Through the hundreds of scholarship opportunities at ESU and the ESU Foundation, students who otherwise would not be able to attend ESU are able to do so through the generous financial support of those who strongly believe in the merits of higher education.
The selection criteria for the awards vary significantly. Among the factors which may impact upon a student's eligibility are: major course of study, grade point average, SAT scores, class rank, athletic prowess, recommendations of professors and teachers, and in some cases, geographic area.
Grants are free money awarded to students who show financial need, and no repayment is required. The grants listed below are processed by East Stroudsburg University. To be eligible you must have a complete FAFSA on file.
PA State Grant
The PA state grant also known as PHEEA is awarded based on your Financial Need. To qualify you must complete the FAFSA application. You must be a Pennsylvania Resident and working on your first bachelor's degree and pursuing 12 Credits. The due date to complete the application is May 1st of each year.
The Federal Pell Grant is determined by need you must be working towards you first bachelor's degree. The max pell grant award for the academic year that students can qualify for is $6,895.
- 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)
(6-8 credit hours)
25% Less than half-time
(1-5 credit hours)
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 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 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 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 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%
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant 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. 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.
Scholarships are gift aid and generally do not need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.
There are many public and private scholarships available to college students. Scholarships are awarded for a variety of reasons including academic achievement, financial need, campus and community involvement, and leadership experience. These scholarships do not need to be repaid. When applying to external scholarships, avoid scholarship fraud by ensuring the scholarships are from a source you trust. Some local searches may include, student or parent employers, student high schools, foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses, or civic groups. For more information on scholarships, please visit Federal Student Aid or contact our Financial Aid Department at FA@esu.edu.
Below is a list of external scholarship resource links that can help students get a jump start on their search.
East Stroudsburg University offers a variety of different Merit Scholarships ranging from $1,000 they are the following: Pocono Promise, International Merit Based Scholarships, and the Band Audition Scholarship.
- Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship
The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship recognizes and rewards qualified transfer undergraduate students for their academic achievement.
The PTK Scholarship is valued at $1,000 per year. The award has a total three year value of $3,000.
Eligible transfer students may combine a Warrior Transfer Scholarship and the PTK Scholarship, provided the student meets eligibility criteria.
The scholarship is applied in equal parts to the fall and spring semesters, ($500 per semester), in the 2022-2023 academic year.
To be eligible for the PTK Scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria:
- Be offered admission to an undergraduate degree program at East Stroudsburg University.
- Be a US citizen for undergraduate tuition purposes.
- Provide evidence of PTK membership from their local community college chapter.
- Transfer with a conferred associate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.25 cumulative college grade point average on a 4.00 scale as presented on their official final college transcripts.
The PTK Scholarship awards qualified transfers students a $1,000 annual scholarship applied in equal parts to the fall and spring semesters, ($500 per fall and spring semester).
Cumulative College GPA Scholarship Award 3.25 – 4.00 $1,000 Annually
The PTK Scholarship is renewable for an additional two (2) years of undergraduate study in a degree program offered at East Stroudsburg University. Students must maintain full-time enrollment, earn twenty-four (24) credits each academic year (12 per fall and spring semesters), and maintain a minimum 3.00 cumulative ESU grade point average.
OVR – Vocational Rehabilitation Services
The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) provides vocational rehabilitation services to help students with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. OVR provides a wide range of services to eligible applicants, including assistance with paying for college costs for approved applicants. For more information on this program, please visit the Department of Labor and Industry for your state.
Info for First Generation Students
A first-generation college student means neither of the college students’ parents or no one else in their immediate family attended college. This is a major accomplishment and is something to be proud of, however, we understand that this can be a confusing time. We are here to help you and your family get started. For assistance on how to start applying for financial aid, please visit Federal Student Aid or contact our Financial Aid Department at FA@esu.edu. Our experienced counselors are always here if you would like to set up an in-person or phone appointment.