2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
    Feb 27, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Financial Information



Tuition and Fees

The charges below are for one semester, unless otherwise noted, during the 2023-2024 academic year.

Generally, all tuition and fees, with the exception of financial aid award amounts, are to be paid in full at the beginning of each semester/term unless special arrangements are made with the Student Financial Services office. 

Expenses per Semester 2023-2024

Undergraduate:

Tuition Full-time $18,200 (12-17 credits)
     
General Fee $985  
     
Tuition Part-time $675 per credit

Full-time students taking more than 17 credits will be charged for additional credits at the rate of $675 per credit.

Clinical laboratory science majors will be charged $250 per semester in lieu of tuition during the semesters spent in hospital practica. Those students are also assessed the general fee.

Graduate - Masters (Physician Assistant Studies program):

Tuition Full-time $13,450 (6 credits and greater)
     
General Fee $985  

Graduate - Masters (Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology):

Tuition Full-time $18,325 (9 credits and greater)
     
General Fee $985  
     
Tuition Part-time $850 per credit

Full-time students taking more than 17 credits will be charged for additional credits at the rate of $850 per credit.

Graduate - Doctoral (Physical Therapy):

Tuition Full-time $16,900 (9 credits and greater)
     
General Fee $985  

 

The University believes it is essential to sustain and enhance a positive and meaningful in-person and, if necessary, remote academic, extracurricular and campus life environment for all students. The general fee helps to supplement the cost of ongoing academic and instructional support such as the MU Portal and Blackboard, IT Student Helpdesk (24-hour, 7-day a week service), Student Success Center, Insalaco Center for Career Development and the Bevevino Library. Costs associated with providing student media and publications, student government, Campus Ministry, shuttle and van service, laundry service and use of the Banks Student Center and Anderson Sports-Health Center are also supported by the fee. Likewise, the fee helps defray the significant annual expenses to operate and maintain the University’s infrastructure, and fund preventive and deferred maintenance.

Part-time Tuition and Fee Rates (per credit):

Undergraduate $675 Degree program
     
Undergraduate $1,166 Nursing BSN Hybrid Program
     
Graduate $850 MBA, Entry Level Masters (OT, PT, SLP)
     
Graduate $455 Teacher Education (IT, Reading Specialist, Special Education)
     
Graduate $715 Pre 2018-2019 Alum (MBA, Entry Level Masters (OT, PT, SLP))
     
Graduate $850 Nursing
     
Graduate $830 OT Weekend (cohorts beginning Spring 2023)
     
Doctoral $855 DNP
     
Doctoral $840 OTD/PT
     
Undergraduate $470 Certificate program (DMS)
     
Graduate $555 Certificate program (GCM)
     
Expressway $460 See description of Expressway Undergraduate Program   
     
Graduate $310 Professional development courses
     
Graduate $225

Professional development courses

(Virtual Education Software, inc. (VESi))

     
Graduate $925 SLP Online
     
General Fee $35  

Other Fees and Expenses:

Campus Housing $5,145 MacDowell Hall
     
  $4,900 Townhouses
     
  $4,800 Women With Children (Anne’s House, Moffat House, Pauly House, Rasmussen House)
     
  $4,365 McGowan Hall
     
  $4,335 Gildea Hall
     
  $4,225 Alumnae Hall, McHale Hall
     
Graduate Housing  

Machell Avenue, 33 Lake Street, 179 Lake Street

 

  $655 Single Room (10 mo., 12 mo., or 5 mo. Spring semester)
     

 

$570

Double Room (10 mo., 12 mo., or 5 mo. Spring semester)

     
     
Graduate Housing (per weekend) $50  
     
Single Room $800 Additional charge based on seniority at the time of housing lottery

Should vacancies occur in a student room, the remaining student is required to accept another roommate or be reassigned to another room. Students in suites or townhouses must maintain the stated minimum occupancy or be removed from the area. If availability permits, the director or assistant director of residence life may provide an option to maintain the room, suite, or townhouse below the minimum stated occupancy.
     
Board Plans   The rates noted below include $200 in Cougar Points.

First-year residents may not choose the 125 or 75 meal plans. The 75 meal plan is only available to students living in Lake Street, Machell Avenue, MacDowell Hall, and Townhouse residences.
     
265 meals $3,425  
     
190 meals $3,060  
     
150 meals $2,710  
     
125 meals $2,310  
     

75 meals

$1,575

 

75 meals
(commuter)
$1,054  

Special Fees, Deposits, and Expenses 2023-2024

Alternative Learners Project $2,200 Per semester, students entering Fall 2023
     
  $1,940 Per semester, students returning Fall 2023
     
Computer Lab Printing Fee (per semester) $0.03/page Students are allowed to print up to 300 pages per semester in University computer labs without incurring additional charges. For each page above 300, an additional per page charge will be assessed on a semester basis. Students may purchase additional pages in blocks of 100 pages.
     
Graduation Fee $210 A graduation fee is charged to students who have completed degree requirements.

The fee helps to supplement costs of the winter and spring commencements including, but not limited to, facility preparation costs for both baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies, graduation announcements, as well as diploma printing and mailing.
     
Liability Insurance $30 For students enrolled in majors that require clinical or field experience
     
Orientation Fee $200 First year
     
  $70 Transfer student
     
Parking Permit $150 Annual fee
     
Parking Fines $50 Per infraction for vehicles parked in an unauthorized area based on line color designations, parked in specially posted areas (reserved, visitors, fire lane, no parking), parking on sidewalks or grass, obstructing traffic or driveways, or other conditions determined by Campus Safety to be dangerous, hazardous and/or detrimental to a safe and secure campus.
     
  $60 Per infraction for failure to park in a vehicle’s specifically designated area on campus property. 
     
  $100 Per infraction for unregistered vehicles parked anywhere on campus property. It is not the intent of the University to penalize visitors who are not aware of the parking regulations.
     
  $75 Per infraction for any vehicle parked illegally in a handicapped area.
     
  $100 Per infraction for failure to remove a vehicle as instructed during times of snow removal.
     
Towing Fee   The University reserves the right to remove vehicles from Misericordia’s property when conditions exist that are determined to be unsafe, hazardous; or when a vehicle is unknown/unregistered, or abandoned.  Payment of fees charged by the towing contractor, including daily storage fees, is the responsibility of the vehicle owner/operator.  The University is not affiliated with the towing contractor, and will not intervene with retrieval of a vehicle from the impound area.
     
Replacement Diploma $25 If the original diploma is damaged in shipping it will be replaced at no charge
     
Returned Check Fee $25 A fee will be assessed for each check not accepted and returned by the bank. Two returned checks will cause check-writing privileges to be permanently revoked.
     
Room Reservation $100

Room reservation deposit is for upperclassmen only; room deposit is payable by April 15 and is applied to room charges.

     

Student ID

$20

Replacement of lost, stolen or unusable ID

     

Student PROX Fob

$20

Replacement of lost, stolen or unusable PROX Fob

     

Student Clinical/Fieldwork Badge

$10

Replacement of lost, stolen or unusable clinical/fieldwork badge

     
Student Teaching Fee $200 For Education major in teaching placements
     
Summer Housing $75 Per week for students who take five or fewer credits who are fulltime students during the academic year, are registered for a minimum of 12 credits for the Fall 2023 semester, and who lived in housing in the Spring 2023 semester. Summer housing is available at no cost to students who are registered for six or more credits in a non-weekend program, have signed a campus housing agreement for the 2023-2024 academic year. Students who participate in a clinical placement that is six credits or more, or 40 hours per week, are eligible for free summer housing during that clinical rotation as long as they have already registered for a minimum of 12 credits in the fall and have signed a Campus Housing Agreement for the next academic year, OR they have completed their 4th year and have lived in University housing in the spring semester. There is NO MEAL PLAN available during the summer. Students may purchase meals in the Cougars Den or pay at the cafeteria when they are opened. (The Cougars Den summer hours are 8:00 am - 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm.)
     
Transcript Fee $15 Per transcript - A transcript (official or unofficial) will not be released until the student’s account is paid in full. The request for an official transcript must be made through our online request process, which may be accessed on the Registrar’s Office web page.
     
Transcript Fee (Mercy School of Nursing, Wilkes-Barre; Mercy School of Nursing-Scranton; St. Mary’s School of Nursing) $15 Per transcript - A transcript (official or unofficial) will not be released until the student’s account is paid in full. The request for an official transcript must be made through our online request process, which may be accessed on the Registrar’s Office web page.
     
