Training Events

2020-21 Summer Workshops

In keeping with the health and safety mitigation efforts exercised throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, PHEAA will not be holding in-person workshop sessions and will instead offer the 2020-21 Summer Workshops in a virtual format.

The PA State Grant and Special Programs (SGSP) Department conducts annual Summer Workshops to provide financial aid administrators with information about upcoming policy changes for the PA State Grant Program. For the 2020-21 Workshops, the SGSP and PA Forward Student Loan teams will again collaborate to bring schools updates on both programs.

The workshop will provide attendees with:

  • A brief update on the PA Forward Student Loan Program;
  • A chance to explore new and challenging PA State Grant eligibility topics; and
  • An opportunity to ask questions of PHEAA staff.

To register for a specific Virtual Summer Workshop session, select the Register link under the event description. To register for multiple sessions at once, select the "2020-21 Summer Virtual Workshops" program from main PHEAA webinar page. Please note, the schedule is subject to change.

Do you administer the PA State Grant Program at your school? Are you looking for updates for the 2020-21 Award Year? Or maybe you are just interested in hearing about some of the common pitfalls that result in Program Review errors. If so, then join us for a virtual update session! Our online workshop will feature a review of policy changes and clarifications across a wide variety of topics outlined in the 2020-21 PA State Grant Handbook.

Time: 10:00 AM (ET)

Do you administer the PA State Grant Program at your school? Are you looking for updates for the 2020-21 Award Year? Or maybe you are just interested in hearing about some of the common pitfalls that result in Program Review errors. If so, then join us for a virtual update session! Our online workshop will feature a review of policy changes and clarifications across a wide variety of topics outlined in the 2020-21 PA State Grant Handbook.

Time: 2:00 PM (ET)

This session will provide an overview of the PA Forward Student Loan Program. The PA Forward Student Loan team will provide an overview of the new features to benefit students and families, new capabilities for schools to improve processing, and an overview of our refinance program. We will also provide an update on the support we've provided to students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Time: 10:00 AM (ET)

Looking for more information on your institution’s administrative requirements for the PA State Grant Program? This session will cover what you need to know about maintaining your school's PA State Grant eligibility and steps you can take to avoid Program Review errors. Topics include information on institution and program of study requirements, using modules to meet term length requirements, and common institutional findings.

Time: 10:00 AM (ET)

This session will provide an overview of the PA Forward Student Loan Program. The PA Forward Student Loan team will provide an overview of the new features to benefit students and families, new capabilities for schools to improve processing, and an overview of our refinance program. We will also provide an update on the support we've provided to students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Time: 2:00 PM (ET)

Come learn with PHEAA staff as we explore the flexibilities and restrictions involved when administering PA State Grant funds. In this session, we will provide policy and operational guidance on various aspects of the disbursement process. Topics will include managing rosters, award crediting, electronic fund transfers, and more!

Time: 10:00 AM (ET)

Join PA State Grant staff as we kick off our two part series on the exploration of various PA State Grant student certification topics. This portion of the discussion will take a closer look at student enrollment requirements such as enrollment mode, remedial coursework, and different educational costs.

Time: 10:00 AM (ET)

The conclusion of our two-part series on student certification will explore SAP policies and provide schools with an in-depth explanation of what other criteria must be confirmed before paying students’ PA State Grant awards. Additional topics for discussion will include the citizenship, Pennsylvania domicile, high school graduation, and other student eligibility requirements.

Time: 10:00 AM (ET)

This session will address the activities an institution must perform when students alter their enrollment. Discussion and case scenarios will be provided concerning the policies and procedures for reporting added or dropped courses. PHEAA staff will also go in-depth to explain award adjustments due to official and unofficial withdrawals.

Time: 10:00 AM (ET)

Do you administer the PA State Grant Program at your school? Are you looking for updates for the 2020-21 Award Year? Or maybe you are just interested in hearing about some of the common pitfalls that result in Program Review errors. If so, then join us for a virtual update session! Our online workshop will feature a review of policy changes and clarifications across a wide variety of topics outlined in the 2020-21 PA State Grant Handbook.

Time: 2:00 PM (ET)


If you need more information on PA State Grant and Special Programs, we invite you to check out our other events as well as the various self-service program materials available on the Resources and Training page. Please contact us at sghelp@pheaa.org if you have specific training needs.

2019-20 SGSP Webinar Series

The State Grant and Special Programs Department is pleased to announce that we will be conducting monthly webinars for the remainder of the 2019-20 Award Year. These webinars are designed to explore various topics across many of the PHEAA-administered programs.

Check out the Spring Series below! To register for a session, select the Register link under PHEAA Webinars. Please note, the webinar schedule is subject to change.

Spring Series

New for the 2020-21 Academic Year, the Military Family Education Program (MFEP) is an educational grant program benefitting the family members of eligible PA National Guard (PANG) servicemembers or eligible former members who enter into an additional 6-year service agreement with PANG. Join State Grant and Special Programs staff as we provide a first look at the program. During the webinar we will review some program basics, including eligibility requirements, awarding, and certification.

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM (ET)