The Daily Item
HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is reminding students and families that the application filing deadline for the need-based Pennsylvania State Grant Program is May 1. This deadline applies to all renewal applicants and to new applicants who plan to enroll in colleges, universities or a college transfer program at two-year public (except community colleges) or junior colleges.
To determine eligibility for a need-based Pennsylvania State Grant, families must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants can access the FAFSA online at either PHEAA.org/FAFSA or fafsa.gov. Completing the FAFSA online saves time and helps eliminate errors.
In addition to the FAFSA, first-time State Grant applicants must complete a Pennsylvania State Grant Form (SGF) that can be accessed directly from the FAFSA on the Web by following the click-through on the FAFSA confirmation page. The SGF collects additional data elements not requested on the federal application.
Students who have already submitted their FAFSA, but who have not submitted their State Grant Form, will receive an email invitation directing them to visit Account Access through the Secure Sign-in at PHEAA.org to complete their SGF.
Students who are first-time applicants planning to enroll in a community college, business, trade or technical school, a hospital school of nursing, or a non-transferable two-year degree program at a community, junior or four-year college have until August 1 to file their FAFSA to determine eligibility for a State Grant award.
Students and families with questions about the FAFSA or the State Grant Program can call toll-free (800) 692-7392.
For information on the higher education financial aid process, schedules for upcoming financial aid nights and FAFSA Completion Sessions, reminders of financial aid deadlines, and video clips offering tips and information pertaining to planning for higher education, join PHEAA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pheaa.aid or check pheaa.org for additional information.