Federal and State Grants

If you're like most students, you prefer to pay your way through college by receiving grants instead of loans. That's because most grants do not need to be paid back unless you fail to meet an obligation on your end.

Get the answers here to questions about federal and state grants. Learn about your eligibility and how to apply for them.

You must complete the FAFSA for a determination of your Pell Grant eligibility. A Pell Grant does not have to be repaid.

You must have a high financial need (be Pell eligible) to be eligible for the limited amount of funds from the FSEOG program. This is determined by information you provide in your FAFSA form.

If you are a junior, senior, or graduate student with a GPA of 3.25 or higher and you intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families, apply to the TEACH Grant Program.

As a grant recipient, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing your degree. Failure to complete this obligation results in all amounts of TEACH Grants received being converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education, and interest will be charged from the date the grant was disbursed.

For more information regarding the Federal TEACH Grant, visit https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/index.action.

If you are a needy undergraduate student and Pennsylvania resident, you may be eligible for a free state grant from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA).

Apply by completing your FAFSA form by May 1 for the upcoming academic year. Information from the form will be released to PHEAA. If you are a new student completing the FAFSA for the first time, you will be prompted to complete the PHEAA application as the last step of your FAFSA application. If you are a returning student, your FAFSA information will be sent automatically to PHEAA.

PHEAA will notify you of your eligibility by mid-May via the e-mail address you indicated on your current FAFSA. Note that you are only eligible to receive a state grant for a maximum of eight full-time semesters. New students should remember that after May 1, your PHEAA grant can only be associated with one college. If you have applied to multiple colleges, your PHEAA grant may not show up on your Shippensburg aid award if Shippensburg was not listed first on your FAFSA. You are still eligible for your PHEAA grant! You just need to let PHEAA know you are planning on enrolling at Shippensburg.

For additional information, go to www.pheaa.org. Review your grant application online at www.pheaa.org/tools-resources/account-accessindex.shtml.

If you are a high-achieving student who comes from a family with an annual income less than $110,000, you may be eligible for this program. RTSS, in combination with the Pennsylvania State Grant Program (PHEAA grant), awards up to $2,000 for full-time and $1,000 for part-time students.

Funding is limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis in order of your FAFSA filing date. Other eligibility requirements to qualify for RTSS include:

  • Submission of a FAFSA and a Pennsylvania State Grant Form (SGF)
  • Completion of at least one academic year, defined as having earned at least 24 semester credits when your school checks academic progress for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program
  • Attaining at least a 3.25 GPA when your school checks academic progress for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program