School Eligibility

To be eligible, schools must:

  • Be a federal Title IV eligible institution where the classroom is located in Pennsylvania.
  • Provide a copy of your Eligibility and Certification Approval Report (ECAR). Programs listed on school's application must match programs approved on the ECAR.
  • Complete and return an Automated Clearing House (ACH) Form so that funds may be transmitted via Electronic funds Transfer (EFT).
  • Complete and return a PHEAA Remote Access Agreement (RAA) if one is not on file; all school reports will be delivered through PHEAA's online system.
  • Have an approved eligible program of study:
    • Must be at least 10 weeks long but less than two academic years in length.
    • Cannot be a PA State Grant eligible program.
    • Cannot be an Associate Degree program.
    • Must be less than 1800 clock hours in length.
    • Must not be completed through 100% distance education (online).
    • Must correspond to the Pennsylvania Department of Education Identified Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) codes.
    • Program must meet the full-time threshold of at least 12 credits per term or at least 24 clock hours of continuous enrollment per week. Public or private, non-profit institutions may offer awards to students who are enrolled at least half-time. At least half-time is defined as a minimum of six credits per term or a minimum of 12 clock hours of continuous enrollment per week. Programs that do not meet the full-time threshold, and are not public or private non-profit, are not eligible for PA-TIP.

NOTE: Eligible programs are identified by their Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) code (PDF). Complete the CIP Code Inclusion Request form for a review of new program inclusion.

How to Apply

The deadline to apply for the 2021-22 award year is October 31, 2021. If you are still interested in participating in the 2021-22 year after the deadline, please contact PA-TIP staff at patip@pheaa.org.

After You Apply

You will receive notification of program eligibility by email from PHEAA.

Did You Know?

PA-TIP is a PHEAA-administered program made possible by $6.3 million in funding provided by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Effective the 2019-20 Award Year, programs of study eligible for PA-TIP have expanded to include select programs in the field of health. Interested schools should review the 2019-20 PA-TIP Expansion to Select Health Programs memo (PDF) for more details.