Grants

Apply for Grants  with the FAFSA by the Priority Deadline!

Federal Grants

Grants 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.

Federal Pell Grant

How to Apply: Submit your FAFSA application by February 1st at http://fafsa.ed.gov.

Eligibility:

  • 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)

How to Apply: Submit your FAFSA application by February 1st at http://fafsa.ed.gov.

Eligibility:

  • S.E.O.G. is a Title IV federally funded, campus-based program administered by the Financial Aid office.
  • Institutions must give priority to undergraduate, 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.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

How to Apply: Submit your FAFSA application by February 1st at http://fafsa.ed.gov.

Eligibility:

  • 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 meets the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements.

Federal TEACH Grant

How to Apply: Submit your FAFSA application by February 1st at http://fafsa.ed.gov.

Note: Summer applicants are required to complete a separate Summer TEACH Grant Request Form if summer enrollment was not part of their initial request.

Eligibility:

  • U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have and maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA. Transfer and Graduate students may be required to submit official transcripts.
  • Be enrolled in an Eligible TEACH Grant Program of Study.
  • Participate in the required initial, subsequent, and exit counseling sessions throughout the life of the grant.
  • Teacher Candidacy as determined by the College of Education

Pennsylvania State Grant

How to Apply: Submit the FAFSA by February 1st at studentaid.gov/fafsa. PHEAA’s deadline is May 1st of each year--they will not review your FAFSA for grant eligibility if it is received after that date.

First-time FAFSA applicants must also file the PHEAA State Grant form, available on the FAFSA and at www.pheaa.org. The form is completed online, and can be accessed at pheaa.org if the student did not complete it at the same time as their FAFSA form. 

PHEAA

State Grant and Special Programs

P.O. Box 8157

Harrisburg, PA 17105-8157

Eligibility Requirements:

U.S. citizen or eligible non -citizen

PA state resident as determined by PHEAA

High school graduate 

Be in an approved program of study that is at least two academic years in length. 

Not be in default or pending default on an educational loan. 

Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits per semester in an undergraduate degree program

Students must make satisfactory academic progress in accordance with PHEAA policy

    Full-time students must earn 24 credits each academic year they receive the full-time PHEAA state grant. 

    Part-time students must earn 12 credits each academic year they receive the part-time PHEAA state grant. 

Financial eligibility for the grant is determined by PHEAA; other eligibility requirements (satisfactory academic progress, transfer credit monitoring, etc.) are monitored by the University.  Therefore, students can be quoted a state grant at the time of application, but then learn after the university completes annual reviews of their enrollment that they are no longer eligible. 

 

Out of State Grants

Some states have reciprocal agreements with Pennsylvania that allow you to receive a state grant while attending a Pennsylvania university. Reciprocal states include Delaware, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Ohio, Vermont, and West Virginia.

Delaware

Delaware Through the Scholarship Incentive Program, you may be able to receive $1,000 annually up to five years if you attend college in Pennsylvania—with a catch. The school you attend must be a nonprofit, regionally accredited college, and the undergraduate or graduate program you choose to study must be a program that is not also offered at the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, or Delaware Technical Community College.

Students must also:

  • Be legal residents of Delaware
  • Be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens • Demonstrate substantial financial need, as determined using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Have a minimum cumulative unweighted Grade Point Average of 2.5 on a 4.00 scale

Deadline: April 15

 

District of Columbia

The DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) is paid directly to the institution and is equal to the difference between the in-state and the out-of-state tuition (up to $10,000 per year). Students must:
• Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
• Have been a DC resident for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the applicant’s first time in college (dependent students’ domicile is established through the parent)
• Have no defaulted status with federal student loans
• Have a high school diploma, GED, or high school equivalency
• Be accepted for enrollment in or working toward a first undergraduate degree at least half-time
• Be in compliance with Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by the college/university of enrollment
• Be 26 years old or younger
Deadline: Application is open Feb. 1st through June 30th

 

Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Assistance for Student Success offers financial assistance up to eight semesters in a four-year undergraduate program at any state-approved public, private, independent, nonprofit institution in PA that awards associate and bachelor’s degrees.

Students must be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for at least one year prior to the opening of the academic year and U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. Students must also: • Be in compliance with Selective Service Registration requirements

  • Have no defaulted federal or state loans
  • Have no owed refunds on any previously received federal or state financial aid • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the federal methodology need analysis criteria
  • Have a documented expected family contribution (determined after completion of the FAFSA) between $0-$5,486
  • Enroll as a full-time (min 12 credits) undergraduate student
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress in accordance with institutional and federal standards

Deadline: May 1st each year

 

Ohio

The Ohio College Opportunity Grant is available to Ohio residents in an associate degree program, first bachelor’s degree program, or nursing diploma program with an Expected Family Contribution of $2,190 or less (as determined through your Free Application for Federal Student Aid [FAFSA]) and a maximum household income of $96,000. Grants range $600-$800 for full-time students attending PA schools.

Deadline: Oct.1 each year

 

Vermont

The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation offers the Vermont Incentive Grant to Vermont residents who are accepted or enrolled full time in an undergraduate degree or certificate program in PA. One of the more generous reciprocal programs, students may receive up to 10 semesters of full-time grants until earning their first bachelor’s degree and in 2019–20, awards ranged from $850 up to $12,300.

