Other Financial Aid Sources

Other Financial Aid Sources

Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational rehabilitation provides training and services for physically or mentally disabled or handicapped persons.  Students who are enrolled in an educational program may be eligible for financial aid when their disability or a handicap interferes with their vocational goals.  Additional information is available from the Wilkes-Barre District Office of Vocational Rehabilitation at 570-826-2011 or 800-634-2060 or 570-826-2023 (TTY) or 888-651-6117 (Toll Free TTY).

Veterans Benefits

Veterans Benefits may be available to veterans of the armed services who qualify for educational assistance under the Veterans Administration's programs. Contact a local Veterans Administration Office for more information.

Pennsylvania National Guard

The Pennsylvania National Guard offers scholarship and loan opportunities. Information is available from a local National Guard representative.

Fostering Independence Tuition Wavier Program

The Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program, created by Act 16 of 2019, seeks to remove barriers in accessing a postsecondary education for youth who are or have been in foster care. This will allow eligible foster youth to complete their studies, graduate with less debt, and have the opportunity to build a network of support.

Key Facts:

  • The program will begin in the Fall semester of 2020.
  • The waiver cannot be used for room and board, only applied toward tuition.
  • The waiver may be used for up to five academic years, whether or not consecutive, or until the age 26.

Eligibility:

  • Be a Pennsylvania resident under the age of 26
  • Received a high school diploma or equivalent approved credential
  • Be eligible for services under Pennsylvania’s John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood
  • Be identified as a youth in foster care or a youth discharged from foster care at age 16 or older
  • Exited foster care on or after age 16 to adoption or permeant legal custodianship
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate, at least half time in a postsecondary institution that is approved by the U.S. Department of Education for Title IV student assistance programs
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress, as determined by the postsecondary institution.
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan

How to Participate/Apply:

Contact/Help at Bloomsburg University:

For assistance with admissions, obtaining verification of eligibility and referral assistance for on and off campus resources including support services.

Rona Anderson – Assistant to the Dean
College of Liberal Arts
Phone – 570-389-4806
Email - randers3@bloomu.edu

For assistance with financial aid applications and financial literacy.

Marla Kane – Associate Director
Office of Financial Aid
Phone – 570-389-4495
Email - mkane@bloomu.edu

Other Sources

Regional awards from students' hometown areas harbor other financial aid opportunities. High school guidance personnel are often very knowledgeable about aid through local sources such as service and fraternal clubs, industry, religious organizations, teachers' associations, foundations, and PTAs.  Since all resources must be considered in awarding financial aid, students who are recipients of awards from other sources must notify the Office of Financial Aid of these awards.