Paying for College

A big challenge facing potential college students and their families is how to help supplement higher education costs. Student Financial Services at Penn Highlands is committed to guiding you through the process of understanding how to pay for your education.

We encourage all of our students to apply for financial aid. The first step in applying for aid, including both grants (free money) or student loans, is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our Federal School Code is 031804. Students must complete the FAFSA each year they wish to apply for aid.

After completing the FAFSA, you may find that you need additional aid. We encourage all students to apply for scholarships or to apply for a student loan.

We want you to understand how affordable it is to attend Penn Highlands Community College.

Costs & Payments

  • Attend For Free? It May Be Possible.

    Attend college for free? It may be possible! Here’s how.

    Tuition and fees for Cambria County residents is $6,240 (based on two semesters totaling 30 credits). Eligible students can receive a Federal Pell Grant of up to $6,195, and a state PHEAA grant of up to $2,850, totaling $9,045, a $2,805 advantage for the student.

    This means that it is possible for those coming from low-income families to have the costs of college completely covered or to have little out-of-pocket expenses.

    We are more affordable than you think.
    Maximum Pell Grant $6,195
    Maximum PHEAA Grant +$2,850
    Penn Highlands Credits (30) -$6,240
    Money Left (Books, Travel, & Meals) $2,805

    For others, Penn Highlands may very well be the answer to the question of: “How can I get a college education without going into debt?”

    Our tuition and fees are among the lowest available in the Southern Alleghenies region. Many of our students cover the costs with some federal and state gift aid, part-time jobs, and only a modest amount of student loans. Penn Highlands also has several scholarship opportunities available, and many of these are need-based rather than academic-based.

    For help with applying for federal and state financial aide packages, contact Financial Aid at 814262.6454 or sfs@pennhighlands.edu.

Financial Options


Scholarships are administered by the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation and our Financial Aid office.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is any grant, scholarship, loan, or employment opportunity with the express purpose of helping a student meet educational and related expenses while attending college.

Student Accounts Office
1.888.385.7325 (PEAK)