Grants & Scholarships


The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania awards grants to state residents pursuing postsecondary degrees, including associate degrees. To be eligible for a PA State Grant, you must complete the FAFSA by May 1 of each year. PHEAA will contact you via mail or email requesting additional information to determine eligibility.

Your grant award will be re-evaluated each year on the basis of continued need, your academic progress and to ensure you are taking at least six credits per semester. Credits in remedial courses may be eligible depending on how many regular credits you are also taking. They usually will require additional information to determine eligibility.

Create an account at to track your PA State Grant eligibility. 

  • FAFSA completed by May 1st
  • Graduate from a Pennsylvania High School
  • Pennsylvania Resident
  • Enrolled at least half time (6 credits)
  • Enrolled in a 2 year program
  • Meet satisfactory academic progress (as defined by PHEAA)
  • Create an account on to view up to date PA State Grant information
Special Programs through PHEAA

PATH Program

Students awarded a scholarship or grant by a PHEAA PATH (Partnerships for Access to Higher Education) Program Partner may be eligible for additional aid.

Pennsylvania Chafee Education and Training Grant Program

This federally funded program offers grants to Pennsylvania undergraduate students aging out of foster care who are attending an eligible postsecondary institution.

Pennsylvania National Guard EAP

Together with the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, PHEAA administers this tuition assistance program for students who enter into a service commitment with the Pennsylvania National Guard for a period of 6 years.

Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program

The Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program provides a waiver for tuition and mandatory fees charged by most postsecondary institutions located in the Commonwealth for youth 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.

To be considered for a Fostering Independence Tuition Education Waiver, you must:

  • Be a Pennsylvania resident
  • Have not reached the age of 26 by July 1 of the upcoming academic year for which the FosterEd waiver is received
  • Have received a high school diploma or received a Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma
  • Be eligible for services under Pennsylvania's John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood
  • Be identified as a youth who is or was in foster care, or was discharged from foster care on or after attaining age 16, OR has exited foster care on or after age 16 to adoption or permanent legal guardianship
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate, at least half time in a postsecondary institution that is approved by the U.S. Department of Education for Title IV student assistance programs
  • Demonstrate financial need for the PA Chafee Education and Training Grant (as determined by the postsecondary institution)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (as determined by the postsecondary institution)
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe a refund on other Title IV aid
  • Have not received FosterEd waiver for 5 years (consecutive or not), defined as 10 semesters or the equivalent for undergraduate study
  • File a 2020-21 FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Students who intend to transfer to a different institution during the 2020-21 Academic Year should notify PHEAA via email to or by calling 1-800-692-7392.

To apply for the waiver:

State Grant and Special Programs
P.O. Box 8157
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8157

Fax: (717) 720-3786

Students who wish to appeal their eligibility determination can do so by emailing .

Point of Contact at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology:

Emily Smoker

Director of Financial Aid


Phone: (717) 391-7206


Federal Pell Grants are determined by the Department of  Education based upon demonstrated financial need and full or part-time enrollment at Thaddeus Stevens College. To apply for a Federal Pell Grant, students must complete the FAFSA. Our priority deadline is March 1 of each year. Once the College receives your FAFSA and you have received an offer of admission, we will begin to process your application to ensure everything was completed accurately.

  • U.S. Department of Education determines student’s eligibility from information gathered on the FASFA application
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress 
  • Awards depend on financial need and enrollment status
  • Funds are disbursed via EFT to students accounts each semester.
FEDERAL Supplemental Educational opportunity grant (FSEOG)

Federal grant funds awarded to our neediest students who complete the FAFSA application early.  To be considered students must meet the following criteria.

  • Federal Pell grant eligibility based on FAFSA.  
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress 
  • Awarded to students who complete the FAFSA in October of the previous year. 
  • Preference is given to resident students 
  • Awards are generally $3,000 for the year, until funds are exhausted. 
  • Funds are disbursed via EFT to students accounts each semester.


For more than 100 years, the Stevens Grant and its predecessors have enabled thousands of students to realize the American Dream.

The Stevens Grant assists those students that are financially disadvantaged. 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • FAFSA processed by May 1st . Late applicants may receive reduced award.
  • Completed all required paperwork with the FA office by October 1st for Fall and Feb 1st for Spring
  • Pell Grant Eligibility as determined by the FAFSA
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress 
  • Enrolled in 12 or more credits and working towards degree requirements
    • In some cases, students that are taking less than 12 credits but are taking a full load of their program courses according to the model schedule and have full filled all general education requirements may be eligible on a prorated basis.
  • Complete all PA State Grant paperwork

Grant Covers:

  • Remaining costs after Pell Grant, PA State Grant, outside scholarships, VA benefits and EFC are taken into consideration.
  • If the EFC is greater than zero student are responsible for the amount of the EFC. A student loan will be awarded as an option to cover the EFC.
  • Costs can include, tuition, fees, room and board ( 7 day meal plan for resident students and 5 day meal plan for commuter students)
  • Text Books and tools will be lent to students by instructors on the first day of the semester
  • All books must be returned at the end of each semester.
  • If a student withdraws or is dismissed prior to graduation they must return their tools or be charged a replacement fee.

Length of time:

  • 4 semester maximum
  • Pre-Majors may receive the grant for 6 semesters


  • If the EFC is greater than zero, students can take out a loan or pay out of pocket to cover the amount of their EFC.
  • All books must be returned at the end of each semester.
  • If a student withdraws or is dismissed prior to graduation they must return their tools or be charged a replacement fee.
  • If a student withdraws or is dismissed during the refund period, their Stevens Grant will be prorated based upon the business office’s refund policy.

Maintaining Eligibility:

  • Complete a new FAFSA each year to determine financial eligibility
  • Complete 10 hours of civic engagement per semester
  • Continuous Full-Time enrollment
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Uphold the Colleges Code of Conduct


The Thaddeus Stevens Foundation awards more than 50 scholarships annually. You may complete a scholarship application to apply for all of the available scholarships for which you may meet the criteria. Amount of scholarship is determined by the Thaddeus Stevens Foundation.

The application must be submitted prior to May 28, 2021.  Decisions and notifications of scholarships will be made by the end of July.

  • CLOSED: Thaddeus Stevens Foundation Scholarship Application

Unless otherwise stipulated, the following general criteria shall apply to all the applicants for scholarship consideration:

  • All applicants must first qualify by passing the entrance exam conducted and administered by Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.
  • Each recipient of a scholarship must meet the academic standards of a 2.0 GPA or above.
  • Student with financial need is given first preference. Financial need can only be determined by completing the FAFSA. We encourage all applicants to also complete the FAFSA. Consideration for those with academic achievement will be given second preference.
  • None of the following forms of discrimination will be used in selecting a qualifying student. Neither race, creed, color, age nor gender shall be used as a determining factor in awarding the scholarship.
  • Scholarship applicants shall be residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Outside Scholarships

You are encouraged to apply for scholarships from outside sources. However, the Financial Aid Office is not responsible for these scholarships, so you should confirm with the sponsor any rules or requirements that may apply. Please notify the Financial Aid Office of any other scholarships, as they may change your award/amounts that you are federally eligible for. We will complete any paperwork required to assist in the follow-up process.

You can use one of the many free scholarship searches online. It is not recommended to ever pay any amount or fee to apply for an outside scholarship.