Tuition and Financial Aid for School of Professional Studies

Tuition and Financial Aid for School of Professional Studies

For over 150 years Albright has worked to remain an affordable choice that provides access for exceptional students seeking a rigorous, interdisciplinary, private, liberal arts education. Albright College offers an aggressive financial aid policy that makes it a leader among similar private colleges in the region. This commitment empowers families to choose Albright based on academic and extracurricular opportunities.

Many families, including those new and old to the aid process, will find that the aid process can be very intimidating. This typically causes families to fear the process and not ask questions regarding financial aid. Albright is invested in the success of our students and our goal is to make the aid process as easy as possible for each and every family. Whether you find your answers on our site, on a visit to campus, or on the phone with one of our counselors, we will help you navigate the need-based aid process with as little stress as possible.

Please feel free to call on the aid staff at any time for guidance. Email us directly at

Suzanne Sparrow, Director of Financial Aid

Please feel free to contact the Financial Aid office at Albright College by contacting them at:

    (610) 921-7515

Learn more about Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid

If you are interested in applying for financial aid for the academic year there are two steps. Please see the helpful tips section prior to completing each step.

Helpful Tips

  • Are you Dependent or Independent?
  • A dependent student is required to provide both their personal financial information as well as their parents’ financial information on the FAFSA. Both sets of information determine the student’s eligibility. The parent of a dependent student will also need to create an FSA ID.
  • An independent student is required to report their personal information and their spouse’s information on the FAFSA.
  • If you are beginning your program in the Fall you will need to complete the FAFSA for the current year. However if you begin your program in the Spring you will need to complete both the FAFSA for the current year and upcoming year.


  • Students, Get your FSA ID!Your FSA ID makes the signature requirements on your FAFSA a breeze! You will also need an FSA ID to secure your federal student loans. Keep your FSA ID handy as you will use it every
  • Complete Your FAFSAFAFSA is a yearly requirement for bachelor’s, graduate and post-baccalaureate students in the School of Professional Studies who are interested in applying for financial aid.  The application is available after October 1st of any given year.  The FAFSA can be found at and you will need both your FSA ID.  We strongly recommend compelting the FAFSA prior to MAy 1st to stay up to date with the aid process for the following year.  The Albright College Federal School Code is 003229.  The FAFSA is required for all sources of financial aid.

Types of Aid

Federal, State and Additional Financial Aid Options

Financial Aid Programs

You will receive a letter with the total amount of your award, and the award amounts from each program. A typical financial aid award includes:

  • Grant/Scholarship — a gift to you that does not have to be repaid
  • Loan(s) — borrowed funds that must be repaid, with interest


Federal Government Grants

Federal Pell Grants are given by the federal government on the basis of financial need. This program can change from year to year based off of the student’s financial need.

State Grants

Students who are Pennsylvania residents could be eligible for a Pennsylvania State Grant through the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). Typically, the application for the PA State grant is initiated when a student from Pennsylvania submits a valid FAFSA. PHEAA has a strict filing deadline of May 1st prior to the start of each academic year. Please allow for processing time of 2-3 business days after you submit your FAFSA for PHEAA to receive it.

It is very important to note that applicants may be contacted by PHEAA or our Financial Aid Office concerning incomplete applications, grants assigned to other schools, or missing documentation. This correspondence will most likely be sent by email. Applicants should address these requests as soon as possible to ensure there are no delays with the funding of their PA State Grants. Additional information and updated grant statuses can be found by visiting or by calling PHEAA at 1-800-692-7392.

Students who are not Pennsylvania residents could be eligible for similar state grant aid programs in their home state. Not all surrounding states allow the student to receive state aid when attending a Pennsylvania institution. For more information about these aid programs, including eligibility requirements and filing deadlines, please contact your high school guidance office or the corresponding state agency that manages the aid programs in your home state.


Federal Stafford Loan

A Master Promissory Note (MPN) and entrance counseling must be completed to receive Federal Direct Stafford loan funds. You may complete these steps online at .

There are two types of Federal Stafford Loans:

  • A subsidized Stafford Loan is awarded on the basis of financial need. You will not be charged any interest before you enter into repayment. The federal government will pay the interest while you are in school at least half time or during periods of deferment.
  • An unsubsidized Stafford Loan is not awarded on the basis of need. You will be charged interest from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. If you allow the interest to accumulate, it will be added to the principal amount of your loan and additional interest will be based upon the higher amount.If you are a dependent student whose parents do not qualify for a Federal PLUS Loan, or you are an independent student, you may qualify for an additional Unsubsidized Stafford Loan.

Federal Stafford Loan Annual Limits

Undergraduate Grade LevelBase Loan Amount SubsidizedBase Loan Amount UnsubsidizedAdditional Unsubsidized Eligibility For Independent Students and Dependent Students whose parent is not eligible to borrow a PLUS Loan
1st year$3,500$2,000$4,000
2nd year$4,500$2,000$4,000
3rd, 4th or 5th year$5,500$2,000$5,000

Undergraduate Grade LevelBase Loan Amount SubsidizedBase Loan Amount Unsubsidized

1st year$3,500$6,000
2nd year$4,500$6,000
3rd, 4th or 5th year$5,500$7,000


Please be mindful that the federal programs have lifetime limits for all eligible students. A student’s ability to borrow in the Federal Direct Loan program is limited to a cap of $31,000 for dependent students and $57,500 for independent students. Out of these program totals, only $23,000 can be Federal Direct Subsidized Loan.

In regards to the Federal Pell Grant program, students have a maximum of 600% in lifetime eligibility (approximately six full-time equivalent years).

You can view your federal loan borrowing history and Pell Grant usage by logging into using your FSA ID.

It is critically important that you review your remaining eligibility in the federal aid programs to plan for the successful completion of your degree program.