University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Pitt-Johnstown Parents' Guide: Financial

Financial Assistance

To initiate the financial aid process, simply complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can complete the FAFSA on their website. Because this form is very important, you’ll want to make sure to take extra time when completing it.

This document will allow your child to be considered for all federal financial aid, as well as for aid in most individual states. Need help with completing the FAFSA? You can get one-on-one help from a customer service representative by clicking on "Live Help" at the top of the FAFSA page.

Approximately two-to-five weeks after submitting the FAFSA, you’ll receive an online Student Aid Report (SAR). You can view your SAR once FAFSA has received all required signatures and processed your FAFSA or correction form. This report will let you know if your child is eligible for a Pell grant and will inform you of the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is the dollar amount the government determines the family is able to contribute towards college costs the following year. If the overall costs are more than the EFC, financial need is demonstrated. Therefore, your child should be eligible for financial aid. It’s important to note that this aid may come in the form of loans.

The FAFSA may be filed any time after January 1. Generally, financial aid is awarded on a “first come, first served basis,” so you’ll want to submit it as soon as possible. Pitt-Johnstown requires that you complete the FAFSA by April 1.

Financial Obligations

We understand that few families can afford to not ask this question. Typically, about 81% of our students receive some form of financial assistance. This assistance may take the form of scholarships, grants, work-study, or loans. Additionally, many students use their own savings from summer employment to help pay for expenses. Most families use a combination of the above in financing an education. Issues of financial aid and affordability can be overwhelming.

The Financial Aid staff members are committed to assisting students and their families, even if the student has not formally decided to attend Pitt-Johnstown at the time of contact.

Term Statements

Students and Authorized Users can view the student's charges in PittPAY under the Account Activity tab. The statement will include tuition, fees, housing, and meal plan charges. It will also include any anticipated financial aid or scholarships the student will be receiving for that term. You will be notified via email when there is a balance due. The fall term balance will be due on September 23rd and the spring term balance will be due on January 23rd. The amount owed will be all charges, less financial aid.

Term statements reflect only one semester, a new statement will be generated each time a student enrolls in a new semester. You should always review your account if you receive an email. Any questions about the charges may be directed to the Business Office.

Please note, student account information can only be given to the student and those they set up as Authorized Users in PittPAY.

Payment Options

Families may choose to pay any remaining balance in full by cash, money order, or personal check through the Business Office. Credit/debit card and eCheck payments can be made under the Make Payment tab in PittPAY. A Payment Plan option is available through PittPAY.