MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY AT THE BOOKER T. WASHINGTON CENTER
Earn your college degree close to home.
Mercyhurst University’s Booker T. Washington (BTW) Campus makes starting a college education or obtaining a degree affordable and accessible to members of the Erie community who may not have thought attending college was possible. Whether you are a traditional high school student, a dislocated worker, or an adult looking for a career change, the degree and certificate programs available on site allow you to get the education you need to advance your career plans or get started on a four-year degree.
A Mercyhurst education is well respected by community leaders, area employers, and experts from a wide variety of disciplines, and Mercyhurst is consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report, the Princeton Review, and other leading publications for distinguished honors. Students at our BTW Campus are full Mercyhurst students with access to the learning resources and services on all our campuses.
- Students can take advantage of the in-house services already provide at the Booker T. Washington Center, such educational, physical, and emotional wellness services are available to youths, adults and seniors
Mercyhurst University is recognized by U.S. News & World Reports as a Best Value and Top-Tier university in the North Region
Students at the BTW Campus have access to the academic support and career services at Mercyhurst’s main campus
In classes at the BTW Campus, you’ll learn from dedicated and experienced faculty members who will serve as advisors and mentors throughout your academic journey and beyond
With classes available at the Booker T. Washington Center, 1720 Holland Street, students living in downtown Erie will be closer to their classes, overcoming the hassle of transportation
Frequently Asked Questions
How many classes should I take?
Many of our students have to balance jobs, families, and school. There is no perfect formula for success. Our job is to help each student determine the ideal balance to be successful. For some, this means being a part-time student, which is two classes per term. Most full-time students take three classes, though some have even taken four. Some students transition between part- and full-time during the academic year to best match their academic schedule with demands outside the classroom.
How long do I have to stay at the BTW Campus before I transfer to another Mercyhurst campus or another university?
An academic plan is established for each student to ensure success at the next stage of education. For some, this means transferring very quickly, after a semester or two, while others may take a class or two at Mercyhurst's main campus to help with their transition.
Who is your typical student?
There are generally three types of students who enroll at the BTW Campus. The first is the student who is returning to college. For a multitude of reasons, this individual stopped going to school and is looking for another chance to earn a degree. Some return after one semester, while it may take others 20 years before they decide to go back. The second type of student at the BTW Campus has interest in attending college, but is uncertain on where to go or which major to study. The BTW Campus offers this student an opportunity to continue to make academic progress while determining future plans. The third type is the economically conscious student. These students understand the importance of a university education, but also appreciate the ability to take classes at the BTW Campus at an affordable cost.
You and your family are welcome to visit our Booker T. Washington Campus at any time. These visits are great opportunities to tour our classrooms, speak with an admissions counselor to discuss applications and financial aid, or learn more about the course offerings and schedules that will work best for you.
To schedule a visit, contact us using the information below.
One of the hardest things about going to college is arranging the finances to pay for it. We strive to make quality college education accessible and affordable for everyone. We’re here to help here to help you through the financial aid process and find every scholarship, grant, and loan available to you.
Tuition and Fees
Mercyhurst's BTW Campus offers the best tuition rates available at Mercyhurst University, because many of the fees associated with the university's other campuses are not necessary. The 2021-2022 tuition rates for Mercyhurst University at the Booker T. Washington Center are as follows:
- $1665 per three credit course
- $85 registration fee per term
Types of Financial Aid
Mercyhurst's BTW Campus is made affordable not just by the already low cost, but also with the help of federal, state and institutional financial aid resources. Depending on your personal finances, academic program of choice and timely submission of important forms and documents (i.e., the FAFSA), your out-of-pocket expenses can be greatly reduced through financial aid.
The items below are the most-used types of financial aid by category: federal, state, institutional, and private. While there may be other types of aid that are used from time to time, this list outlines the most common. Contact admissions or student financial services for answers to any financial aid related questions.
Booker T. Washington Grant
- Up to $200 per course
- Determined by need and financial situation
- Must file the FAFSA
- Renewable for second year
- Must be full-time (at least 12 credits per term)
- Generally reserved for cases of financial hardship
- Awarded at the discretion of the Office of Student Financial Services
The following is a quick reference list.
