PA State Grant

Pennsylvania State Grant


PA State Grants are awarded to Pennsylvania residents who are degree-seeking undergraduate students, and have not yet earned a bachelor's degree; this grant does not have to be repaid. The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) determines a student's eligibility for the grant which is generally based on financial need. PHEAA administers the PA State Grant and will notify Millersville if a student is eligible. 

  • To be considered for the PA State Grant, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than May 1 each year, and complete the State Grant application.
  • PHEAA may require additional information from you once your application is submitted.
  • It is the student's responsibility to follow-up and submit all required documentation.

For more detailed information about the PA State Grant and your eligibility, please click on the following links to learn more.

  • PHEAA QUICK FACTS

    PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTS: 


    • Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) administers the grant program. www.pheaa.org (1-800-692-7392). 
    • You will need to log into (or create) your PHEAA account (Account Access) in order to obtain the necessary forms and/or to provide the additional information.
    • You must have a FAFSA completed by May 1 each year.
    • Millersville University does not participate in the PHEAA Distance Education Pilot Program. Therefore, students with more online credits than classroom credits in any one semester would not be eligible for a PHEAA state grant for that semester

    NON-PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTS:


    • Are not eligible for the PA State Grant; however, the 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. Students must comply by the listed deadline in order to be considered for their state's grant.
  • Eligibility Requirements

    AM I ELIGIBLE FOR THE PA STATE GRANT


    In order to be considered for a PA State Grant you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A Pennsylvania State Grant is based on financial need; however, you must also 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. 

  • WHY ISN'T MY STATE GRANT LISTED ON MY AWARD LETTER?

    Millersville University must be listed as your school choice on your State Grant application in order for you to receive the PA State Grant at our school. Only one school will receive PA State Grant information to list on your award letter. If you plan to attend Millersville University and have listed another school as your school choice, you will need to update your State Grant application to have your information sent to Millersville.

    You can update your school choice by:

    • Online at www.pheaa.org/stategrant.  
      • 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.
    • Calling PHEAA directly at 1-800-692-7392 (say "grants" at the voice response system).
  • PHEAA ACADEMIC PROGRESS POLICY

     


    ACADEMIC PROGRESS POLICY


    The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) requires that students make satisfactory academic progress for each academic year (Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring) during which the State Grant was received.

    Examples of how PHEAA's academic progress policy is implemented at Millersville University:

    Ex 1.

    Full-Time Fall Semester

    Full-Time Spring Semester

    Must earn 24 new credits

    (12 credits per semester)

    Ex 2.

    Part-Time Fall Semester

    Part-Time Spring Semester

    Must earn 12 new credits

    (6 credits per semester)

    Ex 3.

    Full-Time Fall Semester

    Part-Time Spring Semester

    Must earn 18 new credits

    Ex 4.

    Full-Time Summer Term

    Full-Time Fall Semester

    Full-Time Spring Semester

    Must earn 36 new credits

    Ex 5.

    Part-Time Summer Term

    Full-Time Fall Semester

    Full-Time Spring Semester

    Must earn 30 new credits



    REPEATED COURSES


    • Repeated courses where credits were previously earned CANNOT be counted.
    • Previously earned letter grades = A, B, C, D
    • Previously failed credits CAN be counted.
    • Previously failed letter grades = F, W, Z
    • would not be eligible for a PHEAA state grant for that semester

    TRANSFER STUDENTS


    Please make sure that our Registrar's Office has your latest transcript from your previous institution.

    Official transcripts should be mailed to the following address:

    Registrar's Office    

    Millersville University

    P.O. Box 1002

    Millersville, PA  17551


    NOT MAKING SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS?


    Students may request an exception when they fail to meet the required number of credits to satisfy PHEAA's academic progress policy.

    The student must report the medical condition, family illness, or other extenuating circumstance that contributed to the failure of credits.

    2019 - 2020 Academic Progress Exception Form

    Note: PHEAA's appeal process is entirely different than Millersville University's Federal appeal process.

     

  • SUMMER PA STATE GRANT

    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 in at least six credits.
    • The length of the course(s) must be at least five weeks of instruction.
    • Summer mini-terms can be combined to achieve the required length of instruction.
    • Students must meet all other state grant requirements.

    ***IMPORTANT***

    • Summer PA State Grants count toward the maximum 8 full-time semesters of eligibility. 
    • At Millersville University, summer PA State Grants are processed late in the summer and are NOT available to use as credit towards the summer bill.
  • DISTANCE EDUCATION POLICY

    PHEAA's Distance Education policy states that students must complete at least 50% of their coursework credits through in-classroom instruction unless the student has a medical disability. Students who attempt more than 50% of their coursework online, will be eligible for a REDUCED PA State Grant (PHEAA). At Millersville University, the distance education policy will be monitored on a term-by-term basis. 


    IN-CLASSROOM VS. ONLINE DISTANCE EDUCATION


    In-classroom Instruction:

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

    Online Distance Education:

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

    Note: At Millersville University, the distance education policy will be monitored on a term-by-term basis. The PA State Grant (PHEAA) may be revoked at any point during the semester if the student fails to meet the guidelines for at least 50% classroom instruction.


    AM I ELIGIBLE FOR A STATE GRANT IF I AM DISABLED AND MUST TAKE ALL OF MY CLASSES THROUGH DISTANCE EDUCATION


    If you have a medical disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and you are enrolled in a program of study that is structured to allow you to complete at least 50% of your credits in the classroom, you may request an accommodation (exception) to the 50% in-classroom requirement of the State Grant Program. However, you must meet all other eligibility requirements, and you must provide ADA-supporting materials from your medical healthcare provider and the ADA Accommodation Request Form(PDF).

    If your program is structured in a way that does not allow for at least 50% classroom instruction, no exceptions can be made.

  • Contact Info

    Lyle Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 241

    Office Hours:
    Standard: Mon.-Fri. 8:00am to 4:30pm (mid-Aug. to mid-May); Summer: Mon.-Fri. 8:00am to 4:00pm (mid-May to mid-Aug.)

    Phone: 717-871-5100                           
    Fax:  717-871-7980 
    Email: fa.mail@millersville.edu

    USPS Mailing Address:
    Office of Financial Aid
    Millersville University
    P.O. Box 1002
    Millersville, PA 17551-0302

    Address for UPS/FedEx:
    Office of Financial Aid
    Lyle Hall, 2nd Floor
    40 Dilworth Rd
    Millersville, PA 17551-0302