State Grants

Grants

Grants are financial aid that does not have to be repaid.  Grants are based on financial need and require the FAFSA to be completed to obtain them

State Grants

State grants are awarded to degree seeking undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree and does not have to be repaid. The State Agency determines a student's eligibility for the grant and is generally based on financial need. The completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required and the State Agency may require additional information - respond to any requests for more information.

  • Pennsylvania Residents - Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) administers the grant program. (1-800-692-7932).  You will need to log into (or create) your PHEAA account (Account Access) in order to obtain the necessary forms to provide the additional information. 
  • For non-Pennsylvania Residents - Student should contact their State Agency for additional information.  You can view the full list of State Agencies through the U.S. Department of Education Website.
  • State Aid Deadlines are listed on FAFSA. Student must comply by the listed deadline in order to be considered for their state's grant.

PA State Grant Eligibility Requirements

If you are attending Millersville University, we must be listed first on your FAFSA in order for you to receive the PA State Grant at our school. If you listed another school as the first choice, you can update Millersville University to the first school choice on your own by calling PHEAA directly at 1-800-692-7392 (say "grants" at the voice response system). You may update it online instead of calling by going to PHEAA's website. You will need to log in if you already have a username and password with AES or PHEAA. If you do not have one, create an account with a username and password.  Once you have logged into your account, select the current academic year under "Grant Status." Then select the "Change School Information Form" and then complete the information and submit the form. *Please note: This change only adjusts the PHEAA Grant record and not the FAFSA.

A Pennsylvania State Grant is based on financial need; however, you must meet other requirements to qualify for the PA State Grant Program:

  • For Pennsylvania, the deadline is MAY 1. Applications received after this deadline may not be considered for the PA State Grant.
  • Be a Pennsylvania resident for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the filing date of the FAFSA application (exclusive of any period of time the student spent while enrolled in a Pennsylvania postsecondary education institution).
  • Be a graduate of an approved high school or have a GED.
  • Meet criteria for financial need.
  • Attend a PHEAA approved school.
  • Be enrolled for at least six credits as an undergraduate student.
  • Be enrolled in an approved program of study of at least two academic years in length.
  • Earn, through classroom instruction, at least 50% of the total credit hours required for completing the program of study.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (as defined by PHEAA).
  • Not have previously earned a bachelor's degree or its equivalent.
  • Not be in default or have a claim of default pending on an educational loan (or awards converted to loans), guaranteed or reinsured by the federal government, state government or institution. This also applies to programs where awards have been converted to loans due to failure to meet all eligibility or service requirements.

    Note: The PA State Grant is available for a maximum of eight semesters to students enrolled in a four year program. 

Summer PA State Grant Information

If you wish to apply for a summer PA State Grant, you must complete a separate application by August 15th  www.pheaa.org

  • Students must be enrolled no less than six credits.
  • The length of the course(s) must be at least eight weeks of instruction.
  • Summer mini-terms can be combined to achieve the required length of instruction.

Note: Summer PA State Grants count toward the maximum semester eligibility

** NEW ** PHEAA's Distance Education Policy

Beginning with the 2013-14 academic year, PHEAA will implement their new distance education policy. This policy states that students must complete at least 50% of their coursework credits through in-classroom instruction unless the student has a medical disability.

 If the student has a medical disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the student may request an accommodation (exception) to the 50% in-classroom requirement.

Courses conducted online or through live interactive audio or videoconferencing, webcasts, computer-based technologies, and blended courses are NOT considered in the classroom.

 In-person experiences such as student teaching, study abroad, laboratories, and internships are considered to be in-classroom instruction.

 Students who attempt more than 50% of their course work online, will NOT be eligible for the PA State Grant (PHEAA).

 At Millersville University, the distance education policy will be monitored on a term-by-term basis.

 Examples of In-classroom and Distance Education Monitoring:

**This policy also applies to the summer term**

 EX 1.     

FALL SEMESTER

SPRING SEMESTER

Classroom Instruction

Online Classes

Classroom Instruction

Online Classes

3 Credits

4 Credits

4 Credits

3 Credits

Not Eligible for a State Grant

Eligible for a ½ time Grant


 EX 2.

FALL SEMESTER

SPRING SEMESTER

Classroom Instruction

Online Classes

Classroom Instruction

Online Classes

6 Credits

9 Credits

9 Credits

6 Credits

Not Eligible for a State Grant at all. Not even a ½ time grant.

Eligible for a full-time grant


 EX 3.

FALL SEMESTER

SPRING SEMESTER

Classroom Instruction

Online Classes

Classroom Instruction

Online Classes

3 Credits

3 Credits

6 Credits

6 Credits

Eligible for a ½ time Grant

Eligible for a full-time grant