Pennsylvania State Grants

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Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) Grants are for Pennsylvania residents who take at least 6 credit hours at either the Jamestown Campus or Warren Center. PHEAA will calculate awards based upon information the student submits on the FAFSA and their state grant application, but PHEAA will pay the award based on actual information reported by the school. Therefore PHEAA grant estimates are not included on your award notice. PHEAA will forward a roster of financially eligible students to JCC at the beginning of each semester for confirmation of academic eligibility, and qualifying students will receive credit for this award on their student bills.

Per PHEAA regulations, to receive the grant, a JCC student must:

  • be a Pennsylvania resident with a high school diploma or GED. A foreign high school that has obtained US accreditation is acceptable, as are PHEAA approved home schooling diplomas.
  • be matriculated in an associate's degree program where at least 50% of the coursework is delivered in classroom instruction. Students enrolled in an online degree program are not eligible for PHEAA. Those not enrolled in an online degree but who are participating in online courses may not take more than 50% of their courses online. Students with a medical disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may request an exception to the 50% in-classroom requirements by contacting PHEAA.
  • be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours required for degree on record, 3 of which are college level credits for PART-TIME grant
  • be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours required for degree on record, 6 of which are college level credits for FULL-TIME grant
  • be enrolled at either the Jamestown Campus or Warren Center, assigned by the location where the majority of credits are taken. In the event of equal credit hour distribution, a student will be designated for the Warren site only if currently enrolled in AS Social Science (0212) or Business Administration (0671) 
  • First-time applicants must submit the FAFSA and the Pennsylvania State Grant Form by August 1; Renewal applications must submit the FAFSA and any appropriate State Grant documents by May 1. If you miss the deadline for the academic year, apply anyway. You may qualify for an award if funding permits.
  • To receive PHEAA for the summer, you must submit the online Summer Grant application  by August 15
  • not be in default of an educational loan
  • meet financial and application eligibility criteria established by PHEAA
  • not have receive the maximum PHEAA grant for periods of previous enrollment
  • meet annual requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress for Pennsylvania state aid by completing the required minimum number of credits for which state aid has been received (12 annual credits for a part-time award, 24 annual credits for a full-time award).

Award amounts per semester are determined by PHEAA for eligible students based on required reported information and depend upon passage of the state budget, student financial need, level of enrollment, and campus site of enrollment.

Learn more about sources of financial aid for Pennsylvania residents.