Types of Financial Aid
from Marywood

Financial Aid includes scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment to make your education affordable and accessible.

As part of our commitment to keep education affordable, Marywood University offers a variety of scholarships and grants designed to help students meet the cost of tuition.

Awarded scholarships are based on the student’s academic portfolio presented at the time of admission.

Typical deadline for consideration is December 1st.

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Note: All students interested in applying for a Graduate Assistantship listed should read the Conditions of Appointment for Graduate Assistantships and Application Process prior to submitting an application.

Assistantships will be in effect for the 2022-2023 academic year, commencing with the first day of the fall semester and terminating the last day of the spring semester.

The application process will open in February 2022.

Students awarded full-time or part-time graduate assistantships will register for and complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits each semester. For full-time graduate assistantships, the University will provide tuition remission for 4.5 credits for the fall semester and 4.5 credits of tuition remission for the spring semester. For part-time graduate assistantships, the University will provide tuition remission for 2.25 credits for the fall semester and 2.25 credits of tuition remission for the spring semester. Students with full-time graduate assistantships will work, on average, 20 hours per week, for a maximum of 640 hours per academic year, while students with part-time graduate assistantships will work, on average, 10 hours per week for a maximum of 320 hours per academic year.

Compensation is paid to students on two-week intervals. Graduate assistants may only perform work while the Fall 2022 semester and the Spring 2023 semester are in session.

If you receive and accept a graduate assistantship, you relinquish any claim to graduate scholarship program awards for that academic year.

Graduate assistants are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25 each semester.  Current graduate students must maintain a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.25 to renew or receive consideration for a new graduate assistantship position.

If you must resign from an assistantship prior to the end of your appointment (except in the event of illness or disability resulting in the inability to fulfill the requirements of the assistantship), the following conditions will apply:

If your resignation or termination becomes effective at the end of the fall semester, you will forfeit tuition remission for the spring semester.

If your resignation or termination becomes effective at any time prior to the end of your contracted term, your tuition discount will be prorated pursuant to the number of weeks remaining in the semester from the date of resignation or termination, and you will be responsible for repayment of any tuition balance due thereafter. The prorated amount shall be calculated by the Financial Aid Office and must be paid to the Cashier's Office within 30 days of the adjustment. You will also forfeit the remaining stipend pursuant to the number of weeks remaining in the semester.

If you resign from your assistantship, it is strongly recommended that you give a minimum of two weeks notice in writing to your supervisor.

The University reserves the right, after giving 30 days notice, to terminate the assistantship on the recommendation of your supervisor or dean if you fail to perform assigned duties satisfactorily, to meet academic standards set by the University, or to conform to the policies of the University.

Graduate assistantships are not renewed automatically. It is the responsibility of the student to apply for these opportunities for the next academic year by the established deadline.

Gross and/or willful misconduct or moral turpitude will result in immediate termination of the assistantship appointment.

Marywood University abides by The Council of Graduate Schools' Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants. An acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from Marywood University. Similarly, an offer by Marywood University after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer.

To Apply

Email your resume

Develop a resume in Microsoft Word strictly limited to two pages and email it to gradassistantship@marywood.edu.  The upper right hand corner of your resume must state: Your program and the assistantships to which you are applying for (limit 3).

  1. Personal Information (name, address, daytime phone number, email address)
  2. Assistantship Objective (include university academic or support departments in which you have and assistantship interest).
  3. Education History (list in reverse chronological order)
  4. Occupation experience (list in reverse chronological order)
  5. Professional and research skills
  6. Awards and special recognition
Important NoteThe deadline for these assistantships is March 31, 2022.  After your complete review of the Graduate Assistantship vacancies' list and the Conditions of Appointment for Graduate Assistantships and Application Process listed above, you may submit a professional quality resume to compete for graduate assistantships.

If you have any questions about the assistantship program, please contact ajmullikin@marywood.edu or (570) 348-6232.

Students awarded graduate assistantships in an academic year who accept those positions are not eligible to receive scholarship awards.

Neither scholarship or assistantship awards are renewed automatically each year. It is the responsibility of the student to reapply each academic year.

IRS Data Retrieval Tool

Students and parents now have the option to use an IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing a FAFSA.

Verification

What is it? Your application may be selected for review in a process called “verification.” In this process, we will be comparing information you and/or your parent(s) provided on the FAFSA to ensure its accuracy.

