Prepare

A Pennsylvania State Grant is based on financial need. Before you complete the form, learn what you will need to apply, and what the eligibility criteria are.

Am I Eligible?

You may be eligible if you demonstrate financial need and meet specific requirements.

  • Are a high school graduate as stipulated in the Pennsylvania State Grant law
  • Attend a postsecondary school approved by PHEAA for Pennsylvania State Grant purposes
  • Are enrolled at least half-time (defined as at least six semester credits but less than 12 semester credits per semester, or the equivalent)
  • Be unconditionally admitted and enrolled in an approved program of study of at least 2 academic years in length
  • Are enrolled in a program of study where at least 50% of the total credit or clock hours needed for completion of the program are earned through classroom instruction:
    • The program itself must be structured to allow you to complete at least 50% of your credits or clock hours in the classroom.
    • Your enrollment pattern by term must also consist of at least 50% classroom instruction (unless you have a medical disability (PDF)).

      *This requirement applies to all student enrollments prior to the Fall 2018 term. Effective with the Fall 2018 term, this requirement only applies to students enrolled at institutions that are not headquartered and domiciled in Pennsylvania.

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  • Have made satisfactory academic progress (as defined by PHEAA)
  • Not have already earned a bachelor's degree or its equivalent
  • Are a Pennsylvania resident, as stipulated in the Pennsylvania State Grant law
  • Are of satisfactory character (for example, not be incarcerated)
  • Not have received the maximum number of Pennsylvania State Grants permitted
  • Not be in default or pending default on an educational loan. This also applies to any program where the award has been converted to a loan and the loan is in a default status.
  • File and complete the application process by the appropriate deadlines

For more detail, read the Rights and Responsibilities Certification Document (PDF).

What Should I do Before I Apply?

Create an account through Account Access, an online student aid management tool operated by American Education Services, a division of PHEAA. You will be redirected to this site during the FAFSA® process, so creating an account now will cut down on what you need to do in the future.

Here's some information that you'll want to have ready.

  • If applicable, the month and year your diploma was received (for High School or GED)
  • Your Social Security number, not your parent's or guardian's. This will alleviate any processing issues.
  • If married, your spouse's 9-digit Social Security number
  • If you have a savings account through PA 529 or PA ABLE, you may need a recent account statement for the total savings, or visit pa529.com or paable.gov.

How Much Can I Expect to Receive?

The amount of money you can expect to receive is based on your financial situation, as well as the type of school you choose to attend in Pennsylvania.

The following is only a guideline. The percentages indicate the number of applicants at each income level who may qualify for a Pennsylvania State Grant.

The PA State Grant Program Has Awarded Nearly $11.4 Billion To Pennsylvania Residents Since 1965.
Percentage Of Applicants Receiving PA State Grant Awards 2018-19*
2019-20 **
Average Tuition & Fees
Parents Annual Income
Under $25,000 $25,000-$49,999 $50,000-$74,999 $75,000-$99,999
4-Year Private
$42,169
$3,874-$4,123
99%
$3,821-$4,123
98%
$3,621-$4,123
94%
$2,017-$3,562
68%
PA State System
$11,786
$3,380-$3,509
99%
$3,296-$3,509
98%
$2,608-$3,364
91%
$1,452-$2,522
45%
PA State-Related School
$18,695
$3,612-$3,772
99%
$3,538-$3,772
96%
$3,298-$3,772
89%
$2,468-$3,486
41%
2-Year Private
$17,194
$3,421-$3,772
99%
$3,279-$3,772
97%
$2,437-$3,331
79%
$1,906-$2,883
33%
PA Community College
$5,150
$1,539-$2,141
99%
$1,515-$2,146
93%
$1,210-$1,869
66%
$928-$1,583
16%
Nursing School
$13,535
$3,439-$3,699
99%
$3,521-$3,701
95%
$2,763-$3,502
86%
$1,349-$2,507
37%
Business, Trade, or Technical School
$16,158
$3,529-$3,772
98%
$3,477-$3,772
81%
$3,242-$3,772
48%
$2,124-$3,186
17%

Source: *Data from 2018-19 PA State Grant statistics, created February 15, 2019
** Projected average enrollment-weighted tuition and fees for 2019-20

These estimates are only applicable for students enrolled in at least 50% classroom-based course work. Eligibility determinations may differ.

NOTE: If you plan on attending a school located outside of Pennsylvania, the maximum allowable award, subject to potential adjustment, is: