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    University of Pittsburgh Johnstown
   
 
  Sep 19, 2017
 
2017-2018 Johnstown Campus Catalog 
  
2017-2018 Johnstown Campus Catalog

Financial Information



Fees and Expenses

All fees and expenses are subject to change without notice. The tuition charge for those students who qualify under the University Eligibility for Reduced Tuition is listed below. The difference between full tuition and reduced tuition is provided through an appropriation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (see additional information under Eligibility for Reduced Tuition). Any further questions related thereto should be directed to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Eligibility Officer, Office of the Registrar, 279 Blackington Hall.

*Tuition rates and fees are applicable to 2017-18 and are subject to change without notice.

The University’s tuition and mandatory fee rates are available on the Tuition Rates and Mandatory Fees  page.

Determining How Full-Time vs Part-Time Students are Billed

In the Fall and Spring Terms:

Undergraduate students registered for 12 to 18 credits in the Fall and Spring Terms are regarded as full-time students, and are assessed the current undergraduate “flat” tuition rate for their academic center.
Undergraduate students registered for fewer than 12 credits are considered part-time, and are billed on a per-credit basis.

Graduate students registered for 9 to 15 credits in the Fall and Spring Terms are regarded as full-time students, and are assessed the current graduate “flat” tuition rate for their academic center.

Graduate students registered for fewer than 9 credits are considered part-time, and billed on a per-credit basis.

Students will be charged per credit for each credit exceeding the maximum full-time credit limit.

In the Summer Term:

All students are billed on a per-credit basis in the Summer Term with the exception of students in the School of Dental Medicine Dental Hygiene Certificate Program; the Swanson School of Engineering undergraduate program; the Katz Graduate School of Business Full-time MBA, MBA/MS and EMBA Programs; and the School of Nursing Accelerated Nursing Program.

About Mandatory Fees

Mandatory Fee figures are applicable to students regardless of Pennsylvania or Out-of-State residency. Not listed under Mandatory Fees are:

  1. Course/major fees that are based upon registration in specific courses (e.g., lab fees).
  2. Academic fees (e.g., application fees, academic program fees for programs such as Cooperative Engineering Program and Study Abroad).
  3. Service fees (e.g., late application for graduation and lost ID cards).
  4. Professional workshop and professional development fees
  5. Specific-student fees such as the Freshman Socialization Fee at the Greensburg Campus.

Room and Board

Room Rates (per term)

Residence Halls and Lodges:

  • Double - $2,820
  • Single - $3,430

Living/Learning Center:

  • Double - $2,955
  • Single - $3,610

Townhouse Apartments:

  • Double $3,085
  • Single  $3,775

Willow Hall:

  • Double $3,085
  • Single  $3,775

College Park Apartments:

  • Four Person Apartment - $3,085
  • Two Person Apartment - $3,430
  • Single Room - $3,775

BOARD RATES (per term)

Ultimate Access Tier Plan offers 10 guest meals per term
Unlimited Student Union and Varsity Dining with 150 Dining Dollars $2,255
   
Tier 1 Plan offers 6 guest meals per term
Plan 1B 200 Dining Passes with 275 Dining Dollars $2,010
Plan 1C 165 Dining Passes with 450 Dining Dollars $2,010
     
Tier 2 Plan offers 4 guest meals per term
Plan 2B 150 Dining Passes with 350 Dining Dollars $1,855
Plan 2C 125 Dining Passes with 475 Dining Dollars $1,855
     
Tier 3 Plan offers 4 guest meals per term
Plan 3B 145 Dining Passes with 275 Dining Dollars $1,745
Plan 3C 120 Dining Passes with 400 Dining Dollars $1,745
     
Tier 4 Plan offers 4 guest meals per term
Plan 4B 100 Dining Passes with 260 Dining Dollars $1,595
Plan 4C 75 Dining Passes with 425 Dining Dollars $1,595
     
Apartment/Townhouse and Commuter Plans
Plan B 65 Dining Passes with 170 Dining Dollars $885
Plan C 55 Dining Passes with 220 Dining Dollars $885
     

NOTES:

  1. Resident students living in the Residence Halls, Lodges, Living/Learning Center and Willow Hall must contract for either Ultimate Access Plan or Tier 1 through Tier 4.
  2. First year freshmen living on campus must contract for only Ultimate Plans Tier 1 through Tier 3.
  3. Commuters and resident students living in the Townhouses may contract for any meal plan.
  4. Meal plan points can be added to any meal plan in increments of $50.

