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Cost and Financial Aid

We believe a private college education should be affordable.

Like everything about York College, financial aid is highly personalized to address each family’s unique financial scenario. York College is frequently cited for its great value. Save by enrolling in a private college that costs half what many other private institutions cost — while being named a College of Distinction and a Princeton Review Best Regional College.

Along with an application to York College, make sure to get your FAFSA in and use York College's code (003399) for full financial aid consideration. We are happy to answer questions you have about scholarships, grants, and other financial aid issues. 

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Several national publications have called York College of Pennsylvania a "best buy" for a reason.

At York, we make applying for Financial Aid simple.It all starts by submitting the FAFSA


    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

    • Incoming first year students should apply by the end of February their senior year of high school. FAFSA will be available in December 2023!
    • Transfer students should apply when applying for admission to the college.
    • Use the York College Title IV institutional code – 003399.
    • The FAFSA collects financial and other information used to determine the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) used by York College, and state and federal entities, to calculate your eligibility for financial aid.
  • After you apply

    What to expect after you apply

    • Within several days of submitting your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) sent to the email address you provided on the FAFSA. 
    • Review the SAR for accuracy and make any corrections by following the instructions included. 
    • Your FAFSA information will be sent directly to all the colleges that you included with the Title IV institutional code.
    • After filing, you can check the processing status of the FAFSA and make changes at studentaid.gov or by calling 1-800-4FED-AID.
  • Your Award

    Your York College Financial Aid Award

    • Typically within 2-4 weeks of receiving the completed Student Aid Report, you will be sent your York College Financial Aid Award Letter. 
    • The letter includes your eligibility for York College Financial Aid, work study and state and federal aid programs, including the Federal Direct (student) Loan.
    • Your award information can also be seen on the YCP Web under the Financial Aid Menu, along with the Federal Shopping Sheet. The Federal Shopping Sheet is a tool to assist you in comparing financial aid award information with that from other higher education institutions.

    Federal Direct (Student) Loan

    The student’s eligibility for the Federal Direct Loan will be indicated on the York College Financial Aid Award Letter.
    You will be given the option of either accepting or rejecting the student loan. Directions will be included as part of your financial aid offer. You must enroll in a minimum of 6 credits per semester to be eligible for the Federal Direct Loan.

    Federal PLUS (Parent) Loan

    A parent may apply for Federal PLUS loan after the student has submitted their enrollment deposit to the Admissions Office and returned their financial aid acceptance documents. To apply, go to studentaid.gov

  • Special Circumstances

    Special conditions, appeals and reconsideration of an award

    Appeals for reconsideration of a York College Financial Aid award can be made based on special circumstances by providing additional information in writing to the York College Financial Aid Office.

    Typical information considered for financial aid appeals and reconsideration include:

    • Unusual expenses or circumstances that influence the ability to contribute to educational expenses
    • Family financial situation has changed since submitting the FAFSA
    • For consideration, download and print the ‌York College Special Circumstances Worksheet‌
  • Accepting Financial Aid

    Accepting Your Federal Student Loan

    New students for 2024-25 and returning students who will be first time Federal Student Loan borrowers:

    Accept your award online by completing the following steps:

    • Go to studentaid.gov
    • Sign in using your username and password
    • Complete the Master Promissory Note (a legal document that commits you to paying back what you've borrowed from the U.S. Department of Education)
    • Complete Entrance Counseling (provided by the federal government so they can ensure you know what you're signing up for)

    Your financial aid will be credited on your semester bill from the College (with the exception of your work-study award). York College makes available several affordable payment options including a monthly payment plan to assist you in paying the balance of your tuition. Contact the Business Office for more information.

    If you were awarded a Federal Student Loan and wish to decline the award you must email financialaid@ycp.edu.

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Click the button below for some of the most common questions we hear from students and parents when it comes to financial aid. If your question isn't answered on that page, contact our Financial Aid Office by calling 717.815.1282 or by emailing financialaid@ycp.edu.

