Federal and State Grants
If you're like most students, you prefer to pay your way through college by receiving grants instead of loans. That's because most grants do not need to be paid back unless you fail to meet an obligation on your end.
Get the answers here to questions about federal and state grants. Learn about your eligibility and how to apply for them.
You must complete the FAFSA for a determination of your Pell Grant eligibility. A Pell Grant does not have to be repaid.
You must have a high financial need (be Pell eligible) to be eligible for the limited amount of funds from the FSEOG program. This is determined by information you provide in your FAFSA form.
If you are a junior, senior, or graduate student with a GPA of 3.25 or higher and you intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school in a high-need field that serves students from low-income families, apply to the TEACH Grant Program.
As a grant recipient, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing your degree. Failure to complete this obligation results in all amounts of TEACH Grants received being converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education, and interest will be charged from the date the grant was disbursed.
For more information regarding the Federal TEACH Grant, visit https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/index.action.
If you are an undergraduate student, a Pennsylvania resident, and meet the need requirement, you may be eligible for a PA state grant from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA).
Apply for the PA state grant by completing your FAFSA form by May 1 for the upcoming academic year and complete the Pennsylvania State Grant Form. On the confirmation page of your FAFSA application click the orange arrow to Start my state grant application. This link will take you to the online PA state grant form. First time applicants must PRINT, sign, and return the paper form to PHEAA after completing the form online. Instructions can be found on the paper form. Most renewal students do not have to complete the paper State Grant Form.
First time state grant applicants also need to create an online account with PHEAA to access information about their PA state grant. You may create or log in to your account at http://www.pheaa.org/tools-resources/account-access/index.shtml.
PHEAA will contact you at the email address you provided on your FAFSA form if additional information is needed to process your state grant application. If you are a dependent student, your parent or guardian will also receive an email at the parent's email address provided on the FAFSA.
Beginning in mid-May you will receive your initial eligibility notice by email. If you do not receive this notice by the end of May, you should log in to your online account and review your award.
The PA state grant requires students to be enrolled at least half time (6 - 11 credits for a part-time award or 12+ credits to receive a full-time award) in courses that meet for a minimum of 15 weeks of instruction and at least 50% of the enrolled credits must be in-classroom instruction for the term. NOTE: Course work coded as online or blended will not count as in-classroom instruction.
For additional information on the Pennsylvania State Grant program, go to www.pheaa.org.
If you are a high-achieving student who comes from a family with an annual income less than $110,000, you may be eligible for this program. RTSS, in combination with the Pennsylvania State Grant Program (PHEAA grant), awards up to $2,000 for full-time and $1,000 for part-time students.
Funding is limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis in order of your FAFSA filing date. Other eligibility requirements to qualify for RTSS include:
- Submission of a FAFSA and a Pennsylvania State Grant Form (SGF)
- Completion of at least one academic year, defined as having earned at least 24 semester credits when your school checks academic progress for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program
- Attaining at least a 3.25 GPA when your school checks academic progress for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program
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