Ready to Succeed Scholarship (RTSS) Program

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The Ready to Succeed Scholarship (RTSS) Program is administered by PHEAA in close cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The program, which is funded by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, provides awards to high-achieving students whose annual family income does not exceed $110,000.

RTSS provides scholarships to high academic achievers that, in combination with the Pennsylvania State Grant Program, offer a total award up to $2,000 for full-time and $1,000 for part-time students. The minimum award is $500. Awards can be used to cover tuition, books, fees, supplies, and living expenses.

Students must be nominated by their post-secondary institution for participation in the program. Funding is limited for the program and awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Student Eligibility:
With the exception of financial need, the student must meet all other Pennsylvania State Grant eligibility requirements to qualify for RTSS. This includes the submission of a FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and a Pennsylvania State Grant Form (SGF). The student must also:

  1. 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 Pennsylvania State Grant program. This may be at the end of the Spring or Summer term of the previous academic year.
  2. Demonstrate outstanding academic achievement by attaining a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 at the time that the student's school checks academic progress for the Pennsylvania 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.)
  3. Have a family income that does not exceed $110,000.
  • Prepare

    To be considered for a RTSS award nomination, make sure you complete all the required forms, if applicable.

  • RTSS Participating Institutions

    Check out a list of all approved, participating RTSS Institutions.

  • RTSS Student FAQ

    Find some answers to common questions about RTSS.

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Contact Us:

By U.S. Mail

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

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (ET)


NOTE: Effective March 1, 2018, 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.