2021 Housing Scholarship

2021 Housing Scholarship

Central Penn College has a new housing scholarship to tell you about. Are you after the full-time, on-campus student experience but housing costs are standing in the way? Are you a part-time or certificate student who wishes campus housing was an option for you? Looking for a quiet, calm and safe place to call home while you complete that Central Penn College degree?

Housing Scholarship

We have something super exciting to share:

The College is pleased to announce an expanded Housing Scholarship opportunity starting this summer for both current and future students! Eligible students will be able to apply for a scholarship that covers up to two years or eight consecutive terms of on-campus room costs. Although students are still responsible for utilities, this scholarship provides up to $11,616 of support to make learning AND living at Central Penn College more affordable. As an exciting addition, eligible students up to the age of 30 who are enrolled part-time or in credit-bearing diploma or certificate programs now can apply for a partial housing scholarship that covers up to $5,808 or half of on-campus room costs, excluding utilities, for eight consecutive terms.

The Central Penn College Housing Scholarship is intended to make Central Penn College more affordable as students progress academically towards graduation. Students may reapply and receive an additional two years of the housing scholarship, a $23,200 value over four years!

Students who wish to receive the Housing Scholarship must begin by returning a signed copy of these conditions to the Financial Aid Office. Additionally, all housing students are required to complete a housing application by going to Centralpenn.edu/housingapp.

Traditional Degree Seeking Full-Time Students

Your housing scholarship includes the FULL housing costs ($1,452 per term or cost of your housing) for eight (8) consecutive terms. Your eight terms begin with your first disbursement and failure to meet certain conditions does not extend the number of terms. You are still responsible for utilities ($330) and any meal plan you elect to receive, which ranges from $484 to $1,500 per term.

You will not receive a disbursement for any terms in which you:

  • Fall below 2.0 cumulative GPA after one warning term
  • Receive additional judicial penalties while on warning for disciplinary probation
  • Do not maintain 12 credits unless regulated by the College
  • Do not follow all housing program guidelines and procedures
  • Do not live in Central Penn housing (commuting a term counts as forfeited disbursement)

Certificate/Diploma Seeking Students

Your housing scholarship is at a reduced rate or one-half of the housing costs ($726 per term or 50% of your housing costs). The scholarship is awarded for use over the length of your program; which is usually three to four consecutive terms. You would still be responsible for utilities ($330) per term. You may request an optional meal plan, which ranges from $484 to $1,500 per term.

You will not receive a disbursement for any terms in which you:

  • Fall below a 2.0 cumulative GPA after one warning term
  • Receive additional judicial penalties while on warning for disciplinary probation
  • Do not maintain at least 6 credits
  • Do not follow all housing program guidelines and procedures
  • Take a term off
  • Do not live in Central Penn housing (commuting a term counts as forfeited disbursement)

Continuing Education Degree Seeking Students

Your housing scholarship is at a reduced rate or one-half of the housing costs ($726 per term or 50% of your housing costs) for eight (8) consecutive terms. Your eight (8) terms begin with your first disbursement and failure to meet certain conditions does not extend the number of terms. You would still be responsible for utilities ($330) per term. You may request an optional meal plan, which ranges from $484 to $1,500 per term.

You will not receive a disbursement for any terms in which you:

  • Fall below a 2.0 cumulative GPA after one warning term
  • Receive additional judicial penalties while on warning for disciplinary probation
  • Do not maintain at least 6 credits
  • Do not follow all housing program guidelines and procedures
  • Take a term off
  • Do not live in Central Penn housing
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If you have additional questions, please contact the financial aid office at financialaid@centralpenn.edu for the contract and next steps.

Why Are We Doing This?

Affordability

Since becoming President of Central Penn College in 2018, Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams has made addressing college affordability a top priority.

  • Tuition freeze for three consecutive years
  • Launched the initial housing scholarship in 2019

Why Two Years?

One year wasn’t enough for many of our students. We found that many students who enjoyed that one-year housing scholarship were struggling in their second year to afford both attending college and living on campus.

Opportunity

We want as many students as possible to have that college experience of living on campus and being part of a larger college community. That’s a life-changing experience… that too many students are missing out on.

Covid-19

The pandemic has put additional financial stresses on students and their families. Offering an expanded, 2-Year Housing Scholarship is one way that our college can alleviate some of that stress.

Part-Time Students / Continuing Ed Students

We are a career-focused institution that serves a large population of adult learners. We know that these students are trying to balance many priorities––college, job, family and housing. If we can help them out with their housing, why not do it? Finding an apartment in the right location––especially on a short-term basis––can be extremely challenging at times. We wanted to give our Continuing Ed students another viable option.

Certificate Programs

Central Penn College is in the process of rolling out more than a dozen short-term Certificate Programs––including Optometric Technician, Medical Billing & Coding and Human Resource Management, to name a few. These are career-changing programs that typically are 9 months long. The expanded Housing Scholarship gives these students another option for short-term housing.

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