Other Student Fees

Note: All fees are subject to change without notice
All fees are per term unless otherwise noted

Fees Full-Time Part-Time
Computing & Network Service $175 $100
Student Activities $90 —-
Student Activities (Summer) $10 $5
Facilities $98 $12
Student Health $40 —-
Recreation $65 $15
Physical Education (Per Class) $10 $10
Parking Registration (Per Year) $95 $47.50
Lab (Per Specified Lab) $50 $50

Fees for Auditing Courses

Students who audit classes must enroll and pay fees in the same manner and at the same tuition rate as students enrolling for credit.

PittPAY

PittPAY is the University’s online student financial portal where students and their Authorized Users can view summary and detailed student account information, including the balance due and due date.  Students and their Authorized Users are notified by email periodically before the due date if there is a balance due. In PittPAY, you can also make online payments, enroll in eRefunds, enroll in the optional payment plans, and generate account details to print or save

You may pay your balance due in full by your due date, or you can enroll in an optional PittPAY Payment Plan and pay in installments over time, instead. Our optional payment plans are designed to help families spread out the balance due over a series of regular installments. Depending on the date you enroll in a plan, you may be get up to six installments for fall or spring terms, or up to 3 installments for summer term. Payment plan installments will be automatically deducted on the 5th of each month from the bank account or credit card you specify when enrolling in the plan.  There is a $45 sign-up fee for each term-based plan. More information is available at http://payments.pitt.edu/payment-plans/.

Financial Obligations

The University of Pittsburgh has the right to withhold services if a student defaults on any financial obligation until repayment arrangements have been made that are satisfactory to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Business Office.

PA Tuition Rate Eligibility

Eligibility for Pennsylvania Tuition rates is contingent upon whether or not the student is a permanent resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A higher tuition rate is charged to non-residents.

Determination of Pennsylvania residency is based upon the following:

Determination of Domicile

Domicile is the place where one intends to reside either permanently or indefinitely and does in fact so reside. The presumptions and forms of evidence set forth in this section shall be considered by the University in making the determination.

  1. Continuous residence in this Commonwealth for a period of 12 months prior to registration as a student at an institution of higher education in this Commonwealth creates a presumption of domicile. A student is presumed not to be a domiciliary if the student has resided for a shorter period before attending an institution of higher education, but the student may rebut this presumption by clear and convincing evidence.
  2. Students who are not United States citizens, and have nonimmigrant visas or lack visas, are presumed not to be domiciled in this Commonwealth. The only way to overcome this presumption is to demonstrate that you are not a nonimmigrant and are, in fact, an asylee, refugee, US Lawful Permanent Resident, or that you have an approved l-140 or l-130 AND have a Form l-797 Receipt Notice for the filling of the Form l-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, and are otherwise in fact a domiciliary of Pennsylvania as described herein.
  3. A minor is presumed to have the domicile of his or her parents or legal guardian. The age of majority for establishing a domicile for tuition purposes is 22. A minor may prove financial emancipation and thereby prove Pennsylvania domicile through clear and convincing evidence.
  4. A student receiving a scholarship, loan or grant, dependent upon maintaining domicile in a state other than Pennsylvania, is presumed to be domiciled in the state from which he or she is receiving financial aid.
  5. The following factors may be considered as evidence of domiciliary intention but may be given weight that the finder of fact, given the circumstances of each case, may assign to them:
    1. Lease or purchase of a permanent, independent residence within this Commonwealth by the student.
    2. Payment of appropriate state and local taxes. Special attention should be given to payment of Pennsylvania taxes on income earned during periods of temporary absence from this Commonwealth.
    3. Transfer of bank accounts, stocks, automobiles and other registered property to Pennsylvania from another state.
    4. Procurement of a Pennsylvania driver's license.
    5. Procurement of a Pennsylvania motor vehicle registration.
    6. Agreement for permanent, full-time employment in this Commonwealth.
    7. Membership in social, civic, political, athletic and religious organizations located in this Commonwealth.
    8. Registration to vote in this Commonwealth.
    9. A sworn statement by the student or his/her parents or legal guardian in the case of a minor declaring his/her intention to make this Commonwealth his/her residence either permanently or for an indefinite period of time.
    10. A sworn statement from the parents or guardian of a minor setting forth facts to establish the minor's financial independence and separate residence.

Each case shall be decided on the basis of facts submitted, with qualitative rather than quantitative emphasis. No given number of factors is required for domicile, since the determination in each case is one of the subjective intentions and current objective ability of the student to reside permanently or indefinitely in this Commonwealth.

Financial Aid

All students, both prospective and those currently attending the University, are encouraged to apply for financial aid. Students may apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. By completing the FAFSA, students are applying for several types of financial aid including aid from federal and state governments, as well as funding from the University. Individuals are encouraged to explore all potential sources of financial aid, including those from outside agencies and community sources.

