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The impact of Supreme Court decisions on the admissions process at Geisinger College of Health Sciences

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Financial Aid Office

The Financial Aid Office at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine helps students identify the financial resources needed to achieve individual educational goals. Through financial aid counseling, the staff is ready to help students find available resources to manage the cost of attendance.

Applying for financial aid

  • To apply for financial aid at Geisinger Commonwealth, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. The federal school code for Geisinger Commonwealth is G41672.
    • Students must include parental financial information on the FAFSA and file by March 1 to be considered for Geisinger Commonwealth institutional aid, even though applicants are considered independent for federal financial aid purposes.
    • Ideally, students should complete the FAFSA beginning as early as Oct. 1. Late filers or an incomplete FAFSA can delay loan processing and could result in ineligibility for institutional aid. In order to be considered for Geisinger Commonwealth scholarships, the FAFSA must be submitted no later than March 1.
    • Some private scholarships may also require the FAFSA information. Additional information about applying for financial aid can be found in the Geisinger Commonwealth Financial Aid Guidebook.

Eligibility requirements

In addition to completing the FAFSA, students interested in federal and/or institutional funding must:

  • Comply with Geisinger Commonwealth Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements that are published in the Financial Aid Guidebook and on this site.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, be an eligible non-citizen with a valid social security number, or have a Permanent Resident Visa.
  • Be accepted for admission or enrolled at least half-time.
  • Not be in default on any loan or owe a refund on any grant made under Title IV at any institution.
  • Have financial need, which is defined as the difference between the cost of attendance (COA) and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for most Geisinger Commonwealth scholarships.
  • Have a high school diploma, a GED, or a passing “ability to benefit” test result.

Some federal, state, private or other Geisinger Commonwealth assistance programs may have different eligibility criteria.

Applicant’s total financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships, etc.) cannot exceed the institutionally determined cost of attendance for the program of study. Cost of attendance minus student contribution and parent contribution from the FAFSA determine the applicant’s eligibility for institutional based financial assistance. Cost of attendance minus any institutional based financial assistance and minus any other assistance you receive equals your eligibility for federal educational loans.

Important documents

Contact Financial Aid


Suzanne McNamara
Director of Financial Aid

Roxanne Seymour, MBA, MSHE
Associate Director for Financial Aid