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Scholarships & Grants

New!  Pay it Forward Scholarship Initiative

If you are a current student or alum and would like to refer someone to the Pay It Forward Scholarship Initiative Program click below:

Financial Assistance for Adult Undergraduate Students

Quick Steps to Access Aid

Step 1:  Review Your Eligibility for Federal Aid then file your FAFSA.
Step 2:  Review Your Eligibility for Eastern Aid with your Enrollment Counselor.

Lillian Lyons Scholarship

Download Lillian Lyons Scholarship Application

The spirit of the Lillian Lyons Scholarship is to assist working adult students in meeting the financial obligations of their adult undergraduate education.  A one-time scholarship (last year's scholarship was $501 per person) will be awarded to eligible students annually. Eligibility is determined by the student's financial need.

All candidates must currently be enrolled in one of the following accelerated bachelor's degree programs:

  • AA in Liberal Arts
  • BA in Criminal Justice
  • BA in Organizational Management/Leadership
  • BA in Youth Ministry Leadership
  • BS in Early Childhood Education
  • BS in Business Administration
  • BS in Nursing (for RN's)

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Spangler at 484-581-1266 or mspangle@eastern.edu.

Learn more about how adult undergraduate students can apply for scholarships and grants.

Financial Assistance for Graduate Students

Quick Steps to Access Aid

Step 1:  Review Your Eligibility for Federal Aid then file your FAFSA.
Step 2:  Review Your Eligibility for Eastern Aid with your Enrollment Counselor then download Institutional Aid Application (2015-2016)

How Graduate Financial Assistance can work for you!

The financial aid program at Eastern University offers assistance to traditional graduate students through graduate fellowships, scholarships, assistantships, Federal Stafford Subsidized, Unsubsidized Loans and Eastern Campus Employment (ECE).  Note:  Students enrolled in the accelerated “fast-track programs” are not eligible to participate in the graduate scholarship or assistantship programs.

The Graduate Assistantship Program

The Graduate Assistantship Program at Eastern University exists to enhance students’ academic experiences by giving them an opportunity to work closely with a specific administrator or faculty member(s) on a well-defined academic activity. These activities could include teaching, research, and/or professional experience within the University community.  Graduate Assistants receive an annual tuition grant. The grant amount varies from year to year and is credited to the student’s account on a per semester basis. In addition, Graduate Assistants are required to work up to 20 hours per week and are paid on a bi-weekly basis, for this work.  Current GPS Graduate Assistantship recipients must submit the Institutional Aid Application annually to be considered for renewal.

Graduate Student Employment Opportunities
Graduate Student employment is often available within the Eastern University community. Students are hired to perform work that is not necessarily related to their experience or field of study. Work can either be research related or clerical.  As job opportunities become available, selected applicants will interview with the position’s direct supervisor. Students will determine the exact work schedule with the direct supervisor, up to 20 hours per week, and will be paid on a bi-weekly basis for the work performed.  Current GPS Graduate Assistantship recipients must submit the Institutional Aid Application annually to be considered for renewal.

GPS Grants
The GPS Grant Program exists to provide financial assistance to fully accepted, fully matriculated, degree-seeking students in the Campolo College of Graduate & Professional Studies at Eastern University. These awards, which range between $500 and $2,000 for the academic year, are given annually to students who demonstrate a high potential for success in their chosen field of study. Current GPS Graduate Assistantship recipients must submit the Institutional Aid Application annually to be considered for renewal.

In order to receive any type of financial assistance, a student must:

  • be fully accepted as a matriculated student in a degree program or an elementary, secondary or special education teacher certification program 
  • be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits per semester (or equivalent period)
  • if a returning student, have made satisfactory academic progress at the end of the previous academic year
  • have applied for financial aid by the published deadline each year aid is requested.

Financial Assistance is NOT available for:

  • Provisionally accepted students 
  • Students enrolled as non-degree students
  • Courses that are being repeated
  • Courses being taken for personal enrichment

Graduate Fellowships, Scholarships and Assistantships do not cover the following extra charges: single room, overload courses and double majors. In no case will a full-time student receive an Eastern University Graduate Scholarship or Assistantship for more than two years (half-time students, for no more than three years).

A Subsidized Loan is only available to Graduate students who are in a Certification program.  Masters and Doctoral level students are not eligible for the Subsidized loans.

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Spangler at 484-581-1266 or mspangle@eastern.edu.

Learn more about how Graduate students can apply for scholarships and grants.

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