Created in 1963 by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) has evolved into one of the nation’s leading nonprofit student aid organizations.
https://www.pheaa.org/ Today, PHEAA is a national provider of student financial aid services, serving millions of students and thousands of schools through its student loan servicing, financial aid processing systems and outreach programs. As a nonprofit organization belonging to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, PHEAA devotes its energy, resources and imagination to developing innovative ways to ease the financial burden of higher education for Pennsylvania’s students, families, schools and taxpayers.
Mission: Creating affordible access to higher education
Federal Student Aid
⚠️ WEBSITE ALERT: The FAFSA® form will be offline from 9 p.m. Eastern time tonight until launch.⚠️
Please wait until your launch time ⌚ (seen below) before trying to access the 2021–22 FAFSA® form online.
Michelle Rich’s “why” is different from most when it comes to participating in the annual SECA campaign.
🤝 “I don't have a lot of opportunity to give time, but making a donation is an easy way for me to support organizations that have impacted my life and the lives of my friends and family, and feel like I am making a difference in their work.
🐎 "For the past several years, I have donated to Leg Up Farm in Manchester. They provide my friend's son with Equine Therapy and it has brought him so much joy.
"I love watching his excitement on therapy days, and he has really developed quite a bond with the horses and instructors.”
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The Pittsburgh Promise
The FAFSA will be available October 1, 2020! To receive Promise funds, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year as well as the Pennsylvania State Grant Form (PHEAA). Complete and submit your applications early to receive the most benefits available to you through federal and state funding. Learn more and submit your FAFSA at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
PHEAA’s Student Loan Notification Tool
147,315 PA students and 102 PA schools served
How your school can empower students to make more informed decisions with borrowing and loan management: https://www.pheaa.org/tools-resources/student-loan-notification-tool.shtml.
Federal Student Aid
A lot has changed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, but one thing that hasn’t? The FAFSA® form 👇 fafsa.gov
🍂 Happy #FirstDayofFall! 🍂
🤝 #PAproud of University of Pennsylvania students and alum who launched free job-finding platform for other students affected by the Coronavirus to connect with one another and get back on their feet: https://ilmjtcv.com. #landthejob
Join the network of labor displaced by the coronavirus. Meet others like you. Chat. Support. Network. Build.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Wishing a happy new year to all Pennsylvanians celebrating Rosh Hashanah.
5 years in the making! #PHEAAproud to celebrate our own Tom Hewitt’s Permanent Diaconate Ordination in Harrisburg (Diocese of Harrisburg), last Saturday: https://www.hbgdiocese.org/diocese-receives-gift-of-35-men-ordained-to-order-of-diaconate/. #community #liveyourvalues
(📸: Hewitt family)
It’s a scenario playing out all over the country: students are dropping out of college.
Faced with mounting challenges as a result of the coronavirus, many miss the structure and supportive environment of in-person classes.
Fears are rising of a "Lost Generation" of college students as low-income students, especially Black students, are dropping out of college or not enrolling. Many low-income students say they don’t have good enough Wifi at home to take online courses.
Join us this Friday, September 18 at 1PM EST on Facebook and Twitter, as we talk about putting your best foot forward with PA Forward Student Loans. https://www.pheaa.org/student-loans/pa-forward/
✨🎓 #ContinuedLearning takes different shapes at PHEAA. Did you know? Employees can pursue higher education through our tuition reimbursement program.
🎉 Congrats to recent grads and program participants, Helena, Amelia, Jennifer, and Jason on their achievements and degrees! #NationalOnlineLearningDay
#PHEAAProud to recognize our Digital Transformation division on IT Professionals Day. Their commitment to mature and scale SAFe adoption is evident in staff receiving the SAFe for Teams certification training, and adapting to fully virtual Program Increment (PI) Planning Events due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Looking forward to the things we’ll continue to accomplish together. #futureofwork #NationalITProfessionalsDay
(📸 Photos taken prior to the pandemic)
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! This month we celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of Hispanic and Latino Americans that have pushed our commonwealth forward.
Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN)
🚨 NOW LIVE - #PAHouse Commerce committee hearing on the impact of COVID-19.
Watch FREE at pcntv.com/channel-3.
Nathan Hench, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Public Affairs, has been asked to testify at today’s PA House Commerce Committee’s Public Hearing on "Impact of COVID-19" and what comes next.
Today’s hearing is intended to give the committee members an overview of the various financial impacts the pandemic has had on different industries and the constituencies they serve.
