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Pennsylvania State Grant

The Pennsylvania State Grant is funded by the Commonwealth and awarded by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) to undergraduate Pennsylvania residents who demonstrate high financial need.

The Pennsylvania State Grant is funded by the Commonwealth and awarded by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) to undergraduate Pennsylvania residents who demonstrate high financial need.

The Pennsylvania State Grant is available for a maximum of eight semesters to students enrolled in four-year programs and a maximum of four semesters to students enrolled in two-year programs.

Eligibility

How to apply

Submit the FAFSA, which contains a direct link to the state grant form, by May 1. If you have already submitted your FAFSA without completing the form, you can do so on the PHEAA website.

If you wish to apply for a summer state grant, you must complete the Summer PA State Grant application on eLion under “Financial” and also on the PHEAA website by August 15. Undergraduate students must be scheduled for six or more credits and attending a minimum of eight weeks during the Summer Session(s) to be eligible for a summer PA State Grant.

Graduating Seniors: If you are graduating or are in your next-to-last semester, enrolled for 9 to 11 credits, and receiving the PA State Grant you may be eligible for a full-time grant.

This is an exception intended to permit continued eligibility to students who normally enroll full-time, but only need to complete 9 to 11 credits during one of the terms of their final year of study. This exception is not applicable to part-time students.

If you would like to be considered for this PA State Grant exception, please complete the form for the appropriate semester: PA State Grant 9-11 Form (Fall/Spring) or PA State Grant 9-11 Form (Summer).

World Campus Students: PA residents who are enrolled in a program that is structured more than 50 percent online, or are taking more than 50 percent of their semester credits online will be nominated by the University for a PA State Grant through the Distance Education Pilot Program.

Nominations for the PA State Grant Distance Education Pilot Program (SGDEPP) will begin July 15, 2014 and will continue throughout the academic year. PHEAA's first eligibility run for the SGDEPP will begin on September 15, 2014. Penn State will not know if any nominated SGDEPP student will receive funding until after that date. Funding for this program is limited so every nominee may not receive funding. Nominees will be notified by e-mail or letter and directed to view their PA State Grant status through their PHEAA Access Account.

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