PHEAA Reminds Students of Upcoming August State Grant Deadlines

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Harrisburg, PA (July 22, 2015)—PHEAA is reminding first-time Pennsylvania State Grant applicants planning to attend a community college that the program's application deadline is 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 and community, junior or 4-year colleges or universities who are enrolled in a non-transferable program of study must also submit their State Grant applications by August 1.

Additionally, eligible students enrolled in the summer semester must complete the application by August 15.

State Grant applicants must meet all eligibility requirements, including being enrolled at least half-time. More information on the program, including a complete list of eligibility requirements, can be found at pheaa.org/funding-opportunities/state-grant-program.

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.

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 can access the SGF directly from the FAFSA on the Web, allowing them to complete the entire process from one site.

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.

PHEAA encourages students and families to watch out for scams promising a State Grant award or offers of unnecessary assistance in completing the FAFSA or SGF in exchange for a fee. The free application process for the need-based State Grant program is easy to complete and a variety of 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 fraudulent organizations.

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