Types of Financial Aid

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown participates in several financial aid programs, including the following:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • *Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  • *Federal Perkins Loan
  • *Federal Work Study
  • **Federal Direct Student Loan
  • **Federal Direct PLUS Loan
  • Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) State Grant (administered by the state and only available to Pennsylvania residents)
  • **Alternative Loan (Loan applications may be requested from any lending institution).

*Campus-based funding
**Programs that require students to complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN).

Students at the University may apply for the above mentioned programs by completing the FAFSA prior to April 1. Detailed information about all financial aid programs can be obtained online at www.upj.pitt.edu/financialaid or from the Office of Financial Aid located in 114 Blackington Hall.

Eligibility for Financial Aid

The general requirements for financial aid eligibility include the following:

  • Have a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate or by completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law.
  • Be a US citizen, national or permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress in your course of study.
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program.
  • Not be in default and must not have failed to make satisfactory arrangements to repay any Federal Student Loans.
  • Not owe a repayment on a Federal Pell Grant or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant.
  • Be registered with the Selective Service, if you are a male between 18 and 25.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.

Students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the April 1 preferred filing date to receive maximum consideration for need-based financial aid administered through the university. The Title IV school code for Pitt-Johnstown is 008815. To continue to receive financial aid, students must reapply each year. Additionally, they must meet the University's satisfactory academic progress standards listed below.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

In accordance with federal regulations, the Financial Aid Office must monitor each student's progress toward the completion of a degree or certificate. Financial Aid staff members will review the following quantitative and qualitative measures once annually, upon completion of each spring term.

  • Cumulative review of college credits completed
  • Cumulative GPA
  • Timeframe needed for program completion

Students who meet the guidelines established are considered to be in acceptable standing for financial aid and will be eligible to receive financial assistance for the upcoming academic year. All terms of enrollment, including those where a student did not receive financial aid, are included in this evaluation. Transfer credits that count toward degree requirements at Pitt-Johnstown are also included in this evaluation.

Student Aid Programs Impacted

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Direct Student Loans
  • Federal Perkins Loans
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Federal Work-Study
  • Federal Direct PLUS Loans
  • some alternative loans (check with your lender)
  • most University aid

 

To maintain PHEAA State Grant eligibility, PHEAA has developed its own progress guidelines, which are different than those found within. Visit www.pheaa.org or contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Credit Requirement

Students must successfully complete 67% of the cumulative total number of credits attempted. For example, a student who has attempted 57 credits must have successfully completed at least 39 credits to be in acceptable academic standing. All credits for which a student is enrolled after the add/drop period are included in this calculation as attempted credits.

  • Successfully Completed Credits-Credits in which a student earns a grade of A, B, C, D, H, S, or P or those that have transferred toward the student's degree.
  • Course Drop/Semester Withdrawal- Courses dropped or semester withdrawals occurring during the add/drop period will not count as attempted credits. However, after the add/drop period has ended, courses dropped or semester withdrawals are counted as attempted credits. Students who have not earned the minimum number of required credits based upon enrollment as the result of the course drop or semester withdrawal will not be in acceptable academic progress.
  • Failing/Incomplete Grades- Credits for a course in which students receive failing ("F") or incomplete ("G" or "I") grades are not considered successfully completed; therefore, students who have not earned the minimum number of required credits based upon enrollment as the result of failing or receiving an incomplete grade will not be in acceptable academic progress. Students who receive a letter grade for an incomplete grade must complete the Financial Aid Exception form to have their status re-evaluated.
  • Repeated Courses- All completed and attempted credits will be counted toward the 67% completion rate. Please note, however, that federal regulations allow for financial aid to pay for only one retake of any previously passed course, so taking a course more than twice could affect your enrollment status for financial aid purposes.

GPA Requirement

The minimum GPA requirements are determined by the total number credits attempted at any University of Pittsburgh campus, as well as any credits that have transferred into Pitt-Johnstown. Transfer credits are not included in the cumulative GPA calculation.

  • Upon completion of the first academic year, students must achieve a minimum 1.50 cumulative GPA.
  • Upon completion of the second academic year and thereafter, students must achieve a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA.

Timeframe for Program Completion

Students must complete their program of study within 150% rate of the published length of their program; therefore, to maintain financial aid eligibility, students may not exceed the following number of attempted credits based upon the program in which they are enrolled:

  • Associate Degree-a maximum of 90 attempted credits
  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering-a maximum of 195 attempted credits
  • Bachelor's Degree all other majors-a maximum of 180 attempted credits

NOTE - most Bachelor's Degree programs, with the exception of the engineering program, require 120 credits for completion. Some financial aid programs, such as the PHEAA State Grant program and some campus-based scholarships, impose a four year limit of receipt; therefore, students who enroll for less than an average of 15 credits per term may exhaust eligibility for certain financial aid programs before successfully completing their degrees.

