Representatives from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) will be providing a variety of webinars, including an overview of how to apply for all types of financial aid, reviewing financial aid offers, financial aid for non-traditional students, and more!

PHEAA and PA Forward Student Loan Program Webinar Events

The thought of higher education costs can be overwhelming; however, planning and identifying what you can do to help lessen those costs is an important step. It's never too early or too late to start understanding what those costs are and what is available to help maintain, plan, and make affordable decisions. Join Dan Wray and Suzanne Sparrow of PHEAA's PA Forward Student Loan Program in a 1-hour webinar to begin that process and become prepared.

TIME: 6:30-7:30 PM (ET)

There are many ways to pay for education, and one important step is to search and apply for scholarships. More free money equals less borrowing. This presentation will review the types of options available, along with tips on applying. It will also offer samples of fun scholarship options to get you started. We'll then review what to do about the balances that might be left over in order to make affordable higher education decisions. Join Suzanne Sparrow and Daniel Wray from PHEAA for an hour of detailed information on this topic.

TIME: Noon-1:00 PM (ET)

Join us for this informative 1-hour webinar on refinancing education debt. Current or previous students of any age with student loans may be overwhelmed with their current repayment options. Others are moving closer to the repayment phase and wonder if refinance may be a better solution. PHEAA, represented by Dan Wray and Suzanne Sparrow of the PHEAA PA Forward program, will explain the pros and cons, as well as the availability of programs that can help those interested in understanding more about this topic.

TIME: 6:30-7:30 PM (ET)

This 1-hour presentation will provide the starting points and web resources for effective research before, during, and after your student makes postsecondary decisions. The journey will begin before high school and end in the land of understanding choices. One thing is for certain—it’s never too early to start planning for a successful higher education experience. Join PHEAA’s Suzanne Sparrow and Dan Wray of PHEAA’s PA Forward program as they guide you along the exciting, and sometimes bumpy, road to planning for an affordable education. Knowing what to expect and to plan for it is the key, as failing to plan, is planning to fail!

TIME: Noon-1:00 PM (ET)

This 1-hour presentation will provide the starting points and web resources for effective research before, during, and after your student makes postsecondary decisions. The journey will begin before high school and end in the land of understanding choices. One thing is for certain—it’s never too early to start planning for a successful higher education experience. Join PHEAA’s Suzanne Sparrow and Dan Wray of PHEAA’s PA Forward program as they guide you along the exciting, and sometimes bumpy, road to planning for an affordable education. Knowing what to expect and to plan for it is the key, as failing to plan, is planning to fail!

TIME: 6:30-7:30 PM (ET)

The offer letter that you receive provides an idea of the costs associated with attending postsecondary education. However, they can be confusing as each school formats their information differently. PHEAA, represented by Suzanne Sparrow and Daniel Wray of the PA Forward program, will help you understand and navigate through the types of aid that are listed in this 1-hour webinar. We will focus on what you are being offered, identifying the balances, and next steps needed so you can make knowledgeable and affordable decisions. Question and answer interaction is encouraged!

TIME: Noon-1:00 PM (ET)

This 1-hour webinar is for students and families that are starting to plan and are in the thick of decision making. Affording the costs is one topic that is on everyone’s mind. This presentation by PHEAA’s Suzanne Sparrow and Daniel Wray of the PA Forward program will review the types of aid available, what needs to be done to check for eligibility, and provide tips on the options for covering the balances and making affordable decisions. Don’t miss it!

TIME: Noon-1:00 PM (ET)

Articles related to funding a higher education are in the news almost every day and it can lead even the most knowledgeable of us into information overload. Have you ever wanted to simply ask a few specific questions, yet couldn’t find anyone to ask? Maybe you have questions about planning for college, finding the right school, applying for scholarships, federal, and state aid, understanding offer letters, completing loan applications, comparing federal loans to private education loans, repaying or refinancing loans after graduation, etc. Join Suzanne Sparrow and Daniel Wray of PHEAA for a wide open, 1-hour question and answer session. Ask your questions in an open forum or privately via the chat. Hope to see you there!

