Part-Time Students

Students matriculated in the Part-Time Studies program may be eligible for federal and state assistance as a means of financing their undergraduate degree.  Students may be eligible for financial aid if they are matriculated in an undergraduate degree-seeking program, maintain at least 6 credits per semester, and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.  Students in  certificate or continuing studies programs are not eligible for federal, state, or institutional funding. Non-matriculated students in a Part-Time Studies program are not eligible for financial aid until they are admitted as degree-seeking students. 

We recommend that new students apply for financial assistance at least two months prior to starting their program so that aid is in place at the start of the semester.  Returning Part-Time students need to re-apply for aid by April 30.  To apply for financial aid, please adhere to the following process:

2014-2015 Financial Aid Process

  • 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

If you are selected for the verification process, you will also need to submit the following to the Office of Financial Assistance:

  • 2014-2015 College Board Verification Worksheet
  • Signed copies of the student’s 2013 US Federal or Puerto Rico Tax Returns and all schedules (if filed) and all 2013 W-2 and/or 1099 or 1099R forms
  • If a dependent student, as determined by the FAFSA criteria, please complete the 2014-2015 College Board Verification Worksheet and submit signed copies of custodial parents’/stepparents’ 2013 US Federal or Puerto Rico Tax Returns and all schedules (if filed) and all 2013 W-2 and/or 1099 or 1099R forms

*To complete verification, students and parents can use the IRS Tax Data Retrieval Tool when filling out the FAFSA. If you are not eligible for the DRT, please request an official IRS tax transcript.  Please visit http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/enroll/finaid/process/undergrads/step4.html for more information regarding this process.

Please Note: The documentation mentioned above is ONLY required if you are selected for the verification process.  You can determine if you are required to submit these documents by viewing your outstanding requirements via MyNova account.

By using the above documentation that we receive from you, the Office of Financial Assistance will verify your information.  If a discrepancy or conflicting information is found, we may need additional documents from you to complete the verification process.  Our office will notify you in writing if an item is missing or incomplete in order to complete this review.  Please note that if you do not use the IRS Tax Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA, we will need a copy of the IRS Tax Return Transcript for both the student and parent(s), if dependent.

Transitioning to Full-Time Day Program

If you will be transitioning from the Part-Time Studies division to the full-time day program in pursuing your first bachelor's degree and will be assessed the full-time day program rates, you may be eligible for Villanova University Grant. In order to apply for and be considered for Villanova University Grant, you will need to submit a 2014-2015 CSS PROFILE,  College Board Verification Worksheet, Signed copy of your 2013 U.S. Federal Income Tax, with all schedules & forms, 2013 W2s & 1099s and also contact the Office of Financial Assistance in writing with the change in your academic plans. The Office of Financial Assistance will not review for Villanova University Grant unless these steps are completed.

Types of Financial Aid

All undergraduate students who file a FAFSA are eligible to borrow Federal Direct Loans, which can be subsidized and/or unsubsidized.  Direct Subsidized Loans are available to students who demonstrate financial need while the Direct Unsubsidized Loans are awarded to students regardless of financial need.

First-time undergraduate students who file a FAFSA are reviewed for the following forms of aid:

  • Federal Pell Grant, for exceptional financial need
  • PHEAA State Grant, for PA residents with demonstrated financial need

The Office of Financial Assistance will notify you of your loan and/or grant eligibility in the financial aid award letter we send to you. 

Summer Sessions
If you are a new or returning undergraduate student in Part-Time Studies who plans to attend at least 6 credits in the summer sessions, please notify the Office of Financial Assistance in writing by sending an email to finaidloan@villanova.edu from your email account.  Please note that in order to have Federal Direct Loans secured for the summer terms, the Office of Financial Assistance needs to be notified in advance of the start of the summer sessions.  We are unable to retroactively award Federal Direct Loans for the summer term once the summer sessions have concluded.

Pre-Requisite Coursework
In accordance with the regulations governing Federal Student Aid, students who are enrolled in pre-requisite or preparatory coursework for admission into a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate degree are eligible for a limited amount of Federal Direct Loans.  A preparatory course of study is considered to be at the undergraduate level, and so the annual loan limits for a student enrolled in a preparatory course of study are the same as the limits for a first-time undergraduate student, even if the coursework is at the graduate level.

A student enrolled in a preparatory course of study is only eligible for funding from the Direct Loan Program and for no more than 12 consecutive months.  If the student continues enrollment in a preparatory course of study that exceeds 12 consecutive months, the student ceases to be eligible for Direct Loans after the 12-month period.

If you are a student enrolled in at least 6 credits per semester in pre-requisite or preparatory coursework at Villanova and interested in borrowing a Federal Direct Loan, please contact the Office of Financial Assistance directly for information on how to apply.  Students will also need to provide a letter from the program they have applied to stating the pre-requisite courses required to be completed to be considered for admission.  The The Office of Financial Assistance will then verify the enrolled courses each semester.

To check on the status of your application or to confirm that items were received, please visit the myNOVA site where you can access your financial assistance records online.

Outside Scholarship Opportunities

students on campus

When the Office of Financial Assistance receives notification about outside scholarship opportunities, we post the information for our students on our website.  Additionally, the Part-Time Studies Office also posts opportunities on their website.

Payment Options

Beyond financial aid, other financing options exist for students in the Part-Time Studies division.