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Academic Catalog

University of Saint Joseph    
 
    
 
  Oct 19, 2017
 
2013-2014 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Financial Aid


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Undergraduate Student Financial Aid

The goal of the Financial Aid Program at the University of Saint Joseph is to place higher education within the reach of as many qualified students as possible. The University believes that the primary responsibility for financing an education rests with students and their families.

Recognizing that not all families have the ability to meet educational costs in full, the University draws from a variety of federal, state, and institutional programs, which include merit scholarships, grants, loans, and on-campus employment opportunities.

How is Financial Aid Need Determined?

The University of Saint Joseph calculates a family's ability to pay for university using the federal formula of need analysis called Federal Methodology. This formula considers factors such as parent and student income and assets, size of family, age of parents, and number of family members in college/university. This information is gathered from data the family provides on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). By using this formula, a figure called the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is determined.

To calculate a student's financial aid need, the EFC is subtracted from the total Cost of Attendance (COA). The COA includes both direct and indirect costs. Direct costs include tuition, fees, room, and board, while indirect costs include books, supplies, travel, and personal expenses. The University of Saint Joseph awards financial aid that will help the family meet the financial aid need. The financial aid package may include grants, scholarships, student loans, and on-campus employment.

This example is based on the 2012-2013 tuition and fee rates:

  Tuition and fees $33,477
  Room & board $ 12,642
  Books, supplies, personal $   2,000
  Travel/transportation $      500
  Total cost of attendance $ 48,619
  Family contribution $ 12,000
  Financial aid need $ 36,619

 

Financial aid applicants will be considered for all types of financial aid (excluding outside sources of financial aid) for which they are eligible upon review. Undergraduates who have already earned a bachelor's degree are not eligible for institutional or state funds, but may apply for the Federal Direct Loan.

Since financial aid is awarded to students on an annual basis, students must reapply each year. Undergraduate students who wish to be considered for federal and non-federal financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

Scholarships Review

Here is a list of endowed scholarships available to undergraduate students through generous gifts from alumni and friends of the University of Saint Joseph. Upperclass students who apply for financial assistance are automatically considered for these awards upon review of their financial aid applications:

 

 

Allen R. and Emily D. Munger Memorial Scholarship
Anthony Forcucci Endowed Scholarship
Antonia P. Uccello Endowed Scholarship
Barbara Ann McVeigh Scholarship
C. Roche Endowed Scholarship
Carol Canora Scholarship
Carol Gourlie Endowed Scholarship
Catherine B. O'Sullivan Scholarship
Catherine Grimes Endowed Scholarship
Ceceila Jennings Endowed Scholarship
Clayton and Murial Smart Scholarship
Constance M. Pawlow Scholarship
Dilena-Cunningham Endowed Scholarship
Dorothy E. Barrett Endowed Scholarship
Dr. James A. Hanaghan Scholarship
Dr. M.J. DeVito Endowed Scholarship
Elizabeth Markham '51 Endowed Scholarship
Elizabeth S. Pascucci '71 Endowed Scholarship
Frances and James Bent Scholarship
Frank T. Lynch Family Scholarship
General Endowed Scholarship
Haloburdo/Knowlden Scholarship
Harold and Ethel Hart Endowed Scholarship
Harvey and Virginia Smith Scholarship
Helen and Harry Gray Endowed Scholarship
Helen Ryan Endowed Scholarship
Joan B. Kearney '58
Joanne and Jerry Coursey Jr. Scholarship
John Ganter Endowed Scholarship
Josephine Fallon Endowed Scholarship
Kathleen Bednarz Endowed Scholarship
Koedding Family Foundation Scholarship
L. and E. Agnew Endowed Scholarship
Leona Bordwell Endowed Scholarship
Lillian J. and George Parsons Scholarship
Lisa McCarthy Memorial Scholarship
M.E. Callaghan Endowed Scholarship
Margaret C. Flanagan Scholarship

Margaret Derby Memorial Scholarship
Margaret McKelligott LaMoy Scholaship
Margherita C. Valente Scholarship
Maria Obregon Endowed Scholarship
Marie Graycer Endowed Scholarship
Marion and Fred Guardo Scholarship
Mary and Joseph Cunningham Sr. Scholarship
Mary Baldwin Hart Endowed Scholarship
Mary E. Brosnan '44 Endowed Scholarship
Mary McGurk Collins Endowed Scholarship
Mary P. O'Flaherty Endowed Scholarship
Mary V. Munger '39 Memorial Scholarship
Maura Joseph Rose, RSM, '50 Scholarship
McCormack Family Endowed Scholarship
Meredith Westine Endowed Scholarship
Norma Konefal Endowed Scholarship
O'Connor/Furshay Endowed Scholarship
Pennington Special Education Scholarship
Reverend James E. Dargan Scholarship
Reverend John F. Quinn Endowed Scholarship
Reverend T. P. Mulcahy Endowed Scholarship
Richard and Arline Mooney Scholarship
Rita Konoski Endowed Scholarship
Rita Troy and Thomas Weidman Nursing Scholarship
Robert J. Clark Endowed Scholarship
Sadie T. Dully Memorial Scholarship
Sandra Karp Endowed Scholarship
Sister Ethelreda Sullivan Scholarship
Sister Mary Rose McDonough Scholarship
Sullivan Family Endowed Scholarship
Sullivan Family Nursing Scholarship
Teresa and Alfred Verrengia Scholarship
Tucker Fund Endowed Scholarship
Veronica Batulevitz Endowed Scholarship
Virginia Collins Bennett '52 Scholarship
Vitamaur 1 Endowed Scholarship
Wilson Janisen Memorial

 

Graduate Student Financial Aid

All graduate students accepted into a graduate degree program, approved graduate certificate program or enrolled in a Teacher Certification Program and who are enrolled in at least 6 credits per term are eligible to apply for financial assistance from the University. Most graduate students apply for the Federal Direct Loan to help meet the cost of tuition. The maximum annual amount a student may borrow through this program is $20,500. The University also provides payment plan options that can be coordinated with a student's employer-paid tuition benefit.

