Pennsylvania Summer State Grant Program

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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.

For Summer 2018, the credits or clock hours for both the summer term and the overall program of study must be completed through at least 50% in-classroom instruction.

To be eligible for the 2017 Pennsylvania Summer State Grant Program, 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, your enrollment during the summer term may be as short as five weeks of instruction and no less than six semester credits (or the equivalent). Non-consecutive 'mini' terms may be combined to meet the five 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.

Apply Now

If You Have… Then…
Not completed the FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in this calendar year
  • Complete the FAFSA online at FAFSA on the Web.
  • Submit the online Summer State Grant application by August 15.
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.

Supporting Content

Sign In/Create Account to:

  • Apply for a State Grant
  • View State Grant status
  • Update address or school info
  • or Create Account

Contact Us

  • By phone


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.

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