Criteria for Ongoing CES Eligibility
The CES is a partnership between Milton Hershey School and our graduates to help fund higher education pursuits for those who continue to demonstrate the desire and ability to succeed in their full-time post-secondary school studies. For the most recent school year, the CES program plans to invest approximately $6 million dollars in the higher education of our graduates. In this partnership, both the students and the school have responsibilities.
The students’ ongoing responsibilities include:
• Activate CES funds within five (5) years of MHS graduation;
• Enroll as a full-time student in an accredited U.S. undergraduate in-classroom degree program;
• Live on-campus or commute from home during the first and second years of post-secondary school;
• Maintain a minimum 2.00 term & cumulative GPA;
• Successful completion of 12 new credits/term for students attending 2-year colleges or tech schools OR successful completion of 15 new credits/term for students attending 4-year colleges;
• All credits taken must go towards your degree and only one degree is supported;
• Timely completion of FAFSA and other financial aid forms before March 15th or college/state deadline**
• Submission of all CES forms and documents by July 15th or two weeks before college bill is due;
• No Direct Unsubsidized Loan borrowing is permitted;
• Satisfactory conduct following MHS graduation (integrity, positive spirit, mutual respect); MHS reserves the right to potentially require graduates to undergo drug testing in cases where “reasonable cause” is deemed present by the Administration;
• Contact Graduate Programs for Success staff as required to discuss your progress and to report any updates;
• Completion of degree/certificate within five (5) years of activating CES funding.
Failure to meet one or more of your obligations could result in probation, suspension, or termination from the program. Students may be eligible to receive CES funding until: (1) they earn an undergraduate degree, (2) their CES funds are depleted, or (3) their five year activation period is over — whichever comes first!
The CES program will NOT replace any federal, state, or college grants or scholarships lost due to missed deadlines, incomplete verification, low GPAs, non-attendance, and other situations that are the responsibility of the student and his/her family. Students will need to pay for grants and scholarships lost for these reasons with their own earnings, savings, or via student/private loans.
“Stopping Out” for a Term:
On occasion, students may need to temporarily “stop out” for a term, or interrupt their progress towards a degree, for personal reasons — such as health, family situations or financial hardship. This is one of the reasons why CES funds may extend as long as 5 years, rather than just 4 years. The CES program is NOT intended to support 5 years of college study! Extra time (a 5th year) is given for degree completion in case a student needs to briefly stop out of college.
1. Any request for stopping out for a term must be sent in writing to the Financial Aid Coordinator;
2. Schedule a meeting with your college officials so you withdraw according to your school’s procedures and do not lose any academic or financial aid standing;
3. Notify the Financial Aid Coordinator two months in advance of your intent to return to school;
4. If you have any remote intention to return to college, file your FAFSA no later than March 15th;
5. Military Personnel called to active duty will NOT lose ANY eligibility time for scholarship benefits as long as we are properly notified in advance of your departure.