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Apply for Federal Aid

  • Create an FSA ID for both student and a parent at www.fafsa.gov. Click the FSA ID icon. Then select “Create an FSA ID Now”.
  • File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.
  • While completing the FAFSA, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to download income data.

Apply for State Aid

  • Complete the Pennsylvania State Grant Form at www.pheaa.org. Click “State Grant Program” under Funding Opportunities. Then click on “Apply/Renew Now”. The application deadline is May 1. (If you are not a Pennsylvania resident, please check with your state to see if you qualify for state aid that can be used at ESU.)

For New Students

  1. Before Enrollment Fee is Paid
    • Respond to requests for additional documentation from the Student Servicing Center (SSC) – if applicable. These requests will be sent to the e-mail address you included on your FAFSA.
    • Review your Financial Aid Award Letter (mailed to home address in late March).
  2. After Enrollment Fee is Paid
    • View additional outstanding requirements on MyESU Portal (requires username and password).
    • Accept Award Terms & Conditions on MyESU Portal.
    • Accept or Decline Federal Direct Student Loan and/or Federal Work Study (FWS) Awards on MyESU Portal.

For Returning Students

(Please note that you must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress to qualify for aid)

  • Respond to requests for additional documentation from the Student Servicing Center (SSC) – if applicable. These requests will be sent to the e-mail address you included on your FAFSA.
  • View additional outstanding requirements on MyESU Portal (requires username and password).
  • Review your Financial Aid Awards on MyESU Portal (available in late April).
  • Accept Award Terms & Conditions on MyESU Portal.
  • Accept or Decline Federal Direct Student Loan and/or Federal Work Study Awards on MyESU Portal.

Additional Information

For First-Time Student Loan Borrowers who Accepted a Federal Direct Loan:

For Students who Accepted a Federal Work Study (FWS) Award

For Parents who want to Apply for a Parent PLUS Loan

  • Visit www.studentloans.gov and click the “Parent Borrowers” icon.
  • Click on “Apply for a PLUS Loan” and complete the application.
  • Click on “Complete the PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN)” and follow the instructions.

For Students/Parents who want to make Monthly Payments

  • Set up a payment plan with the Student Account Office on MyESU Portal by clicking the “Students” tab and selecting “Payment Plans” in the Student Billing Tools window.

For Students Expecting a Financial Aid Refund

  • Sign up for Direct Deposit on MyESU Portal by clicking the “Students” tab and selecting “Setup Direct Deposit” in the Student Billing Tools window.

For Students who want to apply for a Private Alternative Loan

  • Visit www.elmselect.com to find and compare lenders and loans that match your need.