Fees specific to programs (Program fees are non-refundable)  
     
Medical Imaging    
     

(charged in Fall and Spring semesters)

$368

The Medical Imaging fee covers HIPAA education, professional liability insurance; lab costs; Clover learning electronic course resources; anatomic identification markers; name tag; dosimetry badges; clinical logbook; professional memberships in both the A.S.R.T. and P.S.R.T.; and course materials for MI 415 . The above may not be all inclusive as additional expenses could arise after publication.

     
Nursing    
     
BSN weekday $636

 

The Nursing fee covers the cost of membership in the Student Nurse Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) and clinical clearance and document management annually. In the second year, the fee covers HIPAA training, the white coat ceremony and clinical badge. In the second, third and fourth years the fee covers ATI products and review course, professional liability insurance, lab equipment and clinical supply fees. In the third and fourth years, a printing fee is also included. Fourth year fees also cover the nursing pin/pinning ceremony and poster fee. The above may not be all inclusive as additional expenses could arise after publication.
     

BSN - Pittsburgh (charged each term enrolled)

$945

The Nursing fee covers the cost of membership in the Student Nurse Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP), clinical clearance, document management, professional liability insurance, ATI products, HIPAA training, the white coat ceremony and clinical badge. The fee also covers lab equipment, clinical supplies, the nursing pin/pinning ceremony and poster fee. The above may not be all inclusive as additional expenses could arise after publication.

 

BSN-DNP

FNP/AGPCNP

MSN FNP/AGPCNP

PMC FNP/AGPCNP

 

$379

The fee covers the cost of the clinical management database, document management, clinical related fees for preceptors and required PPE, liability insurance, On Campus Intensives, workshops, technology including I-Human, Grammarly, and a graduation event. For the BSN to DNP and MSN to DNP students there is also a DNP project fee. Additional Fees apply for students enrolled in NSG 528 and NSG 612. The above may not be all inclusive as additional expenses could arise after publication.

MSN-DNP (charged each term enrolled) $125
     

BSN-DNP

FNP/AGPCNP

MSN FNP/AGPCNP

PMC FNP/AGPCNP

(course specific- NSG528, NSG612A)

$386-465

The fee covers the assessment kit and Barkley Review modules. The above may not be all inclusive as additional expenses could arise after publication.

     

BSN (part-time evening)

(course specific - NSG301, NSG302, NSG303, NSG304, NSG305, NSG401, NSG404)
$618 The BSN to PTEN fee covers the cost of membership in the Student Nurse Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP), clinical clearance, document management, HIPAA training, the white coat/white coat ceremony, clinical badge, ATI products and review course, professional liability insurance, printing fee, lab equipment and clinical supply fees. The fee also covers the nursing pin and ceremony and poster fee. The above may not be all inclusive as additional expenses could arise after publication.
     
RN to BSN (course specific - NSG465A, NSG499) $55-60 The RN to BSN fee covers liability insurance and the nursing pin. The above may not be all inclusive as additional expenses could arise after publication.
     
     
Occupational Therapy    
     
(weekday entry level - charged in Fall and Spring semesters) $167 The Occupational Therapy fee includes the cost of annual American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) membership as well as fieldwork/clinic/lab fees, clinical name badge, professional liability insurance, HIPAA training/certification, and health clearance fees. Electronic medical record access and tests/learning resources for the on-line certification examination preparation course are also covered. The above may not be all inclusive as additional expenses could arise after publication.
   
(weekend entry level - charged each term enrolled) $170
     
Physical Therapy  
     
(charged each term enrolled) $185 The Physical Therapy fee covers the cost of lab supplies, HIPAA training / certification, lab kit, clinical materials, clinical records management, preparatory testing for the certification exam (PEAT), professional liability insurance, annual membership in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and a subscription for online resources. The above may not be all inclusive as additional expenses could arise after publication.
   
   
     
Physician Assistant Studies    
     
(charged each term enrolled) $1,610 The PA Program fees include AAPA/PSPA Membership, Conference attendance in Clinical year, Cadaver Lab Fee, PACKRAT, PAEA EOR and EOC, PANCE prep, Exam Soft, Osmosis, White Coat and Name Tags, Scrubs, OSCE Assessment (GCSOM SIM Lab Fee), ACLS/BLS, Malpractice Insurance, Clinical Skills Lab, Access Medicine, Shadow Health, Rosh Review, HIPAA/OSHA Training, Clinical Experience Fee, Program Ceremony. The above may not be all inclusive as additional expenses could arise after publication
     
Sonography    
     
(course specific - DMS111, DMS130, DMS181, DMS271) $414 The Sonography fee covers the cost of HIPAA training/certification, lab fees, clinical materials, electronic clinical records system, image storage access, access to simulation software, ergonomic arm band, professional liability insurance, one-year professional society membership. The above may not be all inclusive as additional expenses could arise after publication.
     
Speech-Language Pathology  
     
(charged in Fall and Spring semesters) $174 The Speech-Language Pathology fee covers the cost of annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA) memberships as well as clinical name badges, the online record management program, HIPAA training/certification fees, SLP lab and clinical supplies fees, and professional liability insurance. The above may not be all inclusive as additional expenses could arise after publication.
     
Teacher Education    
     
(charged each term enrolled) $163 The Teacher Education fee covers YMHFA training, curriculum lab expenses, and Mursion training.
     
Additional Class Specific Fees    
     
Applied Music $130 Students enrolled in designated sections of Fine Arts classes.
     
Laboratory Fee $25 Students enrolled in any biology, chemistry, or physics class that also includes a lab. The total fee is limited to $50 per semester.
     

Social Work

(course specific – SW371, SW475)

$133

The Social Work fee covers professional liability insurance, professional membership in the PA National Association of Social Workers and clinical records management. The above may not be all inclusive as additional expenses could arise after publication.

     

Release of Transcripts or Diplomas

A diploma or transcript (official or unofficial) will not be released until the student’s account is paid in full. The cost for each transcript is $15, and the request must be made either in writing at the registrar’s office, or through our online request process, which may be accessed on the registrar’s office web page. The cost for transcripts for the institutions for which Misericordia is the custodian of record (Mercy School of Nursing – Wilkes-Barre, Mercy School of Nursing – Scranton, St. Mary’s School of Nursing) is $15. Replacements of diplomas that have been lost or damaged may be ordered at a cost of $25; contact the Registrar’s Office for ordering procedures.

Undergraduate Auditing

Students may audit courses at one-half tuition cost based on full- or part-time credit charges. No credit is awarded for audited courses. Auditors are admitted to courses as space is available. Matriculating students who wish to audit a course must seek permission from the registrar. Adults over the age of 62 may audit classes at no tuition charge, space permitting.

Financial Aid

For over 98 years, Misericordia University has helped students and their families afford a superior college education. Through its participation in federal and state financial aid programs, use of institutional resources and contributions by alumni and friends, the Student Financial Services Office tries to meet, as fully as possible, each student’s financial need.

The university is eligible to participate in a wide range of financial aid programs through the U.S. Department of Education. Eligible students may qualify for aid through the Federal Pell Grant Program, Federal Student Loan Program, as well as federal campus-based programs including Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and the Federal Work-study Program.

The university participates in the Nursing Loan program under the auspices of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Misericordia University is also designated as an eligible institution by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), allowing qualified undergraduate students access to the Pennsylvania State Grant and Special Programs.

In general, the university offers three types of financial assistance:

  1. Scholarships/Grants: Gift aid given directly to students based on financial need or some area of achievement, such as an outstanding academic record, evidence of leadership, etc. Students do not need to repay this type of aid.
  2. Loans: Monies borrowed by students to meet educational expenses. Students and/or their families repay these loans after withdrawal or graduation. Interest is charged on loans and vary with different loan programs.
  3. Work-study: Employment which allows eligible students to work on campus and earn money to meet educational expenses.

Application Procedures

All students who wish to be considered for financial assistance must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each award year (Pennsylvania Students-Pennsylvania State Grant Deadline is May 1st). Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as it becomes available on October 1st to ensure timely processing of financial aid offer letters and notifications.

The university uses the information collected on the FAFSA form to determine eligibility for university, federal, and state need-based financial aid. This includes University Mission Grants, Room Stipends, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Nursing Loans, Federal Subsidized Loans, Federal Work-Study, Pennsylvania State Grants and Special Programs. Out-of-state students should check with their high school guidance office or state agency to determine eligibility for grant assistance from their home state.

Students must file the FAFSA each academic year to be considered for need-based financial aid and Federal Loans.

Eligibility for academic scholarships is automatically evaluated by a scholarship committee upon admission to the university with no special applications required. 

Veterans

Misericordia University welcomes the opportunity to provide education to veterans of the armed services. The university is approved by the Veterans Administration for the education and training of veterans.

A Covered Individual is any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits. (For a covered individual, the institution will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds due to the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of a payment from the VA.)

A certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance must be provided to Misericordia University. A “certificate of eligibility” can also include a “Statement of Benefits” obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) website.

Veterans enrolling at the institution for the first time should contact their nearest VA regional office, call 1-888-442-4551 or apply online for educational benefits. This application should be filed six weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. Students must also contact Misericordia’s Student Financial Services Office to initiate the certification process and to request a MU Veteran Benefits Request Form.  The MU Veteran Benefits Request Form must be completed and submitted every semester you wish to receive VA benefits.

Definition of an Academic Year

Financial aid is offered for one academic year. Misericordia University defines its academic year as the period of at least 30 weeks of instructional time that begins on the first day of classes in the fall semester and ends on the last day of examinations in the spring semester. During this period, a full-time undergraduate student would be expected to complete a minimum of 24 credits.

Renewal of Aid

Merit scholarships are renewed annually provided the student maintains a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75. All other institutional scholarships are renewed annually provided the student demonstrates satisfactory academic progress. Students receiving a Resident Grant or Room Stipend must remain in on-campus housing to renew the scholarship.

Need-based federal, state, and institutional financial aid is re-evaluated and renewed each year providing the student:

  • Submits a FAFSA form by May 1 (Pennsylvania Residents Only)
  • Demonstrates financial need
  • Demonstrates satisfactory academic progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

To receive or continue to receive federal, state, or university financial aid, all students must meet certain Academic Progress Requirements.

GPA- A minimum grade point average is required at the end of the academic year:

First-year undergraduates 1.75 GPA

All other undergraduate 2.00 GPA

Graduate level 3.00 GPA

Second Bachelors 2.00 GPA

Recipients of Merit scholarships must maintain a 2.75 GPA.

Pace of Completion– This measurement ensures that a student is completing their program(s) within the maximum time frame allowed. PACE is calculated by dividing total credits earned by total credits attempted and includes accepted transfer and advanced standing credits in both the numerator and denominator. PACE is measured annually at the conclusion of the spring semester.

First and Second Academic Year pace of completion must be a minimum of 65%

Subsequent Academic Years pace of completion must be a minimum of 70%

To view the full Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, please click here to upload the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Monitoring Satisfactory Academic Progress

Both PACE and GPA requirements are measured at the end of each spring semester. Students not meeting PACE and/or the minimum GPA will have their financial aid suspended until they earn the sufficient number of credits and/or meet the minimum GPA requirements, or have successfully appealed for an exception to the requirements.


Right to Appeal

If a student feels that satisfactory progress was impossible to attain because of extenuating circumstances, i.e. death in the family, extended illness, etc., the student may appeal. The appeal must explain the extenuating circumstance(s) that led to their academic problems and explain what has changed in their situation that will allow them to make satisfactory progress at the next evaluation. The appeal must be in writing, include supporting documentation, an academic plan completed with the Student Success Center, and be sent to the Student Financial Services Office. The appeal will be reviewed and a decision will be made within 10 days of receipt. Students will be notified of the decision via their Misericordia email.

Academic Progress for Pennsylvania State Grant

Undergraduate students who are recipients of the PA State Grant must successfully complete a minimum number of credits each semester they are enrolled to receive a PA state grant in the following academic year. A part time student must successfully complete a minimum of six (6) semester credits per semester (or 12 credits in a year). Full time students must successfully complete a minimum of twelve (12) semester credits per semester (or 24 credits in a year). Credits earned for repeat courses which were previously counted when PA State Grant progress was verified cannot be counted again. Academic progress for PA State Grant is reviewed by the Student Financial Services office at the conclusion of the Summer semester.

Additional Requirements and Rights

Students may take coursework outside the academic requirements for their degree; however, they should be aware that Title IV financial aid, PA state grants, and Veterans Administration aid may not be used to cover the costs associated with such courses. The Student Financial Services Office should be consulted on the impact of taking coursework outside the degree requirements prior to finalizing their registration.

Aid from outside sources must be reported to the student financial services office. Such outside aid may result in a change in eligibility status for aid previously offered.

Aid will vary according to enrollment status (full or part-time) and housing status (resident, off-campus, or commuter). Students must inform the student financial services office of any status changes after their aid is offered. Students may request an appointment with the student financial services office to review the information that determines their aid and the amount of their financial aid offer.

Students and families have the right to request that their financial aid be reviewed if the student or family has experienced unusual or special circumstances which affected their financial situation.

Policy

Special and Unusual Circumstances

The Student Financial Services Office realizes that students and their families experience unforeseen circumstances and/or expenses during an academic year. A special circumstance request is a way for a student and their family to communicate about changes and circumstances that could not be reflected or explained on the FAFSA. Although considerations for specific situations are limited, we may be able to give additional consideration for certain situations as described below:

  • Special Circumstances are defined as changes in a student and/or parent’s financial circumstances.
  • Unusual Circumstances are defined as changes in a student’s dependency status.

Downloadable forms can be found on our website. Click Here to View Forms. Please download and complete the form that corresponds with the financial aid year you are wishing to submit a request. 

Examples of Special Circumstances CONSIDERED

  • Loss or reduction in family income (student and/or parent) due to loss of employment, reduction of hours, illness, etc.
  • Termination of child support, alimony, or worker’s compensation
  • Change in martial status (separated, divorced, widowed) after the FAFSA was filed
  • Unreimbursed medical expenses
  • Death of a family member whose income was reported on the FAFSA
  • Other special circumstances outside of the student’s control

Examples of Special Circumstances NOT Considered

  • Purchasing material items such as a car, home appliances, vacations, second homes, etc.
  • High consumer debt
  • Credit issues, line of credit changes, previous student loan debt, etc.
  • Medical bills paid by health insurance or that will be reimbursed by health care coverage.
  • Siblings or parents who are also attending college. Siblings are already taken into account on the FAFSA. 

Examples of Unusual Circumstances CONSIDERED

  • Victims of human trafficking
  • Refugee or asylee status
  • Parental abandonment or incarceration
  • Abusive family environment
  • Parents are incapacitated
  • Both parents became deceased after filing the FAFSA
  • Unaccompanied youth who is homeless or is self-supporting and at risk of being homeless

Examples of Unusual Circumstances NOT Considered

  • Parents do not claim you as a dependent on their tax return
  • Parents are not helping you pay for college
  • No longer living with parents (unless due to one of the unusual circumstances listed in the section above)

Misericordia University Scholarships/Grant for Incoming Full-time Students

Please note that the maximum amount for any combination of scholarships and grants is the annual full-time undergraduate tuition. Gift aid cannot be applied towards fees, housing, and food charges.

The following scholarships/grants are available to full-time undergraduate students. Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, full-time enrollment, and housing status (if applicable), to retain institutional scholarships/grants.

The Sister Mary Glennon ‘62 Full-Tuition Scholarship - Eligible students must have a 3.7 GPA, or be ranked in the top 5% of class, and will take part in an essay writing competition (held on several days in late January/early February), and the top scoring students will return to campus in late February for an interview with committee members. Students who receive a SMG scholarship are required to reside in on-campus housing for two academic years. Click here to learn more about the Sister Mary Glennon ‘62 Full-Tuition Scholarship

Merit Scholarship - To demonstrate its commitment to academic excellence, the University offers financial assistance to incoming freshmen who have attained outstanding academic records. The annual scholarships are renewable until graduation, provided minimum grade point averages, satisfactory academic progress, and full-time enrollment are maintained. The minimum averages required for retention of the scholarship are outlined in the scholarship notification letter. Annual amounts range from $10,000 to $23,000 (these amounts include the University’s Residential Grant for students living on campus). Students are automatically given scholarship consideration at time of admission.

Misericordia Success Grant - To demonstrate its commitment to academic success, the University offers financial assistance to incoming first year students who show determination and have academic promise. The annual grant is renewable until graduation, provided satisfactory academic progress and full-time enrollment is maintained. The grant is offered in the amount of $7,000. Students are automatically given consideration of this grant at time of admission.

