PA State Grant Eligibility Requirements

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.