PHEAA State Grant Program
Pennsylvania offers need-based grant funding to qualified state residents. As a student, you begin the PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) State Grant application process when you submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you wish to apply for funds for a Summer PHEAA State Grant, you must complete a separate application.
Ensuring MCCC Receives PHEAA State Grant Information
Montgomery County Community College must be listed as your school choice on the State Grant application in order for you to receive the PHEAA State Grant at MCCC.
You can review and/or update your school choice with PHEAA.
- Log in with your AES or PHEAA account credentials or create a new account.
- Once logged in, select the current academic year under Grant Status > Change School Information Form. Update the school choice and submit. Note: this change only adjusts the PHEAA Grant record, not the FAFSA.
Basic Eligibility Requirements
The basic eligibility requirements reviewed by PHEAA when it receives an application are:
- Meets the application deadline by filing the FAFSA by May 1 prior to the academic year you plan to attend. (First-time applicants attending MCCC have a one-time extended deadline of August 1; future year applications MUST be filed before May 1.)
- Meets criteria for financial need
- Enrolled on at least a half-time (at least 6 credits in courses spanning 15 weeks or more for fall and spring award periods) basis in an associate's degree program and does not already have a bachelor's degree
- U.S. high school graduate or the recipient of a G.E.D.
- Pennsylvania resident (domiciliary)
Additional School Certification Eligibility Requirements
PHEAA State Grant award notices sent to students from PHEAA should be considered estimates. Even after you receive a State grant award notice, PHEAA requires a college to conduct additional eligibility checks. PHEAA will send MCCC an official list of all students awarded State grants at the beginning of each semester (including summer). Your PHEAA State grant will appear on the financial aid award notice as "estimated" until eligibility is confirmed. The following are some of the eligibility checks that will be made by MCCC financial aid staff prior to any State grant funds being disbursed to a student’s account.
Definition of Semester Length (fall & spring semesters)
PHEAA defines a semester length at a minimum of 15 weeks long (consecutive); therefore, the following types of enrollment DO NOT qualify for a PHEAA State grant:
- Enrollment in only one 7 week term
- Enrollment in only both 7 week terms
- Enrollment in any non-credit programs
- Enrollment in only a certificate program
- Enrollment in Culinary Arts program courses that do not span the entire traditional semester length
Students enrolled in a combination of 15-week and 7-week term enrollment meet PHEAA’s semester length; however, if enrolled in the 7-week II term that begins mid-way through the semester, the College is required to delay the disbursement of the PHEAA State grant until the first day of the later course.
Remedial and/or ESL Course Enrollment
Change in Enrollment Status
A change in enrollment status can affect a student's eligibility for a PHEAA State grant. The following are some examples of enrollment changes that may result in an adjustment to a student's State grant during a semester.
- Drop from full-time to half-time
- Drop from half-time to less-than-half-time
- Switching from a regular degree course to one that is remedial or ESL
- Switching from a course taken through classroom instruction to one that is online
Summer State Grant Eligibility
The Summer PHEAA State Grant requires a separate application to be submitted between mid-March and the August 15 deadline for the current year’s summer term.
In addition to all other eligibility criteria noted above, students at MCCC must be registered in at least 6 credits during the summer in a period of enrollment that’s at least 5 weeks in length (does not need to be consecutive) to be considered. PHEAA also requires MCCC to withhold applying a Summer State grant to a student's account until after the first day of the summer II term.
Other Educational Aid
Blind or Deaf Beneficiary Grant Program
This state-funded program provides financial assistance to blind or deaf students attending Montgomery County Community College.
Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program
Beginning the Fall 2020 semester, the Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program provides a waiver for tuition and mandatory fees for students who are or were in foster care. This waiver applies only to charges that remain after all other gift aid (federal, state, and other scholarships or grants) have been applied to the student’s account.
Direct questions to:
Student Support Services Specialist, Student Success Center
Pennsylvania Chafee Education and Training Grant Program
This federally funded program offers grants to Pennsylvania students aging out of foster care.
The Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program (PA-TIP)
The Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program (PA-TIP) provides grant funding to eligible students enrolled in the following certificate programs at Montgomery County Community College:
- Medical Assisting
- Medical Office Assistant
- Medical Coding
Note: Students who have completed a bachelor's or graduate degree are eligible to apply for a PA-TIP award.
Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program (PEGP)
PEGP honors individuals who lost their lives protecting the citizens of Pennsylvania by helping their children fund their education by providing a waiver for tuition and fees. This waiver applies only to charges that remain after all other grants (federal, state, and outside scholarships) have been applied to the student’s account.