Federal and State Grants

Reading Area Community College offers several federal and state grants, which do not have to be repaid.

Federal Grants

Pell Grants

Pell grants are awarded to students who demonstrate financial need through the FAFSA. Pell grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not previously received a bachelor's or graduate degree. Pell grants are awarded based upon the analysis of the FAFSA, cost-of-attendance, expected family contribution, and enrollment status.

Amounts range from $555 to $5550 for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) Grants

SEOG grants are awarded to students who completed their FAFSA prior to May 1 and who are eligible for PELL grants in ascending order from among RACC students with the least ability to contribute to their costs of education as calculated from the need analysis.

Amount of the award is $300 per academic year.

State Grants

PHEAA State Grant

PHEAA provides grants to eligible Pennsylvania residents who are in need of financial aid to attend a PHEAA-approved, post-secondary school as undergraduate students. Students must be enrolled on at least a half-time basis (6 credits) in college-level courses. Programs of study that are less than two years in length are not eligible for the State Grant (e.g. LPN).

Amounts range from $200 to $1884 for the 2010-2011 academic year or a maximum of 80 percent of tuition.

For more information concerning the PHEAA State Grant call 1-800-692-7392 or visit the PHEAA State Grant Website.

To determine your financial need, subtract the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from your Cost of Attendance (COA). COA - EFC = Financial Need