- Are a high school graduate as stipulated in the Pennsylvania State Grant law
- Attend a postsecondary school approved by PHEAA for Pennsylvania 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
- Are 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).
*This requirement applies to all student enrollments prior to the Fall 2018 term. Effective with the Fall 2018 term, this requirement only applies to students enrolled at institutions that are not headquartered and domiciled in Pennsylvania.
- 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 Pennsylvania State Grant law
- Are of satisfactory character (for example, not be incarcerated)
- Not have received the maximum number of Pennsylvania 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).
Online Classes/Distance Education:
In order to be eligible to receive a PA State Grant if you're taking more than half of your classes online, you must be attending a school that is headquartered and domiciled in Pennsylvania.
How to Apply:
Apply at pheaa.org. For more information, call 1.800.692.7392
May 1 for:
- All renewal applicants
- New applicants who plan to enroll in an undergraduate baccalaureate degree program
- Those in college transfer programs at two-year public or junior colleges
Aug. 1 for first-time applicants who plan to enroll in:
- Business, trade, or technical school
- Hospital school of nursing