Blind or Deaf Beneficiary Grant Program

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This state-funded program provides financial aid to blind or deaf students attending a postsecondary institution.

Am I Eligible?

To be considered for a Blind or Deaf grant, you must:

How Much Can I Expect to Receive?

The maximum Blind or Deaf grant cannot exceed $500 within an academic year. The grant can replace your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) but cannot exceed your cost of attendance.

This program awards funds on a first-come, first-served basis.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Download and complete the Blind or Deaf Higher Education Beneficiary Grant Application Form. (PDF)
  2. Contact OVR at 1-866-375-8264 for documentation stating that you qualify for OVR benefits.

    OR

    Contact your physician to complete page 4 of the application.

  3. File the FAFSA for the academic year for which the Blind or Deaf funds are being requested.
  4. Submit your completed 2016-2017 application and additional documentation by March 31, 2017

    By Mail

    PHEAA
    State Grant and Special Programs
    P.O. Box 8157
    Harrisburg, PA 17105-8157

    OR

    By Fax

    (717) 720-3786

  5. Please note that the 2017-2018 application will be available in April, 2017

Can I Renew?

Yes. To renew:

  1. Download and complete the Blind or Deaf Higher Education Beneficiary Grant Application Form. (PDF)
  2. File the FAFSA for the academic year for which the Blind or Deaf funds are being requested.
  3. Submit your completed 2016-2017 application by March 31, 2017

    By Mail

    PHEAA
    State Grant and Special Programs
    P.O. Box 8157
    Harrisburg, PA 17105-8157

    OR

    By Fax

    (717) 720-3786

  4. Please note that the 2017-2018 application will be available in April, 2017

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