Re-establishing Eligibility

Students may re-establish financial aid eligibility by successfully completing 67% of their total attempted credits and meeting the cumulative GPA requirement. A reevaluation of eligibility will only occur during the academic year upon receipt of the Financial Aid Exception Form or when academic progress is checked again upon completion of the spring term.

Written Appeal for Academic Progress

Students may appeal the loss of financial aid eligibility only if an extreme circumstance due to events beyond the student's control contributed to not meeting the established requirements. Appropriate documentation will support the reason given for the basis of the appeal. Incomplete forms and requests without proper documentation will be automatically denied.

The completed Appeal Form and the required documentation must be returned to the Financial Aid Office by the 60% point of the term in which reconsideration is being requested. The appeal form and the required documentation will then be forwarded to the Financial Aid Appeal Committee for review. The committee must determine if the student will be able to make satisfactory progress during the next term. The committee's decision is final and may not be appealed. Students will receive written notification of the committee's decision.

If an appeal is denied, the student may not receive financial aid from any of the programs impacted until eligibility is re-established.

Scholarships Administered by Pitt-Johnstown

Most of the scholarships available through the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown are administered directly to students without additional application requirements. All students are reviewed before their financial aid award is determined. Individuals are screened by evaluating their qualifications for financial aid, as well as criteria predetermined by the scholarship donors.

The following is a list of current scholarships awarded to Pitt-Johnstown students.

American Association of University Women /Johnstown Branch, Endowed Scholarship.  Supports full-time upper-class female students who demonstrate financial need and academic merit.  Students must reside in the Greater Johnstown Area, Pennsylvania. 

Adelman, Rachel and Simon Scholarship. Financially needy, incoming freshmen with SAT scores of 1150 or higher who intend to major in Education

Advantage Scholarship. This scholarship aids underrepresented students.

AmeriServ Scholarship. Children or grandchildren of employees of AmeriServ Financial. Recipient(s) will be entering freshmen who are financially needy and have SAT scores of at least 1000.

Frank H. and Violet R. Ashbridge Scholarship. This scholarship is granted to full-time students who have financial need and that are graduates of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Somerset, or Westmoreland counties. Preference is given to students enrolled in the business/economics program.

Helen Zips Ayers Scholarship. This scholarship supports two or more financially needy, fulltime junior or senior students who are majoring in education and have a QPA of 3.25 or higher.

Ayres-Korns Scholarship. This scholarship is given to deserving students who study medicine, law, or engineering.

Mary F. Bartol Scholarship.  This scholarship funds female students from a single-parent household who are graduates of a Philadelphia area high school and pursue a degree in Engineering or technology.  Recipients are also on the basis of financial need.

Theodore W. Biddle Alumni Association Scholarship. This fund provides students with financial assistance for college expenses. Assistance is limited to full-time incoming freshmen. High academic standing and excellent citizenship are qualifications.

Leonard and Betty Black Scholarship. This scholarship provides grants to students who participate in one or more of the women's intercollegiate athletic programs.

Dr. Frank H. Blackington III Scholarship. This fund was established in Dr. Blackington's honor upon his retirement as president of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. This is given to full-time, deserving, and financially needy students.

Dr. Meyer Bloom Scholarship. This scholarship is for upper-class, full-time students of academic ability and financial need who want to be physicians.

Sally S. Bloom Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is for the freshman year only and is given to students who are graduates of 22 selected high schools from Cambria and Somerset Counties. Applicants must have demonstrated financial need, academic ability, and citizenship.

Blue & Gold Classic Athletic Scholarships. Used to support Athletic Scholarships.

Wilbert A. Boerstler - Ferndale Scholarship. Awarded to a freshman student who is a graduate of Ferndale High school and has financial need.

Edward Eugene Boyer Scholarship. This scholarship supports a full-time student who has lived in the 15936 zip code for the four years prior to high school graduation, who is in the top 20 percent of his/her high school graduating class, and who has SAT scores of 1150 or better.

Victor Bracken Engineering Technology Scholarship. This scholarship supports students in the Division of Engineering.

Glen Francis Brown Scholarship. This fund provides scholarships to academically deserving students who show financial need.  Preference is given to residents of Summerhill Township, Cambria County, PA.

