Eligible Standard College Costs
The CES program supplements a student's post-secondary costs by helping to pay for STANDARD full-time tuition, fees, room & board costs not covered by other forms of gift aid (grants and scholarships) at accredited U.S. schools! The key words in the above sentence are "supplements" and "standard." The CES program compliments your best efforts to qualify for as much federal, state, and college gift aid as possible through your hard work, financial need, academic efforts, athletic talents, and timely submission of admissions and financial aid forms.
STANDARD cost categories are defined as follows:
- Tuition – 12-18 undergraduate credits leading towards a degree at a U.S. school
- Fees – student activities fee, health center fee, residence hall association fee, etc.
- Room – 2-person (double) "dorm" room***
- Board – 15-19 meal plan
- Health Insurance (Basic College Plan) – if a student is not eligible for health insurance under a parent/guardian or government-sponsored plan, Milton Hershey School® will pay the cost of the college's basic health insurance plan if the student has enough CES funds to do so. Proof of non-eligibility for insurance required!
***Students choosing single rooms, suites, apartment-style housing, etc., are required to pay the cost difference for such housing types. Third and fourth year students living off-campus will be provided with rent and utility funds equal to that of the 2-person on-campus dorm room rate, plus your school's standard allowance for meals.
The CES program does not pay for expenses including, but not limited to: books, supplies, housing deposits, transportation, security deposits, advanced rent payments, admissions deposits, computer software, membership fees (includes fraternities/sororities), parking fees/fines, housing damage fees, late fees, field trips, phone/internet charges, conferences, etc.
The CES program will help to finance up to ONE undergraduate major and ONE minor! Students pursuing multiple degrees or minors must finance those efforts without CES assistance. The only exception would be students with an Associate's degree pursuing a directly related Bachelor's degree may be eligible for CES assistance if enough credits transfer towards the Bachelor's degree.