Grants & Scholarships

PENNSYLVANIA STATE GRANT (PHEAA)


The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania awards grants to state residents pursuing postsecondary degrees, including associate degrees. To be eligible for a PHEAA 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 www.PHEAA.org to track your PHEAA 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 www.aessuccess.org to view up to date State Grant information

FEDERAL PELL GRANT

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.

STEVENS GRANT

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 PHEAA paperwork

Grant Covers:

  • Remaining costs after Pell, PHEAA, 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

Notes:

  • 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 10 hours of community service
  • Continuous Full time enrollment
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Uphold the Colleges Code of Conduct

THADDEUS STEVENS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

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 29, 2020.  Decisions and notifications of scholarships will be made by the end of July.

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.