Post-Baccalaureate Certification

Post-Baccalaureate Students

The information on this page is for students returning for a Post-Baccalaureate Certification ONLY! The information contained on this page does not apply to students seeking a Master's Degree, Doctoral Degree or students simultaneously working on Post-Baccalaureate Certification and a Master's Degree.

Please read below for more information regarding your program and financial aid. You can also print out our Post-Baccalaureate Financial Aid Help Sheet and Checklist to help guide you through the financial aid process!

On this page: (click to jump to section)

Applying for Financial Aid and Common FAFSA Mistakes

Other types of Financial Aid

Financial Aid Eligibility

Tuition and Billing

Applying for Financial Aid and Common FAFSA Mistakes

In order to be considered for federal aid, you must complete the FAFSA application online at fafsa.ed.gov.

Before you complete the FAFSA application, please read the information below to help guide you through answering some of the FAFSA questions that many students entering the Post-Baccalaureate Program have difficulty answering. Not answering these FAFSA questions accurately may delay the processing of your financial aid.

Question 29:

What degree or certificate will you be working on when you begin the 2017-2018 school year?

Choose the option: Certificate or diploma (occupational, technical, or educational program of two or more years)

Question 30:

What will your college grade level be when you begin the school year?

Choose the option: 5th year, Post Baccalaureate Certification, 2nd Degree

Question 48:

At the beginning of the school year, will you be working on a master’s or doctorate program (such as an MA, MBA, MD, JD, PhD, EdD, graduate certificate, etc.)?

You must answer: NO to this question unless you have been admitted into a Master's degree-seeking program.

      • Please keep in mind that although you are admitted through the Graduate School at Millersville University, you are not considered a graduate student for federal aid purposes unless you are seeking a Master's degree or higher degree. Post-baccalaureate students are considered undergraduate students for financial aid purposes.

Step 4 (Parent Info):

Do I need to include parent information on my FAFSA?

There are specific dependency questions that a student must answer to determine if they are a dependent or independent student.

      • If you answer "no" to all questions, you MUST provide parental information on the FAFSA even if you no longer reside with your parents or they no longer provide your support.  The federal government will still view you as a dependent student and parental information is required for all dependent students.

(back to top)

Financial Aid Eligibility

To be eligible for federal aid, Post-Baccalaureate Certification students must meet all general federal aid eligibility requirements. In addition:

    • Students seeking a Post-Baccalaureate Certification are NOT eligible for any federal or state grants.  Once a student receives his/her first bachelor's degree, s/he is no longer eligible for federal or state grants.
    • Post-Baccalaureate Certification Students are eligible for Federal Direct Loans, which is a guaranteed student loan.  For more information, please see the Federal Direct Student Loans section.
        • Dependent Post-Baccalaureate Certification Students are eligible for up to $5,500 per academic year.
              • Dependent students cannot exceed $31,000 of the total amount borrowed in Federal Direct Loans for any undergraduate degree (this includes any amounts borrowed for your initial bachelor's degree & your current Post-Baccalaureate Certification.
        • Independent Post-Baccalaureate Certification students are eligible for $5,500 per academic year and can qualify for up to an additional $7,000 in Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans, for a total of $12,500 for the academic year.  
              • Independent students cannot exceed $57,500 of the total amount borrowed in Federal Direct Loans for any undergraduate degree (this includes any amounts borrowed for your initial bachelor's degree & your current Post-Baccalaureate Certification.
    • In order to be eligible to receive Federal Direct Loans:
        • You must be enrolled for at least 6 credits in a degree-seeking program each term to qualify for the Federal Stafford Loan.
        • You must be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress.
        • You must not be in default of any other federal loan to qualify for federal aid.

(back to top)

Other types of Financial Aid

If the Federal Direct Loan is not enough to cover your expenses or if you do not meet the general eligibility requirements to receive Direct Loans, there is additional funding for which a Post-Baccalaureate Certification student can apply. 

Private/Alternative Loans are available to students to apply for through outside lenders (banks). For more information, please see the section regarding Private/Alternative Loans and important information.

Before applying for these loans:

  • We recommend that students exhaust the Federal Stafford Loan first.
  • Keep in mind that the Office of Financial Aid cannot process financial aid for more than the cost of education

Tuition and Billing

For more information about Millersville University's billing, please see the Office of Student Accounts (OSA).

For tuition costs per semester, please see the Graduate Tuition Costs.  All Post-Baccalaureate students are charged at the graduate rate per credit, regardless of the number of credits enrolled. 

Please see our cost of education website for information regarding costs for Post-Baccalaureate students (for financial aid purposes only).

(back to top)