Pennsylvania Financial Aid
Many students choose to enroll in a Pennsylvania college or university because of the history that fills the state, but they stay for the quality education that each school has to offer. Close to 500 trade schools, community colleges, 4-year colleges and universities and graduate schools call Pennsylvania their home. Most students pursuing postsecondary education in Pennsylvania need help funding their education. Pennsylvania financial aid may be offered through scholarships, grants and student loans.
Pennsylvania Scholarships and Grants
Pennsylvania scholarships and grants are an important part of the educational landscape for Pennsylvania students. Use our scholarship search to view and sort scholarships in Pennsylvania that will help you achieve your education goals.
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) offers several scholarship and grant opportunities to students attending college in Pennsylvania. Students may apply to many scholarships using the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA), and all others require specific applications. Here is a list of all financial aid offered by the state government of Pennsylvania:
- Children of Soldiers Declared POW/MIA: Students who are the children of members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have been declared “Prisoner of War” or as “Missing in Action” are eligible to apply.
- Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Scholarship: A federally funded program administered by the PHEAA to high school students graduating between 2008 and 2013 from high school in the Philadelphia or Harrisburg school districts.
- New Economy Technology Scholarships (NETS): Two scholarships are offered under this program. The Technology scholarship is an annual $1,000 scholarship provided to students pursuing a 2-year science or technology program. The Scitech Scholarship is a $3,000 scholarship offered to full-time sophomores enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program for approved science, technology or allied health field.
- Partnerships for Access to Higher Education: Students demonstrating financial need and who are already receiving a scholarship from an eligible PATH organization are eligible for this grant of up to $2,500.
- Pennsylvania Chafee Education and Training Grant (ETG) Program: Foster children eligible for services under the Commonwealth’s Chafee Foster Care Independence Program who are between the ages of 21 and 23 are eligible to receive up to $4,000 under this program.
- Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program: Children of Pennsylvania police officers, firefighters, rescue or ambulance squad members, corrections facility employees or National Guard members who died on the job after January 1, 1976 may receive this waiver of tuition, fees and room and board costs of their chosen postsecondary institution.
- Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program: A high school graduate who ranked in the top 5% of their graduating class, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and a combined SAT score of 1150 or ACT score of 25 are eligible for this award, which may be used toward any college in the United States.
- Loan Forgiveness Programs: The first loan forgiveness program is the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, which is provided those pursuing a teaching degree who commit to teaching full-time at a low-income school. The Agriculture Education Loan Forgiveness Program allows forgiveness of up to $2,000 per year to those hold a teaching certificate in agriculture or a degree in veterinary medicine or agriculture.
Scholarships from Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities
Colleges and universities also offer scholarships to student attending their school. Pennsylvania colleges and universities offer scholarships to students based on merit, financial need, sports abilities, special talents, ethnicity and more. The following colleges and universities offer unique scholarship opportunities to new and returning students:
- Temple University Scholarships
- Clarion University of Pennsylvania Scholarships
- Waynesburg University Scholarships
- Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Scholarships
For example, Pennsylvania State University offers several competitive scholarships to students attending their school determined by a combination of the student’s academic record and financial need.
Students planning to apply to college in Pennsylvania should also look at the city in which their prospective school is located. Cities that have a large number of colleges typically have more scholarship, grant and financial aid opportunities available to students. The top five cities in Pennsylvania with the largest number of schools include Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Lancaster, York and Erie.
Other Scholarships in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania students may find other scholarship opportunities by searching for private scholarships offered by community organizations. Here is a short list of private scholarships offered in the Pennsylvania community:
- First Community Foundation of Pennsylvania: About 75 students each year receive funding for their postsecondary education from this foundation.
- Clarence Schock Foundation: Graduating students from specific Pennsylvania counties are eligible to receive this scholarship if they are enrolled in a participating school in the state.
- American Association of University Women: Two scholarships are offered to Pennsylvania female residents attending school full-time in Pennsylvania. The scholarships decision is based on a combination of academic achievement and financial need.
- Pennsylvania Engineering Foundation: This foundation offers scholarships catered to undergraduates, upperclassmen and graduate engineering students in the state of Pennsylvania.
- Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Scholarship Program: Students must be Pennsylvania residents working 25 to 30 hours per week as classroom staff or center director at a DPW-certified child care facility in the state who are interested in pursuing a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, PA Director’s Credential, associates degree or bachelors degree in early childhood education.
- Pennsylvania State Showmen’s Association Scholarship: Open to Pennsylvania residents and nonresidents attending school in Pennsylvania and whose parents or they are involved in the outdoor amusement industry.
- Pennsylvania American Legion: This chapter of the American Legion offers three scholarship opportunities to Pennsylvania residents.
- The James Beard Foundation: Students must demonstrate financial need and be pursuing an associate or bachelors degree at a culinary school at least part-time. This is not a renewable scholarship, but past winner may apply each year they meet the eligibility requirements.
Pennsylvania Student Loans
American Education Services is an organization established in Pennsylvania that administers loans nationally. In addition, the Student Loan Network of Pennsylvania provides a comprehensive list that details which student loans are offered at each school in the state.