Adult & Continuing Studies Financial Aid

Taking steps to pay for college can feel overwhelming. Our financial aid team team is here to help you take the guessing game out of applying for financial aid. 

Ways to Finance Your Education

Scholarships & Grants

Widener is proud to offer several endowed scholarship opportunities to currently enrolled adult and continuing studies students. These scholarships are awarded by the Center for Graduate & Continuing Studies and made possible through generous donor gifts. And the best part? Unlike loans, scholarship awards are yours to keep without the need to pay them back. Students are also welcome to reapply every year. 

There are many organizations that sponsor education scholarships. Here are just a few:

Many states offer grants that are typically need-based and limited to students attending schools within their own state of residence.

For a comprehensive list of state-specific grants and awards, visit the State Contacts page on the U.S. Department of Education website.

Some states, such as Delaware, have reciprocity agreements with Pennsylvania, so you can receive their grants while studying in Pennsylvania. Students who are residents of Pennsylvania, Delaware, or other reciprocal states are expected to apply for their own state's grant.

Widener University is proud to participate in the Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program. The Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program provides an additional grant provided by Widener University to help cover the cost for tuition and mandatory fees charged for youth who are or were in foster care and meet eligibility criteria.

For information regarding the PA Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver (FosterEd) Program, please visit or contact Cor Blevins at (610) 499-4170.


Loans are borrowed money that is repaid with interest and are helpful financial resources available after other options have been exhausted. Several loan options are available for adult and continuing studies students, including the Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, and private/alternative loans.

Aid for Military Students & Families

We are proud to offer numerous opportunities for military-affiliated students to finance their education. We participate in various U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs programs.

Employer Tuition Reimbursement & Widener Partnerships

Oftentimes, employers will offer educational reimbursement benefits. We encourage you to explore these opportunities and will be glad to provide any necessary documentation. Widener University also partners with many local organizations and corporations to offer discounted tuition and other incentives to their employees.

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Need help applying for financial aid or want to schedule a financial aid counseling session? We'd be happy to help!