Irene B. Burkett Memorial Scholarship. This fund supports full-time undergraduate students majoring in elementary education who are graduates of the Westmont Hilltop School District and who demonstrate financial need, academic ability, and good student citizenship.

Bross Family Scholarship. Students who major in business, having completed a minimum of 9 credits in economics, with a QPA of 3.0, a proficiency in reading, English, and speaking, and either having completed or will complete course work in human relations, values, and ethics related subjects.

Cambria-Somerset-Indiana Mechanical Contractors Scholarship. This fund provides scholarships for upper-class engineering students who demonstrate financial need.  Preference is given to but not limited to mechanical engineers.

Campus Association of UPJ Martha Anderson Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship provides grants-in-aid to part-time students.  Recipients must have completed a minimum of nine (9) credit hours at UPJ prior to the term for which a scholarship is awarded. Also, must have earned a minimum QPA of 3.3 in the process of earning their most recent nine (9) credits at UPJ.

Bella G. and Samuel G. Coppersmith Scholarship. This fund is given to students from Cambria County who show financial need and academic accomplishment.

John N. Crichton Scholarship. Students from computer science, engineering, and mathematics who demonstrate superior achievement receive this scholarship.

Thomas N. Crowley Scholarship. This scholarship is for deserving full-time students.

Warren L. Custer Memorial Scholarship. These grants are provided for engineering sophomores who displayed exceptional motivation, dedication, and desire to succeed during their freshman year.

Russell P. and Grace C. Daniel Merit Scholarship. The scholarship furthers the affirmative action goals at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown by providing merit grants to African American full-time freshman students from the Johnstown area. Applicants are evaluated in terms of academic accomplishments and financial need, and priority is given to students with interest in quantitatively-based fields.

Daniel R. Devos Science and Technology Scholarship. Awarded to a senior student who has financial need; is majoring in Engineering, Computer Science, Nursing or some other technology and/or scientific major; and who has a QPA of 3.25 or higher

Clayton C. Dovey Jr. Allied Health/School of Nursing Scholarship. Students must be juniors or seniors who are graduates of Conemaugh Health System's Allied Health or School of Nursing program and who are going to enter the allied health or nursing field. Recipients are selected based on financial need, academic ability, and citizenship.

Michael L. Elswick Scholarship. This scholarship supports juniors or seniors who are majoring in journalism, who are financially needy, and who have graduated from any of the high schools in the Tribune-Democrat circulation area.

Emglo Accounting Scholarship. Supports a financially needy full-time junior from Cambria or Somerset County who is majoring in accounting and has a QPA of 3.50 or better in the accounting major without regard to all other coursework.

Albert L. Etheridge, Ph.D, Scholarship. This scholarship supports the tuition and/or books of students that have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours and who have maintained a QPA of 3.25, and who must maintain a semester QPA of 3.0 while holding this scholarship

Edith Davis Eve Foundation Scholarship.  This need-based scholarship is awarded to students who reside in Blair County, Pennsylvania.  The scholarship is renewable as long as funds are received from the foundation.

Myron F. and Inez Lou Fetterolf Education Scholarship. Scholarships are preferentially granted to children of Fetterolf Group employees residing in Somerset or Snyder County.

Colonel George W. and Louise M. Gage Scholarship. This scholarship was established for full-time students in honor of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Advisory Board member George W. Gage.

Emory Fisher Post #30 GAR Scholarship. The Emory Fisher Post 30 of the Grand Army of the Republic has provided scholarship funds for descendants of those who served in the Union Army in the Civil War. Applicants must be Pennsylvania residents (with a preference for those from the Johnstown area), must have completed their freshman year with above average scholastic records, and must have financial need.

Rob and Jeanne Gleason Political Science Scholarship. This award supports a junior or senior student who is a political science major from Cambria County and who has a QPA of 3.5

David A. Glosser Foundation Scholarship. This foundation provides one four-year scholarship yearly to an incoming freshman from Cambria or Somerset County.

William F. Goenner IV Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in the Division of Education or Division of Natural Sciences who have demonstrated motivation, academic excellence, and promise for success.  Additionally, applicants are evaluated based on financial need.

Martin and Jane S. Goldhaber Scholarship. This fund provides grants to deserving students who are children of Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Johnstown employees.

Dr. Robert W. Hartnett Scholarship. Preference for recipients is given to students who are graduates of Greater Johnstown High School that actively participate in an intercollegiate athletic program and have an interest in pursuing a career in medicine.

Blanche B. and Ruth Rebecca Heffley Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded during the freshmen year to Cambria and Somerset County students who have graduated from an area high school.

Annette L. Hinks Chemistry Scholarship. This scholarship supports a financially needy student who is a chemistry major, has attained 60 credits, and maintains a QPA of 3.25.

