Types of Financial Aid

Chestnut Hill College Scholarships and Chestnut Hill College Awards for Student Leadership

These scholarships and awards are offered to you based on your academic achievements. The Chestnut Hill College Admissions Office administers these programs, determining the recipients and award levels for entering freshman/transfers. These awards are renewable as long as you remain in good academic standing. No additional application is required to apply for these awards.


Endowed Scholarships

These scholarships recognize students on the basis of academic excellence, leadership, community involvement and other special talents. The Chestnut Hill College Admissions Office determines eligible recipients. No additional application is required.


Chestnut Hill College Grant

The Chestnut Hill College Grant is awarded by the financial aid office staff and is based on demonstrated financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and availability of funding.


Federal Pell Grant

The Pell Grant is a need-based award that does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree. Award amounts and eligibility are determined by a standard calculation (established by the U.S. Congress) based on your FAFSA. The calculation also produces your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your Student Aid Report (SAR) will tell you your EFC as well as if you are Pell eligible. The Financial Aid Office determines the actual award amount based on your cost of education, enrollment status and EFC.


Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Federal SEOG grant is awarded to you based on exceptional financial need (i.e. students with the lowest EFCs) and availability of funds. If you are Pell Grant eligible, you will be considered first for the FSEOG grant.


Pennsylvania State Grant

This grant is awarded by the Pennsylvania Higher Assistance Agency (PHEAA). To be eligible for this award, you must be a Pennsylvania resident pursuing your first undergraduate degree. The PHEAA Grant is based on your financial need as determined by PHEAA from the information submitted on the FAFSA. You must apply before May 1, 2015 (for the 2015-16 academic year: fall 2015, spring 2016).


Additional PHEAA Scholarships and Grant Information

For a complete listing of PHEAA‘s additional scholarships and grants, please refer to PHEAA‘s website at www.pheaa.org. The programs offered by PHEAA are available only to Pennsylvania state residents.


Other State Grant (not PHEAA)

If you are from a state other than Pennsylvania, please check with the Office of Higher Education in your state to find out if your state offers a state grant. Your high school guidance counselor will be a good source of information regarding filling deadline dates and required application dates. Delaware, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, Ohio and West Virginia are among the states that allow you to use their grants in Pennsylvania. New York and New Jersey do not allow their grants to be used out-of-state.


Athletic Grants

The Chestnut Hill College Athletic Department determines who receives Athletic Grants. Athletic grants are contingent upon the requirements and standards of the Athletic Department. If these requirements are not met the athletic grant may be rescinded. Should this happen, the rescinded athletic grants may not be replaced by other grants. Athletic grants will be credited to your billing account.


Federal Work-Study Grant

Federal Work-Study earnings are an important source of funding your education. You may utilize work-study earnings to help defray costs during the academic year. The money you earn will be paid directly to you bi-weekly to a direct deposit account you have established. Since the Federal Work-Study Grant pays you directly, work-study money is not deducted from your tuition bill.


Federal Perkins Loan

The Federal Perkins Loan is a 5% fixed rate loan for students with exceptional financial need. If you receive and accept the Perkins Loan, the Financial Aid Office will ask you to come into the office to complete a Perkins Loan Promissory Note, a Truth-in-Lending Statement, and a Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. The Perkins Loan will be credited to your tuition account after you submit the signed loan note and required forms to the Financial Aid Office. The Perkins Loan constitutes legal debt that must be repaid.


Federal Subsidized Direct Loan (formerly Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan)

Student Loans, unlike grants, scholarships and work-study, are borrowed funds that must be paid back, with interest.  Loans are legal obligations, so before borrowing each year, consider the amount you will have to repay. 

The William D. Ford Direct Loan program, known as Direct Loans, was authorized and created by the Higher Education Act of 1965. The program provides subsidized, unsubsidized, PLUS, GradPLUS and consolidation loans to borrowers for educational purposes. The lender for all of these loans is the U.S. Department of Education.

Students must meet the following requirements in order to receive a student loan: 

    -Students must complete a FAFSA and all other financial aid requirements every academic year 
    -Be enrolled a minimum of six credit hours each semester 
    -Meet CHC's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy.

The Federal Subsidized Direct Loan is a fixed rate loan for undergraduate students, if eligible. An undergraduate student may borrow up to $3,500 for the first year, $4,500 for the second year, and $5,500 for two additional years, and if needed, an additional $4,000 for the fifth year for an aggregate undergraduate maximum of $23,000. The loan funds will be electronically transferred to your student account once you complete Entrance Counseling and an application or Master Promissory Note (MPN).


No interest will accrue on the Federal Subsidized Direct Loans and no payments are required of the principal during the entire in-school period, provided that you maintain at least half-time status per semester. The loan also provides a grace period of 6 months after you graduate or have ceased to be enrolled at half-time status before repayment of principal and interest is due. The repayment period for the Federal Subsidized Direct Loan is 10 years.


A loan fee of 1.073% will be deducted from the gross loan amount prior to each disbursement of both Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans. 

Interest Rates for Subsidized Direct Loan:


2014 -15 Academic Year  (Loans disbursed after July 1, 2014)



Direct Loan Chart  



Base Amount (Subsidized or

Unsubsidized depending upon
financial need as determined
by the FAFSA)


Total Amount of

Direct Loan

Funding Available

Additional Unsubsidized Loan

 for Independent Undergraduate
 Students OR for Dependent Students
 whose Parent was denied
 the PLUS Loan

Total Direct

Loan amount


























Sample Loan Repayment Schedule


Sample Loan Repayment (payments listed per month//total repaid)


Inital Debt

when you enter



(Not exceed

10 years



(Not to exceed

10 years)

Income Contingent,




Income Contingent,





$50/ $4,471

Not Available for

this loan amount

$25/ $5,157

$27/ $6,092

$25/ $6,405


$58/ $6,905

Not Available for

this loan amount

$40/ $7,278 

$38/ $8,703

$36/ $9,150


$83/ $10,357

Not Available for

this loan amount

$59/ $10,919

$57/ $13,055

$54/ $13,725


$121/ $14,500

Not Available for

this loan amount

$83/ $15,283

$80/ $18,277

$76/ $19,215


$173/ $20,714

Not Available for

this loan amount

$119/ $21,834

$114/ $26,110

$108/ $27,451


$460/ $55,239 $277/ $83,289 $316/ $85,229

$253/ $72,717



Outside Scholarships, Grants, Loans and Employee Tuition Reimbursement

Sponsors for outside aid usually have their own eligibility requirements. Student Financial Services will complete any paperwork required to assist you in the application process.


Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan

If you are a dependent student, the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan allows your parents to borrow money for your education. The PLUS Loan has a fixed rate of 6.21%.  A 4.292% fee is deducted from the loan from each disbursement. The maximum amount your parents can borrow is the cost of attendance minus any other financial aid received. Eligibility for the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan is determined by a credit check. To apply for the Parent PLUS Loan, please go to www.studentloans.gov.


If your parent is rejected for a PLUS Loan due to adverse credit history, you may be eligible for additional funds under the Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan. Freshmen and sophomores may receive an additional $4,000 each year and juniors and seniors may receive an additional $5,000 each year. A parent must apply for the PLUS loan each academic year, if interested, as it is a credit-based loan.


Private Educational Loans

Private Educational Loans are available to cover your total cost of education (tuition, fees, room, board, transportation and miscellaneous educational expenses) after all other financial aid has been applied to your costs. To apply for a loan, you need to complete either a paper application provided by the lender or an application on the lender’s website. The loan requires a creditworthy applicant and/or cosigner. With Private Educational Loans, you can usually defer repayment of principal and capitalize the interest while you are in school. If you are interested in applying for a Private Educational Loan, contact Student Financial Services for the Private Educational Loan Brochure. This brochure will give you a list of banks and the loans they offer. If you have any questions, please contact Student Financial Services. Please note: you can usually use Alternative Loans or Private Educational Loans if you are enrolled less than half-time and/or non-matriculated.


New Jersey College Loans to Assist State Students (NJCLASS)

The NJCLASS program enables parents, spouses, legal guardians or other relatives to borrow on your behalf. You can apply with or without a cosigner as long as your income and credit requirements for the loan are met. There is a fixed, simple interest rate for the life of the loan. NJCLASS offers various repayment options for principal and interest. You must be a New Jersey resident to be eligible for this loan. You must apply for a Federal Direct Loan first. For an application or further information, call the NJCLASS Program at 800-792-8670.


Scholarship Search

The following scholarship search sites are provided for your reference. These sites listed below allow you to search their scholarship data bases free of charge. You are reminded to never pay for scholarship information. For security purposes you should never give anyone your social security number.






www.PHEAA .org  




Net Price Calculator

There are abundant financial aid and scholarship opportunities, as well as federal student loans and other payment options, to help our students reach their educational goals. Chestnut Hill College prides itself on striving to be affordable for all academically qualified students who wish to attend.  If you would like to determine the estimated cost of attendance for your family, please use our Net Price Calculator. Our Admissions and Student Financial Services offices offer individualized guidance so that you can understand all of your financial options. We look forward to working with you. 




**Chesnut Hill College Institutional financial aid cannot be refunded if a student's tuition expenses are covered by other resources.**