Government grants are financial aid awards usually based on financial need information received from your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Get information about Federal Pell grants, federal supplemental educational opportunity grants and Pennsylvania state grants.
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is a need-based grant from the federal government. Amount awarded between $692 and $6,895 for 2022-23 depending on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA and enrollment per semester. The EFC range to be eligible for a Pell Grant is 0 to 6026.
Federal SEOG Grant (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant)
The Federal SEOG Grant is a need-based grant from the federal government. The amount awarded can range between $100 and $4,000 depending on your EFC as determined by the FAFSA, your financial need status, and the availability of funds. This grant is awarded based on a review of students demonstrating the greatest financial need. It is important to note that Harrisburg University receives a limited allocation of this funding, so not all students demonstrating high financial need will receive this grant.
Pennsylvania (PA) State Grant
The PA State Grant is a need-based grant administered by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). The maximum award for the 22-23 academic year is $5,260. You must be a PA resident and submit your FAFSA by May 1st prior to the academic year you plan to enroll. PHEAA determines all eligibility, you can find more information at www.pheaa.org.
PA Partnerships for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Program
The PATH Program is a matching funds program administered by PHEAA. PA Students receiving a scholarship or grant from a participating PHEAA PATH Partner may be eligible for a PATH Grant. To review eligibility requirements, along with a list of participating PATH Partners, please visit www.pheaa.org.
Pennsylvania Chafee Education and Training Program
This is a federally funded grant program administered by PHEAA and is offered to PA students aging out of foster care who are attending an eligible postsecondary school. Visit www.pheaa.org for additional information including how to submit an application.
Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver
This is a PA state program that provides a waiver of tuition and fees for students who are or were at one time in foster care. The program is administered by PHEAA, additional information and further eligibility requirements can be found on www.pheaa.org. The point of contact at Harrisburg University for this program is Christopher Mowl, Director of Financial Aid. Please contact Mr. Mowl via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by phone at (717) 901-5115 with questions.
PA Ready to Success Scholarship Program (RTSS)
The RTSS Program, in combination with the PA State Grant Program, provides scholarships to high academic achievers from PA. Up to $2,500 for full-time and $1,250 for part-time students in total awards are offered in the 2022-23 academic year. The minimum award is $500. You can review all eligibility criteria at www.pheaa.org.
Other Types of Financial Aid
We consider every first-year student for a university-funded scholarship. Transfer student scholarships start at $8,000.
Student loans can help you cover your college expenses, especially when used alongside other forms of financial aid.
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