Post-Baccalaureate Certification

Information for Post-Baccalaureate Students


The information contained in 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 or students working on both Post-Baccalaureate Certification and a Master's Degree.

Applying for Financial Aid

You will need to first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be done online.

Before completing the FAFSA, there are a few questions students entering the Post-Baccalaureate Program have difficulty answering. 

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. 

  • Under the student status questions, there is one referring to working on a master's or doctorate degree: At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, will you be working on a master's or doctorate program (such as MA, MBA, MD, JD, PhD, EdD)?
    • You must answer NO to this question unless you have been admitted into a Master's degree program.
  • There are 13 questions a student must answer to determine if s/he is 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.
  • There is a question referring to your grade level and another question on the degree you are seeking:
    • Degree or Certificate you will be working on during 2016-2017
      1st Bachelor's Degree
      2nd Bachelor's Degree
      Associate Degree (occupational or technical program)
      Associate degree (general education)
      Certificate or diploma (occupational, technical, or educational program of less than two years)
      Certificate or diploma (occupational, technical, or educational program of two or more years)
      Teaching Credential
      Graduate or professional degree
      You will answer Certificate or diploma (two or more years)

    • Grade Level
      1st year (0 - 29.9 credits earned)
      2nd year (30 - 59.9 credits earned)
      3rd year (60 - 89.9 credits earned)
      4th year (90+ credits earned)
      5th year, Post Baccalaureate Certification, 2nd Degree
      Graduate Student (first year)
      Graduate student (after first year)
      You will answer 5th year, Post Baccalaureate Certification, 2nd Degree

Types of Financial Aid

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 the Federal Stafford Loan, which is a guaranteed student loan.  For more information, please see the Federal Stafford Loan webpage

As a Post-Baccalaureate Certification Student, you are eligible for up to $5,500 for one academic year (including Summer, Fall, Spring terms).  If you are an independent student (you answered "yes" to one of the student status questions), you can qualify for up to an additional $7,000 in Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans, for a total of $12,500 for the academic year.  A few things to note:

  • 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.
  • You cannot exceed $31,000 (dependent students) or $57,500 (independent students) in Federal Stafford Loans for any undergraduate degree (including your initial bachelor's degree & your Post-Baccalaureate Certification).

Billing Information

For more information about Millersville University's billing, please see the Bursar's Office webpage.

For tuition costs per semester, please see the Tuition Cost webpage.  In general, here is information pertaining to Post-Baccalaureate Certifcation Students regarding tuition charges:

  • 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).