Grants are financial aid monies that do not have to be paid back. The federal government and the state of Pennsylvania provide grants to eligible students. See details below.

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grant monies do not have to be repaid. In order to qualify for a Pell Grant you must:

  • Complete a FAFSA.
  • Enroll in credit courses in an approved program of study.
  • Submit any requested paperwork to the BC3 Financial Aid Office (as requested through your BC3 email).
  • Demonstrate financial need (calculated by the Federal Government when you submit a FAFSA).

You are not eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant if you are:

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Federal SEOG Grants are available to students with exceptional need. Any student wishing to be considered for this grant must:

  • Enroll at least half-time (6 or more credits).
  • Demonstrate Pell Grant eligibility.

Pennsylvania State Grant Program

Like the Federal Pell Grant, the PA State Grant monies do not have to be repaid. In order to be considered for the PA State Grant you must:

  • Be a Pennsylvania resident for at least a year.
  • Submit a FAFSA by May 1st.
  • Submit a Status Notice.
  • Enroll in a two-year Associate Degree Program.
  • Enroll at least half-time (6 or more credits).
  • Make satisfactory academic progress according to the PA State Grant Policy guidelines (different than academic progress).

Special State Grant Programs

Pennsylvania offers several other specialized grant programs to students. View more information on PA State Grant and Special Programs or contact the Financial Aid Office.

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