• Federal Pell Grant

    The Federal Pell Grant is the foundation on which all other financial aid is awarded. Year-round Pell allows a student to be awarded up to 150 percent of the annual Pell award amount. It is awarded a maximum of 12 full-time semesters (or the equivalent).

    To apply: File the FAFSA.

    To be eligible, you must:

    • Be pursuing your first undergraduate degree.
    • Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
    • Be enrolled for courses at IUP on the 15th day of the term (Pell Census date): Enrollment level on the 15th day of the term determines the final Pell award amount.
    • Have not reached the 600 percent Pell Lifetime Eligibility Limit.
    • Be enrolled at least 12 undergraduate credits for a full-time grant; adjustments made if less than full-time.

    Pennsylvania State Grant

    Pennsylvania State Grants from the Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) are provided by the state to residents. There is an eight full-time semester lifetime limit on Pennsylvania State Grants.

    To apply: File the FAFSA by May 1.

    To be eligible, you must:

    • Be pursuing your first undergraduate degree.
    • Be enrolled for at least 6 credits (no more than 3 remedial credits) for a part-time grant and at least 12 credits (no more than 6 remedial credits) for a full-time grant.
    • Maintain satisfactory academic progress: Earning 12 new, non-remedial credits (a repeat of a course in which the student previously earned a grade of “D” or better will not be considered new) for each term a Pennsylvania State Grant was received in the prior academic year in question. Here is more detailed information regarding Pennsylvania State Grant Academic Progress requirements.
    • Students taking more than 50 percent of their credits online in a semester will be eligible for a reduced award amount.

    Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

    The FSEOG is funded by the federal government and administered by IUP. Students may receive approximately $100 to $1,500 per year.

    To apply: File the FAFSA

    Until Cabinet reaches a decision on our preferred filing deadline, we encourage students to complete their FAFSA as soon as possible for maximum consideration for all available aid sources.

    You will be considered if you:

    • Are pursuing your first undergraduate degree.
    • Demonstrate exceptional financial need, with priority given to Federal Pell Grant recipients.
    • Are enrolled at least half-time (six credits per term).

    Other State Grants

    If you’re not a Pennsylvania resident, check with your state Higher Education Assistance Agency to see if aid is available for you to attend IUP.