It takes approximately 10 business days for standard processing from the date your FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and/or State Grant correspondence is received. In some instances, the processing time may take longer than anticipated. PHEAA will send you a notice upon completion of your review. You may also visit your online account periodically to see if your eligibility has been updated. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work diligently to process your review.
Get started now to apply/renew for a Pennsylvania State Grant:
Need more assistance on the process? Follow the two simple steps below:
Complete the FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Apply for the State Grant by completing the State Grant Form
To apply for a State Grant when you complete the FAFSA
To apply for a State Grant after you've completed the FAFSA
Most renewal students are not required to complete the State Grant Form.
Pennsylvania State Grant Deadlines
The State Grant deadlines are different for first-time applicants, renewal applicants, and summer-term applicants.
May 1—If you plan to enroll in a degree program or a college transferable program at a 2-year private college or other college or university (excludes community colleges and designated Pennsylvania Open-Admission institutions), you must submit the FAFSA and the Pennsylvania State Grant Form.
August 1—If you plan to enroll in a community college; a designated Pennsylvania Open-Admission institution; 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.
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.
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.