Pennsylvania Summer State Grant Program
The Pennsylvania Summer State Grant Program allows eligible students taking summer courses to receive a Pennsylvania State Grant for the summer term. The online application is available between mid-March and August 15 for the current year's summer term.
Am I Eligible?
The Pennsylvania Summer State Grant eligibility requirements are generally the same as those for the academic year Pennsylvania State Grant. The enrollment requirement differs slightly due to shorter summer sessions.
You must be enrolled at least half-time (defined as at least six credits per semester, or the equivalent). If you are enrolled in a school or program that does not operate on a year round curricula, the summer term may be as short as eight weeks of instruction and no less than six semester credits (or the equivalent). Non-consecutive 'mini' terms may be combined to meet the eight week abbreviated term length requirement for the summer term only.
Please note: A Summer State Grant is included in the maximum number of payments for which a student may be eligible. By law, students are limited to the number of Pennsylvania State Grant payments needed to complete the program in which they are enrolled (for example, two full academic year grants in a typical associate degree program at a community or junior college) unless special circumstances exist. Students enrolled in a State Grant–approved program at business, trade, or technical schools are limited to the number of terms for which the program has been approved. All students are limited to the equivalent of four academic year State Grant awards (unless enrolled in a "bona fide" 5-year program). Be sure to talk to your Financial Aid Administrator if you have questions.
How Do I Apply?
Submit the online Summer State Grant application by August 15.
For students who experienced issues with the online Summer Application from May 21, 2015 through May 27, 2015, we apologize for any inconvenience. The application issues have been resolved and you may apply now through August 15, 2015.
|If You Have…||Then…|
|Not completed the FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in this calendar year||
|Completed the FAFSA in this calendar year||Submit the online Summer State Grant application by August 15.|
After You Apply
We review your application for eligibility based on the information in your State Grant Record. Then, beginning in June, we email instructions for viewing your Summer Grant application status in Account Access.
Sign In/Create Account to:
- Apply for a State Grant
- View State Grant status
- Update address or school info
- or Create Account
State Grant FAQ
- How do you determine my State Grant award?
- How do I make corrections on my State Grant Form?
- How will I receive my State Grant funds?
Documents & Forms
- State Grant Program Manual (PDF)
- Rights and Responsibilities Certification Document (PDF)
- ADA Accommodation Request Form (PDF)