Residential Grant - (students entering 2023-2024) This grant of $3,000 is given to a student who will reside in on-campus housing. Students who receive this grant must maintain satisfactory academic progress, full-time enrollment, and maintain on-campus residency.

Alumni Legacy - Incoming full-time students who are the children or grandchildren of Misericordia University alumni will receive a $1,000 annual scholarship.

Sibling Grant - A sibling grant of $1,000 per year is available when two or more eligible siblings are concurrently enrolled full time (charged flat rate tuition) at the institution. Grant is given to the eldest sibling. If more than two siblings are enrolled, the eldest sibling(s) will receive the Sibling Grant.

Non Pennsylvania Resident Grant - Out of state students who demonstrate significant financial need and reside on campus will be reviewed for the non-Pennsylvania resident grant. This annual award is renewable provided on-campus residency. Students who receive the Non-PA Grant must maintain satisfactory academic progress and file the FAFSA form each year.

Mission Grant - Through its own fund-raising effort, Misericordia University provides substantial financial assistance to students who demonstrate significant financial need through Mission Grants. These grants help over 65 percent of Misericordia students meet their University costs. These grants are available to undergraduate full-time students with demonstrated financial need. Grants range yearly depending on need, total cost of attendance, available funds, and other aid received by the student. Students who receive the Mission Grant must maintain satisfactory academic progress, full-time enrollments, and file the FAFSA form each year. Changes in Housing status will impact a student’s eligibility, which is determined each year.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation

Newcombe Scholarship eligibility requirements:

  • Man or Woman, age 25 or older
  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Enrolled full time or part time in a traditional or accelerated undergraduate program
  • Completed at least half of the credits towards degree program

Newcombe Scholarships are intended to provide less than the full cost of attendance for the semester or year. Scholarship funds may be credited to the student’s financial aid account and used to cover only standard categories within “cost of attendance,” specifically including tuition, education-related fees, academic textbooks, child care, practice teaching, and internship experience.

Misericordia University Scholarships/Grants for Transfer Full-time Students

Please note that the maximum amount for any combination of scholarships and grants is the annual full-time undergraduate tuition. Gift aid cannot be applied towards fees, housing, and food charges.

The following scholarships/grants are available to full-time undergraduate students. Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, full-time enrollment, and housing status (if applicable), to retain institutional scholarships/grants.

Merit Scholarship -To demonstrate its commitment to academic excellence, the University offers financial assistance to incoming transfers who have attained outstanding academic records. The annual scholarships are renewable until graduation, provided minimum grade point averages, full-time enrollment, and satisfactory academic progress are maintained. The minimum averages required for retention of the scholarship are outlined in the scholarship notification letter. Annual scholarship amounts range from $7,000 to $13,000.

Residential Grant - (students entering 2023-2024) This grant of $3,000 is given to a student who will reside in on-campus housing. Students who receive this grant must maintain satisfactory academic progress, full-time enrollment, and maintain on-campus residency.

Institutional Grant - Transfer students who have earned an Associate’s Degree from Lackawanna College or Keystone College receive a $1,000 annual grant. Transfer students who have earned an Associate’s Degree from Luzerne County Community College receive a $4,000 annual grant.

Phi Theta Kappa - Transfer students who provide proof of membership to Phi Theta Kappa receive a $1,000 annual grant.

Alumni Legacy - Incoming full-time students who are the children or grandchildren of Misericordia University alumni will receive a $1,000 annual scholarship.

Sibling Grant - A sibling grant of $1,000 per year is available when two or more eligible siblings are concurrently enrolled full time (charged flat rate tuition) at the institution. Grant is given to the eldest sibling. If more than two siblings are enrolled, the eldest sibling(s) will receive the Sibling Grant.

Misericordia University Scholarships/Grants for Part-time Students

Please note that the maximum amount for any combination of scholarships and grants is the cost of undergraduate tuition. Gift aid cannot be applied toward fees.

The following scholarships/grants are available to part-time students. Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Alumni Discount

Alumni may qualify for tuition discounts based on their continued program of study. Contact the Student Financial Services Office at 570-674-6222 or email [email protected] for details.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation

Newcombe Scholarship eligibility requirements:

  • Man or Woman, age 25 or older
  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Enrolled full time or part time in a traditional or accelerated undergraduate program
  • Completed at least half of the credits towards degree program

Newcombe Scholarships are intended to provide less than the full cost of attendance for the semester or year. Scholarship funds may be credited to the student’s financial aid account and used to cover only standard categories within “cost of attendance,” specifically including tuition, education-related fees, academic textbooks, child care, practice teaching, and internship experience.

Federal Financial Aid

Federal Financial Aid eligibility is determined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form every year that a student is enrolled at studentaid.gov.

Basic eligibility requirements that a student must demonstrate:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • demonstrate financial need for need-based federal student aid programs;
  • have a valid Social Security number (with the exception of students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau);
  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program;
  • be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds;
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress in college or career school;
  • sign the certification statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form stating that you’re not in default on a federal student loan, you do not owe money on a federal student grant, and you’ll only use federal student aid for educational purposes; and
  • show you’re qualified to obtain a college or career school education by:
  • having a high school diploma or a state-recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate;
  • completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law (or—if state law does not require a homeschooled student to obtain a completion credential—completing a high school education in a homeschool setting that qualifies as an exemption from compulsory attendance requirements under state law)

Pell Grant

This federal program provides grants that currently range from $767-$7,395 for the 2023-2024 Academic year, depending on financial need and educational costs. Students who have not yet completed their first undergraduate degree may qualify. Information from the FAFSA is used to determine a student’s eligibility for a Pell Grant.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity (SEOG) Grant

This federal program is available to undergraduate students with the greatest demonstrated financial need. Information from the FAFSA is used to determine a student’s eligibility for a Federal SEOG Grant.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

This federal program is designed for undergraduate Education majors with concentrations designated by the U.S. Department of Education. Students must have achieved a 3.25 high school GPA and maintain a 3.25 for renewal. Recipients must serve as a full-time teacher for at least four academic years at a high-need school within eight years after completing the course of study; otherwise, obligation will be treated as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. The annual award is up to $3,772 for disbursements made before October 1, 2023, with aggregates not to exceed $16,000 for undergraduates.

Federal Direct Loan Program

The U.S. Department of Education’s federal student loan program is the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program. Under this program, the U.S. Department of Education is the lender. The Direct Loan allows students to borrow loans in their own name and requires no credit evaluation. A FAFSA is required for all loan applicants.

Direct Loans have a fixed interest rate and can be either interest-subsidized (federal government makes in-school and grace period interest payments) or unsubsidized (student makes interest payments during in-school and grace periods or has interest added onto the amount borrowed and repaid with principal after grace period). Eligibility for interest subsidy is based on demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA each academic year. Payment of principal is deferred while the student is enrolled. Repayment of principal begins six months after the student graduates, withdraws, or enrolls for fewer than six credits.

Dependent undergraduate students may borrow up to $31,000 in Loan funds. Independent undergraduate students may borrow up to $57,500. Graduate students may borrow up to $138,500.

There is a loan fee on all Direct Loans. The loan fee is a percentage of the loan amount and is proportionately deducted from each loan disbursement. The percentage varies depending on when the loan is first disbursed. The current Direct Loan fee for Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans is 1.057% for loans disbursed on or after October 1, 2020 and before October 1, 2023. The current Direct Loan fee for Parent Plus and Graduate Plus Loans is 4.228% for loans disbursed on or after October 1, 2020 and before October 1, 2023.

Students will be required to complete an electronic Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling.

The FAFSA form, Master Promissory Note, and Loan Entrance Counseling can be completed electronically at studentaid.gov.

Federal Loan Limits

Year

Dependent Students (except students whose parents are unable to obtain PLUS Loans)

Independent Students (and dependent undergraduate students whose parents are unable to obtain PLUS Loans)

First-Year Undergraduate Annual Loan Limit

$5,500-No more than $3,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.

$9,500-No more than $3,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.

Second-Year Undergraduate Annual Loan Limit

$6,500-No more than $4,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.

$10,500-No more than $4,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.

Third Year and Beyond Undergraduate Annual Loan Limit

$7,500 per year-No more than $5,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.

$12,500-No more than $5,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.

