Apply or Renew

If you are applying for the 2024-25 academic year, please visit our Student Aid page for guidance.

2024 Summer

It takes approximately 10 business days for standard processing from the date your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) and PA 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 periodically visit your online account, Account Access, to see if your eligibility has been updated. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work diligently to process your review.

PA State Grant Deadlines

The PA State Grant deadlines are different for first-time applicants, renewal applicants, and summer-term applicants. Please refer to Federal Student Aid for more details regarding specific federal, college, and state deadlines related to the FAFSA.

Applicant Type Deadlines
First-time applicants

June 1, prior to the academic year—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 by June 1.

August 1, prior to the academic year—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 by August 1.

Renewal applicants

June 1, prior to the academic year—You must submit a renewal FAFSA by June 1.

Summer-term applicants

August 15, for the summer period you are attending—You must submit the online PA Summer Grant application. If not already on file, you must also submit the FAFSA and, if required, the PA State Grant Form.

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