Affording Seton Hall
At Seton Hall, we want to help you realize your college dream by
making a quality education as affordable as possible. That’s why we
provide over $70 million a year in financial aid to our students. At
Seton Hall, 97 percent of our students receive some form of financial
aid, and about 93 percent of our students receive scholarships or grant
money directly from the University.
Many students are surprised to learn that the actual cost of attending Seton
Hall after they receive scholarships and grants may be a lot less than
they think. One of the biggest mistakes families make is ruling out a
school early in the application cycle due to the anticipated expense.
In actuality, you won’t know the bottom line cost until about April of
your senior year of high school, after you have received financial aid
packages from all the schools you applied to. After reviewing the aid
you are offered at each school, you can compare the actual bottom-line
cost of each school. In the meantime, visit our cost
calculator for an estimate.
All students at Seton Hall are automatically considered for a
scholarship at the point of admission based on their academic record.
Generally, the higher a student’s academic standing, the higher the
scholarship award. Notification of these awards is sent along with your
admission decision. These awards are merit-based and do not require you
to file the FAFSA.
In addition, there are many other scholarship opportunities available
at Seton Hall. These are specialized awards for students with specific
interests or talents, like pre-med students or students with a strong
record of community service, those interested in our debate team or pep
band, or children of alumni, to name a few. Many of these awards
require a special application and have an application deadline of
December 1. Learn more or apply today by visiting www.shu.edu/go/scholarships
Applying for Financial Aid
Scholarships from Seton Hall are only one source of financial aid.
In addition, you may qualify for need-based assistance from the federal
or state government, as well as from Seton Hall University. The only
way to find out if you qualify is to file the Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Why file? Many families are under the impression that
they shouldn’t bother filing the FAFSA form because their income is too
high and they won’t receive any financial aid. This is a common
misconception because the FAFSA takes more than income into
consideration. While you are not guaranteed to receive need-based
grants, everyone who files the FAFSA qualifies, at a minimum, for
a low-interest student loan. Filing is also the only way to apply for a
parent PLUS loan or to see if you qualify for a federal work study job.
How to file: The FAFSA is the only form required at
Seton Hall (we don’t require the CSS Profile). There is no fee to apply
and you can apply online by visiting www.fafsa.gov. Make sure you list Seton
Hall on your FAFSA form, along with our code: 002632.
When to file:
It’s important to file your FAFSA as soon as possible after January
1 of your senior year (if you are an incoming freshman), preferably by
February 15. It is critical to file on time as some aid is given on a
first-come, first-serve basis.
What happens after you file? It will take about
four weeks for the government to process your FAFSA and the results
will be sent to you on a form called a Student Aid Report (SAR). This
lets you know your expected family contribution (EFC) and if you
qualify for a need-based grant from the federal government. The federal
government will also send your results to your state so they can review
your data and determine if you qualify for a need-based grant from the
state. If you are from New Jersey, please be advised that the State of
New Jersey will also need you to answer a few additional questions. For
more information, visit the Report Additional Information tab on the
website for the Higher Educational Student Assistance Authority (HESAA)
Why is your EFC important?
Your expected family contribution (EFC) will determine if you are
eligible for a need-based grant from the federal or state government as
well as Seton Hall. In addition, your EFC will be used to determine
your financial need. Seton Hall takes the total cost of education at
the University — tuition, fees, room and board, books, travel and
personal and miscellaneous expenses — and deducts the Expected Family
Contribution calculated by the government. The amount remaining is your
financial need. (Total cost – EFC = need). Your level of need will also
determine if you qualify for federal work-study and if your student
loans will be subsidized or unsubsidized.
When will I know the bottom line? If you
filed a FAFSA and listed Seton Hall University, we will receive your
FAFSA results from the government and use this to put together a
financial aid package for you. This package will provide you with a
summary of the total cost of education (tuition, fees, books, room and
board, travel, personal expenses, etc.) and also all forms of financial
aid you qualify for, such as scholarships from Seton Hall and
need-based grants from the federal or state government. In addition,
your award letter will inform you of the loans for which you are
eligible as well as work study eligibility. The financial aid package
is intended to give you a clear understanding of the bottom-line or net
cost after all financial aid is applied. You should expect to receive
your financial aid package in late March if you filed before February
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