Robert L. Hite Memorial Scholarship. Will provide financial assistance to students at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown enrolled in Business, Economics, Engineering, or related fields of study. Preference will be given for financial need, residents of Cambria County, Pennsylvania or contiguous counties.

Jacob M. Hoffman Memorial Scholarship. Recipients of this scholarship must be freshmen and graduates of Richland Township High School who have demonstrated financial need and have an above average scholastic record.

Hoover, Ronald P. and Jean C. Hoover Scholarship. Awarded to a student who is from Western Pennsylvania; has financial need; is majoring in Social Sciences with an emphasis in Economics or History; and who has a QPA of 3.00 or higher.

Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz Scholarship. This scholarship is for deserving full-time junior or senior students enrolled full-time in business, economics, or accounting. Recipients must have a 3.0 QPA for consideration and maintain a 3.0 QPA to have the scholarship renewed.

 Roy D. Johns Memorial Scholarship. Recipients of this scholarship must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and participate in one or more intercollegiate sports.

Johnstown Educational Foundation Scholarship.  This scholarship supports deserving students from Cambria or Somerset County.

Burrell K. Johnson Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding minority student.

Klatzkin Scholarship. The recipient must be a U.S. citizen, demonstrate financial need, be scholastically able, and be a resident of Cambria, Somerset, Bedford, Blair, or Indiana County.

John G. Klavuhn Scholarship. Awarded to a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior student who is majoring in Mechanical Engineering, has a QPA of 3.25 or higher, and has financial need. Preference will be given to students who have permanent residence in Somerset and Cambria counties.

G. William Klemstine Scholarship. Students must reside in Cambria or Somerset Counties in PA. Must demonstrate financial need and not have other scholarships available to them.

Mary E. Kocher and Stanley B. Education Scholarship. This scholarship supports sophomore, junior, or senior-level students in the Division of Education who plan to be public elementary school teachers. Grants are limited to students from Cambria and contiguous counties who have financial need and academic ability as demonstrated by a QPA of 3.0.

Joseph L. Krofina Scholarship Fund.  Awarded annually to a student with an interest in mathematics or science, who has also demonstrated financial need.  Preference is given to graduates of Conemaugh Valley High School in Cambria County, with first preference given to students who live in Bon Air.

Charles Kunkle Jr. Scholarship Fund. Recipients shall be full-time undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Applicants will be evaluated by UPJ student aid officers with preference being given to those who demonstrate academic excellence.

Anna Louise Leber Scholarship. This scholarship supports talented and deserving female students.

Cecil K. Leberknight Scholarship. Recipients are juniors or seniors who are enrolled in political science and demonstrate academic merit, good citizenship, and exhibits potential for a career in government. Students must have the potential for completing at least 60 credits at Pitt-Johnstown with a current overall and major QPA exceeding 3.25.

H.F. "Red" Lenz Scholarship. These grants are provided for full-time engineering freshmen who display above average academic achievement as measured by rigorous secondary school curriculum, class rank, grade point average, and aptitude test scores.

Irving L. London Scholarship. This endowment provides grants to second-year students in premedical studies and engineering. Applicants are evaluated in terms of financial need, academic ability, and citizenship.

Christine Marie (Stultz) Louder Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to incoming freshman who has graduated with a B average as indicated by a 3.0 overall QPA and who is pre-education major.

Anuj K. Malhotra Memorial Scholarship. Scholarships are limited to qualified, financially needy sophomore students who are residents of Cambria County.

Hubert H. and Ruby G. Mallinson Scholarship. These grants are provided for juniors or seniors who are enrolled in financial services or education programs. Preference is given to those who reside in Cambria or contiguous counties. Applicants are considered in terms of financial need, academic ability (QPA of 3.0 or higher), and citizenship as demonstrated by participation in student life.

Billy Miller Endowed Scholarship Fund.  Supports the educational expenses of students from Somerset or Bedford Counties, with preference given to students of the Meyersdale Area High School District.  Recipients must be in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need.

Matthew A. Oberst Scholarship. For the benefit of full-time sophomore, junior, or senior students attending the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown who are Engineering students. Awards from the Scholarship fund shall be given annually to a student that is a Bishop McCort High School Graduate that has (i) financial need, and (ii) has maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Leonard J. Olbum Scholarship. This fund provides financial assistance to deserving students, with preference given to business/economics students.

Elvina J. Owen Journalism Scholarship. This scholarship supports a deserving student who is majoring in journalism.

