PA Targeted Industry Program Schools

The PA Targeted Industry Program (PA-TIP) is administered by PHEAA and provides awards to students enrolled in programs in the following career areas:

  • Energy
  • Health
  • Advanced Materials and Diversified Manufacturing
  • Agriculture and Food Production

PA-TIP provides need-based awards up to the equivalent of the maximum award (currently $6,000), or the student's actual unmet need, whichever is less. Awards can be used to cover educational costs and specific living expenses.

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 PA 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 current award year is October 31, 2024. If you are still interested in participating after the deadline, please contact PA-TIP staff at

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 $8.6 million in funding provided by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

  • Schools may apply by submitting the 2024-25 PA-TIP School Application, and their current Eligibility and Certification Approval Report (ECAR) issued by the United States Department of Education (ED) signifying approval to offer the exact corresponding CIP Codes.
  • Review our 2023 PA-TIP Annual Report (PDF)