What Are Grants?
Gift aid that:
- Does not have to be repaid
- Is awarded on the basis of financial need
- Reduces the amount that a student needs to borrow
- Is provided by the university and/or state and federal governments
- Is renewable for as many as four years
- Requires a new aid application annually
- Generally stays the same from year to year
Susquehanna awarded more than $10 million in grants to eligible students in the 2017-18 academic year.
The largest single financial aid program administered by the university, this need-based award is a gift provided by Susquehanna.
Susquehanna University funded aid (scholarship and grant aid) is limited to a maximum of eight semesters for
any individual student. Most states also limit their awards to eight semesters.
These awards provide additional grant assistance through the generous contributions of alumni and friends of the university. Unless noted, these awards are made on the basis of financial need.
Students received more than $3.3 million in awards in the 2017-18 academic year.
Many named awards are designed for students who demonstrate specific characteristics such as intended major, geographic area, etc.
There is no separate application to be considered for these awards. Susquehanna's student financial services staff reviews all need-based financial aid applications to determine eligibility.
The Federal Pell Grant Program
Annual awards go up to $6,195 during the 2019-20 academic year and are set by the U.S. Department of Education.
You automatically apply for a Pell Grant when you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Many students who do not qualify for Pell Grant funding do qualify to receive aid from other sources.
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
This is a federal grant program administered by Susquehanna. Grants range from $500 to $4,000 per year for the most needy students.
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)
Qualifying Pennsylvania residents may receive up to $4,122 during the 2019-20 academic year.
When you complete the FAFSA, you'll be provided with a link to complete the Pennsylvania State Grant form to be eligible for this grant. You must file your FAFSA by May 1 to be considered.
Grants from Other States
Programs in the following states have grant programs for qualifying residents attending Pennsylvania colleges and universities. For information about required applications and filing deadlines click on the appropriate link below:
Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program
This program provides a waiver for tuition and mandatory fees charged by most postsecondary institutions located in Pennsylvania for youth who are or were in foster care. Please see the Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program website for details or contact Katie Erdley in Susquehanna University's Student Financial Services Office for more information.