Financial Aid Information Specific to Coronavirus
Students and families who are experiencing financial issues and would like to discuss options should feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office at 724-805-2555 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A change in federal law has made more students temporarily eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Under regular SNAP rules, students enrolled at least half-time in an institution of higher education are ineligible for SNAP unless they meet one of the exemptions. However, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, temporarily expands SNAP eligibility to allow students who either:
- Are eligible to participate in State or Federally financed work-study during the regular academic year, as determined by the institution of higher education, or
- Have an expected family contribution (EFC) of 0 in the current academic year.
Beginning January 16, 2021, students who meet one of the two criteria outlined above may receive SNAP if they meet all other financial and non-financial SNAP eligibility criteria. The new, temporary exemptions will be in effect until 30 days after the COVID-19 public health emergency is lifted. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will update this webpage when the COVID-19 public health emergency ends.
Students should contact their local SNAP offices to find out how to apply, or for other questions about their SNAP eligibility. State SNAP agencies administer the program, process applications, and determine eligibility. Contact information for State SNAP agencies and local offices can be found in FNS’ SNAP State Directory.
What if a family member has lost income due to Covid -19?
Financial aid administrators (FAA) have statutory authority to use professional judgment to make adjustments on a case-by-case basis to the cost of attendance or to the data used in calculating the EFC to reflect a student’s special circumstances, such as using the prior year income or the projected current year income. The use of professional judgment where students and/or their families have been affected by COVID-19 is permitted, such as in the case where an employer closes for a period of time as a result of COVID-19. In making professional judgment determinations, FAAs must obtain documentation and retain it in each student’s file. This documentation must substantiate the reason for any adjustment. Examples of documentation we may request are: current year income statements, such as pay stubs and unemployment compensation determinations or other items based on individual circumstances as determinations must be made and documented on a case-by-case basis. Students/families finding themselves in this situation should contact our office. We can make a determination if you meet the criteria for the adjustment and provide you with the appropriate forms for reconsideration for federal and PA state aid if applicable.
Satisfactory Academic Progress:
At the end of each spring semester, all students must meet SVC's Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements to continue to be eligible for financial aid. Information regarding SAP can be found on our website. Basically, all students must meet a 2.0 cumulative GPA (1.5 for students completing their freshman year) and must have successfully completed 67% of total credits attempted. Students that have not met the minimum standards are initially not eligible to continue to receive aid, but students may appeal the decision. The appeal may be based on an injury or illness of the student, the death of a family member, or other special circumstances. Circumstances related to an outbreak of COVID-19, including, but not limited to, the illness of a student or family member, compliance with a quarantine period, or the general disruption resulting from such an outbreak may form the basis of a student’s SAP appeal.
Suspension of interest charges and loan repayment requirements:
On March 20, 2020, the office of Federal Student Aid began providing the following temporary relief on ED-owned federal student loans: suspension of loan payments, stopped collections on defaulted loans, and a 0% interest rate.
On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) became law, providing for the above relief measures on ED-owned federal student loans through Sept. 30, 2020.
On Aug. 8, 2020, the COVID-19 emergency relief measures were extended on ED-owned federal student loans through Dec. 31, 2020.
On Dec. 4, 2020, the COVID-19 emergency relief measures were extended on ED-owned federal student loans through Jan. 31, 2021.
On Jan. 20, 2021, the COVID-19 emergency relief measures were extended on ED-owned federal student loans through Sept. 30, 2021.
On Aug. 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education announced a final extension of the student loan payment pause until Jan. 31, 2022.
Borrowers may contact their loan provider for more details. If you do not know who your provider is or how to contact them, visit StudentAid.gov/login or call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) TTY for the deaf or hearing-impaired (1-800-730-8913) for assistance.
SVC Financial Aid and Billing:
Students may view their financial aid and billing statements, print a statement of account or financial aid notification at any time by logging into SVC Financial Aid and Billing Self Service.
For social distancing purposes, students/families are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office and Business Office by phone or email.
email@example.com or 724-805-2555
firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-805-2248