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University-funded Academic Scholarships

The following scholarships are awarded at the time of acceptance and are renewable for up to 8 undergraduate semesters as long as students maintain the required GPA.

President’s Scholarship $23,000
Trustees' Scholarship $22,000
Founder's Scholarship $21,000
Deans' Scholarship $19,000
Success Award $18,000
Opportunity Award $16,000

Additional University-funded Scholarships

Marywood University is rooted in a long-standing tradition of service to local, national, and international communities. In addition to providing a variety of service opportunities, Marywood University extends this commitment to community involvement through its Maxis-Gillet Service Award, named in honor of the founders of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother Theresa Maxis, IHM and Father Louis Gillet, CSsR.

A total of twenty $2,500.00 Service Awards are offered annually to full-time undergraduate students, including up to five first-year, full-time undergraduate students who already have demonstrated outstanding service to the community and dedication to sustain that service while enrolled at Marywood. Maxis-Gillet Service Scholars are expected to participate in a minimum number of weekly community service hours and to assume a leadership role in community service activities coordinated through the Campus Ministry/Community Service Office.

The Maxis-Gillet Service Award is offered on a yearly basis through a re-application process for up to four years. Contact Campus Ministry to learn more about this opportunity.

Sibling Awards are offered to the second member of the same family when two or more dependents are enrolled at Marywood University as full-time, undergraduate students during the same semester(s). Sibling Awards are also offered to the second member of the same family at the undergraduate level even if the other sibling has entered the graduate portion of their program at Marywood. However, if, at any point in time, the graduate student stops out or drops below full-time, the Sibling Award is negated.

Two or more siblings enrolled only at the graduate level are not eligible for the Sibling Award.

Students who receive Personnel Tuition Benefits are not eligible to be considered for the Marywood Sibling Award.

Talent Awards are made to students who demonstrate outstanding proficiency in

  • Music
  • Art

Talent is demonstrated through evaluation of an art portfolio or music audition. Review dates for evaluation are included on the department web pages. Recipients of a Talent Award must plan to major in one of these areas at Marywood. Once awarded, they are renewable for up to eight semesters of full-time undergraduate study. If a Talent Award recipient changes his/her major to that of one outside of art or music, the Talent Award will be rescinded.

The Cloverfields Scholars Program, established by Stephen and Barbara Korosec Hemsley '74, reflects Marywood’s ongoing mission to inspire students to reach their full potential by providing access to an affordable, high quality education. Each of the Cloverfields Scholars are first-generation, academically excellent, full-time undergraduate students from one of 14 Pennsylvania counties surrounding Marywood, who receive full tuition support from their freshman year through their undergraduate degree completion. Upon graduation, The Cloverfields Scholars will have all the tools needed to change the world of those around them.

The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is awarded to transfer students who are members of this International Scholastic Order of two-year colleges. A minimum transfer QPA of 3.50 is required for consideration for this scholarship as well as an earned associate degree. The student must enroll at Marywood immediately upon graduation from the two-year college.

Proof of PTK membership is required. This scholarship is renewed if the recipient maintains a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative QPA at Marywood University. Part-time students are not eligible for this award.

Outside Scholarships

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The Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation recently announced the opening of its new Careers in Care Nursing Scholarship application, established through the Scranton Area Community Foundation. This $700,000 competitive nursing scholarship program aims to support the growth and development of the nursing workforce in NEPA.

The Careers in Care Nursing Scholarship Program is now accepting applications from students who plan to pursue or who are pursuing nursing and who will practice in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Interested students with demonstrated financial need can apply through the Scranton Area Community Foundation’s online portal found at safdn.org/nursing.

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Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion.

Enter as much information as possible to find the most matches.

Scholarship information is based on the College Board's Annual Survey of Financial Aid Programs.

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An applicant must be a United States citizen of Italian heritage.

Candidates must be currently enrolled, full-time, in an accredited college or university in the United States, pursuing a degree. The study abroad program must be eligible for credit by the student’s college/university.

TO SECURE AN APPLICATION YOU MUST GO THROUGH YOUR LOCAL CHAPTER, DISTRICT, NATIONAL OFFICE, OR SCHOLARSHIP DIRECTOR.

For more information on scholarships, please contact the UNICO National Scholarship Director, Joan Tidona at jntidona@unico.org. To find a local Chapter, please visit http://unico.org/search.asp or contact UNICO National at 973.808.0035.