Joanne Palumbo Perna Scholarship. Support for a financially needy, full-time junior or senior student from Cambria, Bedford, Somerset, or Blair Counties who is majoring in Pre-Law or Special Education and has a QPA of 3.00 or better.

Brenda J. Pardini, Ph.D., Scholarship. This scholarship supports a student active in or employed by the Office of Student Life at Pitt-Johnstown.

Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers Scholarship. The society provides scholarships to full-time students majoring in engineering that have finished at least the first term of the engineering program. Students must be scholastically able and be Pennsylvania residents from Cambria, Somerset, Bedford, Fulton, or Indiana County for the previous five years.

Phi Kappa Phi Award for Rising Seniors. Student that has completed a minimum of 90 academic credits at the academic semester in which the award is received. This scholarship supports students who are members of the UPJ Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, and consideration will be given only to members.

Phi Kappa Phi Merit Scholarship. Awarded to incoming freshmen as part of ongoing efforts to attract an academically strong cohort of student-scholars.

Pitt-Johnstown Scholarship. Many other individuals and organizations contribute yearly to the Pitt-Johnstown Scholarship Fund. Recipients of these funds are students with the potential for academic success who have demonstrated financial need.

Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship. Awarded to a son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, or sibling of a Pitt-Johnstown alumnus who is a current member of the Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association. Applicant must be an incoming freshman who is a first-time college student with a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

REB Commuter Scholarship. This scholarship provides funds for needy, full-time, commuting students who are at least three-year residents of and high school graduates from the following Pennsylvania counties: Cambria, Somerset, Bedford, Indiana, or Westmoreland.  Recipients must be in the top 10% of their high school graduating class, have a minimum 1200 SAT, and demonstrate financial need.

Michael R. and M. Evelyn Risko Scholarship.  This scholarship is available to full-time sophomore, junior, or senior students who major in Education.  Students must demonstrate financial need and have a 3.0 QPA or higher.  Preference is given to residents of Cambria County, Pennsylvania.

George C. Rutledge Scholarship. This fund provides scholarships to students who are children of First National Bank employees. Students are evaluated in terms of financial need, academic ability, and citizenship as demonstrated by participation in student life.

Paul H. Saylor Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship provides funds to engineering students who have recently completed the first course in engineering mechanics, have a minimum QPA of 3.25, have demonstrated student citizenship, and a promise for success in the engineering field.

Benn Shadden Memorial Scholarship. This endowment provides assistance for the freshman year to graduates of Blacklick Valley, Westmont Hilltop, Bishop Carroll, Greater Johnstown, and Bishop McCort High Schools. Candidates are evaluated in terms of high school record, academic ability, citizenship, and financial need.

Shaping a Future Scholarship. This scholarship is given to deserving students.

Harry Silverstone Family Memorial Scholarship. This fund provides grants to freshman students who are graduates of selected Cambria and Somerset County high schools. Applicants are evaluated in terms of financial need, academic ability, and citizenship.

Rhea Louise Smith Scholarship. This fund provides scholarships to students from Greater Johnstown High School who have graduated in the upper third of their class.

Robert M. and Eunice B. Smith Scholarship.  Graduates from Greater Johnstown, Somerset, and Westmont Hilltop High Schools who are selected to participate in the Robert M. Smith Academy during the senior year of high school are eligible for consideration of funds of this scholarship.  Academic merit is used in the selection process.  Recipients are chosen collaboratively by administrators from the respective high schools and Pitt-Johnstown.

Robert M. and Eunice B. Smith Business School Scholarship.  This scholarship supports undergraduate business students at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.  

Minnie Patton Stayman. Students who are residents of the city of Altoona, PA who demonstrate financial need.

Merle V. Stroz and Dorothy A. Partsch Scholarship. For the benefit of full-time sophomore, junior or senior students attending the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Awards shall be given annually to a student that has (i) financial need and (ii) has maintained a GPA of 3.3 or higher. Preference shall be given to qualified student applicants from the counties of Cambria, Somerset, Westmoreland, Allegheny, Centre, Blair or Bedford Pennsylvania.

Susan McLuckie Spangler Memorial Scholarship. This fund provides scholarships for deserving junior or senior full-time students enrolled in communication/theater who demonstrate financial need. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 cumulative QPA.

Francis L. Sutton and Josephine B. Scholarship. Awards from this scholarship fund shall be given annually to a full-time student that is a Bishop McCort High School graduate with financial need.

Sara Jane Torquato Scholarship. This scholarship is limited to incoming freshmen from Cambria County who are financially needy and rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class. English majors can continue to receive the scholarship as long as they maintain a QPA average of 3.0 or higher.

