Since its inception, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has been committed to offering excellence in education and affordable educational opportunities. While the College adheres to the principle that students and their families have the primary responsibility to pay for college costs as their means permit, financial assistance programs represent a bridge between a family's ability to pay and the cost of higher education. The Financial Aid Office administers many types of financial assistance including federal, state, and institution financial aid programs to help students meet their educational costs.
Most financial aid awards are made on the basis of financial need. A student's financial need is determined by deducting the student's expected family contribution (EFC) from the cost of education. (What does EFC stand for?) The EFC is the number that is used to determine eligibility for financial aid and is the result of the student completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). (What is the FAFSA?) To qualify for financial aid, the student must be matriculated (seeking a degree, certificate, or diploma) and demonstrate financial need while maintaining academic progress. In most instances, the student must be enrolled in at least six credits per semester (half-time status).
Financial aid comes in the forms of grants, scholarships, student loans, and part-time employment with the majority of our funds provided through federal, state and institutional programs. There are two categories of financial aid: gift aid and self-help aid. Gift aid includes forms of assistance which do not require repayment, such as grants and scholarships. Institutional scholarships are awarded based on merit, financial need, or other factors including enrollment in specific programs. Self-help aid includes student loans, which must be repaid, and the work study program which provides earning opportunity through part-time employment.