Grants

Grants

Federal Grants - Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and awarded to students with demonstrated financial need. Grants do not need to be repaid. Pell Grant amounts are based on the number of credits for which you are enrolled and adjust accordingly.

Beginning in the 2012-13 academic year, students may receive the Pell Grant for up to 12 full-time semesters or the equivalent.

The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds a student may receive over his or her lifetime is limited by a new federal law to be the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding. Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding a student can receive each year is equal to 100 percent, the six-year equivalent is 600 percent. For more information, visit Student Aid on the Web's Calculating Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used.

Eligibility

Award

  • Maximum award is $5,775 per academic year; maximum award per semester is $2,888
  • Students who received their maximum Pell Grant awards in the fall and spring, will not receive a Pell Grant in the summer

 Federal Grants - Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is awarded by the Office of Student Aid to students with demonstrated high financial need.

Eligibility

Due to limited funding, not all students who are eligible will receive this award.

Pennsylvania State Grant

The Pennsylvania State Grant is funded by the Commonwealth and awarded by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) to undergraduate Pennsylvania residents who demonstrate high financial need.

The Pennsylvania State Grant does not need to be accepted. If the grant is listed as "offered" on your LionPATH Award Summary, it will be applied to your student account.

The Pennsylvania State Grant is funded by the Commonwealth and awarded by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) to undergraduate Pennsylvania residents who demonstrate high financial need.

The Pennsylvania State Grant is available for a maximum of eight semesters to students enrolled in four-year programs and a maximum of four semesters to students enrolled in two-year programs.

Eligibility

How to apply

Submit the FAFSA, which contains a direct link to the state grant form, by May 1. If you have already submitted your FAFSA without completing the form, you can do so on the PHEAA website.

If you wish to apply for a summer state grant (summer 2016 only), you must complete the Summer PA State Grant application on eLion under “Financial” and also on the PHEAA website by August 15. Undergraduate students must be scheduled for six or more credits and attending a minimum of eight weeks during the Summer Session(s) to be eligible for a summer PA State Grant.