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 $582 to $5875 for the 2016-2017 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

This program provides grants to eligible Pennsylvania residents who are in need of financial assistance to attend PHEAA-approved postsecondary schools as undergraduate students.

Award amounts are based on the college costs and the student’s need. Students must be enrolled in an approved program of study that is at least 2 years in length. Additional requirements, including satisfactory progress, can be found at PHEAA.org The maximum award is dependent upon available funding and subject to review and adjustment. For clarification of PHEAA certification requirements that impact most RACC students see PHEAA Awarding Requirements - PDF PDF

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