Types of Aid

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Types of Aid

Financial assistance is available in many forms, and most students are eligible for one or more of the following types of assistance.

For an estimate of your financial aid, use our Financial Aid Calculatoropens in a new window.

All students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who wish to be considered for financial aid should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSAopens in a new window). The information provided in the application is used to calculate the applicant’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC), and accordingly, the student’s financial need. The student’s FAFSA information is used to determine eligibility for both government financial aid and institutional aid.

Federal Financial Aid

Bryn Athyn College participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs. Federal financial aid is not available to students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

  • Federal Pell Grants
    Pell Grants provide need-based grant aid, and are generally available to students whose Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is $5,235 or less, although final eligibility depends on individual circumstances. This year, grant amounts for full-time students range from $598 to $5,815. Pell Grants do not require repayment.
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
    FSEOG funds are awarded to Bryn Athyn College annually based on availability of federal funds. The College, in turn, awards the FSEOG funds as supplemental need-based aid to students who are eligible for federal student aid. Priority is granted to Pell recipients with the most financial need. FSEOG awards do not require repayment.
  • Federal Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant
    The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to currently enrolled Seniors who are completing course work needed to begin a career in teaching. As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve in which you agree to (among other requirements) teach in a high-need field, at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families; and teach for at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant. For more information, please visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/teach or contact the financial aid office.
  • Federal Work Study
    Federal Work Study funds are awarded to Bryn Athyn College annually based on availability of federal funds. Students with demonstrated financial need may apply for part-time work on campus to assist with their education costs. Students in the Federal Work Study program are paid directly every two weeks unless they arrange with the Bursar to apply their earnings to their student fee accounts.
  • Federal Direct Loans for Students and Direct Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
    The US Department of Education administers the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. The program consists of Direct Loans for students and Direct PLUS loans for parents. Direct Loans for students range from $5,500 per year for first-year students to $7,500 per year for juniors or seniors, and offer low rates of interest with interest subsidies provided for needy students. Parents are able to borrow PLUS loan funds up to the cost of attendance of their child minus any other financial aid their child receives. Students who take Direct Loans generally do not have to begin repayment of the principal and interest until six months after graduation or withdrawal.

More information about these federally-funded grant or loan programs can be found online at the US Department of Education website, www.studentaid.ed.govopens in a new window, or by calling 1-800-4FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). Literature published by the US Department of Education is also available from the College’s Financial Aid Office. 

Institutional Grants

Institutional grants from Bryn Athyn College are available when federal financial aid does not fully meet the student’s demonstrated financial need. FAFSA filers will automatically be considered for institutional grants; no additional application is needed.

Scholarships and Special Grants

There are several non-need based grants available for students in special categories. Visit https://brynathyn.edu/costs-and-financial-aid/scholarships/ for more information.

Work Study
All students may apply for part-time, on-campus employment, but priority for jobs is given to students with demonstrated financial need. Student workers are paid semi-monthly, and applications for student employment can be attained from the Human Resources Department: renee.rosenfeld@brynathyn.edu  | (267) 502-6038. Students who are given on-campus jobs may arrange to pay a portion of their tuition and fees via an automatic payroll deduction over the course of the school year.
PA State Grants
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) offers state grants to students who are legal residents of Pennsylvania. To determine eligibility, complete the FAFSA by May 1 and respond to PHEAA’s request for any additional information. For more information, visit www.pheaa.orgopens in a new window.
International Student Financial Aid

International students may be eligible for limited institutional grant funding. International students should submit an International Student Certification of Finances (PDF)opens in a new window to be considered for financial aid.

Tuition Remission
Tuition-remission eligible students must annually submit the Tuition Remision Formopens in a new window.
Tuition Prepayment Certificates
What could be a more important investment than a quality education? Tuition Prepayment Certificates (TPCs) help you save now for a child’s future education. This program allows you to set money aside for ANC Secondary School and Bryn Athyn College tuition throughout the course of your child’s lifetime. Because your TPC is invested, it returns interest and increases your original investment. For more information, or to purchase TPCs, please view the Tuition Prepayment Certificates brochureopens in a new window.
Private Loans
Parents (or students with a co-signer) maybe eligible for educational loans from private lenders. Be sure to compare interest rated and repayment terms among lenders. To learn about the rates and terms offered by some lenders commonly used by Bryn Athyn students, visit the ELM Selectopens in a new window comparison resource. As required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act, Bryn Athyn College has adopted a Code of Conduct (PDF)opens in a new window to describe our expectations of integrity while working with students and private lenders.
Disbursements and Credit Balances

Bryn Athyn College operates on a trimester system, so financial aid is disbursed in thirds. Federal aid, including grants and loans, is disbursed during the fourth week of each term.

Students with a credit balance on their accounts (shown in parentheses on billing statement) will receive a check for the amount of the credit balance approximately 10 days after aid is disbursed.

CIC-TEP Program

The Council of Independent Colleges-Tuition Exchange Program includes a network of 437 institutions of higher education in 48 states and five countries and provides over 1,500 students reciprocal scholarships annually.  Member institutions, Bryn Athyn College included, provide tuition scholarships to qualifying students from families of full-time employees of other participating colleges/universities.  Direct questions Renée L. Rosenfeld, Director of Human Resources/Tuition Liaison Officer – renee.rosenfeld@brynathyn.edu /267-502-6038.