PHEAA's 2011-12 Student Aid Guide Now Available

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Students and families can access the Guide online at

Harrisburg, PA (September 14, 2010)—The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) today announced the availability of its 2011-12 Student Aid Guide. The Guide is Pennsylvania’s most comprehensive financial aid publication and is available at no cost. The Guide offers in-depth information on the federal student aid process and includes details on all of Pennsylvania’s aid programs, including the need-based State Grant.

“PHEAA's Student Aid Guide is a great tool that helps students and families learn how to pay for their higher education,” said Representative William F. Adolph, Chairman of the PHEAA Board. “Becoming familiar with the student aid process and the various programs that are available gives families a significant advantage when it is time to apply,” Adolph continued.

The Guide is available in print and online at The online version of the Guide includes quick links to web pages of particular interest and other websites; accessing information or applications directly from the online document.

Each high school counselor’s office will receive one printed copy of the Guide with instructions to visit to order additional printed copies for their students.

The Guide includes:

  • Information on federal and state grants, scholarships, federal student loans and work-study programs
  • Eligibility information, application procedures and deadlines
  • Timelines for both high school juniors and seniors to help get ready for college
  • Helpful resources and contact information
  • Ways to identify financial need and how students may qualify for aid
  • Tools to help create a student budget that estimates expenses
  • Online resources for forms, research, calculators and much more

Students and families are encouraged to contact their high school regarding the availability of Financial Aid Nights during the fall. PHEAA Regional Office financial aid experts facilitate these free informational programs, providing an overview of the student financial aid process and offering an opportunity to have individual questions answered.

Families are also encouraged to visit for college planning guidance. This website can help students identify a career of interest, select a school that meets their individual needs, and apply for admission and financial aid. The site is home to one of the largest, free scholarship searches available on the Internet, offering more than 1.8 million awards worth nearly $8 billion.

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