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Summer Financial Aid
Students interested in financial aid for Summer 2021 will need to complete the Summer 2021 Financial Aid Request Form.
2021-2022 Financial Aid Award notifications are currently being sent to prospective students. Please log into the Student Aid Portal to view and accept/decline your aid offer. Check the Documents and Message tab for any outstanding documents and important messages.
FAFSA Priority Deadline
All students who would like to be considered for financial aid for the 2021-2022 academic year should complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA by March 15, 2021. Pennsylvania State residents should complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA no later than May 1st for PA state grant consideration. Returning student financial aid award notifications will begin in mid-June.
The Financial Aid Office primarily communicates via the student's Elizabethtown College email address. Students should regularly check their Etown email for important financial aid information and updates.
Community Service Work Study
Community Service Work Study (CSWS) provides part-time employment opportunities for currently enrolled students who have Federal Work Study as part of their financial aid package. CSWS provides opportunities for students to earn money to support their Elizabethtown College education while doing work that benefits the wider community. Placements are with local non-profit organizations and pay competitive wages. Students have the ability to work out schedules to accommodate class schedules. For more information, please contact Sharon Sherick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The 2021–2022 FAFSA is available as of October 1, 2020. You can submit it online at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa. To find more information about the application process, visit our Apply for Financial Aid page. Please contact us with any questions or concerns about the application process at (717) 361-1404 or email@example.com
Refer to the table below to help determine which year's income information is required on the FAFSA application:
|IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND COLLEGE FROM||YOU CAN SUBMIT THE FAFSA FROM||USING TAX INFORMATION FROM|
|July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022||October 1, 2020 - June 30, 2022||2019|
|July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023||October 1, 2021 - June 30, 2023||2020|
|July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024||October 1, 2022 - June 30, 2024||2021|
|July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025||October 1, 2023 - June 30, 2025||2022|
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students and parents to access the IRS tax return information needed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and transfer the tax information directly into their FAFSA from the IRS Web site.
The IRS DRT remains the fastest, most accurate way to input your tax return information into the FAFSA form.
For your privacy, the tax information you transfer from the IRS into your FAFSA form will not be visible to you. Instead, you will see “Transferred from the IRS” in the appropriate fields on fafsa.gov, the IRS DRT web page, and on the Student Aid Report.
View Our Step-By-Step Guide: How to Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA
The federal government requires all graduating Federal Direct Loan borrowers to complete Federal Student Loan Exit Counseling. Exit Counseling is a federal requirement that helps student loan borrowers prepare to repay their Subsidized, Unsubsidized, Perkins, or Graduate PLUS Direct loans. The Exit Counseling requirement can be completed online at studentaid.gov. Prior to completing exit counseling, please view the Loan Repayment Presentation by logging into Jayweb. In addition, please read the Exit Counseling - Guide for Etown Graduates that provides an overview of the Exit Counseling process.
Perkins loan borrowers will receive Perkins Exit Counseling instructions by email from University Accounting Service (UAS). Elizabethtown College works with UAS to manage and collect payments on the Perkins loan.
Students must complete Exit Counseling to avoid any delays in receiving their diplomas. Please contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 361-1404.
Coronavirus and Forbearance Information for Students, Borrowers, and Parents
For information on Coronavirus / COVID-19 outbreak and how it relates to Federal Direct Loan borrowers, visit here to find a list of Frequently Asked Questions on loan forbearance options, loan interest, and a list of resources of additional information.
Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
The Federal Communications Commission has released a robust FAQs about the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. Eligible students and families include those who receive a Pell Grant during the current academic year (2020-2021). The benefit will be paid directly to the service provider and then reflected in the monthly billing statement. Please refer to the links above for more information.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Students enrolled at least half-time in an institution of higher education are ineligible for SNAP unless they meet one of the exemptions. However, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, temporarily expands SNAP eligibility to allow students who either:
- Are eligible to participate in State or Federally financed work study during the regular academic year, as determined by the institution of higher education, or
- Have an expected family contribution (EFC) of 0 in the current academic year.
Beginning January 16, 2021, students who meet one of the two criteria outlined above may receive SNAP if they meet all other financial and non-financial SNAP eligibility criteria. The new, temporary exemptions will be in effect until 30 days after the COVID-19 public health emergency is lifted.
Students should contact their local SNAP offices to find out how to apply or for other questions about their SNAP eligibility. State SNAP agencies administer the program, process applications, and determine eligiblity. Contact information for State SNAP agencies and local offices can be found in FNS' SNAP State Directory.
The Coronavirus Relief and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II)
Elizabethtown College has received $675,272 as part of the Federal Coronavirus Relief and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) to directly support eligible student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.
CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, in awarding HEERF II grants to students. The College will distribute $605 to Pell Grant recipients and $345 to non-Pell recipients. Additional funding will be provided on a case-by-case basis, based on remaining available funding. Students will receive notification through their College campus email of their eligibility for CRRSAA HEERF II funds. Students may receive the emergency funds through direct deposit or via paper check. The Business Office will begin to process payments on Thursday, March 4, 2021.
Eligible recipients must:
- Be currently enrolled in a degree seeking or certificate program for the spring 2021 term (high school dual enrolled, visiting non-degree, employees and employee spouses are not eligible)
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
- Complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA for exceptional need grant consideration
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act
For information regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), please refer to the document below: