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Types of Financial Aid at IUP


Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is considered to be the foundation upon which all other financial aid is awarded.

All students applying for any financial assistance from IUP or through state grant programs must apply for the Federal Pell Grant. It is funded and administered by the federal government. You can receive $400 to $4,000 per year if you qualify. To apply for this grant you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Pennsylvania State Grant

Pennsylvania State Grants are provided by the state for Pennsylvania residents. You must complete the Free Application  for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The deadline for applying is April 15.

You must be enrolled for at least six credits to receive a part-time Pennsylvania State Grant. Full-time Pennsylvania State Grants require that you enroll for a minimum of 12 credits. If you demonstrate financial need you can receive $200 to $3,300 per year at IUP. PHEAA academic progress guidelines require that you earn 12 new credits for each semester of full-time grant assistance.

Other State Grants

If you are not a resident of Pennsylvania, check with your state Higher Education Assistance Agency to see if aid is available to you for attendance at IUP.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

SEOG is funded by the federal government and administered by IUP. Eligibility is based on your exceptional financial need with priority given to Federal Pell Grant recipients.

You must be enrolled on at least a half-time basis (six credits per term). You may receive approximately $200 to $3,000 per year at IUP. To apply for this grant you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 15.


Scholarships are financial aid awarded to a student based on a number of characteristics that may include factors such as academic performance, athletic ability, special talents, or affiliation with a particular organization or group.  Funds received through scholarship programs do not have to be repaid.  Some scholarships are one-year awards while others may be renewable.  Be sure to be aware of the criteria for maintaining eligibility if you receive a renewable award.

There are numerous sources of scholarships including IUP, state and federal governments, foundations, clubs and organizations, religious groups, and other entities.  Sometimes just finding out about available scholarship opportunities can be challenging.

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