Applications for State Education Assistance Grants Now Available, Says Hess

Students seeking state higher education assistance grants for the 2010-11 academic year may now begin submitting applications, Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/Fulton/Huntingdon) said today.


“Pennsylvania’s higher education grant program assists students who may otherwise not be able to afford college,” Hess said.  “Throughout the years, thousands of Pennsylvanians have benefited from this investment in education.”


Need-based Pennsylvania State Grants are provided to qualified Pennsylvania residents through the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) and do not have to be repaid.  Students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered.  


Hess noted that individuals with Internet access may file their FAFSA electronically at or at  Completing the FAFSA online reduces errors and speeds up the processing time.


May 1 is the deadline for the Pennsylvania State Grant, but families should contact the schools their student is interested in attending, as many have earlier financial aid deadlines.


Federal, state and institutional student aid programs have varying deadlines. Be sure to submit a completed FAFSA prior to the earliest deadline for awards for which the student may be eligible.


“I encourage anyone who is planning to attend college in the fall to apply for state grant assistance,” Hess said.  “Higher education not only provides personal benefits, it also helps to grow our economy.”


The PHEAA Web site offers services to manage student accounts successfully and obtain information about Pennsylvania State Grants or special programs that would be relevant to secondary education students including account summaries, free online applications, online payment options, and additional forms of financial assistance such as work-study programs, special grants or scholarships and loan forgiveness programs for those who qualify.


For more information on FAFSA Workshops, PHEAA grants or for an application, visit Hess’ Web site at or contact his Bedford Office at 814-623-9097, or his McConnellsburg Office at 717-485-4430.


Rep. Dick Hess
78th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(814) 623-9097
(717) 787-7076

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