Undergraduate Financial Aid Award Process
California University of Pennsylvania lets you know the types and amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive through our process for financial aid award notification.
Here's how the awarding process works for various types of undergraduate students:
- First-time freshmen and transfer students: If you are beginning at Cal U in the fall term, a financial aid award letter will be mailed to your permanent address in late November/early December. First-time freshmen and transfer students will obtain access to VIP, the Vulcan Information Portal, from the Office of Admissions shortly after being accepted. The information included within your financial aid award package, mailed to your permanent address, is the same as the information that's available on VIP.
- Returning undergraduate students in good academic standing: You will receive your financial aid award letter in November/December.
- Remaining undergraduate students: You will receive your award once Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is checked in early June, after the grade submission deadline. To check, visit VIP.
- Undergraduate students who apply for summer financial aid: You will begin receiving financial aid award notifications in late November/early December via VIP.
Online Access to Financial Aid
Cal U encourages you to continually monitor your financial aid award(s) on VIP. You can find the most current information regarding your awards and any changes that may have been made to them.
Your financial aid award package will be listed under the Financial Aid tab after you log in to VIP. Click on Award Summary and on 2017-2018 Award Year to see how much you have been awarded for the year. The aid is already accepted for you, so there is nothing you need to do to accept the awards through the school.
If you log in to your account and don't see an award package, check the Requirements tab to learn if you need to submit additional documents. You must complete your file before Cal U will process your financial aid award(s).
Financial Aid Award Policy
All awards to undergraduate students are based on full-time enrollment (12 credits). If you attend less than full time, your financial aid award package will be adjusted based on your credits enrolled. If you attend less than half time (6 credits for undergraduate students), you will not be eligible for any state aid nor for most federal aid, including student loans.
In limited instances, based on Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), undergraduate students may be eligible for a small portion of their federal Pell Grant.
- Financial aid is awarded on a rolling basis until the end of the academic year.
- Recommended deadlines are posted online to ensure students receive state and institutional funding.
- Funding is awarded on a first come, first served basis per defined eligibility requirements and based on federal need.
- The FAFSA and any other additional institutional forms must be submitted before financial aid can be awarded. Awards for incoming undergraduate students are processed as estimates without all documents submitted. Upper-class students are not awarded financial aid until the student's file is complete.
- After the fall and spring term add/drop period and disbursement, financial aid is not adjusted upward or downward unless the student fully withdraws from the term.
Important: Cal U reserves the right to adjust a student's financial aid award package at any time if additional information is received that changes the student's original eligibility. A student's aid package may be adjusted due to a change in registration, grade level, verification or state/federal legislation.