Institutional Assistance Grants (IAG) Program

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What is the IAG Program?

The IAG Program was created by legislation from the Pennsylvania General Assembly in July of 1974 (Act No. 174). The purpose of the program is to moderate costs at independent nonprofit institutions within the Commonwealth by providing funding to these institutions.

Institutional Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in the IAG Program, an institution must:

  • Be a nonprofit independent institution of higher education located in Pennsylvania.
  • Be approved for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program by PHEAA
  • Not receive a direct appropriation from the Commonwealth

Institutions are not eligible if they are community colleges, state-owned, state-related, seminaries or schools of theology, or sectarian and denominational institutions. Additionally, hospital schools of nursing are not eligible because they are not chartered as independent institutions of higher education.

How to Apply

New institutions interested in participating in the IAG Program must submit an IAG Eligibility Determination Application to be considered for eligibility. This application is included in the Program Materials section below. This application is reviewed by PHEAA, and if all requirements are met, the school is required to complete and submit a signed Participation Agreement. The paper agreement must be mailed to PHEAA and contain original signatures to be valid.

Program Materials

View and download a wide range of resources that will provide you with program-specific information.

Contact Us

IAG Program Staff is ready to answer any questions you may have about the IAG Program. You may contact us by phone at 1-800-443-0646 or by emailing iag@pheaa.org.