Federal PELL Grants

These grants make up the basic federal grant program. Eligibility is determined by the university and is subject to federal regulations. The value of the grant is based on school's cost of attendance, the calculated federal family contribution and whether you are attending full-time or part time. Current award levels vary up to $5,815.00.

All PELL Grant eligible students who have a credit balance on their student account may charge the cost of their books up to the amount of their credit balance at the Mercyhurst University Book Store. These books can be charged starting from ten days before classes begin up to the last day of Drop/Add for the current semester.

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Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

SEOG is provided by the federal government for distribution by Mercyhurst University and does not require repayment. The demand for SEOG exceeds the resources available. The Office of Student Financial Services automatically considers every Pell eligible student for SEOG and will award the grant to those with the greatest demonstrated financial need.

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Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency Grant (PHEAA)

Grants awarded to the residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If an estimated state grant appears on the award letter, the estimated amount is based on current information available to the college. The actual amount of your state grant is determined when you and the college receive official notification from the state agency. Please note that if you are a recipient of the Pennsylvania State Grant and have been selected for validation (an income review process where you will be asked to submit your tax information to PHEAA to establish state grant eligibility), the funds will not be released to the university until you have completed the necessary paperwork with PHEAA.

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Grants other than Pennsylvania includes state grants from:

Rhode Island
West Virginia

Student Employment

The Student Employment Program provides jobs for full-time students to help pay for their education-related expenses. Eligibility to participate in this program is dependent on the student’s need as determined by both the FAFSA application and Student Financial Services as the Student Employment award is a part of the students financial aid award/package. Only student's who are awarded federal work-study or institutional employment and have received correspondence should view the 2018-2019 Student Employee Booklet