Pennsylvania State Grant (PASG)

Eligility Criteria

The PA State Grant is offered to Pennsylvania residents who meet PHEAA’s eligibility criteria. You must meet the following conditions to be considered for this grant.

  • Complete a Pennsylvania State Grant application by May 1
  • Be a Pennsylvania resident attending a Pennsylvania-based college or university
  • Eligible students must be pursuing their first bachelor’s degree program in an approved program of study that is at least two years in length
  • Be enrolled at least half-time (six or more credits)
  • Have a PHEAA-determined qualifying expected family contribution
  • Maintain PA State Grant academic progress (see below)
    • If you need to appeal your state grant progress, please complete the PHEAA Progress Exception Form and submit it to via TUSafeSend.

A Note for 2024-2025

PHEAA is updating their system for the 2024-2025 cycle to GrantUS. The new system is expected to go live in mid-April 2024. Students will receive an email from GrantUS with account creation and log-in instructions. Students should then change their password and enable multi-factor authentication. First time students will be prompted to complete the PA State Grant form; renewing students will be advised of next steps.

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General PA State Grant Information

  • A PA State Grant alone will not cover tuition and fees. 
  • Students enrolled in a summer semester may apply for a summer PA State Grant. 
  • Continuing students must submit the FAFSA for each academic year they plan to enroll to be reviewed for the PA State Grant. 
  • Changes in financial circumstances in future academic years can change a student’s eligibility or grant amount.
  • The PA State Grant is applied to your student account balances after the add/drop period for your latest-starting course is complete. 
    • Students who register for a 7B course will receive their PA State Grant after the 7B add/drop period ends. Refer to the academic calendar for the term-specific dates.
    • Students are still responsible for their balances. SFS cannot remove late fees and registration holds that may result from delayed PA State Grant disbursement.

Common PA State Grant Questions

For a full list of Frequently Asked Questions about the PA State Grant, please see the list on PHEAA's website.

How do I apply for a PA State Grant?

After submitting the FAFSA through, students’ information is transferred to PHEAA as part of the state grant application. Students are strongly encouraged to log into their PA State Grant account through to ensure that all PA State Grant application information is complete. 

How do I know if I am eligible for a PA State Grant?

PHEAA will send notices to eligible students with their estimated grant amount.

Students who meet the PA State Grant eligibility criteria will see the PA State Grant listed on their financial aid offer. If the grant does not appear, students should log into PHEAA or contact their agency for assistance.

How much can I receive?

PHEAA determines the amount of a student’s PA State Grant. The maximum grant for 2022–2023 is $5,260.

Students are limited to receiving no more than eight full-time semesters’ worth of PASG funding—or the equivalent in less than full-time status. 

  • Summer grants will count against this overall limit.
  • Students can view their grant usage at
What is PA State Grant academic progress?

Students must pass a specific number of new (i.e., not repeated) courses each term.

  • Full-time semester: 12 new credits
  • Part-time semester: six new credits

Students may combine their enrollment as long as they meet the following new credit minimums.

  • Full-time academic year (two full-time semesters): 24 new credits
  • Part-time academic year (two part-time semesters): 12 new credits
  • Mixed academic year (one part-time and one full-time semester): 18 new credits

Example 1: A student who is enrolled full time in fall and passes 10 new credits may enroll full time in spring and pass 14 new credits. This is a total of 24 new credits for the year, which meets the progress requirement.

  • A student who passes 10 new credits in fall and 14 new credits in spring meets the progress requirement (10+14=24).

Example 2: A student who is enrolled part time in fall and passes at least six new credits, then enrolls full time in spring and passes at least 12 new credits meets the progress requirement of at least 18 new credits for the academic year (6+12=18).

  • A student who passes four new credits in fall and 14 new credits in spring meets the progress requirement (4+14=18).

Example 3: A student who is enrolled part time in fall and passes at least six new credits, then enrolls part time in spring and passes at least six new credits in that term meets the progress requirement of at least 12 new credits for the academic year (6+6=12).

  • A student who passes five new credits in fall and seven new credits in spring meets the progress requirement (5+7=12).

Students who do not meet this standard are notified via PHEAA and may appeal their ineligibility. Contact SFS with questions.