Important Dates for High School Seniors:
October 1, 2017 The 2017-18 FAFSA can be completed on or after this date.
June 30, 20178 The 2017-18 FAFSA filing deadline for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program for all new applicants who plan to enroll in 4 yr. baccalaureate degree programs, community college; business, trade and technical schools; hospital schools of nursing; or two- year non-transferable career programs at two- year public, junior or four-year colleges.
Completing and submitting the FAFSA is the first step students and families must take to determine eligibility for federal grants and other financial assistance programs such as the Pennsylvania State Grant awards. http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
Students and at least one of their parents should secure a USDE Personal Identification Number (PIN) to use as an electronic signature when completing the FAFSA on-line. The Website www.pin.ed.gov provides this service.
Students should be encouraged to file the FAFSA electronically. It speeds up turnaround time, helps eliminate errors, and allows students to connect directly with the Pennsylvania State Grant Form online.
Students should look for the link on the FAFSA confirmation page. It reads: “Optional Feature – Start your state application – Click here if you want to apply for Pennsylvania state-based finacial aid.”
Students should go to pheaa.org and create a record for themselves in Account Access. This will allow them to complete the State Grant Form, if the direct link from the FAFSA on the Web was missed, and to view important information concerning their awards. They should also add
“StateGrantsandSpecialPrograms2@pheaa.org”, “StateGrantsandSpecialPrograms@pheaa.org” and
“StateGrantsandSpecialPrograms3@pheaa.org” to their email address book so that they do not miss any important electronic communications. Information from the FAFSA will continue to be provided to PHEAA to be used for Pennsylvania State Grant purposes, with PHEAA then requesting any missing or additional information directly from the applicant and
his or her family.
Note: State forms do not replace filling out the FAFSA. You must fill out the FAFSA to receive federal student aid.
School Student Financial Aid Deadlines
Schools may have their own deadlines and applications for awarding student aid. Check with the school's financial aid office for information.