As the administrator for the Commonwealth’s PA State Grant Program and other state-funded student aid programs, PHEAA is on the front lines in helping students and families navigate today’s evolving COVID-19 higher education landscape. Live stream and transcripts: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/cteeInfo/Index.cfm?CteeBody=H&Code=6
Join us in welcoming our new Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Carol Scott! As an alumna of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and Texas A&M University, Carol brings more than 20 years of diversified operational experience in assessing and meeting organizational technology needs.
✨ Happy to have you join the #PHEAAmily and our digital transformation journey!
Students are asking for more outreach than ever! How your financial aid office can meet their needs during the pandemic (advice from Education Dive: K12): https://bit.ly/3hLRpOc.
Half of students wanted more outreach from their financial offices during the spring semester, a new survey finds.
📆 Deadline alert!
Seniors, you can apply to any of these 40+ top schools like Swarthmore College and Yale University, and be considered for a full four-year scholarship through QuestBridge's National College Match.
👉 Apply by September 29, 2020. Details: https://www.questbridge.org/high-school-students/national-college-match/who-should-apply. #whyapply #CollegeSavingsMonth #collegematch
In order to be eligible to apply to the National College Match in the fall of 2018, applicants must graduate from high school during or before the summer of 2019 and plan to enroll as a freshman in college in the fall of 2019.
#UnitedWeStand #NeverForget 🇺🇸
Today is the 19th anniversary of September 11, 2001. We will never forget the extraordinary acts of the brave passengers and crew of Flight 93 that took place in the skies above Pennsylvania — or the debt we owe for their immeasurable sacrifice.
🔁 Planning to transfer college credits from PA schools?
Find participating programs and colleges: https://www.patrac.org/About-PA-TRAC/Participating-Colleges-and-Universities.
PA Commission for Community Colleges, Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education, Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) #collegesavingsmonth
Did you know? FedLoan Servicing turns 11 today! 🎉
If you or your student experienced a loss of income during the Coronavirus pandemic, file the Reduced Income form for PA State Grants.
Independent students and veterans 👇: https://www.pheaa.org/grants/state-grant-program/pdf/2020-2021/20B41.pdf.
Dependent students or parents 👇: https://www.pheaa.org/grants/state-grant-program/pdf/2020-2021/20B40.pdf.
Asked & answered: "what if I or a parent experience a loss of income due to COVID-19?" 🎓 How (and when) to request a financial aid appeal: https://bit.ly/3hPiVui. #collegesavingsmonth
The COVID-19 crisis is driving more students to appeal for extra financial aid now. Given that some staff may be working remotely, plan for delays.
September is #CollegeSavings Month and National School Success Month—a perfect opportunity to think about goals and expectations for the commencing school year. Set yourself up for success: https://www.pheaa.org/virtual/.
Happy Labor Day from PHEAA! Our offices are closed Monday, September 7 in observance of the holiday.
Even in a typical school year, every dollar counts. What work-study looks like for students during the pandemic (from U.S. News and World Report ).
Work-study jobs may be remote, in-person or rescinded entirely this fall depending on colleges' policies.
Join us this Friday, September 4th at 1PM EST on Facebook and Twitter, as we talk with our Higher Education Access Partner Amy about Student Financial Aid Myths & FAFSA Facts.
Wondering about PA State Grants for the Fall term? 2020-2021 awards were announced early June and awards began disbursing to schools in August.
📲 Log in to your PA State Grant account to view more: https://www.pheaa.org/tools-resources/account-access.
Here’s why you need to up your financial literacy: It’s costing you money. (from CNBC)
Here's how to get a better idea of the true cost of your purchase. Start by looking for the hidden costs.
🎉 It’s Friday! And though it signals the end of the week for some, for others it signals the end of summer break and the start of a new school year.
For teachers, educators, administrators, and counselors—the unsung heroes of our times—NASFAA President Justin Draeger shares a message of support.
By Justin Draeger, NASFAA President
Join us tomorrow, Friday, August 21 at 1PM EST on Facebook and Twitter as we talk with our Higher Education Access Partner Diona about Financial Aid 101.
Needed relief is here for borrowers with PHEAA private loans, thanks to Pennsylvania State Treasurer Joe Torsella and Governor Tom Wolf! Details: https://bit.ly/2Vyk0xm.
On Aug. 8, 2020, President Trump directed the Secretary of Education to continue to suspend loan payments, stop collections, and waive interest on ED-held student loans until Dec. 31, 2020.
More on the update, and frequently asked questions about these COVID-19 emergency relief measures for borrowers: https://bit.ly/3h7a2M6.
If you have student loans owned by the U.S. Department of Education, we’re happy to share that the administrative forbearance and 0% interest rate have been extended to provide relief during the COVID-19 emergency. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3h7a2M6
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