Financial Aid for Adult Learners
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.
Eligible students might receive the following types of financial aid:
- Federal Pell Grant - undergraduate only
- PHEAA State Grant - undergraduate only
- Federal Direct Loan
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.
A packet of the required financial aid forms is available through the Continuing and Professional Studies Offices.
Associate & Bachelor's Instructions*
All steps should be completed at least ONE MONTH prior to the start of classes:
Graduate Degree Instructions:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Complete and submit, by mail, the Graduate Program Employer Assistance Verification Form
*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.
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.
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.
Additional Scholarship Opportunities (PDF)
There are numerous external scholarships available to nontraditional students. We've compiled a list, available in this PDF document. 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.