Applying for Financial Aid

  1. LSCPA requires all students applying for grants, loans or college work-study employment to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine their degree of need.  Processing requires between three to five weeks, so students planning to meet the April 1 deadline should file their applications by mid-February, using your most current federal tax return. Dependent students will need their parent's most current federal tax return and income information. We recommend using the IRS Data Retrieval System to help with this process.

  2. Check your email account that you provided on your FAFSA often and promptly respond to all requests from the LSCPA FINANCIAL AID OFFICE. Applications will not be completed until all necessary forms are received. Students should allow the Office of Financial Aid up to five weeks to process and complete his/her financial aid application. Once this process has been completed, students will be emailed an Award notification if he or she is in good academic standing. Click on our Satisfactory Academic Progress link for more details.
  3. Meet enrollment requirements.
    1. A student must be enrolled at least half-time (6 hrs) or more during each semester to be considered for most federal and state financial aid programs. Students enrolled for less than half-time enrollment status will be considered for the Federal Pell only.
    2. Financial aid is initially awarded based on full time enrollment for the fall and spring semesters (half time for the summer semesters) and will be adjusted to your actual enrollment.
    3. A student must be in a degree seeking or eligible certificate program and taking courses for credit hours applicable towards your degree to be considered for financial assistance. Financial aid may be paid for repeated coursework previously taken in the program but may not include more than one repetition of a previously passed course.
    4. Transient Students who attend colleges and/or universities other than Lamar University and enroll for Lamar University summer sessions only, are not eligible for student financial aid assistance.
  4. Must have received credentials. A student must have earned a high school diploma, GED or completed a State accredited approved homeschool program. For more information regarding student eligibility, please click on Ability to Benefit link.

    Log into MyLamarPA and then click on the Financial Aid tab to monitor your financial aid status or view/accept your financial aid award.

  5. Students who have attended other colleges full time Fall/Spring semesters are considered transient students and are not eligible for Financial Aid. Please contact the cashiers’ office to make payment for summer school.

    The college will continue to award aid as long as funds are available. However, the most desirable types of aid are normally expended early. Therefore, students should make every effort to meet the April 1 deadline. Applicants who are high school seniors should meet the April 1 deadline to be given first priority.