At Grove City College, students must demonstrate financial need and academic achievement to qualify for need-based financial aid. Returning students must have earned a minimum cumulative QPA (CQPA) of at least 2.00 and complete at least 24 credits each year in order to qualify for need-based financial aid. Grove City College uses the information collected on the Grove City College Financial Aid Application for its calculations. International students and transfer students should complete either the International or Transfer Financial Aid Application, respectively.
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Financial need is based on a simple formula:
In order to calculate financial need, the expected family contribution is subtracted from the cost of attendance. Financial need is interpreted as eligibility for financial aid. From this equation, you can see that the higher the cost of college, the greater the amount of financial need.
The cost of attendance consists of tuition, fees, food and housing, books, travel, and other associated educational costs.
The EFC is a calculated assessment of how much a family is expected to contribute to their child's college costs.
The EFC is calculated by considering the family's financial strength (their income and assets). Many variables are considered to determine a family's financial strength, such as family size, number of family members in college, income, and assets.
Grove City College uses Institutional Methodology to determine EFC. Developed and maintained by the College Board to assist colleges, universities, and private scholarship programs in determining eligibility for institutional and private financial aid funds, IM is a need analysis formula. Use the College Board's EFC Calculator to estimate EFC with the IM formula.
All students who wish to be considered for need-based financial aid need to apply by completing the Grove City College Financial Aid Application. As need-based aid is not automatically renewed, applications must be submitted each year. Select and complete the appropriate Financial Aid Application.
Incoming students and families should apply by the deadlines even if they are wait-listed, and applicants should keep copies of all documents and correspondence. Students who plan to study abroad should review the Aid for Study Abroad Policy.
Need-based financial aid is awarded annually based on the aid application deadline and available funds, so you should apply as soon as possible after October 1.
Financial Aid Application Deadlines:
April 15 – incoming and returning students
August 15 – fall transfer students
January 15 – spring incoming and transfer students
Aid applications completed for incoming and returning students after April 15 but before July 15 will receive a reduced award. Applications will not be accepted after July 15 .
All appropriate forms must be filed according to the directions and deadlines provided. For incoming freshmen who have completed the need-based financial aid application, official award letters will be e-mailed out within five days of their corresponding acceptance dates. For need-based financial aid applications completed after those dates, aid packages will be e-mailed on a rolling basis. Award letters for returning students who apply for financial aid each year are e-mailed in June to the student’s Grove City College e-mail address.
Changes in family circumstances that would result in a significant change in their ability to pay should be reported to the College’s Financial Aid Office as soon as possible.
The Grove City College Net Price Calculator collects financial and additional information to calculate an estimated EFC. It then produces an estimated financial aid package to provide students with a sense of what it will cost to attend Grove City College for the year.