PHEAA 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

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12/18/2020

Thank you for joining us today! We hope you found our session to be helpful. We’ll continue to host live Q&A’s so follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional updates on student aid. Happy Festivus!

12/18/2020

A10: Consider it a “Festivus Miracle.” Our Higher Education Access Partners host monthly webinars that discuss a variety of student aid topics. You can register for upcoming webinars for more information here: https://www.pheaa.org/virtual/.

12/18/2020

Q10: What other resources are available to learn more about student financial aid? Tune in online to the Higher Education Access Partners.

12/18/2020
5 Steps to Financial Aid for College | PHEAA

A9: You’ll want to compare the free aid you receive versus other types of aid that you’ll have to pay back. You want to make sure to compare “apples to apples” when looking at total costs of schooling including things like books, meals, and housing if you’re going to be attending in-person. https://www.pheaa.org/college-planning/five-steps/

Seeking financial aid for college may seem like a daunting task. Review these 5 steps to guide you in obtaining financial aid for education.

12/18/2020

Q9: How should students compare school financial aid offers?

12/18/2020
PA State Work-Study Employment Program | PHEAA

A8: Federal and State Work-Study programs are great opportunities to gain work experience and secure a source of funding for education costs. The Pennsylvania Work-Study program is open to all PA residents as long as they meet all eligibility requirements. https://www.pheaa.org/funding-opportunities/work-study-employment/

The State Work-Study Program is a great option for Pennsylvania students to earn money for school and experience for the real world.

12/18/2020

Q8: What are the benefits of a work-study program?

12/18/2020
A7. Festivus Chat

A7: At this time of year, you can ask your family and friends to contribute to a college fund as a gift to you. Setting up a savings account or 529 Plan are good ways to save money for school and plan ahead for education costs.

12/18/2020

Q7: What are ways to save for college now? PA 529 is a great way to save and give yourself the gift of higher education?

12/18/2020

A6: Because of the pandemic, we suggest that you check in with the schools that you’re considering for potential opportunities to receive additional aid due to financial hardship as a result of the pandemic.

12/18/2020

Q6: How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted student aid?

12/18/2020

Q5: How do I apply for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program?

12/18/2020

A4: If there was a “Feats of Strength” in student aid — it would be the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid). The FAFSA helps determine your federal aid as well as state and school aid. It is the first step in applying for a PA State Grant, too. https://www.pheaa.org/college-planning/fafsa/

12/18/2020

Q4: Should I fill out the FAFSA?

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A3. Festivus Chat

A3: Apply early. Applying early for student aid is important because aid is given on a first come, first serve basis. The earlier you apply the better chance you have of securing more aid and avoid any regret or grievances of applying late.

12/18/2020

Q3: It wouldn’t be Festivus without the “Airing of Grievances.” We admit that student aid can be challenging, but we have some tips to help you eliminate frustrations. So how can you get ahead and give yourself the gift of student aid?

12/18/2020
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A2: Another tip is to make a timeline. A timeline of deadlines and information you’ll need to provide on aid and school forms will help you stay organized and on track. Here’s a timeline for high school students:https://www.pheaa.org/partner-access/toolkit-downloads/fin-aid/pdf/Timeline.pdf

12/18/2020

Q2: What are some other tips for a hassle (tinsel) free process to apply for aid?

A1: The first step to hassle free student aid is to understand the cost of schooling for your field of study. We simplif...
12/18/2020
My Smart Borrowing

A1: The first step to hassle free student aid is to understand the cost of schooling for your field of study. We simplify it for you with our Smart Borrower tool here where you can estimate lots of variables: http://www.educationplanner.org/students/my-smart-borrowing/index.shtml. #PHEAAFinAid

MySmartBorrowing.org is a FREE interactive tool where you can create up to 4 different scenarios to see how your career and college choices may affect how much you pay for college and if you are at risk for overborrowing.

12/18/2020

Q1: Everyone knows Festivus is a low key holiday that is no fuss. Because tinsel is distracting. So what’s the first step to make your student aid process hassle (and tinsel) free?

12/18/2020

It’s “Festivus for the rest of us” and financial aid as we talk with our student aid experts today and take your live Q&A’s. Join us now as we talk about financial aid — let’s get started!

Join us and @EFCTweets today at 3PM EST for a Twitter chat about helping students and families protect themselves agains...
12/15/2020

Join us and @EFCTweets today at 3PM EST for a Twitter chat about helping students and families protect themselves against student loan repayment #scams.

Join us and the Education Finance Council tomorrow (12/15) at 3 PM ET for a #CollegeSuccess Twitter Chat about helping s...
12/15/2020

Join us and the Education Finance Council tomorrow (12/15) at 3 PM ET for a #CollegeSuccess Twitter Chat about helping students and families understand and avoid student loan repayment #scams!

