Neumann University recognizes that increasing numbers of students require some form of assistance in financing their college education. It is the University’s objective to assist in making it financially possible for academically qualified students to attend Neumann. Students with financial need should not hesitate to apply for admission.
The Office of Financial Assistance encourages all students, regardless of their financial circumstances, to apply for financial aid. At present, approximately 90% of all students attending Neumann University receive some form of financial assistance. By applying for financial aid, students are considered for scholarships, grants, work-study opportunities, and student loans which are awarded and/or coordinated by the University from institutional, federal, and state sources.
Neumann University awards financial aid based on academic merit and documented financial need. The student’s need is determined by an analysis of the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available at the FAFSA web site: https://studentaid.ed.gov. For Fall admission, the FAFSA should be completed online as soon as possible after October 1st of the prior year. Neumann’s priority deadline is March 15th. The University receives FAFSA information electronically and provides students with a financial aid offer which is based upon this information.
In order to be eligible for financial aid funding, a student must be matriculated in a degree program and be a U.S. Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen. In addition, students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for state grant funding and may have limited eligibility for institutional and federal grant funding. Second degree students may borrow funds through the William D. Ford Direct Loan program to assist them with the cost of their education. In general, an undergraduate student must be registered for at least 6 credits (half-time) in order to receive most types of financial aid funding.
Part-time students without a previous degree can be considered for the Pell Grant, state grants, and Direct Loans.
New freshmen and transfer students are awarded financial aid on a rolling basis. Returning students must complete a new FAFSA each year to be eligible for continued state and federal funding.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Students should take the following steps in applying for financial aid from the University:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1st of the prior year online at https://studentaid.ed.gov. In order to submit the FAFSA form online, t The student must create a Federal Student Aid ID prior to completing the FAFSA. Your FSA ID serves as a legal signature and gives you access to Federal Student Aid online systems. The FSA ID is created using your own personal information for your own exclusive use.
- Be sure that the FAFSA/Renewal FAFSA lists Neumann University as the institution which has been designated to receive the student’s application information. Neumann University’s Title IV school code is 003988. If the student is a Pennsylvania resident, the FAFSA also serves as the student’s state grant application. The deadline for applying for state grant aid is May 1st. Students from other states should contact their respective state grant agencies for information pertaining to appropriate application procedures.
- Respond promptly to all requests for additional information. These requests may originate from Neumann University, the Federal Processor, or a state grant agency.
- To apply for the Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), complete Entrance Counseling and sign a Master Promissory Note. The MPN can be used for ten years and has to be signed only once. Financial Assistance will only process loans that have been requested by students for whom verification is complete or was not required. Because the funding for these loans comes straight from the U.S. Department of Education, you do not need to find a lender to borrow through this program.
Financial Aid Programs/Scholarships
Neumann University is committed to making it financially possible for academically qualified students to attend and pursue their studies at the University. Each academic year, various scholarships are available to incoming and returning students who are enrolled at Neumann. Some scholarships are provided through the generous support of foundations. However, a number of scholarships have also been generated by individuals, usually established in memory of or in honor of a loved one.
There are several ways to establish a scholarship at Neumann University. Outright gifts of cash, stock or planned gifts, such as bequests, insurance, or charitable trusts can establish a scholarship that will help provide students at Neumann with an education that reflects the spirit and values of St. Francis of Assisi by developing a sense of responsibility which fosters and respects diversity.
Benefactors may set certain qualifications for their particular scholarship. Some requirements may include, but are not limited to: academic year at Neumann University, specific major or field of study; participation in specific university extracurricular activities; or demonstrated leadership skills. For more information on how to establish a restricted or endowed scholarship, please call the Office of Institutional Advancement and University Relations at 800-9-NEUMANN or 610-558-5513.
The scholarships listed below are awarded to deserving students who meet the academic requirements and scholarship criteria, and who demonstrate the financial need stipulated in guidelines created by the University.
Endowed Scholarships at Neumann University
APPLIED BANK SCHOLARSHIP
This endowed scholarship was established in 2000 by Applied Bank of Wilmington, Delaware. The objective of this fund shall be to provide financial assistance to deserving state of Delaware students enrolled at Neumann University in the University’s Merit Award Program. Recipients shall be selected by Neumann University in accordance with required regulations of University policy and the following criteria: each recipient must be a permanent resident of the state of Delaware and enrolled in any of the academic bachelor degree programs at Neumann University, in good academic standing, and must qualify under the low-to-moderate income guidelines for New Castle County, Kent or Sussex Counties which are defined and annually updated in a letter from Applied Bank.
MOTHER MARY FRANCIS BACHMANN, OSF SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in May 2000 during the On the Wings of Angels comprehensive campaign by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in memory of Mother Francis Bachmann. The scholarship is awarded to a student(s) who has successfully completed his/her freshman year with a minimal GPA of 2.50, embodies the values and mission of Neumann University, and has verified financial need. The scholarship may be renewed for two additional consecutive years. The recipient(s) are required to submit an essay on how the Franciscan values at Neumann impact his/her life and to provide a reasonable amount of service hours to the University as directed by the office of Mission and Ministry.
SISTER ELEANOR AUGUSTINE BECKMAN, OSF SCHOLARSHIP
Sister Eleanor Augustine Beckman, OSF was the founding chair of the Division of Natural Science and Mathematics at the opening of Our Lady of Angels College in 1965 and continued as teacher of Chemistry for 28 years. As a science teacher Sister Eleanor was noted for her enthusiasm, excellence in teaching and ability to motivate and challenge students to achieve their fullest learning potential as a foundation for long-term life goals. Funded by an insurance policy in Sister Eleanor Augustine Beckman’s name, this scholarship is awarded by Neumann University in accordance with required regulations of University policy to a recipient majoring in any of the fields designated under STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), who is in good academic standing (GPA 3.0 or higher in science and math fields), and whose evidence behavior is consistent with the mission of Neumann University: (a) Respect for others, (b) Integrity personal and in group interaction, (c) using knowledge acquired as a gift in Service of others, (d) Excellence in the pursuit of learning both in and out of the classroom and (e) Stewardship and appreciation of scholarship funds.
SR. CORDA MARIE BERGBAUER, OSF SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 2005 in honor of Sister Corda Marie Bergbauer, OSF, this scholarship provides financial assistance to deserving students enrolled at Neumann University who have graduated from a Catholic High School.
JANE MORRIS BROWNING SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established by Sister Joan Morris, OSF in memory of her sister, Jane Morris Browning. Recipients must demonstrate academic ability with a GPA of 2.50 or better and a preference for helping others in their future professions (counselors, psychologists, or service-oriented careers other than the teaching profession).
NORA T. CARR MEMORIAL SHOLARSHIP
Established in November 1999 by Sister Marie Therese Carr, OSF in memory of her mother, Nora T. Carr, this scholarship is awarded to students who meet the academic criteria of the University and who are financially challenged.
SISTER ROSE CECILIA CASE, OSF SCHOLARSHIP
Sister Rose Cecilia Case, OSF, awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Neumann University in 2005, passed away on February 14, 2010. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 67 years. Sister Rose Cecilia ministered for 62 years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in education on the elementary, secondary and collegiate levels. She served in congregational ministry as a general council member, vicar general, and general minister for the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. She served as president of the Franciscan Federation and was actively involved in the revision of the Third Order Regular Rule. She ministered for 19 years in various positions at Neumann University in Aston; vice president of mission and ministry (1987-97), founder and first director of the Franciscan Institute (1997-01), and volunteer in the Office of the Registrar (2001-06). In 2006 she moved to Assisi House where she served in prayer ministry until her death. Funded by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia and friends, this scholarship is awarded by Neumann University in accordance with the required regulations of University policy to a recipient that is a full time undergraduate student enrolled in education or a related major; demonstrates a commitment to the Catholic Franciscan Mission and values of Neumann University; is in good academic standing (GPA 3.0 or higher in major); and performs volunteer services through University sponsored activities.
JOSEPH J. COFFEY SCHOLARSHIP
This endowed scholarship was established by Teresa S. ‘83 ‘96 and Joseph A. Coffey in loving memory of their son Joseph J. Coffey. The scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time student enrolled at Neumann University in good academic standing who maintains a quality GPA of 2.5 or higher in their major and completes all coursework attempted. The recipient must demonstrate a commitment to the Catholic Franciscan Mission and values of Neumann University.
NICOLA & GIOVANNA DIMARINO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Established in July 2016 by Nicholas J. and Diane DiMarino in memory of their grandparents Nicola & Giovanna DiMarino. This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in the Division of Nursing and Health Sciences or a biology major. Recipients of this endowed scholarship shall be selected by Neumann University in accordance with required regulations of University policy and the following criteria: recipients must be in good academic standing (GPA 3.0 or higher in major) and have earned a minimum of 60 credits at Neumann, must have documented financial need and participate in community service programs either within the University or in their community, and demonstrate a commitment to the Catholic Franciscan mission and values of Neumann University.
SISTER MADONNA MARIE CUNNINGHAM, OSF SCHOLARSHIP
Sister Madonna Marie Cunningham, OSF, former President of Our Lady of Angels College (1971-80) and Neumann College (1980-83), passed away on January 22, 2010. During her tenure as president, she helped open the Child Development Center and the Bruder Life Center. She began the counseling center at Neumann in 1968-70, serving as its first director and taught psychology. Sister Madonna Marie had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 54 years and held a number of positions with the Order of St. Francis including member of the General Council, director of the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, spiritual counselor and prayer ministry at the Assisi House until the time of her death. She also served the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 37 years. Funded by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia and friends, this scholarship is awarded by Neumann University in accordance with required regulations of University policy to a recipient that is a full time undergraduate student enrolled in psychology or a related major such as pastoral counseling; who demonstrates a commitment to the Catholic Franciscan Mission and values of Neumann University; is in good academic standing (GPA 3.0 or higher in major); and performs volunteer services through University sponsored activities.
P. J. DIQUINZIO SCHOLARSHIP
This endowed scholarship was established in 2004 through the first Neumann University Charitable Remainder Unitrust in honor of Pasquale J. DiQuinzio’ s philanthropic wishes to provide scholarships for Neumann University students.
JOHN T. FACENDA SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in 1985 in memory of legendary Philadelphia broadcaster of excellence, John Thomas Facenda. Recipients for this scholarship must be a junior or senior Communications and Media Arts major, who is a full-time student with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above.
W. EDWARD FRAZER SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 1996 the W. Edward Frazer Endowed Scholarship provides financial assistance to Computer and Information Management majors who meet the scholarship requirements as set forth by Neumann University.
Established in 2014 by The Gibb Foundation in memory of Lorna Abbot Gibb to assist students majoring in Business/Sport Management or Criminal Justice. Recipients for this scholarship must be full time undergraduates who demonstrate a commitment to the Catholic Franciscan Mission and values of Neumann University who are in good academic standing (GPA 3.0 or higher in major. An award will be made to a student enrolled in Business/Sport Management in year one and then in year two to a Criminal Justice student, thereafter alternating in its distribution every other year to students enrolled in these academic majors.
HELEN GILLEN-HAVENS ‘83 ‘93 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The family and friends of Helen Gillen-Havens established this scholarship in her memory in September 2001. Helen, a faithful employee for many years, received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Neumann University while raising three children. Her family requested that the eligible criteria for scholarship recipients include a non-traditional aged student who is a single mother, in good academic standing with a 2.50 GPA or higher, and majoring in either Behavioral Science or Pastoral Care and Counseling.
MICHAEL GRAMIAK SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in May 2011 in memory of Michael Gramiak, son of Viola Mazur. The objective of this scholarship shall be to provide financial assistance to deserving students enrolled at Neumann University who meet the scholarship requirements as set forth by the University.
MATTHEW R. HALLINAN ‘08 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Established in loving memory of our son and brother, Matthew who was able to overcome great obstacles and achieve his dream of a college education. Recipients of this endowed scholarship shall be selected by Neumann University in accordance with required regulations of University policy and the following criteria: awarded to an undergraduate student (enrolled at Neumann University) with a learning disability who aspires to achieve a college education; the recipient should submit a short letter stating their hopes and dreams for the future and the gifts they would bring to Neumann; the recipient should also maintain a 2.50 GPA with assistance from the Academic Resource Center (ARC) and student services. The recipient may earn the award annually for a maximum of four (4) years.
WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST SCHOLARSHIP
This endowed scholarship was established in 1992 by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and is awarded annually to returning adult students who are in good academic standing, participate in community activities, and are United States residents.