Grant amounts are determined by financial need, total cost of attendance at your college of choice, and timing (applications are considered on first-come, first-served basis as long as funding is available). Students can apply using the link provided after submitting the FAFSA, or through the VSAC website.

Deadline: No published deadline, but awarded on first-come, first-served basis

 

West Virginia

West Virginia offers its residents need-based financial aid through the West Virginia Higher Education Grant  (up to $2,700 annually) that is renewable until the student’s course of study is completed (up to four years) to students who want to attend college in Pennsylvania. Eligible students must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have at least one year of West Virginia residency prior to date of application
  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or high school equivalency
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Demonstrate academic promise
  • Enroll at a participating institution (public or independent) in West Virginia or Pennsylvania as a full-time undergraduate student
  • Have not previously earned a bachelor’s degree

Deadline: April 15th each year

 

PA Special Programs

Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program

*This program offers educational funding to the children of those who lost their lives protecting the citizens of Pennsylvania.

How to Apply: Submit your FAFSA application by February 1st at http://fafsa.ed.gov.

  • Download and complete the 2017-18 PEGP Application (PDF).
  • Include a certified copy of your birth certificate with your application. (For more information on how to obtain your birth certificate, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website).
  • Provide a letter of admission to the postsecondary institution that you attend or plan to attend.
  • Mail your completed application and additional documents no later than March 31st to:

PHEAA

Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program

State Grant and Special Programs

P.O. Box 8157

Harrisburg, PA 17105-8157

Eligibility:

  • PA State resident.
  • Be a child by birth or adoption of a police officer, firefighter, rescue or ambulance squad member, corrections facility employee, or active National Guard member who died after January 1, 1976, as a direct result of performing his or her official duties
  • Be a child by birth or adoption of a sheriff, deputy sheriff, National Guard member, or other individual who was on federal or state active military duty who died after September 11, 2001, as a direct result of performing his or her official duties
  • Be 25 years of age or younger when you apply for the program
  • Be enrolled at a Pennsylvania community college, state-owned institution, or state-related institution as a full-time undergraduate student pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree

Blind or Deaf Higher Education Beneficiary Grant Program

*This program provides financial aid to blind or deaf students attending a postsecondary institution.

How to Apply: Submit your FAFSA application by February 1st at http://fafsa.ed.gov.

  • Download and complete the Blind or Deaf Higher Education Beneficiary Grant Application Form (PDF)
  • Contact OVR at 1-866-375-8264 for documentation stating that you qualify for OVR benefits OR contact your physician to complete page 4 of the application.
  • Mail your completed application and additional documents no later than March 31st to:

PHEAA
State Grant and Special Programs
P.O. Box 8157
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8157

Eligibility:

  • PA State resident.
  • Supply written documentation to PHEAA showing that you have been evaluated and are eligible to receive benefits from the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) OR supply documentation from your physician regarding your visual and/or hearing impairment (Page 4 of the application).

Be enrolled at least half-time in a postsecondary institution and maintain satisfactory academic progress (as determined by the postsecondary institution).

PATH (Partnerships for Access to Higher Education) Program

*Students awarded a scholarship or grant by a PHEAA PATH (Partnerships for Access to Higher Education) Program Partner may be eligible for additional aid.

How to Apply: Submit your FAFSA application by February 1st at http://fafsa.ed.gov. Contact a participating PHEAA PATH Partner in your area.

Eligibility:

  • PA State resident.
  • Be nominated by a participating PATH Partner from which you received a scholarship (PDF) for the academic year by September 30.
  • Have received a Pennsylvania State Grant for the semester or quarter for which you have been nominated to receive a PATH grant.
  • Demonstrate financial need for a PATH grant (as determined by the postsecondary institution).
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate, at least half-time in a Pennsylvania State Grant–approved postsecondary institution in Pennsylvania and maintain satisfactory academic progress (as determined by the postsecondary institution).

Pennsylvania Chafee Education and Training Grant (Chafee) Program

*This federally funded program offers grants to Pennsylvania students aging out of foster care.

How to Apply: Submit your FAFSA application by February 1st at http://fafsa.ed.gov.

  • Download and complete the Pennsylvania Chafee Education and Training Grant Program Application (PDF). *The Application will be available in April each year.
  • Mail your completed application to:

PHEAA
State Grant and Special Programs
P.O. Box 8157
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8157

Eligibility:

  • PA State resident.
  • Be eligible for services under Pennsylvania's John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program.
  • Be identified as a youth in foster care or a youth discharged or adopted from foster care after age 16.
  • Be a new applicant participating in the Chafee Program prior to your 21st birthday, or be a renewal applicant who has not reached your 23rd birthday by July 1 of the upcoming academic year in which Chafee funds will be awarded.
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate, at least half time in a college or career school that is approved by the U.S. Department of Education for Title IV student assistance programs.
  • Demonstrate financial need for the grant (as determined by the postsecondary institution).
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (as determined by the postsecondary institution).
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan.

 

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