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The Schock Financial Aid Office

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students

Contact The Schock Financial Aid Office  

The Schock Financial Aid Office

25 University Avenue, Suite 030
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2627
Fax: 610-436-2574

Fall Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00am-4:30pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-4:30pm

Summer Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-4:00pm

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students

Submit your FAFSA by the March 1st priority deadline to apply for Federal financial aid. All programs have selection criteria, eligibility requirements, and academic standards that are applied to all applicants and must be met by all aid recipients. Students must be enrolled at least part-time (6 credits) to receive federal loan funding.

Graduate, Post-Baccalaureate, and Teacher Certification students may be eligible to receive aid from the following student aid programs.

Graduate Students

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans

  • Eligible students may borrow up to $20,500 per school year.
  • Graduate and professional students enrolled in certain health profession programs may receive additional Direct Unsubsidized Loan amounts each academic year.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans

  • Eligible graduate and professional degree students who need to borrow more than the maximum unsubsidized loan amounts to meet their education costs may apply for a PLUS loan.
  • A credit check will be performed during the application process. Credit checks only have a 90-day window before they expire.

Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

  • This program provides grant funding to students who are completing or plan to complete coursework needed to begin a career in specific high-need fields of study in high-need school districts.
  • The TEACH Grant is different from other federal student grants in that it requires you to complete certain eligibility requirements after graduation in order for the award to remain a grant and avoid having it become an unsubsidized direct student loan.

Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program

  • The Federal Work-Study Program provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need. This program allows you to earn money to help pay education expenses.
  • Requires the submission of the WCU Federal Work Study Student Employment Application.
  • The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study.

Private Education Loans

Private Loans are education loans that have, depending on the lender, a variety of terms and rates. Students with sufficient income and credit may be borrowers on these loans. Parents may be borrowers or cosigners if their students do not meet the lender's income and/or credit criteria.

Post-Baccalaureate Students

Federal Direct Student Loan

Students taking courses required for admissions into an approved graduate degree program can be considered for Federal Direct Student Loan funding for a period of 12 consecutive months.

The amount of the loan will depend upon your dependency status, cost of attendance, and current aggregate loan amounts.

Teacher Certification Students

Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans

Students who are enrolled in courses required by the State of Pennsylvania for elementary or secondary teacher certification may be eligible to borrow a maximum of up to $5,500 in Federal Direct Subsidized loan and up to $7,000 Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan funding in a year (refer to aggregate loan limits).

The amount of the loan will depend upon your dependency status, cost of attendance, and current aggregate loan amounts.

Below you will find information on costs, financing, success, and related jobs for our Graduate Certificate Programs.

Gainful Employment Disclosures for Graduate Certificate Programs