The RTSS Program, in combination with the PA State Grant Program, provides scholarships to high academic achievers to cover the cost of attendance. It offered a total award up to $2,000 for full-time and $1,000 for part-time students in the 2021-22 academic year; maximum awards for the 2022-23 academic year will be forthcoming. The minimum award is $500.
Students must be nominated by their postsecondary institution for participation in the program. Funding is limited for the program and awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis.
With the exception of financial need, the student must meet all other PA State Grant eligibility requirements to qualify for RTSS. This includes the submission of a FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and a PA State Grant Form (SGF). The student must also:
- Have completed at least one academic year—defined as having earned at least 24 semester credits or the equivalent by the time that the student's school checks academic progress for the PA State Grant Program. This may be at the end of the Spring or Summer term of the previous academic year.
- Demonstrate outstanding academic achievement by attaining a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.25 at the time that the student's school checks academic progress for the PA State Grant Program. This may be at the end of the Spring or Summer term of the previous academic year. (The minimum cumulative GPA used to measure outstanding academic achievement could change for future academic years.)
- Have a family income that does not exceed $126,000 (this threshold is subject to change each year).