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The Out-of-State Tuition Award

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Purpose

Apply to ESU The purpose of The Out-of-State Tuition Award is to provide a guaranteed tuition award for all non-Pennsylvania resident undergraduate students.

Eligibility

To be eligible for The Out-of-State Tuition Award, a student must be offered admission to ESU and qualify as an out-of-state undergraduate student. Freshmen and transfer students are both eligible for the award. There are no specific additional academic criteria for eligibility or maintenance of the award other than students must be registered for a minimum of 12 credits each semester to receive the full tuition award amount. Students who are registered for less than 12 credits will receive a prorated tuition award based on the number of credits they are registered for at the end of the add-drop period.

Incoming out-of-state freshmen, transfer and current ESU undergraduate students are eligible for the reduced out-of-state award if they are a not a legal resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Eligibility is determined by a student’s residency classification as an out-of-state student. Students who receive The Out-of-State Tuition Award are not also eligible to receive the STEM, ACE or The Students First Tuition Scholarship programs during the same academic year.

Tuition Rate.

The Out-of-State Tuition Award, currently valued at $3,746, for full-time students, has a four year value of $14,984.

The award is applied in equal parts to the fall and spring semester ($1873 per semester in the current academic year for full-time students).

In this current year, that equals an annual tuition savings of $3,746 for a full-time student.

The Out-of-State Tuition Award involves no cash transactions. The value of the award will be adjusted whenever the Pennsylvania resident tuition is changed.  Micro-scholarships earned from ESU on raise.me are included in these awards.

Renewal Requirements

The Out-of-State Tuition Award is renewable for the duration of a student’s undergraduate study without regard to the selected college major. Students must maintain non-Pennsylvania resident undergraduate status to continue to receive the award.

Students must continue to register for 12 or more credits per semester in order to receive the full tuition award amount. Students who are registered for less than 12 credits will receive a prorated tuition award based on the number of credits they are registered for at the end of the add-drop period.

The Out-of-State Tuition Award Q & A:

How do I know if I qualify for The Out-of-State Tuition Award?

To be eligible for the Out-of-State Tuition Award, you must be enrolled in classes at ESU and be classified as an out-of-state undergraduate student beginning the fall 2017 semester.

New and continuing undergraduate students are eligible for the award. There are no specific additional academic criteria for eligibility or maintenance of the Out-of-State Tuition Award, other than you must be registered for 12 or more credits per semester to receive the full amount of the tuition award. Current and incoming out-of-state undergraduate students (including transfer students) are eligible and will continue to remain eligible for the Out-of-State Tuition Award provided they are a not a legal resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

When will I be notified if I qualify for the Out-of-State Tuition Award?

If you meet the initial eligibility requirements of the Out-of-State Tuition Award, you will be able to view the award on your financial aid award letter and on your bill for the fall 2017 semester.

Will I be eligible for The Out-of-State Tuition Award for the duration of my ESU education?

Yes. The Out-of-State Tuition Award program is applicable to your entire undergraduate ESU education beginning the fall 2017 semester. However, if you have a break in attendance and return to ESU at a later time, it is possible you may not qualify for the Out-of-State Tuition Award in a future semester.

Do I have to maintain a certain GPA, complete a certain number of credits or be in a specific major or program to receive The Out-of-State Tuition Award?

No. The only requirements are that you are an out-of-state undergraduate student. You do not have to maintain a certain GPA, complete a certain number of credits or be in a specific major or degree program to be eligible for the Out-of-State Tuition Award.
However, in order to receive the full Out-of-State Tuition Award amount, you must be registered for 12 or more credits per semester. If you are registered for less than 12 credits per semester, your Out-of-State Tuition Award amount will be prorated based on the number of credits you are registered for.

What if I have to withdraw for a semester, will I be eligible for The Out-of-State Tuition Award when I return?

If you withdraw from ESU, or have a break in attendance, it is possible you may no longer meet the requirements for The Out-of-State Tuition Award upon return to ESU.

What are the renewal criteria for The Out-of-State Tuition Award?

As long as you do not withdraw or have a break in attendance from ESU, you will automatically be awarded the Out-of-State Tuition Award each semester beginning fall 2017 if you are an out-of-state undergraduate student. The Out-of-State Tuition Award is renewable for the duration of a student’s undergraduate study, without regard to the selected college major assuming there is no break in attendance. In order to receive the full amount of the tuition award, you must be registered for 12 or more credits per semester.

Is there a maximum amount of tuition savings associated with The Out-of-State Tuition Award?

Although we encourage students to finish their degrees in a timely manner, there is no maximum amount of savings associated with The Out-of-State Tuition Award.

What if I am in academic jeopardy? Am I still eligible for The Out-of-State Tuition Award?

Yes, even if you are in academic jeopardy, you will be eligible to receive The Out-of-State Tuition Award, beginning the fall 2016 semester, if you are an out-of-state undergraduate student. The Out-of-State Tuition Award is not dependent on academic achievement. However, in order to receive the full amount of the Out-of-State Tuition Award, you must be registered for 12 or more credits per semester.