Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) State Grants
PHEAA State Grants are available to students in associate degree programs who are taking at least six credits. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed for each academic year. Students must be a Pennsylvania resident in order to receive the PHEAA State Grant, and maintain satisfactory academic progress to be considered for a second year.
If a student is enrolled in more than 50% of their classes online, they may not qualify for a state grant.
At least 50% of the courses a student is enrolled in must take place in a classroom to receive a PHEAA State Grant. If you have a medical disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, you must provide PHEAA with ADA-supporting materials from your medical healthcare provider and the ADA Accommodation Request Form (PDF). If your program is structured in a way that does not allow for at least 50% classroom instruction, no exceptions can be made.
There is a limit on the number of remedial credits allowed for PHEAA State Grants. Veterans are eligible to apply for the PHEAA State Grant and are given preference. Income is generally not considered when determining veterans’ awards.
Deadline: May 1 for all Pennsylvania residents. Students must be enrolled at least half time in an eligible program from the beginning of the semester.
Federal Pell Grants
Federal Pell Grants are based on the student’s financial need (the difference between “cost of attendance” and the “expected family contribution” of the student). Students must complete the FAFSA each academic year in order for their EFC to be calculated.
Deadline: Students can submit the FAFSA anytime during their period of enrollment for Pell Grant consideration. In general, we recommend the FAFSA should be submitted after January 1 and prior to the beginning of the academic year for which you are applying.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is available to students with exceptional need and is awarded as part of the total financial aid package. Application is made to the College by submitting the FAFSA.