Grants are free money awarded to students who show financial need, and no repayment is required. To be eligible for grants you must have a complete FAFSA on file.

The grants listed below are processed by East Stroudsburg University.

Pell Grant


The Federal Pell Grant is determined by need and you must be working towards your first bachelor's degree. The max Pell grant award for the academic year that students can qualify for is $7,395.

The maximum number of years a student may receive a Federal Pell Grant is the "equivalent of six years. For information on how to calculate your eligibility, please visit Federal Student Aid: Pell Grants.

Year-Round Pell

The Federal Pell Grant Program allows eligible students to receive up to 150 percent of their scheduled Federal Pell Grant award during the summer semester. This is known as "Year-Round Pell". To be eligible for Year-Round Pell, students must meet certain eligibility requirements.

These requirements include:

  • Having been Pell eligible in the fall and spring semesters of the current year
  • Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Currently being enrolled in a degree-seeking program
  • Enrolling in at least 6 credits per semester*
  • Not having met their Lifetime Eligibility Usage (LEU) of 600%

*Students who were enrolled less than full time (11 credits or less) in the fall and/or spring semester, may be eligible to receive summer Pell if enrolled in less than 6 credits.

What is the Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU)

The LEU is the sum of the percentages of your Federal Pell Grant awards that you received for each award year. The amount a student may receive over their lifetime is limited to be the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding. Below is the percentage of LEU per semester based on a student’s enrollment.

Enrollment Status LEU Percentage PER Semester
Full -time
(12+ credit hours)
50%
Three-quarter time
(9-11 credit hours)
37.5%
Half-time
(6-8 credit hours)
25%
Less than half-time
(1-5 credit hours)
12.5%

The percentage of Pell a student is eligible to receive in a summer semester is calculated by the number of credits they were enrolled in during the fall and spring semesters, the number of credits they are enrolled in for the summer semester, and the total Federal Pell amount they were awarded for that aid year. This amount is calculated using the student’s EFC for that current aid year.

Below are some examples of a student’s eligible Pell award for a summer term based on the factors mentioned above.

Scenario A
Scenario Fall Spring Summer
Enrollment Full-time (12+ credit hours) Full-time (12+ credit hours) Full-time (12+ credit hours)
Expected Family Contribution (EFC) 0 0 0
Federal Pell Award Amount $3,448 $3,448 $3,448
LEU Percentage 50% 50% 50%
Scenario B
Scenario Fall Spring Summer
Enrollment Full-time (12+ credit hours) Full-time (12+ credit hours) Half-time (6-8 credit hours)
Expected Family Contribution (EFC) 0 0 0
Federal Pell Award Amount $3,448 $3,448 $1,724
LEU Percentage 50% 50% 25%
Scenario C
Scenario Fall Spring Summer
Enrollment Full-time (12+ credit hours) Full-time (12+ credit hours) Less than Half-time (1-5 credit hours)
Expected Family Contribution (EFC) 0 0 0
Federal Pell Award Amount $3,448 $3,448 Not Eligible
LEU Percentage 50% 50%  
Scenario D
Scenario Fall Spring Summer
Enrollment Full-time (12+ credit hours) Half-Time (6-8 credit hours) Less than Half-time (1-5 credit hours)
Expected Family Contribution (EFC) 0 0 0
Federal Pell Award Amount $3,448 $1,724 $862
LEU Percentage 50% 25% 12.5%

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)


The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is created to support undergraduate students with exceptional financial need and is awarded on a first come first serve basis of when we receive a student’s FAFSA. Students must also be eligible for Pell, but not every student receiving Pell will receive FSEOG.

Funding is limited so it is important to complete your FAFSA as soon as possible. FAFSA’s can be completed starting Oct. 1st each year.

PA State Grant


The PA state grant also known as PHEAA is awarded based on your Financial Need.

  • To be considered for a PA State Grant, you must fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and complete the PA State Grant Form.
  • You must be a Pennsylvania Resident, working on your first bachelor's degree, and pursuing at least 12 Credits.
  • The due date to complete the application is May 1st of each year. Students must also have already completed their FAFSA prior to the May 1st deadline

Pennsylvania State Grants are also available for summer. Visit the PA State Grant website for more information, instructions, and to apply.

Contact Us

Please contact us with any questions about Financial Aid. ESU's Title IV Code is 003320.

Contact Information

Campus Address
Zimbar-Liljenstein Hall 110
Phone:
(570) 422-2800
Fax:
(570) 422-2850 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Director Financial Aid
Name
Leo Hertling
Phone:
(570) 422-2828