DR. NAN B. AND MR. ALOYSIUS HECHENBERGER SCHOLARSHIP
On November 16, 2012, the Neumann University Board of Trustees established the Dr. Nan B. and Mr. Aloysius Hechenberger Endowed Scholarship in honor of their commitment to the University and its mission. The scholarship is restricted to a full-time graduate student in nursing who is enrolled in the Organizational and Strategic Leadership program. Admission criteria as required by the University and described in the Neumann University Graduate Catalog will be applied with no exceptions to the requirement for the attainment of a least a 3.0 GPA and must be maintained throughout the program. Progression/Retention/Graduation Requirements as described in the University Graduate Catalog will be applied with regard to completing the program.
HOLEFELDER BROTHERS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Holefelder Family of Aston, Pennsylvania, established this memorial scholarship in 1993. Residents of Aston, Brookhaven, Chester, Chichester, or Parkside, Pennsylvania; who are majoring in either Business Administration, Marketing, International Business, Sport and Entertainment Management, or Communication and Media Arts, and are involved in community service are eligible to receive support from this memorial scholarship fund. Awards may also be given in consideration of those students who are working mothers.
ANNA MARIE HUTCHISON NURSING SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 2008 the Anna Marie Hutchison Endowed Nursing Scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior nursing major in good academic standing who embodies the values and mission of Neumann University and has verified financial need.
GEORGE P. AND MARTINA JENNINGS SCHOLARSHIP
Established in honor of George P. and Martina Jennings in September 2000, this scholarship provides financial assistance to deserving, qualified students enrolled at Neumann University
DR. MARGARET MARY KEARNEY SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship, established in memory of Dr. Margaret Mary Kearney in 1984, is awarded annually to a non-traditional female student who is 21 years of age or older, is majoring in either Liberal Studies, Liberal Arts, or Early Elementary/Special Education, and has completed a minimum of 12 credits from Neumann University with a GPA of at least 3.00. Qualifying recipients must be enrolled for a minimum of six credits per semester.
BRENDAN P. KELLY ‘87 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 1990 the Brendan P. Kelly ‘87 memorial scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate leadership, participate in meaningful extracurricular activities on campus, understand commitment, and maintain a 2.50 GPA. Applicants are required to submit an essay stating their academic goals at Neumann University and their personal contribution to student life. This Scholarship is actively supported by the Brendan P. Kelly Committee, his family and friends.
KIRKLAND ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUND IN HONOR OF CHRISTINE J. KIRKLAND ‘96
A Scholarship for Caregivers Making a Difference in the Lives of Others
This endowed scholarship was established by Scott J. Kirkland ‘96 and his children, Kylie, Noah, Joel, and Benjamin to honor their wife, mother, and alumnus, Christine J. Kirkland, ‘96. The recipient is required to submit an essay on how the caring for an individual has impacted his/her life both negatively and positively and how The KirklandKrew Scholarship Fund in Honor of Christine J. Kirkland ‘96 and their college education will help make a difference in their life in the future. The scholarship will be awarded to a matriculated student who is a 1) full-time undergraduate, 2) Minimum of 60 undergraduate credits, or 3) 50% of graduate credits completed; in good academic standing (GPA 3.0 or higher) for the duration of their education at Neumann University to provide a guaranteed source of tuition assistance. The recipient is or has been the primary caregiver to a person with a terminal, debilitating, life-altering or incurable illness, disease, or disability who has sacrificed himself or herself for others to hold their family together
FRANCES KOONZ LEE NURSING SCHOLARSHIP
Established in January 2000, the Frances Koonz Lee Endowed Nursing Scholarship is awarded to nursing students enrolled at Neumann who meet the academic criteria of the University.
DRS. DOROTHY A. P. and R.L. ABRAHAM LEUNISSEN SCHOLARSHIP
Initially established in memory of Dorothy A. Leunissen, MD, Ph.D. by her loving husband, R.L. Abraham Leunissen, MD, this scholarship is a lasting tribute to the Leunissens for their outstanding service and leadership to their patients and the medical profession. Recipients of this scholarship shall be selected by Neumann University in accordance with required regulations of University policy. Eligible recipients must maintain a 3.00 GPA, have demonstrated financial need, be dedicated to the service of others, and be enrolled full-time as a junior or senior.
EDWARED Q. LEWIS SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in 2011 in memory of Edward Q. Lewis. This scholarship will be awarded to students who have been in foster care and meet the Neumann University requirements for financial aid.
SR. MARGARET M. LEWIS, OSF SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in 2012 in honor of Sr. Margaret M. Lewis, OSF. This scholarship will be awarded to a full-time undergraduate student enrolled at Neumann University in good academic standing (GPA 3.0 or higher); majoring in clinical laboratory science or biology.
STEPHANIE MAREK PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in September 2001 in memory of Stephanie Marek who taught music and interdisciplinary courses at Neumann University for twenty years. She served as Associate Director of the Theater Ensemble from its inception until her death in December 2000, and was the director of the University’s Community Chorus during the 1980s. Students must demonstrate a level of achievement in the performing arts; a commitment to the performing arts at Neumann University; a commitment to issues of social justice; an ability to articulate how the performing arts can be used in the interests of social justice; and maintain a GPA of 3.00 or higher.
JANET MASSEY BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in 2005 by Janet and Joseph Massey, faculty members at Neumann University in honor of Janet, a breast cancer survivor. The objective of the scholarship shall be to assist male or female students who have been diagnosed with breast cancer or who have had male or female family members that have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
KATHRYN AND JOHN MCDONNELL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in November 2000 by Sister Jeannette Clare McDonnell, OSF and Sister Clare Immaculate McDonnell, OSF in memory of their parents, Kathryn and John McDonnell. Students must maintain a good GPA that indicates a pattern of interest in study; proven SAT scores and/or high school record; and a willingness to volunteer for an activity relative to the spiritual and/or academic development of Neumann University. Recipients are required to develop an essay based upon the writings and/or their knowledge of St. Francis.
THE BILL AND NATALIE MCLAUGHLIN IRISH AND AMERICAN STUDENT ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP
This endowed scholarship will be awarded to a full-time undergraduate student enrolled at Neumann University or an Irish university with preference given to students majoring in business or a related major such as sports marketing. Recipients demonstrate a commitment to the Catholic Franciscan mission and values of Neumann University in good academic standing (GPA 3.0 or higher in major) who wishes to study abroad in Ireland if a Neumann student, or at Neumann if an Irish student. The scholarship is to be used to offset travel expenses to and from Ireland. The recipient must perform volunteer service through University sponsored activities, or is an active member of a Neumann athletic team.
