Office of Financial Aid
106 Arts & Administration Building
400 E. Second St.
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
- 570-389-4795 (fax)
- Send an Email
Certain types of students, learning experiences, and academic sessions have additional procedures in place related to financial aid. Email our office or give us a call at 570-389-4297 if you have additional questions not answered below.
Financial aid for transfer students will not automatically transfer from your previous school. Email our office or give us a call at 570-389-4297 to ensure that all financial aid forms have been received.
This information is only for currently enrolled degree students at the university. If you're attending the university during the summer to transfer credits to your home school, please contact your school's financial aid office for more information. We cannot process financial aid on your behalf.
There is not a separate disbursement of federal/state aid for the winter semester. Any credits taken during the winter semester will be combined with your spring credits to determine eligibility. To be eligible for federal/state aid for the winter semester, you must be enrolled in the spring semester. Any federal/state aid awarded for the winter semester will be disbursed with the spring disbursement. You will need to contact the Student Billing Office (570-389-4013) to give permission to use these funds towards winter charges.
If you are enrolled for the winter semester and do not qualify for federal/state aid or need additional aid not covered by federal/state sources, you may apply for State or Private Educational Alternative Loans. These loans may be disbursed during the winter semester.
In many cases, financial aid can be used to assist in meeting expenses for a study abroad experience. Students must meet all eligibility criteria for receiving financial aid. Please email Amanda Kishbaugh to discuss your options.
Can I receive financial aid if I wish to participate in a study abroad program?
In many cases financial aid can be used to assist in meeting expenses for a study abroad experience. Students must meet all eligibility requirements for receiving financial aid.
How do I apply for financial aid for study abroad?
For most financial aid programs, students should begin the process by completing the appropriate FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at least 4 months prior to the start of the study abroad semester. Students should also schedule an appointment in the Global Education Office to begin the application process.
How much aid can I receive for study abroad?
Determining eligibility is complex and will involve many factors: costs of the program, number of credits in which the student will be enrolled, current grade level, and information listed on the student’s FAFSA are just a few of the variables that affect eligibility. Students participating in a study abroad program should schedule an appointment with a Financial Aid counselor well in advance of their departure date to discuss their individual situation.
Study abroad can be expensive. Will my financial aid increase if I choose to study abroad?
Not necessarily. While financial aid can be awarded up to the full cost of education, students may not exceed maximum amounts set by program regulations. Students who reach the maximum limits of federal grant or loan programs may seek additional funds through private lenders.
If I receive financial aid to study abroad will this affect the amount of aid that I will have available for future semesters?
It may. Many federal financial aid programs set yearly maximum amounts of aid that can be received. Using a portion of these funds for study abroad may limit the availability of aid for future semesters.
I was planning to enroll for 12 credits in the study abroad program but I have changed my mind and will enroll for only 6. Will this affect my aid?
In general yes. One of the variables that determines eligibility is number of credits in which the student is enrolled. If financial aid is received based on an inaccurate number of credits, the aid will need to be adjusted. Even if a refund was issued to the student, the funds must be repaid to the appropriate financial aid program.
I have applied for financial aid but my study abroad program is requiring payment for the study abroad experience prior to the time that my aid is available. Can I wait to pay these fees until I get my financial aid?
No. Payments for study abroad programs are required in advance of the time that financial aid funds are available for disbursement. Students wishing to participate in a study abroad program must pay all fees according to the schedule established by the university or coordinating agency. When financial aid is disbursed it will be used to first satisfy any outstanding university charges. If the financial aid exceeds the charges, a refund will be issued to the student. To receive this refund more quickly students are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit with the Student Billing Office.
I have been accepted into a study abroad experience and charged a program fee. Is this fee my only expense/charge for the experience?
No. Tuition and fees will also be assessed based upon the number of credits that you will be earning for the experience.
Why am I being charged tuition and fees when I am not on campus?
Tuition is charged based upon the number of credits that you are earning in the experience. There are also mandatory fees that are assessed to all students when earning credits. The mandatory fees are Tuition Technology Fee, Academic Enhancement Fee, and Registration/Transcription.
Will my credits taken during my study abroad count for enrollment for my financial aid eligibility?
Student enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by the home institution may be considered enrollment at the home institution for the purpose of applying for assistance under the FAFSA program.
Students in the Medical Imaging and Medical Laboratory Science Clinical Program will have their financial aid processed differently than in previous years. Often times, it will not be made available until closer to the program start date. It is important for students to review the manual, check emails frequently and understand that aid may not cover all costs associated with this program. Additional financial aid program information is available in our Clinical Medical Imaging Financial Aid Manual for Students.
Under a special consortium agreement, students who are enrolled at the university may take courses at another institution to count toward the degree being earned here as well as have their financial aid processed for these courses through our office. In this instance, Commonwealth Univesity is considered your "home school" and the other institution is considered your "host school."
It is your responsibility to request the consortium through Commonwealth's Financial Aid Office and provide all required information. In order to process this consortium agreement, you must provide us with:
Please Note: Financial Aid will not process the agreement unless and until all of the above information is submitted. It is strongly recommended that you provide the above information to Financial Aid at least 6 weeks prior to enrolling at the host school. Once all of the appropriate information is submitted, we will request information from the other institution verifying your enrollment status for the time period covered by the agreement. By signing the agreement, the host school also agrees to notify Commonwealth University if you withdraw or drop classes from your schedule. The host school must also notify Commonwealth University if it makes available any financial resources to you or becomes aware of any financial aid being made available to you from outside resources. Although the agreement requires the host school to notify Commonwealth University if there is a change in your enrollment, you must also notify Financial Aid immediately if you make any changes to your schedule at the host school.
106 Arts & Administration Building
400 E. Second St.
Bloomsburg, PA 17815