Grants are money that doesn't have to be repaid and are based on financial need derived by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Well over half of HACC students qualify for Federal and State financial aid and many receive enough funding to cover their entire tuition bill resulting in a decreased reliance on loans to finance their education.
Grants are available from Federal and State governments and include the following:
- Federal Pell GrantFederal
- Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
- Pennsylvania State Grant Program
Learn more about the PA State Grant and special programs administered by PHEAA.
If you are attending HACC, we must be listed first on your FAFSA in order for you to receive the PA State Grant at our school. If you listed another school as the first choice, you must update this information on your own. Go to www.pheaa.org and log into Account Access. If you have never used Account Access, you will need to create a user name and password.
HACC’s school code is 003273.
Am I eligible for a PA State Grant?
The Pennsylvania State Grant Program has their own policies regarding eligibility. The program is administered by PHEAA, so further information can be found at https://www.pheaa.org/
Do developmental courses count towards the six credit hour requirement?
Developmental courses may not count toward the six credit hour requirement.
How would I lose the PA State Grant? The Pennsylvania State Grant Program has their own policies regarding academic progress. The program is administered by PHEAA, so further information can be found at https://www.pheaa.org/
What is the FAFSA deadline for a PA State Grant Program?
- Transfer programs and renewals - May 1
- Career programs - August 1
How do I apply for a PA State Grant Program?
File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year.
How can I learn more about the PA State Grant Program?
What are special programs?
PHEAA and community partners have developed other programs. These programs can assist you with educational costs. Some of these programs include:
- Blind or Deaf Higher Education Beneficiary Grant Program - for blind or deaf students
- Chaffee Grant - for students who were in foster care
- PATH Program - for eligible students with demonstrated need
- Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program - for students whose parent lost their life while performing their duties as a “first responder”
Where can I get more information about special programs?
Visit http://www.pheaa.org/ for more information about PA special programs.
What is a Federal Pell Grant?
The government determines your Federal Pell Grant eligibility by:
- Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
- The number of credits you are enrolled in at HACC
The Pell Grant has a limit to the total number of years a student may receive the grant which is up to the equivalent of six years of full time enrollment.
What is the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)?
This grant is awarded to those students with exceptional need. A student must be an undergraduate who has not completed a bachelor's/professional degree. Funding for this grant is limited and awarding is subject to funds availability and on a first come, first served basis. Students who submit a FAFSA prior to February 15 will automatically be considered for SEOG funds.