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Federal Pell Grants
Federal Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students to assist with their educational costs. The Federal Pell Grant program will notify applicants of their eligibility through a Student Aid Report (SAR) mailed to their permanent address. The Pell Grant award ranges from $1176 to $5550.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are generally targeted to Pell eligible recipients who demonstrate exceptional need. The FSEOG award ranges from $400 to $4,000.
This program provides need-based state grant assistance of up to $3,900 per year. The PHEAA grant program is funded by the state of Pennsylvania and is administered by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). Students receive up to eight full-time semesters of PHEAA Grant assistance or 16 semesters of part-time assistance.
- The student must be a Pennsylvania resident.
- The student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by May 1 each year.
- The student must be enrolled on at least a half-time basis in a PHEAA-approved undergraduate program of study.
- The student must be a high school graduate or the recipient of a GED.
- The student must demonstrate academic progress for continued aid.
- Award amounts may vary by housing choice of the student (commuter, dormitory, off-campus).
Students may be selected by PHEAA for validation. Students are required to submit tax information to PHEAA before grant money can be disbursed. This process is separate from the verification process where the school collects and reviews income tax information for Federal aid programs. Students may contact PHEAA at 1-800-692-7392 for more information on the validation process.
Students originating from the Pittsburgh area may be eligible to receive funds from Pittsburgh Promise.
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant provides funds for students who agree to teach four years in an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agaency that serves students from low-income families for up to $4000 per year. Click here to learn more about the TEACH Grant program.
Other State Grants
Several states (including Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, and Maine) have grants which can be transferred to schools outside the state. Interested students may obtain information concerning these programs from their high school guidance counselors or from their appropriate state higher education agency.