18 Resources Pennsylvania Residents Should Know About Paying for College
Figuring out how to pay for college can be confusing and, let’s face it, a little scary.
However, there are many resources available to Pennsylvania residents that can make the process a little bit easier, including federal, state, and private funding sources. But don’t worry, we’re going to walk you through all of your options.
Are you ready to begin your college career? Then let’s work through the four steps you need to take to fund your college education in Pennsylvania.
Step 1: Apply for Federal Funding
Filling out the FAFSA form is every student’s first step in paying for college. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Although it can seem like a long, tedious form, it’s a necessary first step in the financial aid process.
Although the FAFSA can be a pain to fill out, it certainly has its benefits. Just by filling it out, you will automatically be qualified for some aid such as federal grants, federal subsidized and unsubsidized loans, and some state grants.
Because FAFSA can be complicated, you might want to check out our step-by-step guide that can help you through the process.
Keep in mind, some grants might have application deadlines, so the sooner you fill out your FAFSA, the better. Note: You can even apply before you know which school you’ll be attending.
Step 2: Apply for State Funding and Scholarships
As we mentioned in step one, just filling out the FAFSA automatically qualifies you for some grants and scholarships, but not all.
When you get your financial aid letters from the colleges you’ve applied to, those colleges will have looked at your FAFSA and automatically qualified you for certain state programs that are available to you.
Otherwise, you can do some research on your own to see what other programs might be available.
To begin your search on state funding, you may want to browse the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) website.