Applications for State Education Assistance Grants Now Available, Says DiGirolamo

Students seeking state higher education assistance grants for the 2007-08 academic year have until at least May 1 to apply, Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) said today. 

Need-based, Pennsylvania State Grants are provided to qualified Pennsylvania residents through the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) and do not have to be repaid.  Students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered.    

May 1 is the application deadline for all students seeking to renew their state grant aid regardless of their program of study and for all other applicants for bachelor’s degree programs, including new applicants and persons enrolling in college transfer programs at two-year public or junior colleges. 

Aug. 1 is the application deadline for all first-time applicants who plan to enroll in business or trade schools, hospital schools of nursing or two-year terminal programs at a community, junior or four-year college. Summer school students may also qualify for state grant funds with some exceptions applying.  

PHEAA encourages students to apply even if the deadlines have passed. Late applications may qualify for an award if funds permit. 

Federal, state and institutional student aid programs have varying deadlines. Be sure to submit your completed FAFSA prior to the earliest deadline for awards for which you may be eligible. 

The PHEAA Web site offers services to manage student accounts successfully and obtain information about Pennsylvania State Grants or special programs that would be relevant to secondary education students including account summaries, free online applications, online payment options, and additional forms of financial assistance such as work-study programs, special grants or scholarships and loan forgiveness programs for those who qualify. 

Students with Internet access may file their FAFSA electronically at using the more expeditious FAFSA on the Web or “FOTW.” In December, PHEAA mailed the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet to all Pennsylvania high school seniors who took the SAT or ACT tests in their junior year to make it easier for families to complete the form online.  

FAFSA Completion Workshops for students and parents are scheduled across the Commonwealth during January and February.  

For more information on FAFSA Workshops, PHEAA grants or for an application, visit the PHEAA Web site at, or contact DiGirolamo’s office at 2444 Bristol Road, Neshaminy Valley Commons in Bensalem, or by calling (215) 750-1017. 

Rep. Gene DiGirolamo
18th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(215) 750-1017
(717) 783-7319
Contact:  Jennifer Algoe Keaton
(717) 705-2094
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