For specific information on the Federal Direct Loan Program, use this quick link to the U.S. Department of Education's financial aid website: www.studentloans.gov

Veterans Benefits: The Yellow Ribbon Program

Undergraduate and Graduate

Veterans and students eligible for VA educational benefits must complete an application for admission. In addition, they must contact the VA coordinator in the Office of the Registrar at 860.231.5225, to apply for educational benefits.

The University of Saint Joseph, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, a GI Education Enhancement program. The University and the VA will cover the cost of tuition expenses for student veterans.

For complete details about the Yellow Ribbon Program, see the VA website: www.gibill.va.gov/gi_bill_info/ch33/yellow_ribbon.htm.

Veterans who are interested in learning more about educational opportunities available at the University of Saint Joseph through the Yellow Ribbon Program can contact the VA School Certifying Official at 860.231.5205 or jpiscitelli@usj.edu.

Financial Aid Application Process – Apply Online

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required by the University of Saint Joseph. Online applications are more accurate and are processed more promptly. Click on the quick link to the U.S. Department of Education Web page used by students to complete the FAFSA: www.fafsa.ed.gov. For help completing the entire online process, make an appointment with a Student Financial Services staff member. The following information should be readily available to complete the FAFSA:

  • The University of Saint Joseph School Code – 001409
  • Copies of the most recent Federal Tax Return and W-2 statements
  • Information on the values of cash, savings, and checking accounts, and investments
  • Student's Social Security number
  • Student's driver's license number
  • Student's Alien Registration number if not a U.S. citizen
  • Records of untaxed income

Eligibility

To be considered for financial aid, all students must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Have applied to the University of Saint Joseph and have been formally accepted for admission as a matriculated student in The Women's Program or The Program for Adult Learners
  2. Plan to pursue at least six credit hours per semester. Undergraduates enrolled in three credit hours per semester may be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, but no other forms of financial aid
  3. Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) according to the guidelines outlined below

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

To maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and be eligible for federal, state, and institutional financial aid at the University of Saint Joseph, students must meet and maintain the following criteria:

  The minimum grade point averages (GPA) required for students to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress for purposes of financial aid consideration is 2.00 at the end of each semester.

To remain eligible for financial aid, students must successfully complete the credits required for their degree or certificate within 150% of the standard length of their academic program. For example, full-time students must earn a minimum of 10 credit hours per semester.

Full- and part-time students must successfully complete a minimum of 67% of all credits attempted (that is, courses in which the student remains enrolled in past the add/drop deadline).

Academic progress is evaluated at the end of fall and spring semesters. The first time that all the SAP criteria are not met students will be notified that for the following semester they will be placed on Financial Aid probation. This will allow students one semester to meet the required standards. If students fall below the SAP standards again in any subsequent semesters they will lose financial aid for the following semester.

The full Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy can be found at:  ww2.usj.edu/PDF/finaid/satisfactory-academic-progress.pdf.

Priority Deadlines

Financial aid applications are read according to the date they become complete. A financial aid application is considered to be complete upon receipt of all required forms, documents, and signatures. April 15 is the priority deadline for upperclass students; February 15 is the priority deadline for new students applying for the fall semester. New students applying for the spring semester should apply by November 15.

Full-time students: Applications received by the priority deadlines will be given full consideration for all types of financial assistance for which the student is eligible, including University of Saint Joseph merit and need-based grants. Applications received after the priority deadlines will be given consideration for these grants on a funds-available basis. Late applications will be awarded the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Loan programs if eligible.

Part-time students: Part-time students matriculated in The Undergraduate Programs for Women or The Program for Adult Learners may be eligible for Federal Pell Grants and Federal Direct Loans. To ensure timely processing and disbursement of loan proceeds, students are encouraged to submit their financial aid application material by the priority deadline for the semester in which the student wishes to receive financial aid.

Policy for Disbursement of Financial Aid Funds

Eligibility and the disbursement of financial aid funds are based on enrollment status. Student enrollment status is verified each semester by the Office of the Registrar at the conclusion of the add/drop period. Funds are adjusted and disbursed accordingly.

Return of Title IV Funds

The University of Saint Joseph is required to determine the earned and unearned Federal Student Aid a student has earned as of the date the student ceased attendance, based on the amount of time the student spent in attendance. The calculation of these funds earned by the student has no relationship to the student's incurred institutional charges.

The University policy for students who borrow through the Federal Direct Loan program permits a refund of tuition and fees and a cancellation of loan proceeds up to the 60% point of enrollment in each term, determined on a pro rata schedule. After the 60% point students have earned 100% of the Title IV funds they were scheduled to receive.

Refunds are processed within 45 days of the student's withdrawal date or within 45 days of when the University determines the student to have withdrawn if the student does not notify the University of withdrawal.

Additional Information

Detailed, up-to-date information on the financial aid programs and policies mentioned in this section can be obtained by calling Student Financial Services toll free at 1.866.442.8752, or 860.231.5223, or by email at financialaid@usj.edu.

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