A PA State Grant is based on financial need. Before you complete the form, learn what you will need to apply, and what the eligibility criteria are.
Am I Eligible?
You may be eligible if you demonstrate financial need and meet specific requirements.
- Are a high school graduate as stipulated in the PA State Grant law
- Attend a postsecondary school approved by PHEAA for PA State Grant purposes
- Are enrolled at least half-time (defined as at least six semester credits but less than 12 semester credits per semester, or the equivalent)
- Be unconditionally admitted and enrolled in an approved program of study of at least 2 academic years in length
- If enrolled at an institution that is not headquartered and domiciled in Pennsylvania, you must be enrolled in a program of study where at least 50% of the total credit or clock hours needed for completion of the program are earned through classroom instruction:
- The program itself must be structured to allow you to complete at least 50% of your credits or clock hours in the classroom.
- Your enrollment pattern by term must also consist of at least 50% classroom instruction (unless you have a medical disability (PDF)).
- Have made satisfactory academic progress (as defined by PHEAA)
- Not have already earned a bachelor's degree or its equivalent
- Are a Pennsylvania resident, as stipulated in the PA State Grant law
- Are of satisfactory character (for example, not be incarcerated)
- Not have received the maximum number of PA State Grants permitted
- Not be in default or pending default on an educational loan. This also applies to any program where the award has been converted to a loan and the loan is in a default status.
- File and complete the application process by the appropriate deadlines
For more detail, read the Rights and Responsibilities Certification Document (PDF).
What Should I do Before I Apply?
Create an account through Account Access, an online student aid management tool operated by American Education Services, a division of PHEAA. You will be redirected to this site during the FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) process, so creating an account now will cut down on what you need to do in the future.
Here's some information that you'll want to have ready.
- If applicable, the month and year your diploma was received (for High School or GED)
- Your Social Security number, not your parent's or guardian's. This will alleviate any processing issues.
- If married, your spouse's 9-digit Social Security number
- If you have a savings account through PA 529, you may need a recent account statement for the total savings, or visit pa529.com.
How Much Can I Expect to Receive?
The amount of money you can expect to receive is based on your financial situation, as well as the type of school you choose to attend in Pennsylvania.
Percentage of Applicants Receiving PA State Grant Awards
NOTE: If you plan on attending a school located outside of Pennsylvania, the maximum allowable award, subject to potential adjustment, is:
- $500 if you attend a school located in a "nonportable" state
- $600 if you attend a school located in a "portable" or reciprocal state
- $800 if you meet the program's definition of a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces