Grant typically do not require repayment. The information you provided on your FAFSA will be sent directly to your state grant agency by the Department of Education to determine your eligibility for federal and state grants.
Federally Funded Grants
Federal Pell Grant
Awards are determined and funded by the federal government.
The Pell Grant is awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree.
The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and the student's enrollment status are used in the determination of the student's Pell Grant.
The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds students may receive over their lifetime is limited to be the equivalent of six (6) years of Pell Grant funding.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (F.S.E.O.G)
F.S.E.O.G. is a Title IV federally funded, campus-based program administered by the Financial Aid office.
By statute, institutions must give priority to undergraduate, degree status, Pell eligible students, with exceptional need.
The expected family contribution (EFC) is used in the packaging process. Students with a 0-EFC are given priority consideration.
The selection process is part of the automated packaging process.
Many students may fit the criteria, however, funding is not available to offer all students assistance.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
Students may be applicable for the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant if:
Their parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, and
They were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of their parent's or guardian's death, and
They are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of their Expected Family Contribution but, meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements.
Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.
State Funded Grants
PA State Grant Program
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) allows eligible Pennsylvania residents to obtain financial assistance for undergraduate study at any approved institution of higher education. To apply, please:
Submit the FAFSA by March 1st to meet the May 1st PA State Grant deadline.
Be enrolled for at least six (6) credits per semester during the academic year. The state grant will change if enrollment changes after the award is made.
Make satisfactory academic progress in accordance with PHEAA policy.
*The Agency may select students for a process called "Income Validation."
State Grants are generally awarded on the basis of need and limited to students attending schools within their own state of residence. State grant award levels and eligibility criteria are controlled by the awarding state.
Delaware, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, and Ohio have reciprocal agreements with Pennsylvania.
New Jersey and New York do NOT have reciprocal agreements with Pennsylvania; therefore, New Jersey and New York residents cannot bring their state grants to Pennsylvania.
For more information about your state's reciprocity agreements, contact your state agency. All aid applicants in Pennsylvania and Delaware automatically apply for their state aid when filing the FAFSA.
Results of FAFSA are used to determine eligibility.