Pennsylvania: Grants & Scholarships

In addition to federal aid, students in Pennsylvania will find many grants and scholarships available at the state level. The first step to receiving many of these awards is to apply for the FAFSA®. This application will help schools determine how much additional aid you need. You can apply for the individual grants, loans, and programs in Pennsylvania listed below.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship Program

Two students per year receive awards through the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship Program. To qualify, individuals must be graduating high school seniors, residents of Pennsylvania, and hold a minimum 3.0 GPA. They must also attend a four-year college in the state. Leadership and community service history are factors that help determine who receives these awards. Other criteria include financial need and extracurricular activities. Children of legislators and their staff members may not apply.

The scholarship amount is the cost of one semester’s tuition at Shippensburg University. However, recipients may attend any college in the state as long as they do so full time.

The state of Pennsylvania has its own deadline for state aid.

PennsylvaniaMay 1 – This deadline applies to all first-time applicants who plan to enroll in a degree program or a college transferable program at a 2-year private college or other college or university.
August 1st, 2020 – This deadline applies to all first-time applicants and for those who plan to enroll in a community college; a designated Pennsylvania Open-Admission institution; a business, trade, or technical school; a hospital school of nursing; or a 2-year program that is not transferable to another institution.

Pennsylvania State Grant Program

The Pennsylvania State Grant Program is available for Pennsylvanians attending college in or out of the state. Award amounts vary depending on need, the cost of tuition, and other factors. Part- and full-time students may apply.

Pennsylvania Summer State Grant Program

Eligibility for this Pennsylvania grant program is the same as that for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program. However, the award amount — which also varies based on financial need, tuition cost, and other factors — is exclusively for summer courses. Eligible courses must have at least 50 percent classroom instruction.

Partnerships for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Program

The award for this higher education program provides additional aid to students who qualify for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program and students who receive aid from a partnering state organization. The maximum award is $3,500, but the exact amount varies based on the recipient’s financial need. Other requirements include being enrolled as an undergraduate at least part time, attending an approved institution, and maintaining satisfactory academic progress.

Pennsylvania Work-Study Program

The state’s work-study program is available for Pennsylvania residents who enroll in an eligible school as part- or full-time students. Applicants must be in a minimum two-year program. Through the program, the state matches approved students to a job related to their fields of study. In exchange for working up to 40 hours per week in this position, the program reimburses 40 or 50 percent of approved student earnings.

Blind or Deaf Beneficiary Grant Program

This grant program provides financial aid to students who are visually or hearing impaired. Eligible recipients must be enrolled at least part time in a state college or university. They must also provide a physician’s documentation of their condition. Students may receive up to $500 per year through this program.

Pennsylvania Post-Secondary Educational Gratuity Program

The dependents of first responders — police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and others — who died while serving may receive this educational grant. The dependents of sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, National Guard members, and military personnel who died while performing official duties after Sept. 11, 2001, also qualify. Part-time enrollment minimum is required, and award amounts vary based on financial need. Students must also be Pennsylvania residents, not older than 25 when applying, and meet other eligibility criteria.

Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program

College students studying for a career in energy, agriculture and food production, or advanced materials and diversified manufacturing may apply for this targeted industry program. The program provides need-based awards up to the equivalent of the maximum award (currently $5,000), or the student’s actual unmet need, whichever is less. Awards can be used to cover educational costs, and specific living expenses.

Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania

The Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania program awards scholarships to the children of Pennsylvania residents injured or killed in a work-related accident. Recipients, who must be younger than 25 and enrolled in an undergraduate program at an eligible college or university, may renew the scholarship for up to four years. Award amounts vary based on need and other criteria, and the top recipients may apply for additional aid through the organization’s Scholar Sponsors program.

Remember that most of these programs require that students submit the FAFSA®. This application connects students with free federal aid. Even if you don’t need state aid, there’s no reason not to fill out and submit the FAFSA® each year.