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Types of Financial Aid


  • Federal Pell Grant
  • PA State Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)


Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation scholarship applications open in spring for the fall award (scholarships are renewable for the spring award as long as the student meets the requirements of the scholarship in the term completed). Students will be notified before tuition deadlines that a scholarship has been applied to their account. In order to be considered for a scholarship, students must be registered, must have a calculated FAFSA on file and must meet the electronic scholarship application deadline date which may change year to year. These scholarships are considered gift aid and do not have to be repaid. For questions, please contact the Foundation.

Federal Work-Study

The Federal Work-Study program is a self-help award that provides students with the opportunity to work and earn a paycheck to help pay for their educational expenses. Students who are awarded and accept the Federal Work-Study program can typically work up to 15 hours per week and receive $9 per hour.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College offers Federal Work-Study positions in different areas throughout the college campuses. The College pays wages through direct deposit on a biweekly basis. To apply for Federal Work-Study, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), confirm eligibility with the Financial Aid Office, and interview with the position supervisor. Available jobs are posted in the Financial Aid Office and on myPEAK. Interested students may contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information and assistance.

Federal Direct Loan

This is a self-help award that must be repaid. There are two types of Federal Direct Loans; Subsidized and Unsubsidized. The Subsidized Loan is awarded based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA. Interest on the Subsidized Loan does not accrue during authorized periods of deferment, while the student is enrolled for at least half-time status or before repayment begins. The Unsubsidized Loan is not need based. Interest on the Unsubsidized loan accrues once the loan is disbursed to the student account. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), be enrolled in a degree program for at minimum 6 credits in order to be eligible for either loan. To learn more about the Direct Loan program click here.