WEST CHESTER – April 23, 2018 – State Senator Andy Dinniman is reminding Pennsylvania students and families that the deadline for most college-bound students to apply for the 2018-19 Pennsylvania State Grant for the upcoming school year is May 1.

“Many Pennsylvania students rely on financial assistance to receive a college education, so I encourage them to take the necessary steps to apply for state grant aid now, before it’s too late,” Dinniman, who serves as minority chair of the Senate Education Committee, said. “This is an opportunity that should not be missed.”

The May 1 deadline applies to all renewal applicants and first-time applicants who plan to enroll in colleges, universities, or a college transfer program at two-year public or private colleges (except community colleges and designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institutions).

For students seeking state grant aid for the first time who plan to enroll in a community college, business, trade, or technical school, a hospital school of nursing, a designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institution, or a non-transferable two-year degree program at a community, two-year or four-year college, the application deadline is Aug. 1.

To apply for a PA State Grant, applicants must first complete the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Applicants can access this form online at PHEAA.org/FAFSA or fafsa.gov. Completing the FAFSA online saves time and reduces application and processing errors.

In addition to completing the FAFSA, first-time applicants must also submit a completed PA State Grant Form (SGF). First-time applicants who submit the FAFSA® online will be automatically redirected to the SGF by following the onscreen prompts on the confirmation page. First-time applicants who have already submitted their FAFSA but have not completed the SGF will receive an email directing them to PHEAA’s secure Account Access site for completion. Both applications are free to submit. Information provided by applicants when submitting an online FAFSA is automatically applied to portions of the SGF to increase accuracy and convenience.

In addition to state and federal assistance, there are numerous opportunities for financial aid that students and their families can explore as they look at schools, Dinniman said.

“I recommend that students and their families contact the financial aid offices of the colleges and universities they are interested in attending for financial aid options through that school,” Dinniman said.

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