at age 16
Student Employment Work opportunities including Federal Work Study and apprenticeships
Employer Reimbursement Tuition reimbursement offered by select employers
Tuition Discount Programs Tuition discounts offered by select employers and organizations
Assistantships Assistantships available to graduate students for tuition and a stipend
Payment Plans Interest free payment plans for undergraduate and graduate students