HARRY A. MCHICHOL SCHOLARSHIP
This endowed scholarship was established in memory of Harry A. McNichol by his friends and is awarded annually to incoming freshmen who are enrolled as full-time students at Neumann University and are residents of Delaware County, in Pennsylvania.
JOHN MCSHAIN SCHOLARSHIP
This endowed scholarship, funded by the John McShain Charities in 1987, is awarded once every four years to an incoming freshman and follows the student through his/her four years at Neumann University provided that recipients remain a full-time student and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00.
THE MIRENDA FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
The First Neumann University Family scholarship was endowed in 2003 in honor of Dr. Rosalie M. Mirenda, President of Neumann University, and her family. Recipients of this scholarship shall be selected by Neumann University in accordance with required regulations of University policy. First-generation traditional students from a Catholic/religious sponsored high school who are enrolled full-time at Neumann University are eligible for this scholarship. Students must maintain a minimum 3.00 GPA each academic year, and demonstrate service to the University and community for continuance. Recipients may earn the award annually for a maximum of three consecutive years, having successfully completed their first year of study and earned 24 credits or more.
NEUMANN UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE BOARD SCHOLARSHIP
The Neumann University Alumni Association Executive Board Scholarship was endowed in 2001. This scholarship is awarded annually to students in good academic standing with a 2.50 GPA or higher, who have successfully completed their freshman year at Neumann University, and who display an interest in extra-curricular activities associated with the University.
NEUMANN UNIVERSITY PARENTS’ COMMITTEE SCHOLARSHIP
The Neumann University Parents’ Committee Scholarship was endowed in 2001. This scholarship is awarded annually to students in good standing with a 2.50 GPA or higher, who have successfully completed their freshman year at Neumann University, and who display an interest in extracurricular activities associated with the University.
THE CHARLOTTE W. NEWCOMBE SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship, which was endowed by the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, provides financial assistance to non-traditional female students aged 25 years or older who have earned a minimum of 60 college credits. Recipients, referred to as Newcombe Scholars, must maintain a GPA of 2.50 or higher and must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits per semester. In addition to this endowed scholarship, the Newcombe Foundation also funds an annual restricted scholarship to increase its ability to financially assist Newcombe Scholars.
CATHERINE E. NOLAN & MARY NOLAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 2008, this scholarship, in memory of Catherine E. Nolan and Sister Eunice Marie, OSF, provides financial assistance to deserving students enrolled at Neumann University who meet the scholarship requirements as set forth by the University. Eligible students must be continuing education students who are enrolled in the Nursing program and are in good academic standing.
HENRI J. NOUWEN SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 1987, this endowed scholarship is given to a student enrolled in Neumann’s graduate program in Pastoral Care and Counseling. Recipients must have a demonstrated history of pastoral service with qualities of scholarship and Christian commitment.
SISTER M. MARGARELLA O’NEILL, OSF SCHOLARSHIP
Sister M. Margarella O’Neill, OSF, President of then Neumann College from 1983 to 1989, passed away in 2006. During her presidency, Neumann College built the Bruder Life Center, which houses the Thomas A. and Mary A. Bruder Athletic Center, The Fred P. Meagher Theatre, and the campus dining facility. She also added the position of Vice President for Mission and Ministry to the College’s leadership team as part of an ongoing effort to promote Catholic Franciscan values on campus. Neumann University established this endowed scholarship fund in Sister Margarella’s memory. Recipients must be in good academic standing, demonstrate leadership responsibility, and show promise in their academic and professional abilities.
ANTHONY AND CECILIA PILEGGI FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
This endowed scholarship was established by family and friends in memory of Cecilia T. Pileggi, Chairperson of the Cultural Arts Forum and long-time friend of Neumann University. The scholarship provides financial assistance to deserving students enrolled at Neumann who meet the scholarship requirements as set forth by the University.
SISTER PRESENTINA, OSF SCHOLARSHIP
Sister Presentina, OSF was a pioneer of the Child Care Division programs in Oregon and Washington State. She was also a leader in training catechists. Students who meet the Neumann University requirements for financial aid as set forth by the University are eligible to receive this scholarship
DIANE HISLER RAWSKI ‘85 SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded in memory of Diane Hisler Rawski, former alumni director of Neumann University, this scholarship is given to a student who is majoring in English, Psychology, or Communication and Media Arts. Recipients must demonstrate a promise of academic success and maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher.
This endowed scholarship was established in memory of Sandra Riley, grandmother of Frank Altamuro ‘13 who raised him until he was a sophomore and inspired him to get involved in community service. Her inspiration ultimately led Frank to formally establish the Color Walk for Cancer at Neumann University in the spring of 2012. Naming the scholarship was a group decision made by Student Government Leaders: Taylor Baston ‘16, Breanna Binck ‘14, Justin A. Brydges ‘14, Tiffany E. Connelly ‘14, Alexandria L. Maurizzio ‘14, Jordan K. M. Smith ‘13, and Richard W. Tutak ‘15. In the spirit of stewardship and service, the walk was started by these students to support their peers who have been affected by cancer. This scholarship supports students enrolled at Neumann University that have lost a parent or guardian to any type of cancer. Recipient must be a full-time undergraduate student who enrolled at Neumann University that has lost a parent or guardian to cancer; demonstrates a commitment to the Catholic Franciscan Mission and values of Neumann University; and is in good academic standing (GPA 3.0 or higher in major).
AMIR SHAHMAEE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Established by Dr. Arde Shahmaei, former Dean of the Division of Business and Information Management, along with his family and friends in memory of Dr. Shahmaei’s brother, Amir Shahmaee. This scholarship is awarded annually to an international student enrolled at Neumann University.
TILL FAMILY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in 2010 by Robert E. Till and Jane Hoffman Till who both teach in the Division of Business and Information Technology at Neumann University, in honor of their families who sacrificed so that they could benefit from a Catholic education. Eligible students must be enrolled full-time and accepted into a Business Division major. The recipient must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be involved in service at Neumann that meets the approval of the Division of Mission and Ministry. Students who meet the requirements for financial aid as set forth by the University are eligible to apply for this scholarship. In addition, a student may earn the award for a second year provided that they submit a paper explaining how their educational experience and service connects to the mission of Neumann University.
NANCY WILLINGHAM SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 1983 the Nancy Willingham Memorial Scholarship is awarded every four years to an incoming freshman majoring in Nursing, with a preference for minority students who meet the Neumann University Academic Scholarship criteria.
