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Federal Pell Grants

Federal Pell Grants are available to undergraduates who are pursuing their first baccalaureate degree. Eligibility is determined from the information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • What is a Pell Grant?
    The Federal Pell Grant program is the largest grant program available to students. Unlike loan funding, Pell money does not have to be repaid. This grant is limited to undergraduates who have been accepted by the university and who are working on their first Bachelor's degree.
  • Who is Eligible?
    Eligibility for this grant is determined by the information put on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The material submitted to the US Department of Education is put through a formula and an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) figure is the result. Your Student Aid Report (SAR) will list your EFC number. Students who have an EFC between $0 to $5,486 may be eligible to receive a Pell grant. Please keep in mind this grant is only awarded to students who maintain academic progress.
  • Award Amount?
    The award amount for the 2018-2019 academic year ranges from $650 to $6,095. The amount awarded to a student is dependent upon their EFC and enrollment status. Pell eligible students who are registered for less than half time (5 credits or less) may still qualify for this grant.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are available to eligible students who demonstrate exceptional financial need as determined by the analysis of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is generally awarded to Pell-eligible students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. The awards range from $200 to $500 per academic year at East Stroudsburg University. It is an award given to undergraduate students only.

  • What Are The Eligibility Requirements?
    To receive FSEOG, you must meet the eligibility requirements for Federal aid described in the section on PELL.
  • How do I Apply for FSEOG?
    Apply for FSEOG by completing a FAFSA. You do not indicate on the application that you wish to apply for FSEOG. You are automatically considered for this award.
  • How Much Can I Receive?
    How much you receive depends on your financial need, the amount of money budgeted to the program and the other financial aid you have been awarded. The maximum grant award a full time student may receive is $500.
  • How Will I Know if I've Been Awarded FSEOG?
    When you receive your award letter from the university, it will indicate whether or not you have been awarded FSEOG.
  • How Will I Be Paid?
    There are two disbursements of FSEOG, one each semester.
  • How Many Credits Do I Have to Take in Order to be Eligible?
    You must register for and maintain enrollment status of half-time (6 credits or equated credits) or greater to be eligible for FSEOG. If, for any reason, your course load falls below half-time, payments of your award will be stopped.
  • What's the Difference Between FSEOG and Pell?
    For the PELL program, the Federal Government guarantees that the university will receive enough money to pay PELL to its eligible students. For the FSEOG program, each school receives a fixed amount of money to make FSEOG awards. Once this money is awarded, there is no more for that academic year. It is important that you file your applications early in the academic year so that you get maximum consideration for limited FSEOG funds.

Pennsylvania State Grants (PHEAA)

Pennsylvania State Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who are residents of Pennsylvania. This program is available to eligible Pennsylvania residents who are enrolled in an eligible program of study at a Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) - approved post-secondary institution. The award value is determined by PHEAA and is based upon the financial need of the applicant.

In order to apply for the grant a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have their PHEAA application submitted by May 1st.  In order for East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU) to receive notice of the student's award, it is the responsibility of the student to have ESU listed as the primary school on their PHEAA application.  Please note: ESU will not update the student's primary school on the student's behalf.

Students must also meet PHEAA's Academic Progress Policy in order to maintain eligibility for the grant. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a Pennsylvania resident.
  • Be enrolled on at least a half-time basis in a PHEAA-approved undergraduate program of study.
  • Be a high school graduate or the recipient of a GED.
  • Demonstrate academic progress for continued aid according to the PHEAA academic progress guideline.

* All students are urged to apply even if the deadlines have passed, since late applications are considered if funds permit.

Awards and Enrollment Status

Maximum award for 2018-19 is $3,508 for a student who is enrolled full-time (12 credits or more).

Your award amount may change based on your enrollment status. PHEAA will determine your award amount based on your anticipated enrollment status a student indicated on PHEAA’s application.

State Grants are not applied towards a student's bill until after a thorough review has been completed to determine enrollment status and award amount.  Funds are applied roughly one month after the fall and spring semester has begun.  Summer grant awards are applied once a student is enrolled for 6 or more credits following the add/drop period of the summer term to meet the credit requirement.

Common Award Adjustment Examples

  • Your PHEAA application indicated full time status (12 credits or more) but you are currently enrolled as half time status (6-11 credits) your grant award will be adjusted to a half time award.
  • Your application indicated half time status (6 – 11 credits) but you are currently enrolled as full time status (12 credits or more) your grant award will be adjusted to a full time award.
  • Your application indicated half time status (6 – 11 credits) but you are currently enrolled as less than half time status ( 0 - 5 credits) your grant award will be cancelled.

PHEAA Summer Grant

PHEAA State Grants are available for the summer as long as a student is enrolled for 6 or more credits and at least 50% of the coursework are considered in-classroom credits. Students must meet the eligibility criteria for the state grant listed above and apply for the summer through a separate application that is available between mid-March and August at

PHEAA Appeal Policy

Students have the right to file an appeal with Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) by completing the Academic Progress Exception Form. A student may appeal their eligibility based on:

A State Grant recipient who during the previous academic year either:

  • Withdrew from school before completing the term
  • Failed to pass one or more courses


  1. Complete the top of the form.
  2. Submit documentation to explain the reasons for your lack of academic progress for the current academic year.
  3. Have a financial aid administrator at ESU complete the bottom of the form.
  4. East Stroudsburg University Office of Financial Aid will fax the form to PHEAA for review.

While an appeal is being reviewed by PHEAA students are encouraged to apply:

  • Parent PLUS Loan: Parents of a dependent undergraduate student may apply for this loan.  The parent logs in with their own FSA ID and password.  Under Parent Borrower click on Apply for a PLUS loan.  If the parent is approved, they can proceed and fill out a Master Promissory Note.  If the PLUS loan is denied, the student may be eligible for an additional amount of Unsubsidized Stafford Loan.
  • Private Alternative Loans: You may obtain a private alternative loan through your local bank. ESU has a list of lenders you can compare side by side via to assist you in determining the best lender for your specific financial situation.
  • Payment Plans: You may log onto your myESU portal under the Billing box to setup a payment plan. Note: Payment plans are not always available during the semester. Questions may be directed to the billing office at (570) 422-2800.

To find out more about state grants go to the PHEAA webpage at

Athletic Grants–in–Aid

Athletic Grants–In–Aid are awarded in accordance with the intercollegiate athletics and NCAA rules and regulations. Interested students should contact their respective coach. Recipients are selected by their Head Coach based upon athletic achievements and abilities.

The Intercollegiate Athletic Program at East Stroudsburg provides a quality educational opportunity for skilled students to maximize their sport abilities by means of competition against other colleges.

Schedules for 19 sport teams for men and women are arranged on a seasonal basis for fall, winter, and spring sports.

The sports are as follows:

Fall Fall Winter Winter Spring Spring
Cross Country Cross Country Basketball Basketball Baseball Lacrosse
Football Tennis Indoor Track & Field Indoor Track & Field Tennis Softball
Soccer Field Hockey Volleyball Swimming Outdoor Track & Field Outdoor Track & Field
  Volleyball Wrestling