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.

Pell Grant

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)
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
  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%

Merit Scholarships

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.

  • PA Residents - Awards range from $1,000 - Full Tuiton
    • Renewal Requirements - You can earn this scholarship every year by earning 30 credits per academic year with a qualifying GPA.
  • Out of State Residents - Awards range from $2,000 - $11,574
    • Renewal Requirements - You can earn this scholarship every year by earning 30 credits per academic year with a qualifying GPA.
  • Contiguous States - Awards range from $2,000 - Full Tuiton
    • Renewal Requirements - You can earn this scholarship every year by earning 30 credits per academic year with a qualifying GPA.

The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship

The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship recognizes and rewards qualified transfer undergraduate students for their academic achievement.

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

Students who receive The PTK Scholarship are also eligible to receive the Warrior Transfer Scholarship, provided the student meets eligibility criteria.

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.


Athletic Scholarships

East Stroudsburg University offers several types of Athletic Scholarships sponsored by our foundation and our Athletic Training Program.



External Scholarships

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.

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
Kary Tejeda