Graduate or Professional Student Annual Loan Limit

Not Applicable (all graduate and professional degree students are considered independent).

$20,500 (unsubsidized only).

Subsidized and Unsubsidized Aggregate Loan Limit

$31,000-No more than $23,000 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.

$57,500 for undergraduates-No more than $23,000 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.

$138,500 for graduate or professional students-No more than $65,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans. The graduate aggregate limit includes all federal loans received for undergraduate study.

Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan

The Direct PLUS Loan is available to credit-worthy parents of dependent undergraduate students and have fixed interest rates. Parents may borrow the difference between the student’s total cost of attendance and all other aid the student is receiving.

For parent borrowers, interest will accrue after the first disbursement. Parents may request deferment and not need to make payments while their child is enrolled at least half-time and for an additional six months after their child graduates, leaves school, or drops below half-time enrollment. Paying the interest as it accrues can reduce costs over the repayment term of the loan.

Parents can apply for the Direct PLUS Loan online beginning in May for the academic year. Parents will be required to complete a PLUS Loan application with the requested loan amount and successfully complete the credit check. Credit checks are good for 180 days. Once approved, an electronic Federal Direct PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note (PLUS MPN) will need to be completed.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

Graduate or professional students enrolled at least half-time in a program leading to a graduate or professional degree or certificate can apply for a Graduate PLUS Loan. Students must not have an adverse credit history (unless you meet certain additional eligibility requirements) and must meet the general eligibility requirements for federal student aid. The maximum PLUS loan amount a student can borrow is the cost of attendance minus any other financial assistance received.

Nursing Loan

This program makes low interest funds available to Nursing majors who demonstrate financial need. Students who properly complete the aid application process as previously described will be automatically evaluated for eligibility for Nursing Loan assistance. If eligible, the student will receive notification from the Student Financial Services Office along with a Nursing Loan Application. The current interest rate is 5% with repayment deferred until nine months after the student graduates, withdraws, or drops below six credits. Additional provisions for deferment of repayment are available from the Student Financial Services Office.

Federal Work-study

Funded by the federal government, this program provides part-time employment for eligible students during the academic year and the summer. Jobs are available on campus and in the local community. Students must demonstrate financial need to be eligible. Students seeking Federal work-study employment must file a FAFSA. Eligible students will be notified when work-study positions are open for application. Earnings from work-study are paid to students on a bi-weekly basis via direct deposit.

 

Pennsylvania State Financial Aid Programs

Eligibility and grant amounts are determined by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). The deadline for application is May 1 prior to the start of the academic year for which aid is requested.

Pennsylvania State Grant Program

To be considered for a Pennsylvania (PA) State Grant, you must fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and complete the PA State Grant Form. Most renewal students do not have to complete the PA State Grant Form.

To apply for a PA State Grant when you complete the FAFSA

Complete the State Grant Form online directly from your FAFSA confirmation page. Look for the link that reads “Start your state application to apply for Pennsylvania state-based financial aid.”

To apply for a PA State Grant after you’ve completed the FAFSA

If you’ve already submitted your FAFSA online and missed the direct link, you may need to wait until you receive an email directing you to the American Education Services (AES) website to complete the State Grant Form.

The deadline for application is May 1 prior to the start of the academic year for which aid is requested.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a high school graduate as stipulated in the PA State Grant law.
  • Be enrolled in a school approved by PHEAA for PA State Grant purposes (PHEAA)
  • Be enrolled at least half-time (defined as at least 6 semester credits or the equivalent).(PHEAA)
  • Be unconditionally admitted and enrolled in an approved program of study of at least 2 academic years in length
  • If enrolled at an institution that is not headquartered and domiciled in Pennsylvania, you must be enrolled in a program of study where at least 50% of the total credit or clock hours needed for completion of the program are earned through classroom instruction:
    • The program itself must be structured to allow you to complete at least 50% of your credits or clock hours in the classroom.
    • Your enrollment pattern by term must also consist of at least 50% classroom instruction (unless you have completed an ADA Accommodation Form with PHEAA).
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by PHEAA.
  • Not have already earned a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent
  • Be a domiciliary of Pennsylvania
  • Be of satisfactory character (not be incarcerated)
  • Not have received the maximum number of PA State Grant awards permitted
  • Not be in default or pending default on an educational loan. This also applies to any program where the award has been converted to a loan and the loan is in a default status

Partnerships for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Grant Program

Students are nominated by a participating PATH organization and must be PA State Grant recipients the year for which PATH aid is requested. Students must demonstrate financial need and be enrolled in a Pennsylvania postsecondary institution.

Additional information can be obtained on line at pheaa.org by selecting Other Educational Aid under the Funding Opportunities heading or by calling 1-800-692-7392 and choosing Special Programs at the prompt.

Ready to Succeed Scholarship Program (RTSS)

The program is administered by PHEAA in close cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The student must meet all other Pennsylvania State Grant eligibility requirements to qualify for RTSS. This includes the submission of a FAFSA and Pennsylvania State Grant Form. The student must have completed one academic year defined as having earned 24 semester credits or the equivalent by the time that the school checks academic progress of the PA State Grant. Students must attain a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.25 and have a family income that does not exceed $110,000.

Additional information can be obtained on line at pheaa.org by selecting Other Educational Aid under the Funding Opportunities heading or by calling 1-800-692-7392 and choosing Special Programs at the prompt.

Blind or Deaf Higher Education Beneficiary Grant Program (BDBG)

BDBG is a state-funded program that provides financial aid to blind or deaf undergraduate or graduate students who are enrolled at least half time in a postsecondary institution and maintaining satisfactory academic progress. To be considered for the grant, students must be a Pennsylvania resident and have completed a FAFSA for the academic year in which the BDBG funds are being requested. Students must provide PHEAA with either written documentation confirming they have been evaluated or are eligible to receive benefits from the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) or a completed, signed, and dated Medical Professional Certification Form from your physician regarding your visual and/or hearing impairment. The maximum award is $500.

Additional information can be obtained on line at pheaa.org by selecting Other Educational Aid under the Funding Opportunities heading or by calling 1-800-692-7392 and choosing Special Programs at the prompt.

Pennsylvania Chafee Education and Training Grant Program (Chafee)

Chafee is a federally funded program that offers grants to Pennsylvania undergraduate students aging out of foster care who are attending an eligible postsecondary institution. Student eligibility requirements for the program include:

  • Be a Pennsylvania resident
  • Be eligible for services under Pennsylvania’s John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood
  • Be identified as a youth who has experienced foster care at age 16 or older or, after attaining 16 years of age, exited foster care to adoption or permanent legal custodianship (PLC)
  • Have not reached the age of 26 by July 1 of the upcoming academic year for which Chafee ETG is received
  • File a 2023-24 FAFSA
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate, at least half time in a college or career school that is approved by the U.S. Department of Education for Title IV student assistance programs
  • Demonstrate financial need for the grant (as determined by the postsecondary institution)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (as determined by the postsecondary institution)
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe a refund on other Title IV aid
  • Have not received Chafee ETG for 5 years (consecutive or not), defined as 10 semesters or the equivalent, for undergraduate study
  • Have graduated from high school or have received a Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma

For the 2023-24 year the award is $5,000. No award may exceed your cost of attendance minus any other financial aid you receive. Please note that the maximum award amount is subject to change due to Federal Grant levels.

Additional information can be obtained online at pheaa.org by selecting Other Educational Aid under the Funding Opportunities heading or by calling 1-800-692-7392 and choosing Special Programs at the prompt.

Pennsylvania National Guard Educational Assistance Program (EAP)

PHEAA and the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs administer this program which provides tuition assistance for students who enter into a commitment with the Pennsylvania National Guard for a period of 6 years and are enrolled in a degree or certificate granting program of study at an approved Pennsylvania institution. Students who do not honor their service commitment will be required to repay the total EAP award received plus interest.

Additional information can be obtained online at pheaa.org by selecting Aid for Military & PA National Guard under the Funding Opportunities heading or by calling 1-800-692-7392 and choosing Special Programs at the prompt.

Pennsylvania National Guard Military Family Education Program (MFEP)

PHEAA and the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs administer this program which provides tuition assistance for dependents (spouses and children) of Pennsylvania Guard Members who enter into an additional 6-year commitment with the Pennsylvania National Guard. The PA Guard member must have completed an initial service obligation on or after July 1, 2019 and be eligible to reenlist for an additional 6-year period. The PA Guard Member can assign the entire benefit to one dependent or a portion of the benefit to more than one dependent. The MFEP grant can be used for a degree-granting curriculum or certificate-granting program as determined by PHEAA at an approved institution for up to 5 academic years. If the service commitment is not honored, the total MFEP award received must be repaid plus interest.

