Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program (PEGP)

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PEGP honors individuals who lost their lives protecting the citizens of Pennsylvania by helping their children fund their education.

PEGP provides a waiver for tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board costs charged by public postsecondary institutions. This waiver applies only to charges that remain after all other grants (federal, state, and outside scholarships) have been applied to your student account.

Am I Eligible?

To be considered for a PEGP waiver, you must:

  • Be a resident of Pennsylvania
  • Be a child by birth or adoption of a police officer, firefighter, rescue or ambulance squad member, corrections facility employee, or active National Guard member who died after January 1, 1976, as a direct result of performing his or her official duties
  • Be a child by birth or adoption of a sheriff, deputy sheriff, National Guard member, or other individual who was on federal or state active military duty who died after September 11, 2001, as a direct result of performing his or her official duties
  • Be 25 years of age or younger when you apply for the program
  • Complete a 2018-19 FAFSA® (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) and a 2018-19 Pennsylvania State Grant Application
  • Be enrolled at a Pennsylvania community college, state-owned institution, or state-related institution as a full-time undergraduate student pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree

How Do I Apply?

  1. Download and complete the PEGP Application. (PDF)
  2. Include a certified copy of your birth certificate with your application. (For more information on how to obtain your birth certificate, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website.)
  3. Provide a letter of admission to the postsecondary institution that you attend or plan to attend.
  4. Complete th FAFSA and th Pennsylvania State Grant Application.
  5. Mail your completed application and additional documents no later than March 31 to:

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

Can I Renew?

Yes. To renew:

  1. Download and complete th PEGP Renewal Information Request. (PDF)
  2. If you plan to attend a different school than the one attended, provide a letter of admission to the new school.
  3. Complete the FAFSA and the Pennsylvania State Grant Application.
  4. Mail or fax your completed renewal application and letter of admission (if required) no later than August 1 to:

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

    Fax: (717) 720-3786

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NOTE: Effective March 1, information about a State Grant or Special Programs applicant/recipient will only be released to the student and authorized third parties. PHEAA will also no longer honor any prior third party authorization forms. We apologize for any inconvenience and encourage the applicant/recipient to contact us directly to learn more about his/her account status.

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