Annual Restricted Scholarships at Neumann University
CHRISTINA BRAME SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 2013, in loving memory of Christian Brame who served as a Living and Learning Center I Building Coordinator in Residence Life at Neumann University (July 2004). She passed shortly after working at Neumann in July of 2005. Her legacy lives on through her gift of song and praise which gave birth to the Christina Brame Gospel Choir. Today, the Gospel Choir continues to inspire many people both on and off campus, especially the members of the Gospel Choir, Campus Ministry, and Resident Life staff. Students entering their junior or senior year at Neumann University may apply for the scholarship by submitting a 1-2 page essay that addresses: 1) their involvement in Neumann University Christina Brame Gospel Choir, Campus Ministry, or Residence Life; 2) their involvement in community service activities on campus or in their home community; and 3) how a chronic or terminal illness, or a tragic event that has occurred in their lives has affected their development of faith and character. Recipients of this restricted scholarship shall be selected by Neumann University in accordance with required regulations of University policy and the following criteria: awarded to a full-time undergraduate student that has completed a minimum of 60 credits; demonstrates a commitment to service and leadership at Neumann and/or in their home community; in good academic standing (minimum GPA of 2.5); demonstrated high level of involvement in one of the following University programs: Christina Brame Gospel Choir, Campus Ministry, or Residence Life.
CHANDLER FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
This restricted scholarship was established in honor of the Chandler Family in 2013. Recipients of this restricted scholarship shall be selected by Neumann University in accordance with required regulations of University policy and the following criteria: recipients must be in severe financial need such that if the scholarship were not available, they would not be able to attend Neumann University. This scholarship will be awarded annually to three (3) students majoring in nursing and three (3) students majoring in education. Recipients will participate in the work of Anna’s House (or similar University associated charity). Their activities will pertain to their major. The time commitment to this work may be determined by the University. Recipients shall not be determined based on religious belief. Recipients are required to attend an annual Chandler Scholars event.
LUCILLE & JERRY FRANCESCO SCHOLARSHIP
This restricted scholarship is awarded to one or two freshman students at Neumann who attended a Catholic high school with demonstrate financial need or who merit a scholarship because of the strong academic credentials they achieved in high school.
MATTHEW R. HALLINAN ‘08 MEMORIAL RESTRICTED SCHOLARSHIP
Established in loving memory of our son and brother, Matthew who was able to overcome great obstacles and achieve his dream of a college education. Recipients of this restricted scholarship shall be selected by Neumann University in accordance with required regulations of University policy and the following criteria: awarded to an undergraduate student (enrolled at Neumann University) with a learning disability who aspires to achieve a college education; the recipient should submit a short letter stating their hopes and dreams for the future and the gifts they would bring to Neumann; the recipient should also maintain a 2.50 GPA with assistance from the Academic Resource Center (ARC) and student services. The Amount funded each year will be awarded to a single student distributed over a four (4) year period. The recipient will be awarded $2,500 per year throughout their academic studies at Neumann University for a maximum total of $10,000. This scholarship should go toward retiring the student’s loan debt and shall not take away from any financial aid for which the recipient would otherwise be considered eligible.
DR. MARGARET MARY KEARNEY SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship, established in memory of Dr. Margaret Mary Kearney in 1984, is awarded annually to a non-traditional female student who is 21 years of age or older, is majoring in either Liberal Studies, Liberal Arts, or Early Elementary/Special Education, and has completed a minimum of 12 credits from Neumann University with a GPA of at least 3.00. Qualifying recipients must be enrolled for a minimum of six credits per semester.
ROCCO & BARBARA MARTINO CATHOLIC LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 2006 in honor of Drs. Rocco and Barbara Martino, the Rocco and Barbara Martino Catholic Leadership Scholarship is an annual scholarship. Recipients will be Catholic and exhibit a consistent record of leadership and service activity, coupled with a strong faith life and a deep commitment to mission-centered values as inspired by Saints Francis and Clare. In addition, recipients will demonstrate leadership involvement in a variety of on and off-campus service activities through justice, faith, and ethics. Letters of recommendation from the University’s Mission and Ministry Unit and/or the Neumann Franciscan community are encouraged. The scholarship requires that recipients be full-time junior or senior students with a minimum GPA of 3.50.
N A FOUNDATION OF THE ECUMENICAL HOSPITALLER ORDER OF ST. JOHN SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is funded by the N A Foundation of the Ecumenical Hospitaller Order of St. John, providing financial assistance to deserving students preparing for careers in the healthcare profession, in particular Neumann University students majoring in Nursing and Clinical Lab Science with a demonstrated financial need. Recipients must have financial need as such that if the scholarship were not available the student would not be able to attend Neumann University. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA. This scholarship will be awarded to three students majoring in nursing and one student majoring in clinical lab science.
THE CHARLOTTE W. NEWCOMBE SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship which is supported annually by the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation provides financial assistance to non-traditional female students aged 25 years or older with a minimum of 60 college credits. Recipients must maintain a 2.50 GPA and must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits per semester. In addition to this annual restricted scholarship gift, the Newcombe Foundation has also established an endowed scholarship to increase the support that is awarded each year to its Newcombe Scholars.
AMY LOUISE PARDO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Established in memory of Neumann University student Amy Louise Pardo by her family and friends, this scholarship is awarded annually to a commuter student who resides in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
CHARLOTTE LYNCH SILVEY EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP
This annual scholarship, in memory of Charlotte Lynch Silvey, was established in 2003. Students must be returning full-time sophomores, juniors or seniors majoring in Early Elementary/Special Education. Recipients must maintain a 3.00 GPA to remain eligible for the scholarship and have demonstrated financial need.
The W.W. SMITH CHARITABLE TRUST SCHOLARSHIP
The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust annually supports scholarships that are awarded to full-time undergraduate students in a degree-granting program of study, in good academic standing with at least a 2.50 GPA, and whose financial needs cannot be met by other aid programs. Smith Scholars must be permanent residents of the Delaware Valley Area (Counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia). Out of state students who gain residency status due to their University enrollment are not eligible for funding. The Trust prefers that Smith Scholars receive support for two consecutive years, provided that they are in good academic standing and remain in need of financial aid subsidies. Recipients are required to write an original letter to the Trust for each year they receive a Smith Scholarship. This scholarship may only be applied toward tuition, and room and board expenses.
KATHY TEO ‘04 ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
This scholarship was established by Neumann University alumna Kathrina Teo Chesser ‘04, Valedictorian of her class. Recipients must be a full-time, international student majoring in any of the majors offered by the Division of Business and Information Management, maintain a GPA of 3.50 or higher, and be involved in the University’s extracurricular activities.