Additional information can be obtained online at pheaa.org by selecting Aid for Military & PA National Guard under the Funding Opportunities heading or by calling 1-800-692-7392 and choosing Special Programs at the prompt.

PA Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver (FosterEd) Program

In 2019, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania passed Act 16, creating the Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver (FosterEd) Program, amended by Act 91. The FosterEd Program provides a tuition and mandatory fees waiver at postsecondary institutions for eligible youth who are or have been in foster care. The program is being administered collaboratively by PHEAA in conjunction with the PA Departments of Education (PDE), Human Services (DHS), and Labor & Industry (L&I).

 

To be eligible for a FosterEd waiver, the student must:

  • Be a current resident of Pennsylvania at the start and during the term for which the waiver is awarded.
  • Have not reached the age of 26 by July 1 of the upcoming academic year for which the FosterEd waiver is received.
  • Have received a high school diploma or received a Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma
  • Be eligible for services under Pennsylvania’s John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood.
  • Be identified as a youth who is in foster care, or was discharged from foster care on or after attaining age 16, OR has exited foster care on or after age 16 to adoption or permanent legal guardianship.
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate, at least half-time, in a postsecondary institution that is approved by the U.S. Department of Education for Title IV student assistance programs in PA.
  • Have unmet cost for the PA Chafee Education and Training Grant (Chafee ETG), as deter- mined by the postsecondary institution.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the institution.
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe a refund on other Title IV aid.
  • File a FAFSA for the academic year for which the waiver is being requested.
  • File an application for Chafee ETG.
  • Submit a PA State Grant Form, if applicable
  • Have not previously received a waiver for five (5) years (consecutive or not), defined as ten (10) semesters or the equivalent, for under graduate study.

For more information please visit pheaa.org, additional funding opportunities, under other educational aid. For point of contact information at Misericordia University, please visit https://www.misericordia.edu/financial-aid/full-time-undergraduate-financial-aid/pa-fostering-independence-tuition-waiver-fostered-program.

Institutional Work-study

The university maintains this work-study program through its own funding. It assists students who are not eligible to participate in the federal program, but who need to earn part of their university expenses through employment.

Part-time Jobs

Some part-time employment is available in the community for students. Students who are interested in part-time employment opportunities should inquire at the Insalaco Center for Career Development.

Refunds of Overpayments

Refunds of credit balances on student accounts caused by overpayment (either from financial aid or personal transaction) will be processed in the Student Financial Services Office within 10 days from the date on which the credit balance occurs. The 10 days gives the university time to verify the amount of refund, to check on any other charges, and to confer with the Director of Student Financial Services.

Student refund requests must be approved by the Director of Student Financial Services. Students are advised to begin the academic year with sufficient funds to pay for books and living expenses until refund checks are issued.

Tuition Payment Options

Payment Policy for Part-time Students

At the time of registration, a part-time student must make arrangements for paying tuition and fees. The student may either pay for the course in full, have financial aid to cover the amount due, or participate in either the deferred payment plan or the tuition reimbursement payment plan. The details of the two payment plans are discussed below.

Tuition Reimbursement Payment Plan for Part-time Students

Students who receive tuition benefits from their employer may be eligible to participate in Misericordia University’s Tuition Reimbursement Payment Plan. Generally, this payment plan permits tuition and fees to be paid up to 30 days after the issuance of grades instead of at the time of registration for the course. The requirements of the plan are as follows:

  • Only part-time students are eligible.
  • A tuition reimbursement letter from the employer must be on file prior to registration and must be updated annually. The letter must state the terms of the benefit.
  • Students must keep the original invoice and final grades for employer verification. Duplicate invoices and grade sheets will not be issued.
  • It is the responsibility of the student, not the employer, to ensure that payment is made within the 30 day period. Students who fail to make payment within the 30 day grace period may be removed from the tuition reimbursement payment plan.
  • The 30 day grace period does not apply to graduating students.
  • Students who are receiving only partial tuition benefits must make arrangements to pay the costs that are not covered by the employer at the time of registration.

Deferred Payment Plan for Part-time Students

Misericordia University provides an option for students or parents to pay tuition, fees and other charges on a deferred payment plan. The plan permits educational costs to be spread over a period of time. The requirements of the plan are as follows:

  • Only part-time students are eligible.
  • A down payment of 20 percent of the total term/semester charges is required by the due date of the semester.
  • Deferments are limited to one term/semester; the unpaid balance must be paid one week before final examinations for that term/semester. 
  • Students who fail to meet their deferred payment obligations will be dropped from the plan.

Tuition Payment Plan for Full-time Students

Full-time time students have the option to schedule monthly payments through Cash Net. There is an annual fee to cover the processing of payments. To maximize payments, students should enroll in the plan starting May 15th. The annual payment plan begins in the month of July prior to the start of the fall semester and ends April 1st. Semester only plans are available. Enroll at https://commerce.cashnet.com/cashnet/MISERICORDIAPAY or call 1-877-821-0625​.

Credit Card Payments

Misericordia University accepts VISA, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards for payment of tuition and fees. A 2.5% processing fee applies.

Refund Policies and Return of Financial Aid

Withdrawal Policy for Full Time Student

When a full-time student (a student who is charged the full-time flat rate) withdraws from the university, they must complete an official withdrawal clearance as indicated in either the undergraduate  or graduate section  of the catalog. 

When a student drops or withdraws from a course with penalty, tuition will be cancelled at the following percentage rates. All fees including general, program, course and miscellaneous fees are non-refundable. Friday is considered the last day of the week for refunds unless noted.

After the Census date of the sub term that a student is enrolled (the 100% date), there is no refund on any fees.

In circumstances when the university initiates a student withdrawal, the student will be financially responsible based on the refund schedule for that semester.

Tuition

  Time of Withdrawal Amount
  First Week (Census Date of Term) 100 %
  Second Week 80 %
  Third Week 75 %
  Fourth Week 60 %
  Fifth Week 50 %
  Sixth Week 50 %
  Seventh Week 25 %

No refund will be given on Tuition after the seventh week.

 

Seven, Six, Five, and Four Week Courses

  Time of Withdrawal Amount
  On or Prior to the first Friday** 100 %
  On or Prior to the second Friday 60 %

 

Housing (Voluntary)

  Time of Withdrawal Amount
  First Week (Census Date of Term) 100 %
  Second Week 50 %
  Third Week 50 %
  Fourth Week 25 %

No refund will be given on Housing after the fourth week.

 

Meal Plan (Voluntary)

  Time of Withdrawal Amount
  First Week (Census Date of Term) 90 %
  Second Week 80 %
  Third Week 75 %
  Fourth Week 70 %
  Fifth Week 60 %
  Sixth Week 50 %
  Seventh Week 40 %

No refund will be given on Meal Plans after the seventh week

Change of Academic Status

If a student drops credits which will change their academic status from full to part-time (below 12 credits for undergraduate and below 9 credits for graduate students) prior to the full semester add/drop deadline as indicated on the academic calendar, the full-time tuition charges originally assessed will be adjusted to reflect the per credit tuition rate. CHANGE OF ACADEMIC STATUS FORM  MUST BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED TO THE STUDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.  

 

Refund Policy for Part-time Student

If a part-time student withdraws from the university, they must file an official notice of withdrawal with the Center for Adult and Continuing Education.

When a student drops or withdraws from a course with penalty, tuition will be cancelled at the following percentage rates. All fees (including general, program, course and miscellaneous fees) are non-refundable. Friday is considered the last day of the week for refunds unless noted.

After the Census date of the sub term that a student is enrolled (the 100% date), there is no refund on any fees.

In circumstances when the university initiates a student withdrawal, the student will be financially responsible based on the refund schedule for that semester.

 

Full Semester Courses (15 weeks’ fall or spring 13 weeks’ summer)

Time of Withdrawal Amount                                                                                                            
First Week (Census Date of Term) 100%
Second Week 80%
Third Week 75%
Fourth Week 60%
Fifth Week 50%
Sixth Week 50%
Seventh Week 25%

No refund will be given after the seventh week.