Federal PELL Grants
- Directly related to the student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), the PELL grant ranges from $600 to $5,920
- Does not have to be repaid
- A limited amount of SEOG grants are available
- Does not have to be repaid
- Students must receive PELL to be eligible
Federal Direct Student Loans
- May be either “subsidized” (meaning the government pays the interest on them while you’re in school) or “unsubsidized” (your interest will accrue while in school)
- In the student’s name, and no co-signer is required
- All first-time students (never attended college before) will be eligible for $5,500 for their first year
- If student is independent (according to FAFSA®), student may be eligible for an additional $4,000 unsubsidized loan
Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans
- PLUS loans are much like alternative loans, but are in the parent’s name
- If parent gets denied, student gets an additional $4,000 unsubsidized student loan
- Repayment generally begins 60 days after last disbursement in a given school year
The following is a brief description of the state grant.
PHEAA State Grants
- Must be a Pennsylvania resident for at least a year
- Must file your FAFSA by May 1 (or Aug. 1 if never attended before)
- Must be enrolled in at least a two-year program
- Must fill out and return the PHEAA state grant notice
- Grant amounts are determined by PHEAA and based on the students FAFSA
- Numerous lenders offer student loans with interest rates starting at prime
- Repayment for most begins six months after the student is no longer enrolled at least part-time
- Creditworthy co-signers are usually required (does not have to be a parent)
- Mercyhurst does not endorse any particular lender; if you call, we would be happy to give you some options
High School Students
Currently, high school students with the permission of their guidance counselor are billed $300 per three-credit class and $75 per term registration fee. High school students are not eligible for any federal, state, or institutional financial aid, and should be prepared to pay "out-of-pocket" for textbooks.
Process and Policies
Making your college education affordable is one of our number one priorities at Mercyhurst. If you follow the appropriate steps, our staff should be able to give you accurate estimates for your cost of attendance, financial aid, and bottom line for your first year.
The following is an outline of the financial aid process at Mercyhurst. If you have any questions, please contact us using the information below.
- Student applies to Mercyhurst and is accepted
- Generally, an award will not be estimated until the student is accepted
- Student files the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) after Oct. 1
- Mercyhurst receives your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)
- Your EFC helps determine your PELL grant, PHEAA state grant, subsidized loan amount, and other need-based forms of aid
- If anything changes in your family’s financial situation, please notify admissions immediately for information on the appeal process
- A preliminary financial aid award is created
- You should receive both a letter and most likely a call from your admissions counselor in reference to this award
- This award is based on the academic program and resident status (living on or off campus) in our system; if either changes, your package may change.
- Student determines a bottom line (cost minus financial aid) and plans accordingly
- Once you know your bottom line, you will know how much money “out-of-pocket” you will need for the year. You can address this “out-of-pocket” cost with savings, alternative loans, parent loans and/or outside scholarships
- By mid-summer, if your confirmation deposit has been received, your award will be finalized
- If selected for “Verification,” that process must be completed before your award will be finalized. Roughly one out of every three students is selected.
Students who enroll at least half-time (two three-credit courses per term) may be eligible for state or federal grants or loans.
Books are available roughly a week before each term at the Booker T. Washington Center front desk. While you are encouraged to pay for your books out of pocket, you may be able to make arrangements for your financial aid to cover the cost (if the extra funds are available) by contacting the Office of Student Finanical Services at 814-725-6265.
The Booker T. Washington Campus is an excellent option for both traditional-age students and adult students.
Any individual under 24 years of age is considered a traditional student. The BTW Campus is a great transition from high school to university for students who may not be able to afford to enroll at the Mercyhurst Erie campus, who do not want to enroll full time to start or prefer evening classes.
Any individual over 24 years of age is considered an adult student. Many of our adult students choose to go back to school to prepare to enter the job market, to qualify for career advancement, to expand knowledge in a professional field, or to achieve personal goals.
Visit apply.mercyhurst.edu to submit Mercyhurst’s free online application. You will also need to submit your academic transcripts from your high school(s) and college(s) attended. For questions, please contact us using the information below.
Earning an associate degree or certificate at the Booker T. Washington Campus will open up immediate career opportunities for you. But it is also a great first step to pursuing a bachelor’s or other advanced degree. Many students choose to spend a few semesters at the BTW Campus to improve their academic records before transferring to Mercyhurst’s Main Campus to build on that foundation.
You will earn college credits in our degree and certificate programs that will transfer with you when the time comes. If you’d like to continue on at Mercyhurst’s Main Campus, you’ll be eligible for generous internal transfer scholarships and you can earn a bachelor’s in as little as two additional years. For more information on internal transfers, click here.