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Families of Freedom registrants must be dependent children, spouses or domestic partners of 9/11 victims, including airplane crew and passengers; World Trade Center and Pentagon workers and visitors; and relief workers, including firefighters, emergency medical personnel, and law enforcement personnel, that were involved in the rescue efforts.

Families of Freedom Scholarships are available for children, including those born after September 11, 2001, who enroll in a program of postsecondary study by age 24. (Those children who turn 24 during their course of study must then continue their program of study uninterrupted, with the exception of summer vacations, in order to continue receiving scholarship assistance.) Children must have been born prior to September 30, 2008, to be eligible.

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Join the ranks of other Marywood students who have earned the status of Fulbright scholar!

If you are a student who has a GPA of 3.2 or higher, has an interest in learning about people in other parts of the world, and welcomes opportunities for hands-on learning, you are encouraged to consider applying for the Fulbright program.

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For employees or dependents of an employee of the Gerrity's Supermarkets in good standing.

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This scholarship is open to all full-time undergraduate students attending one of AICUP’s member institutions, who have an extraordinary commitment to community service and who have demonstrated creativity in shaping his/her volunteer activities.

Each institution is asked to select one application to submit to AICUP for the competition. Along with the completed applications, students may submit a copy of their transcript, a letter of recommendation, and any other materials that they feel will be helpful to the committee in making their decision. All applications must be signed by the student. Only complete applications will go to the selection committee.

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Separate listings of scholarships by sponsoring organization, citizenship requirements, education level, minimum GPA, deadline, and state/regional award.

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As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, and also have critical financial need.

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This scholarship is for graduating high school seniors from a public, private, or charter school in Lackawanna County, who are planning to enroll for the first time in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, preferably one of the following Lackawanna County schools:

  • Marywood University
  • Baptist Bible College
  • Johnson College
  • Keystone College
  • Lackawanna College
  • Pennsylvania State University/Worthington
  • University of Scranton

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The Kiwanis Club of Scranton provides yearly scholarships to incoming undergraduate students who (1) are Lackawanna County residents, (2) will be attending either Marywood University, the University of Scranton, or Keystone College, and (3) demonstrate both financial need and merit.

The Kiwanis Club provides the student recipient with $750 per semester for 8 semesters, which is matched by Marywood University, totaling $3,000 per year for four years of undergraduate study.

Please contact your high school Guidance Office for information. Applications are sent out to the Guidance Offices of local high schools in late January, with an April deadline for applications. Requirements include a completed application, two letters of recommendation, and an essay.

  • Recipient must have their legal residence within the nine (9) county territory of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
    • Bradford  
    • Columbia    
    • Lackawanna    
    • Luzerne   
    • Pike
    • Sullivan
    • Susquehanna
    • Wayne
    • Wyoming
  • The Recipient must be a full-time incoming or current undergraduate student fully committed to Marywood University.
  • The Recipient must be a hard-working student, producing to the best of his/her academic ability.
  • The Recipient must show a demonstrated financial need.

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The Scranton Area Community Foundation is home to over 50 donor named scholarships, and each has its own eligibility and criteria requirements. Many scholarships target students graduating from specific high schools, some for specific areas of study and others for financial need. Each scholarship is unique according to its donor's wishes, and each offers the opportunity to earn a scholarship for your education.

To obtain an application for any of these scholarships, please contact your high school guidance office, college financial aid office, or other organization listed as part of the Application information that is provided at the end of each scholarship description (see More Information link below). Application packets are distributed to all public and private high schools and colleges by February 15 of each year.

For any questions, please contact Cathy Fitzpatrick, Grants & Scholarships Manager, at cathyf@safdn.org or (570) 347-6203 extension 301.

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Colleges and universities receive grants from the Foundation for scholarship aid to women over the age of 25 who have earned at least 60 credits towards a bachelor's degree. (The Foundation now permits, but does not require, recipient institutions to extend Newcombe Scholarships to mature men students who meet the eligibility standards outlined in the Foundation’s policy guiding selection of Newcombe Scholars. Marywood University strives to include men each year as funds permit.)

Each funded institution is responsible for selection of recipients and scholarship administration according to the Foundation's guidelines.

Interested applicants should contact Marywood University's Coordinator of Prior Learning and Assessment via email at loriorr@marywood.edu.

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This scholarship is open to all full time undergraduate students attending one of AICUP’s member institutions who are enrolled in a Nursing or Physician’s Assistant program.