Links and Resources

  • Net Price Calculator

    The Net Price Calculator will estimate your eligibility for financial aid and show how your cost of attending an affordable college may be reduced with scholarships, grants and student loans for first-time students who are U.S citizens. Your “net price” is the difference between the cost of attendance (tuition, room, board, etc.) and your financial aid.

    The calculator is based on answers to some basic questions about your parents’ financial situation, so it may be helpful to have recent tax forms or pay stubs before you begin. Completing the calculator will take about 20 minutes. The calculator is designed to give you and your family an early estimate of financial aid. To receive an actual financial aid award you must be accepted for admission and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The York College Financial Aid Office will process your actual financial aid award.

  • Alternative Student Loans

    Low cost loans through various private lenders are available to students who need funding beyond the limits of the Federal Student Loan program. Students can borrow up to the full cost of education minus the financial aid received for an affordable college. A credit worthy co-signer may be required. Students are not required to make payments while enrolled at least half-time. For more information see the following website:

    ELM Select Lender Comparison - A Free Private Loan Lender Comparison

  • Student Lending Code of Conduct

    York College is committed to providing students and their families with the best information and processing alternatives available regarding student borrowing. In support of this and in an effort to rule out any perceived or actual conflict of interest between York College officers, employees or agents and education loan lenders, York College of Pennsylvania has adopted the following:

    • York College of PA does not participate in any revenue-sharing arrangements with any lender.
    • York College of PA does not permit any officer, employee or agent of the school who is employed in the financial aid office or is otherwise involved in the administration of education loans to accept any gifts of greater than a nominal value from any lender, guarantor or servicer.
    • York College of PA does not permit any officer, employee or agent of the school who is employed in the financial aid office or is otherwise involved in the administration of education loans to accept any fee, payment or other financial benefit (including a stock purchase option) from a lender or affiliate of a lender as compensation for any type of consulting arrangement or contract to provide services to a lender or on behalf of a lender relating to education loans.
    • York College of PA does not permit any officer, employee or agent of the school who is employed in the financial aid office or is otherwise involved in the administration of education loans to accept anything of value from a lender, guarantor, or group of lenders and/or guarantors in exchange for service on an advisory board, commission or other group established by such a lender, guarantor group of lenders and/or guarantors. York College of PA does allow for the reasonable reimbursement of expenses associated with participation in such boards, commissions or groups by lenders, guarantors, or groups of lenders and/or guarantors.
    • York College of PA does not assign a lender to any first-time borrower through financial aid packaging or any other means.
    • York College of PA recognizes that a borrower has the right to choose any lender from which to borrow to finance his/her education. York College of PA will not refuse to certify or otherwise deny or delay certification of a loan based on the borrower's selection of a lender and/or guarantor.
    • York College of PA will not request or accept any offer of funds to be used for private education loans to students from any lender in exchange for providing the lender with a specified number or volume of Title IV loans, or a preferred lender arrangement for Title IV loans.
    • York College of PA will not request or accept any assistance with call center or financial aid office staffing.
  • Private Scholarships - Free Online Scholarship Searches
  • Making College Affordable
    • The Financial Aid Information Page - A free comprehensive, independent and objective guide to student financial aid.
    • UPromise - A program where your everyday purchases from contributing companies can help pay off your student loans.
    • YouCanDealWithIt.com - An excellent source of information and resources developed to help you learn about student loans, budgeting, credit cards and more.
    • StudentAid.gov - "At Federal Student Aid, we make it easier to get money for higher education."
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Remember to Apply Each Year

It is important to remember that financial aid is never automatically renewed. Returning students are required to meet renewal dates as established by the Financial Aid Office and outside agencies. Financial aid applicants are expected to apply for all sources of aid available to them, federal and state programs as well as aid through the college. Returning students must also be in good academic standing as defined by The Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. According to the policy, students must maintain a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) and pass at least 67% of the credits enrolled in.
Contact Us
Office of Financial Aid
Miller Administration Building, Room 138
Phone: 717.815.1282
M - F 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.