Paying For School

Grants are money that does not 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:

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 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. An overview of the State Grant eligibility requirements can be found here (pdf). The program is administered by PHEAA, so further information can be found at


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


How do I apply for a PA State Grant?
File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year and submit the PHEAA Application on by the May 1 deadline.

Students who have submitted the appropriate year’s FAFSA can be considered for a Summer PA State Grant by submitting a separate application on the PHEAA website.


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 for more information about PA special programs.

What is a Federal Pell Grant?

A federal program that provides grants for undergraduate students with the greatest financial need and who have not received a bachelor degree. 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 6 years of full time enrollment.

What is the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)?
A campus-based program that provides grant assistance to undergraduate students with need. Priority is given to students who have exceptional financial need and are Federal Pell Grant recipients.

The Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program, is associated with Pennsylvania’s John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood and provides assistance to students who are, or were, in foster care. Eligible students may receive a waiver of remaining tuition and mandatory fees after all other gift aid (grants and/or scholarships) has been applied to the student’s account.

For full information on eligibility requirements and the application process, please refer to the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) website.

HACC's FosterEd Point of Contact is:
Stephen Helfrich
Financial Aid Specialist