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Need-Based Scholarships and Grants

Cabrini offers awards to eligible incoming students based on financial need.

  • All applicants to the University are considered.
  • Students must be registered as full-time (12 or more credits per semester) and maintain satisfactory academic success to continue to be eligible.

Cabrini reserves the right to review, adjust, or cancel awards at any time because of changes in a student’s, or a student’s family’s financial situation, academic status, or student’s code-of-conduct violations.

Awards may be affected if a student changes on-campus residency or number of credits taken per semester (less than 12 credits per semester).

If federal or state allocation of financial aid funds to Cabrini are adjusted at any time, Cabrini reserves the right to adjust financial aid awards as necessary.

All students’ financial aid awards are contingent on availability of funds.

These awards are considered “gift aid” and do not need to be repaid by the student.

Federal Pell Grants

Federal Pell Grants are determined by the Department of Education based upon demonstrated financial need and full or part-time enrollment at Cabrini. 

Pell Grants may only be used toward a student’s first undergraduate degree.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)

SEOG Grants are awarded by the Financial Aid Office.

Awards are determined through a combination of significant need as demonstrated on the FAFSA and the availability of funds.

  • SEOG Grants are disbursed in accordance with Title IV guidelines.
  • Students who are eligible for Federal Pell Grants are considered first for these awards.

PHEAA State Grants 

Pennsylvania State Grants are awarded by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) to eligible Pennsylvania residents pursuing their first undergraduate degree.

  • Awards are based upon demonstrated financial need and enrollment status (full-time, half-time). 
  • Continued eligibility (up to eight semesters) is based upon academic progress, housing status, and cost of attendance.
  • PHEAA measures academic progress based upon attempted/completed credits during an academic year (fall, spring, summer).
  • PHEAA requires state grant recipients enrolled full-time to earn 24 credits per academic year or 12 credits per semester if enrolled for one semester during the academic year.
  • PHEAA requires state grant recipients enrolled part-time to earn 6 credits per semester during the academic year.
  • Transfer Students- academic transcripts for PHEAA eligible students will be reviewed in order to evaluate academic progress for students from their previous institution during the most recent academic year of enrollment. Transfer students who do not make academic progress at their previous institution will not be eligible for PHEAA state grant until remaining credits are earned.

State Grants from outside of Pennsylvania

Some states have reciprocal agreements with Pennsylvania that allow you to receive a state grant while attending a Pennsylvania university. You must follow your individual state guidelines for eligibility. For the 2017-2018 academic year reciprocal states include: Delaware, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Ohio, Vermont, and West Virginia.

Cabrini Grants 

Cabrini Grants are determined by the Financial Aid Office based on a combination of financial need as demonstrated on the FAFSA and the availability of funds. 

Cabrini Grants may also be used for students with documented special circumstances.

Science Scholars for Social Justice

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the SSSJ program provides accepted Biology and Chemistry majors who meet academic standards up to $8,000/year for four years ($32,000), in addition to other merit and need-based aid. The SSSJ program will award 16 scholarships (eight students in fall 2017 and eight students in fall 2018).