It’s the most wonderful time of year! Or maybe in 2020 – it’s just “Festivus for the rest of us.” We’re talking “Festivu...
12/14/2020

It’s the most wonderful time of year! Or maybe in 2020 – it’s just “Festivus for the rest of us.” We’re talking “Festivus and Financial Aid” on Friday, 12/18 at 1PM EST on Facebook and Twitter. Join us live as we take your Q&A’s about student financial aid. #PHEAAFinAid

Thank you for joining us today! We hope you found our session to be helpful. We’ll continue to host live Q&A’s so follow...
12/04/2020

Thank you for joining us today! We hope you found our session to be helpful. We’ll continue to host live Q&A’s so follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional updates on student aid.

12/04/2020

Q10: What resources are available to families and students following this live Q&A?

A9: There are many ways to solve for a gap in funding. We first urge students to make sure they’ve exhausted all possibl...
12/04/2020
How to Meet the Student Financial Aid Gap

A9: There are many ways to solve for a gap in funding. We first urge students to make sure they’ve exhausted all possible resources. If aid is still needed, students can consider private loan options like the PA Forward Student Loan program. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj27qOyZsuQ

The gap is going to be the expenses that are not being covered by your financial aid. After you have exhausted grants, scholarships, work-study, and federal ...

12/04/2020

Q9: What if there’s still a gap in funding?

12/04/2020

A8: Another option to reduce costs and stay close to home during uncertain times is to attend a local community college. If you’re able to stay at home and commute, that will be an added bonus that will help reduce costs of room and board.

12/04/2020

Q8: What are some other options to reduce college costs?

12/04/2020
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A7: Work study programs are part-time jobs provided to students to help them offset the cost of school. You can work with your financial aid office to understand what opportunities might be available to you.

12/04/2020

Q7: How do work study programs play a role in reducing college costs?

12/04/2020
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A6: When working with your financial aid office, ask them to consider any new circumstances that impact your finances as a result of the pandemic. The financial aid office can work with you to make sure your current financial situation is taken into consideration.

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While mortgage companies, credit card companies, and banks are offering deferrals and forbearance, PHEAA and AES are taking advantage of the most vulnerable. No emergency forbearance or deferrals for those of us who made the mistake of borrowing from this agency. Also, 6.8% interest is absolutely disgusting!
I was wondering if my son qualifies for the fostering independence waiver. He was in the foster care system for the first three years of his life before I adopted him. Does he qualify for the waiver??
A number if years ago, I was placed into default on my student loan in the middle if the first semester of my senior year in college? Yes, I had a deferment from PSU but PHEAA ignored the paperwork from Sallie Mae; the Loan Servicing Center of Penna and the deferment from PSU, and when they sold the insurance debits to the USDE, the USDE verified to a Congressman Platts at the time the USDE knew that PHEAA lied about my school status but instead of contacting the author, contacted the IRS to defraud me of my income tax refunds and later contacted the Treasury to take money from my income? You can check with PSU about my deferment status for the fall of 1992....
Why is it that National Guardsmen need to pay tuition out of pocket until PHEAA decides that it's convenient to pay out education benefits? I served over 11 years already and signed a six year commitment a year or two ago to have my education 100% covered and I now cannot afford to pay my tuition
Hello, Can you please comply with the CARES Act and stop collecting loan payments, set interest rates to 0% and set payment amounts to $0.00. Also please stop telling people they need to enter Forbearance to get the benefits of the CARES Act, this is wrong. Finally, can you and your subsidiaries (to include the ombudsman) answer the phone when people call.
Good Afternoon, PHEAA! Be safe and well. All garnishments/collections for student loans were to be halted and refunded, for a period of at least 60 days from March 13, 2020; as confirmed in the Dept. of Education article linked below. https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/secretary-devos-directs-fsa-stop-wage-garnishment-collections-actions-student-loan-borrowers-will-refund-more-18-billion-students-families Mine are still being taken out, where the amount is listed as ‘Agreement.’ Please also see below -- from my most recent pay stub (pay date 3-26-2020). This is a PANDEMIC -- and the law is the law. Please confirm when PHEAA will stop the garnishment / refund the garnishment!
I just wanted to send a huge thank you for sending me a letter stating that I'm ineligible for any state assistance. I served 15 years in the military and never gave up my PA residency. I always paid state taxes until this last year because my husband is still active duty and I was medically discharged from the service and was stationed in another state. Not too mention he is also a PA resident. We have owned a house here in PA for 4 yrs and also pay our taxes on it. Nothing like a slap in the face after paying state taxes faithfully for over 15 years only to be told sorry we cant help you because of this last year...you guys are awesome!
PHEAA is closed😳. Meanwhile, I must choose a "plan" without information. PM would be great. TIA
Hi, good afternoon My son is an international student in Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School in Altoona Pennsylvania 12o grade. He would like to apply for FARFA but he has no Social Security Number or drive license. Is it possible for him applying without these numbers?? Please, he is an amazing student, and he will need some financial and board. Thank you
Were the scholarship matches for the Path program rewarded? (Franklin County)
Caught above work tonight.
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