Wilkes University

Types of Financial Aid

Types of Financial Aid

The Economist RankingsWilkes University offers a variety of financial aid options to help you make your Wilkes education affordable. Most financial aid packages we award combine scholarships, grants, loans and work-study opportunities. Funding may be provided by the federal government, state government, Wilkes and other private sources.

All Wilkes students, regardless of financial need, are eligible for merit scholarships based on academic performance. Scholarships offered for those students applying for fall 2017 include:

  • TRUSTEE SCHOLARSHIP: $19,000
    • SAT 1290 or higher
    • or ACT 28 or higher
    • or top 5 percent high school class rank
  • PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP: $17,000
    • 1190-1280 SAT 
    • or ACT 26-27 
    • or top 10 percent high school class rank
  • DEANS SCHOLARSHIP: $15,000
    • 1100-1180 SAT 
    • or ACT 23-25 
    • or top 20 percent high school class rank
  • PROVOST SCHOLARSHIP: $13,000
    • Top 35 percent class rank 
    • or 1000-1090 SAT or 21-22 ACT AND top 50 percent class rank

*Plus $2,000 out of state for each level.

As a freshman student, you may also be eligible for other financial aid. Follow the steps for the undergraduate financial aid process to see how affordable your Wilkes education can be.

Financial Aid Process

If you're interested in transferring to Wilkes from another college or university, we have scholarship funds available to help you make that move.

Scholarship levels for transfer students entering in fall semester 2016 were:

  • $14,000
    • 3.75 to 4.00 cumulative college GPA
  • $12,000
    • 3.5 to 3.749 cumulative college GPA
  • $10,000
    • 3.00 to 3.499 cumulative college GPA
  • $7,000
    • 2.50 to 2.99 cumulative college GPA

As a transfer student, you may also be eligible for other financial aid. Follow the steps for the undergraduate financial aid process to see how affordable your Wilkes education can be.

Please note: In order to remain eligible for the transfer scholarship, students must be enrolled as full-time, degree-seeking domestic student.

Financial Aid Process

Leadership Scholarships
Leadership scholarships may be available for leaders of student organizations, including major publications and student government.
 
Named Scholarships
Named scholarships are donated by alumni and friends of Wilkes to honor or memorialize their loved ones. Requirements for these scholarships vary.
 

Veterans Scholarships
If you served our country, Wilkes wants to help you find a way to finance your higher education. Visit Veterans Services to learn more about the Yellow Ribbon program, the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and other resources available to veterans.

Air Force ROTC Scholarships
Full- and partial-tuition scholarships may be awarded based on individual merit and participation in the U.S. Air Force. Applications must be completed by December 1st. For more scholarship information, please visit www.afrotc.com.

Performance Scholarships
Theatre arts and musical theatre majors may be awarded performance scholarships based on an audition.

Multicultural Service Scholarships
Multicultural service scholarships may be awarded to students who come from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds and contribute to community service activities on campus. All students with financial need may be considered, regardless of cultural or ethnic background. Scholarship renewal is based on continued service to campus or the community.

Alumni Scholarships
If one of your parents graduated from Wilkes, you're eligible to apply for the Alumni Association Scholarship. If you have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, you may apply by early April of your freshman, sophomore or junior year. Email the Office of Alumni Relations for more information.

Private Scholarships
You may also be eligible for scholarships offered by a wide variety of private organizations. For more information, visit the Fastweb scholarship site at www.fastweb.com.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship
Our undergraduate transfer admissions office awards a $4,000 PTK scholarship annually to one transfer student who was accepted into Wilkes University for the upcoming fall semester as a full time student. Students who are already a current member of the PTK chapter at the college/university they are transferring from, will automatically be considered. One accepted transfer student is chosen in July for the upcoming fall semester and will be notified during that time. For more details, please contact your transfer admissions counselor.

Grant funding is a gift based on financial need, with no need to repay. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine grant eligibility.

 Grants include:

  •  Federal Pell Grant
    Pell grants, awarded yearly, will depend on your expected family contribution (EFC), cost of college attendance and enrollment status (full or part time).

  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
    SEOG awards are based on financial need, the date you apply for aid, any other aid you may receive, and availability of Wilkes funds. These federal funds are awarded annually on a first come, first served basis, so complete your FAFSA as soon as possible.

  • Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) Grant
    Pennsylvania residents may receive a yearly award based on financial need through the Pennsylvania State Grant Program.

Work-study programs allow you to earn money to help pay for your education and related expenses. Research shows that students who work while going to school have higher grades and graduate faster. Plus, the work experience will help build your résumé. Check out some work-study options available to Wilkes students:

Federal Work-Study Program
The Federal Work-Study Program is funded jointly by the federal government and Wilkes University. The program allows you to work on campus to help cover education costs. To be eligible, you must be enrolled at least half time and meet financial need requirements. Work-study employees receive a monthly paycheck; these funds will not be applied to tuition bills.

University Student Employment Program
This program, funded solely by the University, lets you earn money by working on campus. You’re not required to demonstrate financial need, but you must be enrolled full time. Work-study employees receive a monthly paycheck; these funds will not be applied to tuition bills.

State Work-Study Program
This program, funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and administered by PHEAA, places students in career-related or community-enrichment positions with public- and private-sector employers. You must be a Pennsylvania resident with demonstrated financial need to participate in the State Work-Study Program.

Off-Campus Employment
The Career Services Center can help you search for prospective employers in the Wilkes-Barre area. Full-time, part-time and summer positions are available.

Wilkes University participates in the Federal Direct Loan Program. Direct loans are low-interest loans awarded to you and your parents to help cover the costs of a college education. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education, but your loan servicer and primary contact may be a private business.


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