Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 610.282.1100, ext. 1287 if you have further questions concerning the process or time line for financial aid.
August through November
- Visit colleges and universities. Arrange in advance for an individual appointment with the Admissions Office or attend an Open House program. Leave with a clear understanding of the admissions and financial aid process, requirements, and deadlines.
- Initiate the admissions application process. To receive maximum consideration for DeSales University scholarships and grants, the application should be submitted by December 1 of your senior year.
- Make sure your applications for admissions are completed. Follow up with your institutions on any missing information.
- Inquire about DeSales University Scholarship Days and register for the appropriate Scholarship Day. Scholarship Days are held in mid-December and the end of January, depending upon your intended major.
- Investigate the availability of service club, business, or organization scholarships in your community. Outside scholarship applications must be submitted by the prescribed deadline.
- Students and parents of dependent students should register for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov. This PIN will allow you to sign the FAFSA electronically after January 1.
- Gather end of the year income information and documentation to prepare your tax returns. Retain copies of all documentation sent to the IRS (1040, W2's, required schedules, etc). The Office of Financial Aid may require these forms for verification.
- Complete the FAFSA online as soon as possible after January 1.
DeSales University's Federal School Code is 003986
- For maximum consideration for institutional assistance please complete the FAFSA prior to February 1.
- It takes approximately 1 week for the results of the online FAFSA to reach DeSales University.
Note: You do not have to be accepted by the University in order to complete the FAFSA. You can use your estimated tax information to file your FAFSA and then make changes later if needed.
- Financial aid applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning the first week of February.
- Students will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) after filing a FAFSA. Read it thoroughly and make any necessary corrections.
- Students with completed financial aid information by February 1 who are reviewed during the first financial aid committee will be mailed an estimated award letter on approximately February 15.
- If you are a Pennsylvania resident, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) will send first-time FAFSA filers a PHEAA Information Form for state grant consideration upon receipt of the FAFSA. Please complete this form and mail back to PHEAA as soon as possible.
- Non-Pennsylvania residents should contact their state education agency regarding eligibility of state grant funding.
- Financial aid applicants reviewed by the financial aid committee between February and March 1 will be mailed an estimated award letter on approximately March 15.
- Submit supplemental forms to DeSales University per our request. (Federal Income Tax Return, Verification Form, Institutional Form, etc.)
- Institutional funds are typically depleted by April 15.
- Financial aid applicants reviewed by the financial aid committee between March and April 1 will be mailed an estimated award letter on approximately April 15.
May through June
- After a first time student deposits (freshman/transfer) and provides all required documentation, an official award letter will be sent. To accept or decline awards, a student must contact the Office of Financial Aid in writing.
- Students who are Pennsylvania residents must file the FAFSA by May 1 for consideration for PHEAA state grants. Results of the FAFSA are used in determining which students receive PHEAA grants.
- PHEAA notifies Pennsylvania residents of state grant eligibility.
- Notify the Office of Financial Aid of any outside scholarships received.
- If interested, investigate and enroll in payment plans contracted by the University and administered by Higher Education Services or ECSI
- First-time deposited applicants who have filed a FAFSA will receive a packet of information with instructions on how to apply for loans.
- Fall semester bills are mailed to new and returning students in mid-July.
- Parents of dependent students should apply for the PLUS and those students who are borrowing an alternative loan should complete all necessary paperwork
August through September
- Fall semester bills are due. Return the bill with the balance reconciliation form and proper payment to the DeSales University Treasurer's Office.
- Students will receive a statement from their lender/guaranty agency confirming the certification and disbursement dates of their Federal Stafford Loan. Students my also receive notification once loan funds have been disbursed to DeSales University.