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Grants and Scholarships

Adult Undergraduate Financial Assistance

Lillian Lyons Scholarship
The spirit of the Lillian Lyons Scholarship is to assist working adult students in meeting the financial obligations of their 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
  • AA in Addiction Studies
  • BS in Early Childhood Education
  • BA in Organizational Management/Leadership
  • BS in Business Administration
  • BSN for RNs

Candidates must also complete the following for scholarship consideration:

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

Traditional Graduate Financial Assistance

The financial aid program at Eastern University offers assistance to graduate students through graduate fellowships, scholarships, assistantships, Federal Stafford Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and Eastern Campus Employment (ECE). To apply for this assistance, contact the Financial Aid Office or the Office of Graduate Admissions and request an application packet. 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 this application 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 Student Employment recipients must submit this application to be considered for renewal.

GPS Fellowships
The GPS Fellowship 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 $2,295 and $4,590 for the academic year based on the anticipated number of enrolled credits, are awarded annually to highly qualified students who seek to make an impact for Eastern University and/or their academic department/program during the course of their studies. GPS Fellows are required to serve within the University/Department in a manner specified by the academic department. Current GPS Fellowship recipients must submit this application 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 Grant recipients must submit this application to be considered for renewal.

If you are interested in any of the Graduate Aid Assistance listed above, please download, complete, and return the CCGPS Aid Application to CCGPS.

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).

If you have any questions about the Grants and Scholarships above, please contact Mark Spangler at 484-581-1266 or mspangle@eastern.edu.

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