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PHEAA State Grant And Special Programs

PHEAA State Grant
Limited to Pennsylvania residents who have resided in the state for one (1) year prior to completing the FAFSA. To be considered for the PHEAA State Grant the FAFSA must be filed for each academic year.

  • Student must be pursuing an Associate Degree and taking at least six (6) credits per term.
  • Student must be enrolled in a total of 15 weeks every term. Students enrolled in Late Start classes are not eligible for the State Grant.
  • Developmental (0-level) courses may not count toward the six (6) credit hour requirement.
  • Students who take more than 50% of their required coursework through internet, video or blended classes will lose their State Grant eligibility.
  • Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress to be considered for future terms.  The progress guidelines for State Grant are different from the Federal guidelines.  Read more about PHEAA State Grant Progress
  • Veterans are eligible to apply for the PHEAA State Grant and are given preference. Income is generally not considered when determining veterans' awards
  • FAFSA DEADLINE: May 1st for transfer programs and renewals, August 1st for career programs.

Additional PHEAA State Grant eligibility guidelines and requirements may be found at State Grant Overview(pdf).

Special Programs
PHEAA and Community partners have developed other programs dedicated to assisting students with educational costs. Some of these include:

  • Chaffee Grant—for students who were in Foster Care
  • NETS/SCI Tech—students interested in the science or technology fields
  • Robert Byrd Scholarship—students who demonstrate academic excellence
  • PATH Program—scholarships to students who are eligible and have demonstrated need
For information about these and other special programs offered to Pennsylvania students, see PHEAA’s website at

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