Financial Aid

Announcements:

Students can now file their 17-18 FAFSA

Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students can begin filing their FAFSA on Oct. 1, 2016.

Because the FAFSA is based on the 2015 tax year, you will already have done your taxes by the time you fill out your FAFSA, and you won’t need to estimate your tax information and then go back into the FAFSA later to update it.

  • Students who would like to be reviewed for financial aid eligibility for the 2017-2018 year (Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018), must file a 2017-2018 FAFSA, based on the 2015 tax year
  • To file a FAFSA online, go to fafsa.gov
  • LHU’s school code is 003323
  • Students and parents are strongly urged to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when filing.
  • The LHU suggested filing date is March 15, 2017
  • The Pennsylvania State Grant or PHEAA State Grant has a deadline of May 1, 2017. All students who submit a FAFSA after that date will automatically be ineligible even if they qualify for the grant.
  • More information about completing the FAFSA can be found at http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/filling-out

 

Fall 2017 New Students’ Financial Aid Application Timeline

The financial aid application process is one that occurs over several months throughout the year. Please access the calendar below to help guide you through.

Timeframe

Tasks to complete

October

  • Students can begin filing the FAFSA on October 1st

November/December

  • Begin searching for outside scholarships
  • File your FAFSA if you haven’t filed
  • PA Residents should complete the State Grant Form immediately after filing the FAFSA
  • Accepted LHU Students will receive a Financial Aid Award Letter in early December

January

  • Continue searching for outside scholarships
  • File your FAFSA if you haven’t filed
  • PA Residents should complete the State Grant Form immediately after filing the FAFSA

February

  • Continue searching for outside scholarships
  • File your FAFSA if you haven’t filed
  • PA Residents should complete the State Grant Form immediately after filing the FAFSA

March

  • Make sure that your complete, signed FAFSA is submitted by LHU’s Priority Filing date of March 15h
  • PA Residents should complete the State Grant Form immediately after filing the FAFSA

Late March/Early April

  • All paid students whose FAFSA was selected for verification review, will also receive a verification request. Please complete and return within 30 days.
  • PA Residents: If you did not file your FAFSA, make sure it is filed before the PA State Grant deadline of May 1st and complete the State Grant Form immediately after filing the FAFSA

June

  • Complete Direct Loan requirements, if it is the student’s intention to take them. See award letter for details
  • Forward copies of scholarship notifications to the Financial Aid Office

July

  • Receive your student bill from the Student Accounts Office (your processed financial aid will appear on the bill)
  • If an additional loan is needed to cover expenses, apply now as most loans take approximately 3-5 weeks to process.

August

  • To assure that all aid is processed for the start of the fall semester, students are urged to check their semester bill online approximately 1-2 weeks before the start of the fall semester. Online billing information can be located via myHaven under “Student Accounts”.  
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