College of General Studies

Federal and State Financial Aid

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Federal and State Financial Aid

The College of General Studies students seeking degrees and certificates can apply for financial aid in the form of loans, grants, and scholarships. To determine your eligibility for financial aid, you will need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The University of Pittsburgh Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (OAFA) manages need-based financial aid for all University students.

Students applying for loans, such as the Stafford Federal Student Loan, Graduate PLUS Loan, or similar alternative education loans offered through other agencies or private banks, must complete the Financial Aid Application Supplement (FAAS). You should submit the FAFSA as soon as you can after January 1 of the calendar year in which you plan to enroll and will need aid.

Visit the OAFA Web site for more information regarding the FAFSA and FAAS.

State Grants

To qualify for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program (PHEAA), you must complete the following steps and meet the following criteria:

  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Be a Pennsylvania resident for a least 12 months
  • Be a graduate of an approved high school or have a General Education Development (GED) degree
  • Meet criteria for financial need
  • Be enrolled for at least six credits as an undergraduate
  • Be enrolled in an approved program of study for at least two academic years
  • Earn at least fifty percent of the total credits or credit hours required for completing your program of study through classroom instruction
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Not have previously earned a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent
  • Not have received the maximum number of Pennsylvania State Grants permitted
  • Not be in default or pending default on an education loan

The deadline to apply for a state grant is May 1 for first time applicants in undergraduate degree programs and renewal applicants.

In addition, the state provides special program grants for veterans, National Guard members, and students pursuing particular fields of study. Browse additional information about the Pennsylvania State Grant Programs.