Harrisburg, PA (Vocus) February 18, 2009
PHEAA announced today that a new electronic application is now available for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program for the 2009-10 academic year.
The new electronic State Grant Form makes it easier and more convenient for the student to apply for grant aid, allows for faster processing, and can be administered more efficiently than a paper application process.
Students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) to apply for federal aid, as well as the Pennsylvania State Grant Program. When a student submits the FAFSA, the State Grant Form is pre-populated with selected information that the student has already submitted. If a valid email address has been provided, an email is sent to the student acknowledging that the State Grant Form is ready for completion and providing a link to the application.
The student is required to complete the non-FAFSA information that is necessary for determining State Grant eligibility, such as the parents employment status, who the student resides with, intended program of study, high school name and location, and NOW U program contributions. The application is interactive so questions are dictated by information that the student has already provided, saving the time of going through unrelated questions.
The process is finalized by the student printing a Certification Statement and signing and mailing it to PHEAA. The State Grant Form only needs to be completed by first-time State Grant applicants who will be notified through email. Renewal students already have the necessary information on file.
We are saving considerable time and money, as PHEAA typically prints and mails 300,000 State Grant notices and this new process eliminates that need, acknowledged Representative William F. Adolph, Chairman of the PHEAA Board of Directors. This is another step forward in our technology that eases the application process for Pennsylvania families while increasing our efficiency and cost savings.
PHEAA is reaching out to students, school counselors, and financial aid administrators to educate them about this new process. It is critical to the success of the program that students are aware that an email will be sent to them. Those without email access will receive communications via the traditional paper method. More information is available at http://www.pheaa.org/grants.