Upcoming State Grant Deadlines Attract Scams Targeting Pennsylvania Families

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Be aware of submission dates; beware of scams

Harrisburg, PA (July 28, 2014)—PHEAA is encouraging students and families to watch out for scams promising a State Grant award or offering assistance in completing applications in exchange for a fee.

The application process for the need-based State Grant program is easy to complete and a variety of free resources are available to assist families. Awards are determined by a PHEAA-administered awarding formula and no one can be guaranteed to receive an award regardless of any promise made by scammers.

First-time Pennsylvania State Grant applicants planning to attend a community college are required to submit their application by August 1. Students who are first-time applicants enrolled in a 2-year program of study at business, trade or technical schools, hospital schools of nursing or community, junior or 4-year colleges or universities who are enrolled in a 2-year, non-transferable program of study also have an August 1 deadline.

Eligible students enrolled in the summer semester must complete the application by August 15.

To determine eligibility for a State Grant, applicants must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) and a State Grant Form (SGF) which collects additional data elements not requested on the federal application. The SGF is only required for first-time State Grant applicants. Applicants can access the FAFSA at either PHEAA.org/FAFSA or fafsa.gov. First-time applicants who submit the FAFSA online will be automatically redirected to the SGF by following the designated prompts on the FAFSA confirmation page. The process for both forms is free.

Students who have already submitted their FAFSA but not their SGF will need to visit Account Access through the secure sign-in at PHEAA.org to complete their SGF.

For information on the higher education financial aid process, schedules for free financial aid nights and FAFSA Completion Sessions, reminders of financial aid deadlines, and video clips offering tips and information pertaining to planning for higher education, students can join PHEAA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pheaa.aid.