The student must have at least a 3.0 GPA. Candidates should also be campus leaders and community volunteers.

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The Roy W. Piper Charitable Trust, Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, announces the availability of annually renewable scholarships.

Fully completed applications will be accepted from high school seniors or those students already attending an accredited higher education institution. Principal preference will be given, but not limited to, to Wyoming, Lackawanna, and Luzerne County students. Scholarships are awarded based upon a combination of financial need, academic merit, and community service and extracurricular activities, and are for use of education at an accredited higher education institution.

Application packages can be obtained from the student’s high school guidance departments within the above counties or by email request to piperscholarship@frontier.com. (Denote “Application request” in the subject line and note code “ST”).

TFS is a private website that provides free access to one of the largest scholarship databases, including information on financial aid programs and career assessment tools.

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Open to all undergraduate students at Marywood University.

  • The primary consideration in awarding the scholarships will be the candidates’ demonstrated financial need as determined by completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Additional consideration will be given to the character, motivation, and achievements of candidates who give indication of their eagerness for a college education, who do not expect a free education, and who recognize the virtues of working for what they receive. This criteria will be demonstrated through the essay portion of this application.
  • High academic performance is not required but will be considered.
  • Each applicant will sign a letter of intent to contribute to The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation Scholarship Fund at Marywood University in an amount equal to the amounts received for his or her education. It is understood this is a “debt of conscience” and not a legal obligation.
  • Upon graduation, each recipient will be provided with a copy of the Statement of Beliefs, as stated in Mr. Stabler’s Last Will and Testament.

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Loans

Resolving Loan Disputes and Problems

The SFA Ombudsman's Office has been created by the U.S. Department of Education to help student loan borrowers resolve loan disputes and problems.

The Federal Direct Loan is a long-term, low-interest loan that is awarded by the Office of Financial Aid. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education.  This loan is not based upon your credit history or income.  The amount you may receive for the academic year is based on your financial need and academic level and is determined by the Office of Financial Aid.

Repayment of the principal begins 6 months after you cease half-time enrollment, and the average repayment term is 10 years.

Interest Rates

Current interest rates on all Federal Direct Loans are fixed.

Loan Type Grade Level First Disbursed Between 7/1/21 and 7/1/22
Subsidized Loans Undergraduate 3.73%
Unsubsidized Loans Undergraduate
Graduate
3.73%
5.28%
PLUS Loans Parent
Graduate
6.28%
6.28%

Note: The interest rates for federal student loans are determined by federal law. If there are future changes to federal law that affect federal student loan interest rates, we will update this page to reflect those changes.

Borrower Eligibility

Degree-seeking students who are enrolled at least half-time may receive Direct Loan funding as long as they meet all general eligibility requirements.

Borrowing Limits

The Direct Loan amount shown on the student’s financial aid award is the Financial Aid Office’s estimate of the student’s eligibility. As a general rule, the following grade-level maximums apply.

Year in School Base Amount Additional Unsubsidized *Additional Unsubsidized
Freshman 0-29 Credits $3,500 $2,000 $4,000
Sophomore 30-59 Credits $4,500 $2,000 $4,000
Junior 60-89 Credits $5,500 $2,000 $5,000
Senior 90+ Credits $5,500 $2,000 $5,000

Repayment

When it comes time to start repaying your student loan(s), you can select a repayment plan that’s right for your financial situation. Generally, you'll have from 10 to 25 years to repay your loan, depending on which repayment plan you choose.

Planning for repayment is essential to your credit health. Detailed information and repayment calculators.

Deferment/Discharge/Cancellation

Under certain conditions, federal regulations allow students to defer loan repayment. The most common deferments are for enrollment on at least a half-time basis, unemployment, and economic hardship. During a deferment, the federal government will pay interest that accrues on any subsidized funds. Interest on unsubsidized loans is the student’s responsibility.

    How Do I Apply?

    Complete the FAFSA online to apply for financial aid. 

    1. Review your Financial Aid Award letter.
      All eligible students are offered a Federal Direct Loan.  If you want to reduce or decline your loan entirely, please email the Financial Aid Office at finaid@marywood.edu.  In the subject of the email put: “Cancel/reduce my loan.”   In the body of the email, provide your Marywood student ID, first and last name and instructions to reduce or adjust your loan.

