Grant options for Central Penn students

Grants are monetary awards that students are not required to repay. The following grants are available for qualifying Central Penn students.


  • Need-based as determined by the federal government
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Cannot already have a bachelor degree
  • No repayment required  
  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Students must comply with our Financial Aid Academic Progress Policy
  • Remain enrolled in classes


  • Pell Grant
  • $6,495 maximum annually (2020-2021)
  • May be eligible with as few as three credits
  • The federal deadline is June 30 of each year


  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • $1,500 maximum annually
  • Deadline is March 1 of each year for maximum aid consideration
  • Pell Grant eligible
  • Awarded on a first-come, first-served basis


  • Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency Grant
  • Up to $4,140 maximum annually 
  • Must complete Status Notice Form online at at account access
  • If taking classes in the summer, must complete Summer State Grant Form at at Account Access
  • Must be a Pennsylvania resident
  • Must be enrolled and have at least 4 credits
  • State Agency deadline of May 1 of each year

All information above is subject to change in Federal/State regulations and Central Penn policy.

For additional information on grants, contact Central Penn’s Financial Aid Office at or call (800) 759-2727.

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