Financial Aid and Scholarship Information

Confused about FAFSA, PHEAA, and how to fund your college education in general?  

Download the “Financial Aid Information Sheet”


College-Related Financial Aid Links

FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (known as the FAFSA) is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.  
 The FAFSA will be available on October 1st, 2017. (previously Jan 1st) This means that families can learn about their financial eligibility and prepare for the cost of education earlier.
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency provides funding in the form of grants to residents of Pennsylvania who plan to STAY in Pennsylvania for their higher education.  Grants CANNOT be transferred to institutions out-of-state.  Students must create an account and provide financial information, much like the FAFSA, to determine their state aid-eligibility.
The PROFILE form is administered by the College Scholarship Service (CSS), the financial aid division of the College Board. The CSS PROFILE is required by many private colleges and universities to determine your eligibility for non-government financial aid, such as the institution’s own grants, loans and scholarships. Public Universities do NOT require the CSS Profile. 

Specific Scholarship Links

 

Step Up to College

Dunkin’ Donuts Philadelphia Regional Scholarship
Up to 25 high school seniors will receive this $2,000 Scholarship.  Awards are for one year and not renewable.

PA House of Representative Scholarship
The program provides four-year scholarships to two high school seniors per year. Each award consists of the value of one semester of tuition at the State System of Higher Education for each of four years. Eligible educational institutions include nearly all colleges, universities, and career schools in Pennsylvania. Half of each annual award will be paid in the fall semester, and half in the spring semester. Students must maintain eligibility criteria in all four years in order to receive ongoing awards.
Application Due: March 1, 2017

Penn State Millenium Scholarship
The Penn State Millennium Scholars Program is designed for high-achieving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students who will become leaders in their chosen fields and are committed to increasing the diversity of professionals in STEM-related disciplines.

Gates Millenium Scholarship

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian Pacific Islander American**, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. Continuing Gates Millennium Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.

General Scholarship Links

While most gift-aid (grants, scholarships) comes directly from the college or university that you will attend, students can apply for various private grants and scholarships using the websites below.  We strongly suggest identifying scholarships that you are particularly qualified for, since there are many applicants for each one.