Need-Based Grant Programs

The following is our list of Need-Based Grant Programs. Students must be full-time day students and must file the FAFSA to be eligible. These grants do not have to be repaid and students must maintain academic progress for their grants to be renewed.

  • Alvernia University Grants

    Awarded to students on the basis of financial need as determined by the federal formula.
  • Out-of-State Grants

    These grants are awarded to students outside of Pennsylvania and based on the formula set by Pennsylvania to award its own grants to Pennsylvania residents. Grants will not be given to students from states that may bring their state grants to Alvernia University. See other state grants below
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

    This is a campus-based program funded by the federal government awarded to at least half-time students with high need and amount available is dependent upon federal funding levels.
  • Pell Grant

    The federal government funds this grant program and students must demonstrate financial need according to a federal formula. Notification of eligibility is on a Student Aid Report (SAR) and awards can be up to $5,500.
  • Pennsylvania State Grant

    The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) offers grants to undergraduates (over 18) who are enrolled at least half time and have lived in Pennsylvania for at least 12 months prior to the date of application. Students may be eligible for PA State Grant funds. Students must complete a separate summer State Grant application at Students who do receive summer funds may impact their future State Grant eligibility. If you have any questions about summer eligibility, contact the Office of Student Financial Services during the preceding spring semester. Parents must meet domicile requirements for students under 18. The state grant deadline is May 1 for the academic year. Full time students MUST complete the State requirement of 24 CREDITS for the prior year of state grant eligibility to maintain progress (part time: 12 credits). State grant eligibility is limited to eight semesters (OT students receive 10 semesters). Questions concerning the State Grant program can be directed to PHEAA in Harrisburg at 1-800-692-7392 or at PHEAA's Web site.
  • Other State Grants

    Delaware, Massachusetts, Ohio, Vermont, Washington DC, and West Virginia residents may bring their state grants to most Pennsylvania colleges. Call the Higher Education Assistance Agency in your state for additional information on eligibility criteria and the application procedures.


The Office of Student Financial Services

400 Saint Bernardine Street
Francis Hall, Room 203
Reading, PA 19607
Phone: 610.796.8201
Fax: 610.796.8336

Office Hours
Mon - Th: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fri - 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Summer Office Hours*
Mon - Th: 8:00 am – 5 pm
Fri - 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
*Starting on May 31

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