Pennsylvania State Grant Program: Apply/Renew

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Get started now to apply/renew for a Pennsylvania State Grant:

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Need more assistance on the process? Follow the three simple steps below:

Step Instructions
Step 1

Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Step 2

Apply for the State Grant by completing the State Grant Form

To apply for a State Grant when you complete the FAFSA
Complete the Pennsylvania State Grant Form online directly from your FAFSA confirmation page. Look for the link that reads "Optional Feature—Start your state application—Click here if you want to apply for Pennsylvania state-based financial aid."

To apply for a State Grant after you've completed the FAFSA
If you've already submitted your FAFSA online and missed the direct link, you may need to wait until you receive an email directing you to the American Education Services (AES) website to complete the State Grant Form.

Most renewal students are not required to complete the State Grant Form.


Note: If you don't have an online account with AES you can create one during the State Grant application process.

Step 3

Print, sign, and mail the last page of your Pennsylvania State Grant Form to PHEAA, verifying that you have read the Rights and Responsibilities Certification Document (PDF).

Pennsylvania State Grant Deadlines

The State Grant deadlines are different for first-time applicants, renewal applicants, and summer-term applicants.

Applicant Type Deadlines
First-time applicants

May 1—If you plan to enroll in a degree program or a college transferable program at a junior college or other college or university (excludes community colleges), you must submit the FAFSA and the Pennsylvania State Grant Form.

August 1—If you plan to enroll in a community college; a business, trade, or technical school; a hospital school of nursing; or a 2-year program that is not transferable to another institution; you must submit the FAFSA and the Pennsylvania State Grant Form.

Renewal applicants

May 1—You must submit a renewal FAFSA and any appropriate State Grant documents indicating any changes that may affect your State Grant award, such as a change in your marital status or a change in your income.

Summer-term applicants

August 15—You must submit the online Summer Grant application. If not already on file, you must also submit the FAFSA and, if required, the Pennsylvania State Grant Form.

If you miss the State Grant deadline for the academic year, apply anyway. Late applications (for terms other than summer) may qualify for awards if funding permits.

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