Financial Aid

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. 

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  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 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 
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“” 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. 


Pennsylvania's Guide to Student Aid for Students

Thinking About How to Afford College?

Well, the Pennsylvania Guide to Student Aid has the answers. Your journey starts here.

Just like any road trip, the trip to higher education takes planning and lots of it.

  • Get a complete overview of the financial aid process with information on most of Pennsylvania's financial aid programs and services.
  • Learn how you may qualify for free money awards like grants and scholarships.
  • Get information on work-study programs that allow you to earn money, helping you cover your education costs.
  • If you need additional help paying for your education, learn about loans for you and your parents.

This online guide is interactive. As you navigate through, be sure to click on the links to get more in-depth information and important forms and applications.

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