Grants, Loans, & Scholarships
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FEDERAL PELL GRANT
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form is your application for a Federal Pell Grant. Pell grants are awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need as determined by the federal government. The amounts are determined by the student’s “Expected Family Contribution” (EFC), which is indicated on the Student Aid Report (SAR) that you receive after filing the FAFSA.
PHEAA STATE GRANT
The State Grant Program provides grant aid to applicants who demonstrate financial need. To be considered for a PHEAA State Grant you must meet the following criteria:
Filing deadlines for incoming students, present students, and transfer students who have not previously applied for or received a PHEAA State Grant is August 1. For students who are present recipients of a PHEAA State Grant the deadline is May 1. Deadline can be met by completing the FAFSA application by the designated due date at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Additional information on the PHEAA state grant can be found at the PHEAA website www.pheaa.org.
ACG (FEDERAL ACADEMIC COMPETITIVENESS GRANT)
IMPORTANT NOTE: The ACG program ends June 30, 2011.
South Hills Switched to the Direct Student Loan Program
Updated April 20, 2010
Beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year South Hills School of Business & Technology is joining thousands of other U.S. colleges and universities in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan Program. Lending through the Federal Family of Education Loan Program is no longer available.
SOUTH HILLS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP
South Hills School of Business & Technology will offer a maximum of eight new scholarships each school year. There are four scholarships awarded at State College, two at Altoona, and one at Lewistown. The scholarship is valued at 25 percent of the cost of tuition. It is given to those students who demonstrate economic hardship and would benefit from this scholarship. Scholarships are granted without regard to race, color, creed, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or national origin.
A student meeting the following qualifications for the scholarship must submit a letter of application to the Scholarship Committee for review. The application deadline is December 20. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision within thirty (30) days of the application deadline.
Qualifications for the SHSBT Scholarship are as follows:
The scholarship is valued at 25 percent of tuition. If the balance of tuition due after applying grants, agency sponsorship, and/or other scholarships is less than 25 percent of the total tuition, the SHSBT scholarship will be limited to that amount.
The scholarship will be credited retroactively to the first term of the school year in which the scholarship is granted. It will be credited to the recipient’s account on a term-by-term basis through graduation when eligibility is maintained. The school scholarship will be permanently forfeited when eligibility is lost. Students should refer to the current student planner for the requirements of maintaining the scholarship.
OTHER POSSIBLE SOURCES OF SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION