Financial Aid


Launch of the 2024–25 FAFSA® Form

There are major changes and improvements coming to the 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. This redesigned and streamlined FAFSA form will be available by Dec. 31, 2023.



Financial Aid Application Timeline

Timeframe Tasks to complete


  • File your FAFSA for the upcoming school year and be sure to list Commonwealth U of Pa-Lock Haven on your FAFSA. Our school code is 003323.

  • PA Residents should complete the State Grant Form immediately after filing the FAFSA if this is the first time receiving a PA State Grant. Follow the link on the FAFSA application just after submitting the FAFSA application.


  • Begin searching for outside scholarships for the upcoming year.


  • Incoming students should receive a financial aid award offer by the end of the month. 



  • All paid students whose FAFSA was selected for verification review, will also receive a verification request by mail. Please return all required items within 30 days.


  • PA Residents: If you did not yet file your FAFSA, make sure it is filed before the end of the month to avoid missing the PA State Grant deadline (May 1).


  • Complete Direct Loan requirements: Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note. See award letter for details.
  • Forward copies of outside scholarship notifications to the Financial Aid Office.


  • Receive your student bill from the Student Accounts Office (your processed financial aid will appear on the bill)
  • If needed, apply for additional loan (Direct PLUS Loan for a parent or Private Loan) to cover expenses not covered by awarded aid. Most Private loans take approximately 4-5 weeks to completely process.


  • Assure that all financial aid requirements are complete for the start of the fall semester by reviewing the fall semester bill online. Billing information can be located via myHaven under the “Student Accounts” tab.

Office Processing and Turn Around Times:

Federal Verification: 5 to 15 days from last document submission

Special Circumstance: 10 to 20 days from last document submission

Alternative / Private Loan Processing: 5 to 10 days from Bank Approval Date

Award Status: 5 to 10 days after FAFSA is submitted and student is in an accepted status. 

Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal 10 to 20 days once complete SAP Appeal File is submitted


Online voting registration is available online:

  • Fill out the registration form and submit your application.
  • Save your application number to reference your submission or track progress.
  • Once your application is processed, you will receive your voter registration card in the mail.


Contact Financial Aid Office

223 Ulmer Hall, Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA 17745
(570) 484-2424


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