 

Seven, Six, Five, and Four Week Courses

 

On or Prior to the first Friday**

100%

 

On or Prior to the second Friday

60%

No refund will be given after the second week.

Financial Aid Refund Policy

Students that withdraw, drop, are dismissed, or take a leave of absence from school should consult with the Student Financial Services Office on how the refund policy applies to their situation.

Return of Federal Title IV Funds

The Student Financial Services Office is required by federal statute to recalculate federal financial aid eligibility for students who withdraw, drop, are dismissed, or take a leave of absence prior to completing 60% of a payment period or term, or receives all failing grades because the student ceases enrollment and does not formally withdraw.  Federal Title IV financial aid must be recalculated in these situations.

If a student earned less aid than was disbursed, the institution would be required to return the portion of funds that the student did not earn. The university must return the amount of Title IV funds for which it is responsible no later than 30 days after the date of the determination of the date of the student’s withdrawal. Please note that students who receive a refund of financial aid prior to withdrawal from the University may owe a repayment of federal financial aid funds received. Students will be contacted by the Financial Aid Office in such situations and will be given 30 days to repay the funds to the University. Students who fail to return the unearned portion of federal financial aid funds given to them will become ineligible for continued receipt of financial aid at all institutions until such time as the repayment is made.

Misericordia follows the federal guidelines when calculating the portion of federal financial aid a student has earned. Once the amount of the federal funds to be returned has been calculated, the funds will be returned in the following order and cannot exceed the total amount awarded:

  • Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans
  • Subsidized Federal Direct Loans
  • Federal Direct Parent (PLUS) Loans
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)
  • TEACH Grants

Students who are recipients of Title IV Funds subsequently withdraw and have their tuition adjusted retroactively due to extenuating circumstances, will still be subject to Title IV Federal Return Calculation.

Return of State Funds

Pennsylvania and other state grants will be adjusted in accordance with each agency’s stated guidelines. It is expected that PA State Grant funds will be reduced by the same percent of reduction in tuition received by a student when withdrawing from the University.

Return of Institutional Scholarships and Grants

Institutional scholarships and grants will be reduced by the same percent of reduction in tuition received by a student when withdrawing from the University.

When a student fails to earn a passing grade during an enrollment period

If a student that began attendance and has not officially withdrawn fails to earn a passing grade in at least one course offered over an enrollment period, the university must assume, for Title IV purposes, that the student has unofficially withdrawn, unless it can be documented that the student completed the period of enrollment. Students will be considered to have withdrawn at the midpoint of the period of enrollment if a last date of academic activity cannot be determined.

Administrative Regulation and Payment of Tuition and Fees

Misericordia University students are expected to pay their bills in a timely manner. Interest is charged monthly on unpaid balances. The student financial services office personnel assist students in meeting their financial obligations and will discuss reasonable payment schedules in extraordinary cases. In order to assure the collection of money due the university, students with unpaid balances for tuition, fees, bookstore charges, library fines, parking fines, or any other Misericordia University approved fee or fine will be denied the following privileges or services:

  1. Class registration.
  2. Participation in commencement ceremonies and the awarding of diplomas.
  3. Transcript issue.
  4. Residence hall reservation privileges.

This policy is waived for students who receive tuition benefits, rehabilitation benefits or veterans’ education benefits under chapter 31 or 33 that will satisfy their balance.

Endowed Scholarships

Individuals and businesses close to Misericordia University sponsor scholarships which are available to qualified students each year.

Eligibility criteria and award information are available in the student financial aid services office.

Louis and Barbara Alesi Scholarship

Alumni Board Scholarship

Geraldine Ruth Daley Anderson Scholarship

Robert S. Anderson, MD, Pre-Med Scholarship

Vicki Austin Women with Children Scholarship

Dr. Thomas E. Baker Scholarship

Marianne R. Baloga ‘63 Scholarship

Sarah Sterner Barr ‘48 Scholarship

Frances Wilchek Beisel Scholarship

Irene E. Belarski ‘50 Scholarship

Monsignor John Bendik Scholarship

Benedetti Family Scholarship

Mary Bevevino Scholarship

Adam T. and Mary H. Bialek Endowed Scholarship

Caroline Blaum and Catherine Fisher Scholarship for Women with Children

Ruth Bourger Women with Children Endowed Scholarship Fund

Ruth Matthews Bourger/Charlotte W. Newcombe Scholarship for Mature Women

Bourke Family Scholarship

Glenn Bozinski Family Scholarship

Brassington Family Scholarship

Leanne and Richard Brassington Scholarship

Carole Flanagan Zoeller Brown Scholarship

Marita Delaney Burke ‘35 Scholarship

Dr. James A. Van Fleet and Mary Joan Van Fleet Burns ‘88, MSN Scholarship

Victoria Cadwalader Nursing Scholarship

Bridget Carney Scholarship

Dorothy Williams Castellano Scholarship

Carmel Rose Cavanaugh ‘49 Scholarship

Ann Rhoda Chopick Scholarship

Citizens’ Voice Scholarship

Class of 1961 Scholarship

Class of 1968 Scholarship

Class of 1972 Scholarship for the Ruth Bourger Women with Children Program

Anthony and Elizabeth Colonna Family and Sunshine Market Incorporated Scholarship

James J. Connery Scholarship

Helen O’Donoghue Connolly Scholarship

Dr. Joseph and Mrs. Marion Cooper Endowed Scholarship

Coughlin Family Scholarship

Rose Marie Miano Coughlin ‘60 Scholarship

Crahall Foundation Scholarship

Catherine Aigeldinger Cresko ‘66 Scholarship

Cronin/Moylan Scholarship

Curtis Family Scholarship

Daniel F. Daley, M.D. Memorial Scholarship

Matthew James Davis Memorial Scholarship

Mary Lawless Denney Class of 1968 Scholarship

Joseph Robert and Ann Marie Conforti Doggett Scholarship

Virginia Donlin ‘62 Scholarship

Mary Jane Donnelly Family Scholarship for Teacher Preparation

John L. Dorris, MD, FACS Scholarship

Dougherty Sisters Nursing Scholarship

Sharon Drasnin Scholarship

Florence Wilkinson Duffy Memorial Scholarship

Dorothy Kender Ehinger ‘51 Scholarship

Edith Elliott Scholarship

Farnan Family Scholarship

Wilma Paculavich Fenedick Scholarship for Women with Children

Jean Chorazy Fink Scholarship

Madeline Bonacci Fink Scholarship for Women with Children

First Federal Foundation Women with Children

Charles D. Flack Scholarship

Jeanne M. Flederbach ‘60 Scholarship

Mary Anne Bradley Foerster ‘59 Scholarship

Helen Barbara Fogel Scholarship

Fortinsky Scholarship

Sidney and Pauline Friedman Scholarship

Don and Debbie ‘81 Fries Scholarship for Women with Children

Mary Elizabeth “Mollie” Gallagher Scholarship

Sr. Wilfred Gallagher, RSM Scholarship

Darlene Bender Garland ‘91 Memorial OT Scholarship

Maria Grilli Gatta ‘68 Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Christine M. German Scholarship

Anna and Frank Gerold Scholarship

Frederick and Sarah Joyce Gerrity Scholarship

Rosemary Dvorsky Gido Scholarship for Community Justice and Mercy

Elizabeth B. Glosser ‘61 Scholarship

Henry and Sylvia Greenwald Scholarship

Gronauer Family Scholarship

Grosek Family Scholarship for Women with Children

William Randolph Hearst Scholarship

MR Heart of Hearts Women with Children Scholarship

Kathleen P. Heidelberger, M.D. ‘61 Merit Tuition Scholarship

Jean Maloney Hemple ‘51 Scholarship

Henry Family Scholarship

Ann Marie Wysocki Hicks ‘65 Scholarship for Women with Children

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Medical Imaging/Sonography Scholarship

