Pennsylvania Financial Aid
For information on loan programs, grants, scholarships, work study, and all other financial aid programs in Pennsylvania contact:
Education Assistance Agency
State Grant and Special Programs
PO Box 8157
Harrisburg, PA 17105
Note: Effective March 1, 2018, information about a State Grant or Special Programs applicant/recipient will only be released to the student and authorized third parties. PHEAA will also no longer honor any prior third party authorization forms.
Beginning with the 2018-19 Academic Year, distance education will be incorporated into the PA State Grant Program. Due to limited resources, students enrolled in more than 50 percent distance education credits may receive a reduced award.
Eligibility – state residents enrolled or planning to enroll full- or part-time at any approved school in Pennsylvania or at any approved out-of-state college or university. Must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) then complete the State Grant Form (SGF) online directly from the FAFSA confirmation page, or visit American Education Services (AES), aessuccess.org, to complete the SGF.
Awards – award amount depends on the type of school and the applicant’s financial situation; however, limited funding may reduce actual award amounts.
Partnerships for Access to Higher Education (PATH)
Eligibility – Candidates are nominated by a participating PATH organization such as a community or service organization. Candidates must be enrolled at least half-time in an approved Pennsylvania school, be a State Grant recipient, and demonstrate financial need.
Awards – maximum PATH grant cannot exceed $2,500 for the academic year.
For a list of participating PATH organizations and additional information, contact PHEAA at email@example.com or visit pheaa.org.
Pennsylvania Chafee Education and Training Grant
The Chafee Education and Training Grant Program offers grant assistance to Pennsylvania undergraduate students who are aging out of foster care and who are attending a postsecondary institution approved for Federal Title IV student financial assistance programs. Recipient must be enrolled at least half-time and maintain “satisfactory academic progress.”
Awards – The maximum award for 2019–20 is $5,000. However, no award may exceed the cost of attendance minus any other financial aid.
For information and application, contact PHEAA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loan Forgiveness Programs
Pennsylvania offers several loan forgiveness programs to encourage interest in select fields and retain qualified workers once a student has graduated from college. The programs allow for a portion of a student’s federal loans to be repaid in return for a specified term of employment in a designated occupation or facility. The following forgiveness programs are currently available:
• Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) 1-855-265-4038
• Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness 1-800-233-0557, ext. 5473
Information is available at myfedloan.org, aessuccess.org or pheaa.org.
Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program (PA-TIP)
Eligibility – Pennsylvania residents who are high school graduates and enroll full-time in postsecondary programs in the fields of agriculture and food production; advanced materials and diversified manufacturing; or energy.
Awards – amount equal to the current annual maximum State Grant award (currently $3,772) or 75 percent of the student’s total direct educational costs after gift and employers aid, whichever is less. May be used for tuition, books, fees, supplies and specific living expenses.
For additional information and a complete list of approved programs of study, contact PHEAA at email@example.com or visit pheaa.org.
Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program (PEGP)
Eligibility – children by birth or adoption of a deceased law enforcement member, firefighter, rescue or ambulance squad member, corrections facility employee, active National Guard member, or other federal or state active duty personnel who died as a result of performing his or her official duties. Applicant must be 25 years or younger, complete a 2019–20 FAFSA and a 2019–20 Pennsylvania State Grant Application, and be enrolled in a full-time approved program of study.
Awards – waivers that cover tuition, fees, room and board charged at Pennsylvania public postsecondary institutions.
For information and application, contact PHEAA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eligibility – students who are eligible to receive PHEAA grants or loans and will benefit from a career-related work experience.
Awards – vary according to the hours worked and hourly pay. For information and application, contact PHEAA at email@example.com.
Ready to Succeed Scholarship (RTSS)
Eligibility – resident students who have completed at least one academic year (at least 24 credits or the equivalent) by the end of the Spring or Summer term for the following academic year; who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement by attaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25, and who have a family income equal to or less than $110,000
Awards – in combination with the Pennsylvania State Grant Program, offer a total award up to $2,000 for full-time and $1,000 for part-time students. The minimum award is $500.
For additional information, contact PHEAA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Children of POW/MIA
Eligibility – residents who wish to pursue higher education, and are children of members of the Armed Forces who served on active duty after January 31, 1955, and who have been or are POW or MIA and were Pennsylvania residents for at least one year prior to serving on active duty.
Awards – maximum amount of $1,200.
For information and application, contact PHEAA .
Educational Assistance Program for Pennsylvania National Guard
Eligibility – legal residents who have entered into a service commitment with the Pennsylvania National Guard, typically for a six-year period.
Awards – The lesser of 100 percent of the tuition at the institution where the student is enrolled or 100 percent of the tuition charged to a Pennsylvania resident at a state-owned university. Awards are also available for part-time attendance.
For information and application, contact PHEAA.
Blind or Deaf Beneficiary Grant Program
Eligibility - Pennsylvania residents who are eligible to receive benefits from the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) or those who provide documentation from physician regarding visual and/or hearing impairment. Recipients must be enrolled at least half-time in a postsecondary institution and maintain satisfactory academic progress.
Award - maximum grant cannot exceed $500 within an academic year.
For information, contact PHEAA at email@example.com