John W. Ungar Health Sciences Scholarship. This scholarship supports students who are going to enter the allied health, respiratory care, or nursing professions. Applicants are evaluated for financial need and academic ability.

Donald Anthony Vacco Scholarship. This scholarship supports junior and senior students who maintain a QPA of 2.0 and have financial need.  Preference is given to high school graduates from the Greater Johnstown Area of Pennsylvania.

Sara A. and Salvator J. (Sam) Valenty Award. Awarded annually to a student pursuing a degree from the College's business management program or other business-related programs. The student must demonstrate both academic achievement (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0) and financial need.

John J. Vanyo Jr. Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is for upper-class students who are residents of the areas served by the Westmont Hilltop, Somerset Area, and Berlin-Brothersvalley School Districts. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, average academic ability, and leadership qualities as demonstrated by participation in student life.

Mark Vella Fund. This fund assists students who are enrolled in health care related majors.

Marcia Ponas Warrick Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship provides grants to deserving undergraduate students. Applicants are evaluated in terms of financial need, academic ability, and citizenship.

Reid A. Weimer Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding juniors in the Division of Education who have demonstrated financial need and are graduates of a Somerset County high school.

Reid A. and Thelma Lint Weimer Memorial Scholarship. Awarded annually to several financially needy, Education majors who are graduates of a Somerset county high schools.  Recipients can either be freshmen who graduated in the top 10% of their class or upper class students who have a QPA of 3.25 or higher.

John I. Whalley Jr. Education Scholarship. This scholarship provides funds for a financially needy and motivated student enrolled in business.

James E. and Margaret Wilkes Athletic Scholarship. This scholarship supports the Mountain Cat men's basketball program.

James E. Wilkes Windber Scholarship. Awarded to students with financial need who are graduates of Windber Area High School in Somerset County Pennsylvania. Recipients must maintain a QPA of 2.5 and are expected to write a thank you letter.

Margaret E. Wilkes Scholarship for Nurses. Supports one student enrolled in the nursing program who has financial need and a QPA of 3.0 or better.

James E. and Margaret Wilkes Scholarship. This scholarship provides funds to junior and senior students from Somerset County with a QPA of at least 2.5.

Demos Zamagias Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship provides grants to students who participate in one or more intercollegiate athletic programs.

Title IV Refund Policy

Adjustments to tuition charges resulting from official resignation are based on the effective date of resignation in accordance with the federally mandated calculation.

The calculation is based on the period of enrollment completed. That percentage is computed by dividing the total number of calendar days in the term into the number of calendar days completed, as of the date of student notification. The percentage of Title IV assistance to which the student is entitled (or "earned") is equal to this percentage of the term completed, up to 60 percent. If the resignation occurs after 60 percent of the term is completed, the percentage is equal to 100 percent.

The amount of the Title IV aid which must be returned is based on the percentage of "unearned" aid. That percentage is computed by subtracting earned aid from 100 percent. The University is required to return the lesser of: 1) the unearned aid percentage applied to institutional charges or 2) the unearned aid percentage applied to the total Title IV aid received.

The student is required to return the difference between the amount of unearned aid and the amount returned by the University. If the student (or parents, in the case of PLUS loans) is required to return a portion or all of his/her loan proceeds, the calculated amount is to be repaid according to the loan's terms. Students must return only half the amount of grant funds calculated. Funds are returned in the following order of priority:

  • Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans
  • Subsidized Federal Direct Loans
  • Federal Perkins Loans
  • Federal Direct Plus Loans
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  • Other Title IV assistance for which a return of funds is required
  • Other Federal, state, private, or institutional financial assistance
  • Students

Veterans' Benefits

The Office of the Registrar, 279 Blackington Hall, assists veterans, war orphans, and veterans' dependents in obtaining and using their VA educational benefits. Applications for benefits may be obtained from veterans' service organizations, the American Red Cross, the Office of the Registrar, Department of Veterans' Affairs regional offices, or at www.gibill.va.gov.

Veterans must apply on VA form 22-1990 Application for Education Benefits. This application must be accompanied by a certified copy of their DD-214 Report of Separation form. DD-214 forms must be certified by a county court house official or a Department of Veterans' Affairs regional office. Active duty service persons may also apply on VA form 22-1990. The form must be signed by the applicant, as well as his/her education officer and his/her commanding officer. Eligible members of the Selected Reserve must provide the Office of the Registrar with a copy of VA form 2384 Notice of Basic Eligibility.

Surviving spouses, sons, and daughters must apply on VA form 22-5490 Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance. Upon receipt at the Regional Processing Center, the applicant will be notified concerning his/her eligibility.

Further information on veterans' benefits can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar, or from a Department of Veterans' Affairs regional office.