Grants

Pitt-Johnstown Financial Aid

Grants are free money and do not need to be repaid. These funds come from a variety of sources including the college, state and federal governments, and outside organizations. Although students are not required to repay these funds, certain eligibility criteria must be maintained, including making satisfactory academic progress. Students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Grant programs include the following:

  • Federal Pell Grant
    • Funded by the Federal government, needs-based according to (FAFSA) 
    • Eligibility and awards determined by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as well as enrollment status and college costs
    • For the 2016-2017 academic year, if the EFC is $5,234 or less, the student may be eligible for a Pell Grant
    • Award amounts for 2016-2017 range from $598 to $5,815 per year
    • Students notified of eligibility via the Student Aid Report (SAR) with the amount listed on the award letter
  • Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency Grant (PHEAA)
    • Funded by the state and administered by PHEAA
    • PA residency required for at least 12 months prior to completing the current year FAFSA
    • For 2016-2017, awards range from $200 to $3,726 per year
    • Award eligibility determined by a student’s enrollment status, housing status, college costs, and academic progress
    • Enrollment in at least six credits required for consideration
    • To apply for a grant, submit the FAFSA by May 1
    • Grant offered to undergraduate students without a four-year degree
    • Students limited to eight semesters of PHEAA grant
    • Official notification of eligibility sent to students in mid-May
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
    • Funded by the Federal government and administered by the University
    • Student must show financial need for the grant
    • Eligibility determined from criteria developed by the University (It is not uncommon for awards and criteria to differ from school to school)
    • To apply for the grant, submit the FAFSA by April 1