TIME: 6:30-7:30 PM (ET)

Articles related to funding a higher education are in the news almost every day and it can lead even the most knowledgeable of us into information overload. Have you ever wanted to simply ask a few specific questions, yet couldn’t find anyone to ask? Maybe you have questions about planning for college, finding the right school, applying for scholarships, federal, and state aid, understanding offer letters, completing loan applications, comparing federal loans to private education loans, repaying or refinancing loans after graduation, etc. Join Suzanne Sparrow and Daniel Wray of PHEAA for a wide open, 1-hour question and answer session. Ask your questions in an open forum or privately via the chat. Hope to see you there!

TIME: Noon-1:00 PM (ET)

This 1-hour webinar is for students and families that are starting to plan and are in the thick of decision making. Affording the costs is one topic that is on everyone’s mind. This presentation by PHEAA’s Suzanne Sparrow and Daniel Wray of the PA Forward program will review the types of aid available, what needs to be done to check for eligibility, and provide tips on the options for covering the balances and making affordable decisions. Don’t miss it!

TIME: 6:30-7:30 PM (ET)

Financial Aid and FAFSA® Webinars

PHEAA Access Partners will present an overview of the 2024-25 FAFSA process to guide students and families through a step-by-step process of filing the FAFSA and PA State Grant applications.

TIME: 6:00-7:00 PM (ET)

PHEAA Access Partners Amy Sawdey and Wendy Dunlap will present information on the steps students should take after completing the FAFSA. They will discuss the financial aid process, strategies to review and understand financial aid offers from colleges, and how to compare different types of aid.

TIME: 6:00-7:00 PM (ET)

PHEAA Access Partners will present an overview of the 2024–25 FAFSA process to guide students and families through a step-by-step process of filing the FAFSA and PA State Grant applications.

TIME: 6:00-7:00 PM (ET)

PHEAA Access Partners will present an overview of student loans including federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, PLUS Loans, and private education loans. This session will discuss the details of the loan programs including loan limits, interest rates, and repayment plans. We will also review Direct Loan Consolidation and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

TIME: 6:00-7:00 PM (ET)

Join us for an exciting session tailored to high school juniors that will inspire them to take charge of their future! This session is all about empowering students to plan and set goals, setting the stage for a successful senior year. We'll equip them with invaluable insights into navigating the financial aid process, ensuring they're well-prepared to tackle the challenges that await.

But that's not all—this session is open to both students and their parents who are exploring various postsecondary education options. It's an opportunity for families to gain a deeper understanding of what lies ahead and how to make the most of it. With valuable information and expert guidance, everyone involved is bound to benefit immensely from this session.

Don't miss out on this chance to JumpStart your journey to higher education success!

TIME: 6:00-7:00 PM (ET)

PHEAA Access Partners will present an overview of the 2024–25 FAFSA process to guide students and families through a step-by-step process of filing the FAFSA and PA State Grant applications.

TIME: 6:00-7:00 PM (ET)

Webinars for Educators

Students receive a financial aid offer from each school where they sent their FAFSA information and were accepted at; however, comparing offers isn't always easy. To help students make better financial decisions, we need to educate them on key concepts such as the differences between direct and indirect costs, help them understand what gift aid is and what a loan is, and evaluate costs not only for 1 year but for the length of their entire degree. We will discuss how to help students understand their financial aid offers, how to find a financial fit, and share tips on how to have these discussions with students and parents.

TIME: 9:00-10:00 AM (ET)

Join us as we provide an update on financial aid opportunities in Pennsylvania. Get acquainted with GrantUs, PHEAA's endeavor to streamline application processes for students and families, modernize award processing, and centralize PHEAA systems used for program administration.

TIME: 9:00-10:00 AM (ET)

Webinars

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Other Information You May Find Helpful

PHEAA's Higher Education Access Partners continue to be available to assist students and families with any financial aid questions, including assistance with completing the FAFSA. Please contact the Access Partner that serves your county.