CURTIS J. CROWTHER, ESQ. ‘90 SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in 2016 by an alum in honor of Neumann University and its mission. Once fully funded, this scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student enrolled at Neumann University who is the first person in their immediate family to pursue a four-year university-level education. Preference will be given to students based on the following factors, in order of importance: formal Pre-Law election/entrance at Neumann University, declared Political Science major, and demonstrated financial need. Recipient must demonstrate a commitment to the Catholic Franciscan mission and values of Neumann University including a demonstrated commitment to service in or for the community whether related to school, private or public activities; and be in good academic standing (GPA 3.0 or higher in major) or is entering or in their freshman year at Neumann.
THE DELLEMONACHE FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in 2011 in honor of the DelleMonache Family. Once fully funded, the objective of this fund shall be to provide financial assistance to deserving Neumann University students. Eligible recipients must be in good standing with the Catholic Church, a resident of the state of New Jersey, and a graduate of a Catholic high school, with demonstrated financial need as set forth by the University and who has been accepted for admission to Neumann University.
SR. JORDAN MARIE GOEKE, OSF SCHOLARSHIP
This is scholarship was established in 2012 in honor of Sr. Jordan Marie Goeke, OSF. Once fully funded, this scholarship will be awarded to a full-time undergraduate student enrolled at Neumann University who is a single parent majoring in nursing. The recipient must demonstrate a commitment to the Catholic Franciscan Mission and values of Neumann University; be in good academic standing (GPA 3.0 or higher) in their major.
MARTHA R. HOLCOMB MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in 1987. Once fully funded, the Martha Holcomb Scholarship will be awarded to adult female students who are 25 years of age or older with demonstrated financial need, a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher, who are involved in one or more University activities, and have earned a minimum of 30 Neumann credits.
STEPHEN E. MARKOWITZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in memory of Stephen E. Markowitz, who served on Neumann University’s Business Advisory Board. Recipients must be full time undergraduate students enrolled as a business major; in good academic standing (GPA 3.0 or higher in major) who demonstrate a commitment to business initiatives that include networking, professional development, and strategic management.
MICHAEL L. MASCIANTOINIO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was established in loving memory of Michael L. Masciantonio, who fought a courageous battle with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, by his family and friends. Once fully funded, the objective of this scholarship shall be to assist students with a disability that meet the Neumann University requirements for financial aid.
Neumann Merit Awards
Full-time students who apply for admission to the University’s traditional undergraduate programs are automatically considered for the Neumann Merit Awards. The amounts of these awards are determined by an evaluation of the applicant’s academic credentials.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division III, the University does not consider athletic ability in the awarding of any scholarships or grants.
A grant is a form of gift assistance, usually based upon financial need, which does not require repayment. Neumann has numerous grants and endowed scholarship programs which are available to students who demonstrate financial need. Other sources of grant funding are federal and various state government agencies. Students automatically apply for these grant programs by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
NEUMANN NEED GRANT
These awards are made to full-time undergraduate students to supplement family, federal, and state resources. Grant amounts vary, reflecting the individual financial circumstances of both the student and family. Awards are renewed based upon an annual review of financial need and maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress.
FEDERAL PELL GRANT
Federal Pell Grants are awarded only to first degree undergraduate students who have demonstrated need based on the information provided on their FAFSA. All awards are based upon financial need and are subject to an annual review. Pell Grants may be awarded to both full- and part-time undergraduate students.
FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT (SEOG)
SEOG funds are awarded to full-time freshmen students who are Pell Grant eligible. Funding for this program is very limited and administered by the Office of Financial Assistance.
PENNSYLVANIA STATE GRANT
The Pennsylvania State Grant is available to eligible Pennsylvania residents. Determination of award amounts is made by the Pennsylvania state government. Full-time and at least half-time undergraduate students may be considered for a grant, if the FAFSA application is completed online by May 1st. Students may review their award online at www.pheaa.org.
OTHER STATE GRANT PROGRAMS
Residents of states other than Pennsylvania may be eligible to receive grant funding. Students should contact their state grant agency for more information.
Outside Merit Scholarship Adjustments
Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships outside of the aid received from Neumann University. When a student receives funds from other sources, it may impact the eligibility of their posted aid. Neumann University’s policy is to adjust the aid previously awarded between student loans and grants. The Office of Financial Assistance reduces the student’s loan if necessary.
At institutions of higher education, employment refers to on- or off-campus work opportunities which enable students to earn money for educational expenses while they are enrolled at the University. At Neumann University, both need-based work opportunities and non-need based work opportunities are available to eligible students.
FEDERAL WORK-STUDY (FWS) PROGRAM
This federally sponsored employment program provides students with the opportunity to earn funds for tuition, books, supplies, and personal expenses while attending college. The amount of the award is determined by an analysis of the FAFSA data and is based upon the student’s financial need. The University provides a variety of work opportunities for students with FWS awards. Only full-time, undergraduate students with financial need may receive FWS awards. FWS student workers are paid bi-monthly, after their work hours have been completed and documented on the Neumann University timesheet and submitted to the Payroll Department. Students may work 8-10 hours per week and earn no less than the Pennsylvania minimum state wage.
Educational loans provide money for parents and students to help pay for educational expenses while the student is enrolled at the University. Perhaps the best features of these educational loan programs are the low interest rates and the extended repayment periods - in most cases up to 10 years. Loan programs are available to both students and parents.
WILLIAM D. FORD DIRECT LOAN PROGRAM
This loan program is available to eligible full- and part-time undergraduate students who are enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits per semester. The Direct Loan Program makes two types of loans available to eligible students: a subsidized loan and an unsubsidized loan.
FEDERAL DIRECT SUBSIDIZED LOAN
Subsidized Direct Loan eligibility is based upon financial need as determined by the Federal Need Analysis Methodology. When the student qualifies for a subsidized loan, the federal government makes the interest payments on behalf of the student while the student is still enrolled in school.
FEDERAL DIRECT UNSUBSIDIZED LOAN
A Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan is not based upon financial need. If your estimated cost of attendance is greater than your financial aid, you may qualify for an unsubsidized loan. You are charged interest on this loan from the time it is disbursed until it is paid in full. You have the option to pay the interest while in school, or to allow the interest to accumulate, which adds to the principal amount of the loan and increases the amount to be repaid.
Annual subsidized loan limits for undergraduate students are: $3,500 for freshmen, $4,500 for sophomores; and $5,500 for juniors and seniors. Students may not borrow more than the annual loan limit in any combination of subsidized and unsubsidized loans. These loans have a fixed rate and loan origination fees set by the federal government. Repayment of the loan principal begins six months after the student ceases to be enrolled on at least a half-time basis. The repayment period may extend up to 10 years, depending upon the total amount borrowed. The minimum monthly payment is $50.
Independent undergraduate students may have additional unsubsidized Direct Loan eligibility beyond the annual loan limits specified above. This additional eligibility may not exceed the cost of attendance minus other aid (including the subsidized loan). Freshmen and sophomores may borrow up to $4,000; juniors and seniors up to $5,000.
For first-time borrowers, if you have requested a loan and have completed verification or verification was not required, we will determine your eligibility and certify your Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loan. You will need to complete the Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note online at https://studentaid.ed.gov- Complete the Aid Process. Direct Loans will not disburse until both requirements are completed.
FEDERAL PARENT LOAN FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (PLUS) PROGRAM
The federally sponsored loan program enables parents with good credit histories to borrow in order to pay the educational expenses of each child who is a dependent undergraduate enrolled at least half-time (6 credits). The yearly limit on a Direct PLUS loan is equal to your cost of attendance minus any other financial aid you receive. If your parents are unable to get a Direct PLUS loan due to credit history, you may borrow additional funds under the Direct Unsubsidized Loan Program. Students must complete the FAFSA application and be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) for parents to be eligible for the PLUS Loan.Visit https://studentaid.ed.gov for more information on the Federal Direct PLUS Loan and to apply. The parent will need to create an FSA ID before starting the application.
The Federal Direct PLUS has a fixed interest rate and loan origination fees set by the federal government. Parent borrowers can choose to defer payments on a Federal Direct PLUS loan until 6 months after the date the student ceases to be enrolled at least half-time.
These benefits may be available to veterans based upon their service and/or participation in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Educational Programs. Children of deceased or 100% disabled veterans with a service-connected disability are also eligible to receive these benefits. Award amounts are determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Students should contact the VA for additional information.
HIGH SCHOOL AND LOCAL CIVIC SCHOLARSHIPS
A wide variety of scholarships and grants are available to high school graduates each year through their schools and local community organizations. Eligibility criteria, award values, and award determination are established by each organization. Students are encouraged to check with their local library reference section for books which list the many sources of this “outside” aid. In addition, the Internet has many sites which are dedicated to scholarships and grants. Contact the Financial Assistance Office for a comprehensive list of valid scholarship and grant resources.
Notification of Financial Aid Offers
New and returning students are notified of their eligibility for financial aid through a financial aid offer notification. The financial aid offer is sent to new students via letter and electronically. Returning students receive updated financial aid offers electronically. These offers are based upon the information provided to the school from the FAFSA. If no FAFSA is completed, the offer is based on the student’s enrollment application only.
Financial Aid for Subsequent Terms
Neumann University will continue to provide financial aid for students during their subsequent years of enrollment at the University. It is the policy of the Office of Financial Assistance to process requests and provide aid up to the level received for the first year, providing the student’s need and eligibility remain the same.
Every year, the Department of Education picks a portion of financial aid applicants to go through FAFSA verification. Selected students are required to submit verification documents, including federal tax returns, to the University for review within 45 days from receipt of the verification request. Students who are selected for verification will not be awarded federal aid until the verification process is completed. If selected, any student should consider all financial aid offers as estimated until this verification process has been completed. The Office of Financial Assistance reserves the right to adjust offers based upon receipt of any information which changes the student’s eligibility to receive financial aid. This information may include changes in application data, receipt of outside awards, financial circumstances, housing status, etc.
Students may receive requests for additional information from the University, the Federal Processor, or state agencies. Students must respond in a prompt manner to all requests for additional information to avoid delays in the finalization of their awards.
Financial Aid Adjustments
The Office of Financial Assistance is prepared to respond to unforeseen changes in any student’s financial status. In the event that a student’s financial status changes or if, in the student’s opinion, a financial aid offer is not sufficient, the student may request a review by submitting a Special Consideration Form which outlines the circumstances surrounding his/her request for a review of his/her file. The Office reviews each case individually for possible changes in funding.
If a student receives gift assistance from another source or has a change in family circumstances, it is the student’s responsibility to report that information to the Office of Financial Assistance, which then reviews the student’s financial status, reserving the right to adjust the student’s award, if need be.
Neumann University awards merit-based and need-based grants to full-time matriculated students who are enrolled in undergraduate degree programs only. If a student drops to less than full-time status during the academic year, an adjustment is made to the student’s financial aid offer at the University’s discretion. If a student who has received financial assistance withdraws from Neumann University, he/she is subject to the refund policies of the University as specified below.
Payments and Refunds
Statements covering all charges for the first semester are mailed to students in mid-summer and must be paid by the due date as indicated. Statements covering charges for the second semester are mailed during December and must be paid by the due date indicated on the bill.
The admission deposit and housing deposit are nonrefundable after May 1st for students who choose not to attend Neumann University.
Neumann University participates in a Deferred Payment Plan. Students should contact the Business Office for additional information on this plan.
For refund purposes, a week is defined as seven calendar days beginning with the first day of classes. The first scheduled meeting of a course, therefore, constitutes the beginning of the refund period for that course. The refund period may change based upon the length and nature of the course.
Neumann University Refund Policy
Tuition Refunds for students during the Fall and Spring Semesters of the academic year are as follows:
• For students withdrawing before the first day of classes
• For students withdrawing during the first week
• During the second week
• During the third week
• During the fourth week
• After the fourth week
Room fees are not refundable. Board fees are refunded on a pro-rated basis.
All students who have previously attended, in a prior semester, at least one (1) class at Neumann and who are receiving Federal Title IV Aid and who withdraw from the University during any term will be refunded using the following Federal Refund Policy.
Federal Refund Policy
The Office of Financial Assistance is required by federal statute to determine how much financial aid was earned by students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed, or take a Leave of Absence prior to completing 60% of a payment period or term. For a student who withdraws after the 60% point in time, there are no unearned funds. However, a school must still complete a Return Calculation in order to determine whether the student is eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement. This calculation is based upon the percentage of earned aid using the following Federal Return of Title IV Funds formula:
The percentage of the period completed is determined by dividing the number of calendar days completed in the payment period or period of enrollment, as of the day the student withdrew, by the total number of calendar days in the same period.
The number of calendar days in the numerator or denominator includes all days within the period, except for institutionally scheduled breaks of five or more consecutive days. Days in which the student was on an approved leave of absence would also be excluded. The day the student withdrew is counted as a completed day.
This percentage is also the percentage of earned aid. Funds are returned to the appropriate federal program based upon the percentage of unearned aid.
If a student earned less aid than was disbursed, the institution would be required to return a portion of the funds, and the student would be required to return a portion of the funds. When Title IV funds are returned, the student borrower may owe a debit balance to the institution. If a student has earned more aid than was disbursed to him/her, the institution would owe the student a post-withdrawal disbursement which must be paid within 180 days of the student’s withdrawal. The institution must return the amount of Title IV funds for which it is responsible no later than 45 days after the date of the determination of the date of the student’s withdrawal. Refunds are allocated in the following order:
- Unsubsidized Direct loans (other than PLUS loans)
- Subsidized Direct loans
- Direct PLUS loans
- Federal Pell Grants for which a return of funds is required
- Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants for which a return of funds is required
- Iraq Afghanistan Service Grant
Students are required to meet all financial obligations to the University when due. Students are not allowed to register for classes, graduate, or receive academic transcripts if they are delinquent in meeting their financial obligations to the University.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards Policy for Financial Aid (updated as of June, 2022)
In compliance with federal and Pennsylvania state regulations, Neumann University has adopted a minimum standard of academic progress which students must meet in order to be eligible to receive federal or Pennsylvania state financial aid funds. University merit and need-based funding are also subject to these standards.
SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE (SAP) STANDARDS FOR STUDENTS RECEIVING FEDERAL STUDENT AID
As required by Federal Regulations, students must maintain a minimum level of academic progress in order to continue receiving federal financial aid. Academic progress of aid recipients will be reviewed annually at the end of the spring semester. Students who are not making minimum progress in any of the categories as defined below will be considered ineligible to receive federal financial aid.
In order to continue receiving federal financial aid, Undergraduate academic progress is measured in the following three ways:
1. Qualitative Measurement
A minimum cumulative Grade Point Average
The minimum GPA for each classification level is indicated below:
Total Credit Hours Earned Cumulative Grade Point Average:
15.5 or fewer 1.7 or higher
16 - 30.5 credit hours 1.8 or higher
31 - 60.5 credit hours 2.0 or higher
61 or more credit hours 2.0 or higher
2. Quantitative Measurement
A minimum Completion Rate
Students must successfully complete a minimum of 67 percent of the total credits attempted while enrolled at Neumann University. Successful completion is based on the percentage of total (cumulative)\ credit hours attempted compared to the total credit hours completed. Earned credits for a course cannot be counted more than once. The Director of Financial Assistance utilizes the following criteria:
A grade of Incomplete (“I”) is treated as an attempted and non-passing grade until it is resolved as a passing grade, i.e., until the grade of “I” is replaced with a grade of “D” or better in accordance with the University’s grading policy for grades of Incomplete”.
A grade of “W” is treated as an attempted and non-passing grade until it is counted in the quantitative measure of SAP standards. Students who withdraw from the University after the conclusion of the Drop/Add Period will have all financial aid assistance suspended in the subsequent semester.
The Pass/Fail Option must be requested by the student during the first two weeks of any given semester/term, unless otherwise posted. While grades of “P” are counted in both the qualitative and quantitative measurement of SAP standards in accordance with federal and state regulations, the student’s GPA is affected only when a failure grade (“F”) is earned.
Repeat courses: per the Department of Education, any course repetition may be included in a student’s enrollment status for a term as long as the student has never passed the course. If the student passes the course, one repetition after passing the course may be included. Any second or subsequent repetition of the passed course may not be included in the student’s enrollment status for purposes of the title IV and HEA, programs.
Remedial or Developmental courses are counted in both the qualitative and quantitative measurement of a student’s academic progress, but are not applied toward the completion of any degree program at the University.
Transfer credits accepted by Neumann University are included in the quantitative measurement of a student’s academic progress (maximum time frame for degree completion).
For readmitted students, all prior credits are considered in determining satisfactory academic progress of individual students who return to Neumann University after one or more semesters of absence.
For change of major, all prior credits are considered in determining the satisfactory academic progress of students.
3. Maximum Time Frame for Program Completion
The maximum time frame for the completion of an academic degree-granting program at Neumann University is 150% of the length of the educational program as published in the University’s undergraduate catalog. This length of eligibility, as delineated below, starts with the student’s entry date and includes any accepted transfer credits from other institutions.
A student who has lost eligibility to participate in federal student aid for reasons of academic progress will be ineligible for financial aid unless they have reason to and choose to appeal for reinstatement and/or are meeting the minimum requirements
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeals will only be accepted for extenuating circumstances. The appeal may not be based upon your need for assistance OR your lack of knowledge that your assistance was in jeopardy.
- An appeal must be based upon some unusual situation, condition or other mitigating circumstances which prevented you from passing courses, or which caused you to withdraw from classes. Examples of possible situations include documented serious illness, severe injury or death of a family member.
The appeal must be made in writing and must be submitted within 45 days after notification of the student’s failure to meet SAP standards. Only extenuating circumstances are considered in the appeals process. The Director notifies the student of the determination within 30 days after receiving the student’s written appeal. That decision is final and binding on all parties in future terms. Please complete SAP APPEAL documents on Self Service
- If your appeal is approved, you would be placed on a one-semester probation status, which will reinstate eligible aid for the semester while the student works to show academic improvement. At the conclusion of the probationary period, the student will be re-evaluated and must then meet the minimum standards at the end of that term.
- You will be notified by NU email of the committee’s decision and note that all decisions made by the Financial Aid Director are final.
Renewal of Neumann Merit Based Scholarships
Various merit-based scholarships and grants awarded by Neumann University require satisfactory academic achievement for award renewal. Students failing to achieve a minimum 2.0 GPA requirement will have their awards revoked
Renewal of PA State Grant
A student is required to successfully complete a minimum of six (6) semester credits per semester (or the equivalent) for each half-time PA State Grant award received and a minimum of twelve (12) semester credits per semester (or the equivalent) for each full-time PA State Grant award received. Credits earned for repeat courses which were previously counted when PA State Grant progress was verified cannot be counted again. Failure to meet the minimum requirements means that you are ineligible for further PA State Grant aid until you have successfully completed the required number of credits.