Federal Pell Grant
- The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and the student's enrollment status are used in the determination of the student's Pell Grant.
- The Pell Grant is awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree.
- It is a need based program funded and awarded by the federal government
- The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you may receive over your lifetime is limited by a new federal law to be the equivalent of six (6) years of Pell Grant funding.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (F.S.E.O.G)
- F.S.E.O.G. is a Title IV federally funded Campus Based program administered by the financial aid office.
- By statute, institutions must give first priority to students with demonstrated,exceptional need. The expected family contribution (EFC) is used in the packaging process for these funds.
- Undergraduate, degree status students, who are also Pell Grant recipients, with a 0 efc are given priority consideration.
- The selection process is part of the automated packaging process.
- Many students may fit the criteria however funding is not available to offer all students assistance.
Iraq and Afganistan Service Grant -
- Your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and
died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan
after the events of 9/11, and
- You were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death, and
- You are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of your Expected Family Contribution but
meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements.
PA State Grant Program
- To apply submit the FAFSA by the May 1st deadline.
- Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) allows eligible Pennsylvania residents to obtain financial assistance for undergraduate study at any approved institution of higher education.
- Students must be enrolled for at least six(6) credits per semester during the academic year.The state grant will change if enrollment changes after the award is made.
- Make satisfactory academic progress in accordance with PHEAA policy.
- The Agency may select students for a process called income validation.
- Are generally awarded on the basis of need and limited to students attending schools within their own state of residence. State grant award levels and eligibility criteria are controlled by the awarding state.
- Delaware, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, and Ohio have reciprocal agreements with Pennsylvania.
- New Jersey and New York do NOT have reciprocal agreements with Pennsylvania; therefore, New Jersey and New York residents cannot bring their state grants to Pennsylvania.
For more information about your state's reciprocity agreements, contact your state agency. All aid applicants in Pennsylvania and Delaware automatically apply for their state aid when filing the FAFSA.
Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.