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Now that you've started your search for student aid, you may have questions about eligibility, different aid programs, what you must do to keep your aid. Obtaining student aid can be a complex process and, from time to time during your educational career, it is natural to have questions about your eligibility, different aid programs, application processes and what to do if your situation changes.

Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) about student aid. If your question is not addressed here, contact the Penn State DuBois Office of Student Aid for help in finding your answers.

FAQ Table of Contents

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1.  Who is my Student Aid Representative?

Stefanie Penvose is the Financial Aid Coordinator at Penn State DuBois.  The Financial Aid staff assistant is Barbara Holt. Office Location: 104 Hiller Building, College Place, DuBois, PA 15801-3199 Phone: (814) 375-4760 Office Hours: 8:00 - 5:00 daily. (top)

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2.  When do I apply for student aid at Penn State?

Penn State recommends that you complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) as early in January as possible. For maximum consideration for incoming students, apply by February 15. Some student aid programs continue to be available throughout the year. (top)  

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3.  What is the Penn State Federal School Code?

The Penn State DuBois Federal school code is 003329. (top)  

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4.  What are the Federal school codes for other Penn State Locations?

The Title IV school codes for ALL Penn State locations is 003329 (top)  

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5.  How do I apply for a Federal Stafford Loan?

If you answer question 31 on the Free Application for Student Aid (FASFA), you will receive notification of your stafford loan eligibility.  If you have not already completed the Master Promissary Note (MPN) you must do so at www.studentloans.gov.  You must also complete loan entrance counseling on the "students" menu on eLion.

You must also complete loan entrance counseling on the "students" menu on eLion.If you answer question 31 on the Free Application for Student Aid (FASFA), you will receive notification of your stafford loan eligibility.  If you have not already completed the Master Promissary Note (MPN) you must do so at .  You must also complete loan entrance counseling on the "students" menu on eLion. (top)  

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6.  How do I apply for a Federal Pell Grant?

Complete the FAFSA. (top)  

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7.  How do I apply for a PA State Grant?

Just fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) gets the information automatically. Only Pennsylvania residents will be eligible for a Pennsylvania State grant. (top)  

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8.  How do I apply for a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)?

If you meet the University's preferred date of February 15 for submitting the FASFA, are receiving a Pell grant and have financial need, you will be considered for this award. (top)  

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9.  How do I apply for the Federal Work Study Program (FWS)?

If you meet the University's preferred date of February 15 for submitting the FASFA, have financial need and have answered question 31 on the FAFSA you will be considered for this award. (top)  

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10.  How do I apply for a Penn State Tuition Assistance Grant (PSTAG)?

If you meet the University's preferred date of February 15 for submitting the FASFA and have financial need, you will be considered for this grant. (top)  

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11.  How do I apply for a Federal Perkins Loan?

If you meet the University's preferred date of February 15 for submitting the FASFA and have financial need, you will be considered for this loan. (top)  

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12.  Can I get student aid when I attend less than full-time (less than 12 credits)?

Yes, you may be eligible for a Federal Stafford Loan, Federal Pell Grant, PA State Grant (if you are a Pennsylvania resident), or for campus-based funds (PSTAG, SEOG, FWS, or Perkins), if you attend less than full time (less than 12 credits). (top)

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13.  Can I get student aid for summer enrollment? 

Yes, student aid for summer session may be available for you. Please stop in the Student Aid Office, 104 Hiller Building, to inquire about your eligibility for aid. Every situation is different. (top)

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14.  I am transferring to Penn State from another school this spring semester. How do I transfer my student aid to Penn State?

If you are transferring from another school to Penn State in the spring semester you need to follow these steps:
  • If you had not initially selected Penn State as one of your college choices on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you must add our school to your FAFSA so we may receive your application.  Go to www.FAFSA.ed.gov and select "make corrections to a processed FAFSA".  Add PSU-school code 003329.
  • If you are a Pennsylvania resident and have a PA State grant, you need to log into Account Access at www.PHEAA.org to change your school of attendance so we may receive your grant.  You may contact PHEAA at 800-233-0557 with additional questions. (top)

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15.  I just received a Federal Work-Study award. How do I find Federal Work-Study employment at Penn State DuBois?

During the summer you will receive a list of Federal Work-Study positions from the Office of Student Aid at Penn State DuBois. This list describes each position and how to contact the supervisor for an interview. There is a Federal Work Study Program Employment Agreement form enclosed with the list of positions; it must be filled out and signed by you and your supervisor. Bring the Employment Agreement form to Barb Holt, Student Affairs, Hiller Building, along with two forms of identification: a passport or an original social security card or an original certified copy of your birth certificate issued by a state, county, or municipal authority and a driver's license or school ID with a photograph or a voter registration card or a U.S. Military card or a draft record.

You will also need to bring a voided check with your account number and the bank's routing transit number on it in order to complete the paperwork necessary to be hired.

If you have been notified that you received a work study award but you do not receive a list of available positions, please notify Barb Holt at 375-4760 or go to the "work study job search" on eLion. (top)


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16.  How do I get an emergency loan at Penn State DuBois?

Emergency loans are issued in cases of extreme hardship when you, as a student, are anticipating a financial aid refund; all of your aid has been approved, but for some reason the funds are not readily available.  Hardships may include unexpected expenses which inhibit your attendance in class or a processing error at a third-party lender.  Lack of book money is NOT an emergency circumstance and emergency loan funds will not be issued for this reason.  Please see the Office of Student Aid in 104 Hiller Building with questions. (top)  
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17.  I am a veteran. How do I apply for my veterans benefits?


If you are a Veteran, you need to come to the Office of Student Aid, 104 Hiller Building, and pick up the application forms needed to apply for your Veteran's benefits. Once you have filled them out, return them to the Student Aid Office. (top)


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18.  What is Satisfactory Academic Progress?

Satisfactory Academic Progress is a quantitative measure used to determine your continued eligibility for federal, state, or campus-based funds. If you have further questions, please view our policy online or contact the Office of Student Aid, 104 Hiller Building, Penn State DuBois, (814) 375-4760. (top)  
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19.  What will happen to my financial aid if I fall below full time (less than 12 credits)?

If you drop below full time (less than 12 credits), you may not meet Satisfactory Academic Progress. It is very important that you come to the Financial Aid Office, 104 Hiller Building, and talk to the Financial Aid Coordinator for information on how this may impact your future aid. (top)