These programs are automatically packaged for students that apply for aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students need to apply early since these programs are based on need or available funds. The Financial Aid Office recommends a FAFSA filing date of March 31.
PHEAA State Grant
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) administers this program. Pennsylvania State Grants are free grants awarded to needy students who are Pennsylvania residents. Additional information is available at: www.pheaa.org
Students apply for the PA State Grant simply by completing the FAFSA. PHEAA's deadline for applying to PA State Grant is May 1 of the upcoming academic year. Information from the FAFSA will automatically be released to PHEAA unless the student indicates otherwise on the application. After the initial application is filed, students and parents should respond to the PHEAA Grant Division if additional information is required for the PA State Grant application.
Students may also review their PA state grant application online at www.pheaa.org/tools-resources/account-access/index.shtml First time users will need to create an account. On the right-hand side in the Account Access Username box, below the SIGN IN button, new users will click on the Create account link. For assistance with this process please contact PHEAA/AES at 1-800-233-0557.
Eligibility for this grant is determined by PHEAA using information from your FAFSA application. Students who applied on time should be notified by mid-May of their eligibility via the e-mail address provided on their current FAFSA. Students are only eligible to receive a PA state grant for a maximum of 8 full-time semesters.
Federal PELL Grant
A Federal Pell Grant is a free grant that does not have to be repaid. You must complete the FAFSA in order for your eligibility to be determined for the Federal Pell Grant.
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
A limited amount of funds from the FSEOG program are available for students with high financial need. The information provided on the FAFSA form will be used to determine student eligibility. Awards vary based on financial need and fund availability.
Federal TEACH Grant
The TEACH Grant Program provides grants to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. Recipients must teach for at least 4 academic years within 8 calendar years of completing the program of study for which they received the TEACH Grant. Failure to complete the service obligation results in all amounts of TEACH Grants received being converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. Recipients must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education and interest will be charged from the date the grant was disbursed.
Shippensburg University awards TEACH grants to eligible juniors, seniors and graduate students with a GPA of 3.25 or higher.
Due to March 1, 2013 sequestration and federal budget cuts: TEACH Grants for which the first disbursement is made on or after March 1, 2013, will be subject to a 6% reduction of the student's calculated award. For example, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by $240, resulting in a maximum award amount of $3,760.
For more information regarding the Federal TEACH Grant, please visit https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/index.action.