While the sources of most grants are the federal government, state governments or Thiel College, you should also explore grant and scholarship options with your guidance or transfer counselors, local church, civic or community organizations.
The Federal Pell Grant is awarded to students who meet certain financial need qualifications and who are working toward a first bachelor's degree or who are enrolled in certain post baccalaureate programs that lead to teacher certification or licensure.
After completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the government will notify schools of a student's eligibility. The amount of the non-repayable grant is not controlled by the individual college. All students requesting aid through Thiel must apply for a PELL Grant.
Grant amounts are dependent on:
The FSEOG Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students to promote access to postsecondary education.
Priority is given to those students with "exceptional need" (those with the lowest expected family contributions [EFCs]) and those who are also Federal Pell Grant recipients. Eligibility is determined from FAFSA. These grants are made based on the level of federal appropriation and are non-repayable. To learn more, visit the Federal Student Aid website.
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) state grants are available for qualified Pennsylvania students. These grants, which range up to $4,000 per academic year, are determined by family size, financial resources and educational costs. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania takes the position its residents should not be denied the opportunity for a post-secondary education because of financial need.
To be eligible, students must demonstrate financial need in accordance with state procedures for such a determination. For further information, please visit the PHEAA website or learn more about special programs.
To apply, students must complete the FAFSA and release appropriate information to the state grant agency, by May 1 prior to the academic year. Students may file electronically through the FAFSA website or obtain an application from their high school guidance counselor, from a college financial aid office or from any member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Completed applications must be filed by the May 1 deadline. Early application is encouraged to ensure that qualified students receive grants.
Qualified veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for consideration for state grants while they are undergraduate students. The veteran must comply with eligibility requirements. Each veteran will be considered on the basis of his or her individual situation and without regard to the financial information or status of the veteran's parents or guardian. Further details on this program are available from the veteran's high school, Thiel College or by writing directly to PHEAA (1200 N. Seventh St., Harrisburg, PA 17102).
Grants are awarded to Ohio residents with demonstrated financial need. Award money may be used at educational institutions outside the state of Ohio up to a maximum of $600 per year. Students who complete a FAFSA automatically have their financial information forwarded for eligibility determination.
State grants/scholarships may be available to students from other states to attend college in Pennsylvania. Students should check with their high school guidance office for details and deadlines.
Any student receiving a full-tuition award is not eligible for other institutional gift aid.
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