    2. Complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Loan Counseling.
      The Financial Aid Office will originate your loan electronically with the US Department of Education.  If this is your first Direct Loan, you must sign a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) via the web and complete Entrance Loan Counseling at www.studentaid.gov

    3. Receive your loan funds.
      After you have signed the MPN and you have completed Entrance Loan Counseling, your loan will be scheduled for disbursement. If your loan is for the full academic year, your loan will be disbursed in two equal disbursements – one at the beginning of the fall semester and one at the beginning of the spring semester. Your loan funds will first offset any outstanding charges you owe the university for the semester, and after your charges are paid in full, a refund of any excess loan proceeds will be disbursed to you by check.

    4. The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the US Department of Education's centralized resource for information about all federal student loans that you have borrowed. You can find information about all of your current and prior student loans, even those you may have borrowed at a prior college or university.

    Parents can borrow a PLUS Loan to help pay your education expenses if you are a dependent undergraduate student enrolled at least half-time in an eligible program at an eligible school. Interest rates and repayment provisions on PLUS loans can sometimes be more favorable to a borrower than other consumer loans available for educational expenses. Complete the FAFSA prior to applying for the PLUS loan online at studentaid.gov.

    Parents are required to pass a credit check when they are applying for the PLUS loan. If a parent's application for a PLUS loan is denied based on the borrower's credit history, the student may become eligible for an additional unsubsidized student loan. Freshmen and sophomore students can borrow up to $4,000 in additional unsubsidized loans, while juniors and seniors can borrow up to $5,000 in additional unsubsidized loans.

    Application Process

    • The parent borrower submits the Parent PLUS Loan Request Process.
    • The federal loan processing center will review borrower’s credit history to determine eligibility.
    • Once the PLUS loan has been approved, the parent will be instructed to sign a Master Promissory Note.
    • The Financial Aid Office will originate the parent PLUS loan.
    • Loan proceeds will be used to pay outstanding charges on the student’s billing account in the University Cashier’s Office.
    • If there are remaining funds available after the authorized charges are paid, a refund will be made available to the student or parent depending upon the parent’s designation when completing the PLUS application.
    • Because a credit decision only lasts for 90 days, parents are encouraged to wait until July 1 immediately preceding the start of each new academic year before making application for a PLUS loan. If the 90 days expire before the loan is disbursed, parents may need to make a new application with a new credit check.

    The Federal Graduate PLUS Loan is a Federal loan program which allows Graduate and Professional students to borrow a low-interest federally backed student loan when Federal Direct Loan eligibility has been exhausted. Like the Parent PLUS Loan, the Graduate PLUS Loan can be used to pay for the total cost of attendance minus any financial aid you've already been awarded. Also like the Parent PLUS Loan, eligibility for the Graduate PLUS Loan is largely dependent on the borrower's credit rating and history. Students should follow the same application process outlined above for parent borrowers, beginning with the Graduate PLUS Loan Request Process. First-time Graduate PLUS borrowers must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and complete Entrance Loan Counseling.

    Grants

    Marywood University awards grant funding from a variety of sources including funds from the federal government, funds from PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency), and institutional funds from Marywood.

    Students do not need to apply separately for grants. You are considered automatically based on the information you submit when you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    For information about federal student aid from the U.S. Department of Education, visit studentaid.gov.

    Pell is a federal grant administered by the Financial Aid Office. It is awarded to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor's or professional degree. The current maximum award effective with the 2021-22 academic year is $6,495. You may receive $6,495 or less, depending on your need and your enrollment. For example, you will receive less as a part-time student than you will as a full-time student.

    Important 

    The maximum number of years a student may receive a Federal Pell Grant is the "equivalent of six years." For information on how to calculate the "equivalent of six years" please visit Federal Student Aid: Pell Grants.

    This is a grant for undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. Students must also be eligible for Pell, but not every student receiving Pell will receive FSEOG. Awards are given to the students who demonstrate the most need, according to the availability of funding. Priority filing date is February 15th of each year.

    State grant award levels and eligibility criteria are controlled by the awarding state. Generally, state grants are awarded on the basis of need and limited to students attending schools within their own state of residence. Some states, such as Delaware and Maryland, have reciprocity (interchangeable) agreements with Pennsylvania. For information about your state's reciprocity agreements, contact your state agency.

    Marywood awards grants based on financial need as determined by information found on the FAFSA. They may be adjusted annually based on a student's/family's financial situation. Students must file a FAFSA in order to be considered for a Liguori Grant for a given academic year. Grants do not have to be repaid.