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PA State Aid Eligibility

Explanation of Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards For Pennsylvania Aid (PHEAA Grant)

A. Maximum Number of Awards Permitted – PHEAA
• Students may receive PHEAA until they have accumulated 2.0 award accumulators while pursuing an associate’s degree.
• Each semester a student receives an award for full-time study (12 or more credit hours), it counts as .50 awards.
• Each semester a student receives an award for part-time study (6-11 credit hours), it counts as .25 awards.

B. College Level vs. Imputed Credit
• A fall-time student (12 credit hours) is eligible to receive a PHEAA grant for the first two semesters of study if enrolled in at least 6 college-level credits. The third semester a full-time student receives a PHEAA grant and thereafter, the student must be enrolled in at least 12 college-level credits.
• A part-time student (6-11 credit hours) is eligible to receive a PHEAA grant for the first two semesters of study if enrolled in at least 3 college-level credits. The third semester a part-time student receives a PHEAA grant and thereafter, the student must be enrolled in at least 6 college level credits.

C. Courses Necessary for the Completion of Degree Requirements
• Students receiving a full-time PHEAA grant must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits (college-level and imputed) which are necessary for the completion of their declared associate degree on record at the beginning of each semester. Part-time students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits (college level and imputed) necessary for their declared associate degree.

D. Academic Progress Requirement
• A student who has received a PHEAA grant in a prior academic year must have passed the required minimum total number of credits for the semesters in which the grant aid was applied. For example, a student who has received 1.00 award accumulators for two semesters of full-time study must pass at least 24 credit hours to be eligible for subsequent PHEAA grants. A student who has received .50 award accumulators for two semesters of part-time study must pass at least 12 credit hours to be eligible for subsequent PHEAA grants.

E. State Waiver Requests
• In cases where the student has failed to complete the required number credits to satisfy the academic progress requirement due to a medical condition, family illness, or other extenuating circumstances, the student may request consideration for an exception from PHEAA. Students may submit a waiver request form to the college financial aid office explaining their circumstances with supporting documentation from a third party. Waivers are not automatic and will be determined on a case by case basis by PHEAA.