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Your Right To Know About Financial Aid

In compliance with the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, the Financial Aid Office at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College provides a variety of consumer financial aid information on this website.

Department of Education PIN

The PIN Application is for students and parents who do not already have a Federal Student Aid PIN and would like to apply for one.  You will need this PIN to submit the FAFSA. The PIN Application Process consists of 3 steps:

  • Step 1: Enter Personal Information
  • Step 2: Submit Your PIN Application
  • Step 3: Receive Your PIN

Apply for you PIN online at this Department of Education PIN link.


Apply for federal Financial Aid on the web. You, and your parent if you must provide parent information, will need a Department of Education PIN (see Department of Education PIN entry above). It takes a minimum of 12 weeks for both federal and local processing of your application, and longer if student loans are involved.


The State Grant program provides grants to eligible Pennsylvania residents who are in need of financial aid to attend a PHEAA-approved postsecondary school as undergraduate students.  This link will take you to the state grant website.

Student Guide to Financial Assistance

This link will take you to Financial Aid Resource Publications from the U.S. Department of Education: Funding Education Beyond High School – The Guide to Federal Student Aid is available in English and Spanish.  Pursuing education beyond high school is an opportunity you should not deny yourself simply because you are not sure it’s for you. This publication provides you with valuable information to make it happen!

Loan Entrance Counseling

Students applying for Direct Stafford Loans must complete Loan Entrance Counseling. The Financial Aid Office will not certify your loan until Entrance Counseling is complete.  You can complete this counseling online at www.studentloans.gov or contact the Financial Aid Office for instructions on how to complete Entrance Counseling.

Loan Exit Counseling

If you have received Federal Direct Stafford Loans at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College under the Direct Loan Program and will be graduating or will be transferring or have dropped to less than half time, you are required to complete Direct Loan Exit Counseling.  You may complete this counseling online at https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action.

GI Bill®

Veterans, service-members, and some dependents of disabled or deceased Veterans should follow the above link for information regarding eligibility, payment rates, and applying for benefits.  This site also affords one the ability to apply for benefits on-line and certify monthly enrollment by utilizing the WAVE link.

Default Prevention Plan

Although Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is not required by the Department of Education to have a default prevention plan in place, our Financial Aid Office makes significant efforts in the areas of debt management and default prevention. Several years ago, in an effort to heighten student and parent awareness about loans, aid administrators initiated a “Borrow Wisely” campaign in the Financial Aid Office as we shared those same concerns as other institutions about student debt. This Default Prevention Plan, now a part of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College’s Financial Aid Policies and Procedures, describes the Financial Aid Office’s efforts and presents information about the institution’s loan program that helps guide these efforts.