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Nursing Scholarship

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield OT Scholarship

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield PA Scholarship

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield PT Scholarship

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield SLP Scholarship

Sister Hildegarde’s Justice and Mercy Scholarship for Women with Children

Myrtle E. Hilliard Scholarship

Barbara Holmes Scholarship

Joan Gout Host ‘78 Memorial Scholarship for Women with Children

Florence Matura Hozempa ‘47 Scholarship

Heather Huntzinger Memorial Scholarship

Marlene Insalaco Memorial Scholarship

InterMetro Scholarship

Bettsi Jaeger ‘68 Scholarship

Walter and Catherine Janasie Scholarship

Jerista Family Scholarship

Judith Ferry Joyce ‘57 Scholarship

Dr. John Kachurick Sr. ‘96 Memorial Scholarship

Charles and Dolores Kosko Kaczinski Memorial Scholarship

Victoria W. Kazimi – Hope Scholarship

Mrs. John F. Kenny Scholarship

Mary Kilgallen ‘66 Endowed Scholarship

Marie Wittman Kilgallon ‘41 Scholarship

Kimberly Scholarship

Genevieve Mullin Kimbro Scholarship

Helen McCarthy Kirk Endowed Scholarship

Mary McDermott Klatt ‘54 Memorial Scholarship

Nicholas and Mary Kosko Memorial Scholarship

Joan Krause ‘58 Student Emergency Fund

Helene C. Kretchik ‘43 Scholarship

Jeremy Michael Kuba ‘19 Occupational Therapy Memorial Scholarship

Alexander J. Lacy Scholarship

Elizabeth and Salvatore Lanzetta Memorial Scholarship

Josephine Olash Lecnar ‘39 Scholarship

Leslie Fay Scholarship

Dorothea Perry Lieberman ‘57 Scholarship

Patricia Allman Littleton ‘70 Scholarship

Nancy Beck Loftus and Tony Mussari Endowed Scholarship

Nancy Smith Lynch ‘68 Scholarship

Stanley T. Lysiak Pre-Med Scholarship

Michael A. and Tina MacDowell Scholarship

Michael and Tina MacDowell/Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation Scholarship

Dr. Louis Maganzin Scholarship

Mama Family Scholarship for Women with Children

Brian Harvey and Sherry Manetta ‘72 Scholarship for Women with Children

Joan W. Martin Women with Children Scholarship

Catherine Paglianite Martini ‘41 Scholarship

Anna Paglianite Mascioli Scholarship

Gertrude M. Mascolini Honorary Scholarship

Maslow Family Foundation Scholarship for Women with Children

Mary Jule Purcell McCarthy ‘52 Scholarship for Women with Children

Cecilia Corgan McCarthy ‘58 Scholarship

John A. McCole Scholarship

Claire Rinkin McDonnell ‘49 Scholarship

Karen McDonough Scholarship

Attorney Donald and Sheila O’Connell ‘64 McFadden Scholarship

Mary Ellen McGeehan ‘46 Scholarship

Mary Jane McGonegal Humanities Scholarship

McGowan Family Scholarship

Sr. Celestine McHale Valiant Woman Scholarship

John C. and Elizabeth Grady McNamara ‘41 Scholarship

Sister Cecilia Meighan RSM ‘58 Scholarship

Mercy Health Partners Scholarship

Sr. Jean Messaros ‘73 Scholarship for Women with Children

Mary Lauck Metz Endowed Scholarship for Women with Children

Misericordia University General Endowment Scholarship

Mission Foods Scholarship

Marian F. Jones Mitchell ‘44 Scholarship

John E. Morgan Foundation, Inc. Scholarship

Marguerite K. Moran and Margaret C. Morrissey Scholarship

Sr. Teresa Mary Moyles, RSM Scholarship

Patricia Mulgrew ‘48 Scholarship

Jean Olash Murphy ‘50 Scholarship

Robert Khalil Nasser Memorial Scholarship

Charlotte W. Newcombe Endowed Scholarship for Mature Students

Dean and Elizabeth Rienzo Noll ‘47 Scholarship

F. J. O’Brien Family Campus Ministry Servant Leadership Scholarship

Helen McAndrew O’Connor Scholarship

Sr. Miriam Theresa O’Donnell, RSM and Family Scholarship

Bishop William O’Hara Scholarship

Mary Jean Pulieri Paglianite Scholarship

Margaret C. Paye ‘49 Scholarship

Professor Emeritus David M. Payne, Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Pearsall Family Scholarship

Pehrsson Scholarship for Women with Children

Patricia Ann Lynott Perez Scholarship

Perrella Family Scholarship

Reverend John C. Petrasko Scholarship

Joseph and Sophie Pointek Scholarship

Freda Thalenfeld Popky ‘28, HD ‘07 Scholarship

John and Sharon Randolph Scholarship

Bertie Fowler Rasmussen Scholarship

William R. Reed Ph.D and Helene Flower Reed ‘66 Scholarship

Dr. Marie Louise Pachence Reeves 1962 Scholarship

Mary Isabel Gallagher Reiff ‘50 and Nancy Joan Gallagher ‘52 Scholarship

Reimiller Endowed Scholarship

Nelson F. Rodda and Rose M. Rodda Scholarship

Kitty Rooney ‘50 Memorial Prize

Frank Scott Rosenn Scholarship

Harold and Sallyanne Rosenn Scholarship

Rosenn Family Scholarship

Rosenn Scholarship Honoring Fr. William Hill and Sr. William Joseph Lydon

Sallyanne Rosenn ‘44 Scholarship

Gerald and Mary Ruddy Memorial Scholarship

Anna and Andrew Rusnock Scholarship

William H. Selden Jr. Scholarship

Adele F. Shahid ‘53/Charlotte W. Newcombe Endowed Scholarship

Carina Kwok-Lam Li Short/Charlotte W. Newcombe Scholarship

Rosemary A. Sigmond Scholarship

Theresa Husic Silliman ‘54 Alumni Scholarship

Sisters of Mercy of Dallas Scholarship

Sisters of Mercy Women with Children Scholarship

Marguerite M. Smith ‘42 Scholarship

Karen Smulowitz Scholarship

Donna Ayers Snelson Memorial Scholarship

Soyka Women Scholarship

Barbara Soyka/Charlotte W. Newcombe Scholarship

Grace Jones Spain Scholarship

Margaret Husic Spengler ‘36 Scholarship

James M. Stack Family Scholarship

Nettie D. Stefanko Scholarship

Student Government Scholarship

Anne-Marie Glut ‘50 and Katherine Szmagala ‘56 Scholarship

Stephen and Jo Anne Sabol Thorpe ‘57 Education Scholarship

Stephen and Jo Anne Sabol Thorpe ‘57 SLP Scholarship

Truong Ahn Thuy International Scholarship

Dr. Joseph Tomasovic Scholarship

Jan and Eleanor Trzcinski and Sons Scholarship

Elizabeth Richards Umphred ‘83 Scholarship

Nancy Behr Vanderhoef ‘77 Scholarship for Women with Children

Barbara Maziarz Victor ‘62 Endowed Scholarship

Vietnam Nurses Scholarship

Tara Helwig Vining SLP Scholarship

Jean Tyrell Weinberg ‘52 Scholarship

Frank and Geraldine Witt Scholarship

Anne Louise Wittman ‘56 Scholarship

Paul C. Woelkers ‘81 Endowed Scholarship

Wolanin Scholarship

John W. and Josephine Piazza Wolinsky Scholarship

Joan Gallo Zamborsky ‘68 Scholarship

Zesk Family Endowed Scholarship

Annual Scholarships

Appleseed Partnership Nursing Scholarship

Ash Family Scholarship

Joan Blockus Nursing Scholarship

Carrozza Scholarship of The Luzerne Foundation

Sandra M. Cichy-Becker MS, RN Annual Scholarship

Robert J. Clark, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Class of 2019 Scholarship

Martha Barr Dunn ‘65 Scholarship

Good Citizen Scholarship

Ann Brancone Kavanagh ‘63 Women with Children Scholarship

Stewart Emery and Mary Kerrigan ‘70 Nursing Scholarship

Mary Jo Kopechne Scholarship

Catherine McAuley Fund

McGowan Cornerstone Award

McLean Contribution Scholarship

Mercy Relief Fund

Mericle Foundation Scholarship

Mericle Women with Children Scholarship

Moran Physical Therapy Scholarship

Mary McNelis Murphy Memorial Scholarship

Madelyn Sholtis Parrish Scholarship

Paul J. Siegel Family Scholarship

Dr. Corina Slaff Scholarship in honor of parents Constantin and Cornelia Niculescu

Barbara Soyka Fund for the Humanities

George F. Speace, M.D., FACS Pre-Med/Nursing Scholarship

Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation Scholarship for Women with Children

TJ Maxx Foundation Scholarship

UPS Scholarship

Wells Fargo Scholarship Fund

Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Fund of The Luzerne Foundation

Williams Emergency Fund for Women with Children

Bobby Wright Memorial Scholarship for Women with Children