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Top 70 Pennsylvania Scholarships in March 2024

Written by Sawyer Hiton

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Updated: March 3rd, 2024

The state of Pennsylvania is a great place to go to school, and with the help of these Pennsylvania scholarships, you’ll be able to pay for it. With the help of private Pennsylvania scholarships, state grants, and institutional scholarships at Pennsylvania schools, you’ll be well on your way to attending school in the state of the Liberty Bell, Hershey Chocolate, and Taylor Swift!

In addition to the private scholarships listed below, Pennsylvania students should be sure to apply for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program or the Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program. Be sure also to inquire about institutional aid at the colleges you apply to. Schools like Carnegie Mellon and Bucknell have very strong financial aid programs, and you’ll want to make sure you are putting your name in for every possible opportunity.

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$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

Exclusive
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Scholarships360

Exclusive

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application
1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
Apply

Morgan Levine Dolan Community Service Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
5 awards worth $5,000
Deadline May 18, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Are you a college-bound high school senior or current post-secondary student from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania? Further, do you have a passion…Show More

Are you a college-bound high school senior or current post-secondary student from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania? Further, do you have a passion…Show More

Are you a college-bound high school senior or current post-secondary student from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania? Further, do you have a passion for (and prior experiences with) either community service or playing sports? If so, consider applying for the Morgan Levine Dolan Community Service Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $5,000 each to five current or incoming post-secondary students with a history of either playing sports or volunteering in their local community. To apply, interested students must submit an essay detailing how earning this scholarship will help them fulfill their future goals. If you're from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania and love either community service or sports, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

5 awards worth $5,000
Deadline May 18, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students
Apply

$40,000 BigFuture Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application
Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application

Open to US-based high school students in the class of 2025 and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the class of 2025 and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the class of 2025 and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Niche $25,000 No Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Niche

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Expired deadline March 2025
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Niche

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

1 award worth $25,000
Expired deadline March 2025
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Niche $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Niche

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Niche

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

​Cecilia Moy Yep Scholarship Fund

Offered by Asian American Women's Coalition

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Mar 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Asian American Women's Coalition

Are you an Asian-American, college-bound, female high school senior residing in Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery, Chester, or Bucks County, Pennsylvania? If so, the ​Cecilia Moy Yep…Show More

Are you an Asian-American, college-bound, female high school senior residing in Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery, Chester, or Bucks County, Pennsylvania? If so, the ​Cecilia Moy Yep…Show More

Are you an Asian-American, college-bound, female high school senior residing in Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery, Chester, or Bucks County, Pennsylvania? If so, the ​Cecilia Moy Yep Scholarship Fund may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the Fund grants scholarships of varying amounts to Asian American female high school seniors who will be graduating this upcoming spring and enrolling in university the Fall after graduation. Applicants must also hold a minimum 3.0 GPA and participate in community service and extracurricular activities.  If you're an Asian-American, female high school senior from Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery, Chester, or Bucks County, Pennsylvania, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Mar 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

Perryman Family Foundation College Scholarship

Offered by Perryman Family Foundation

Multiple awards worth $10,000 - $15,000
Deadline Mar 30, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Perryman Family Foundation

The Perryman Family Foundation College Scholarship is funded by the Perryman Family Foundation, an organization established by James T. and Rose M. Perryman to "provide…Show More

The Perryman Family Foundation College Scholarship is funded by the Perryman Family Foundation, an organization established by James T. and Rose M. Perryman to "provide…Show More

The Perryman Family Foundation College Scholarship is funded by the Perryman Family Foundation, an organization established by James T. and Rose M. Perryman to "provide for the education of the next generation of innovators." Thus, each year, their Perryman Family Foundation College Scholarship awards up to $15,000 to multiple undergraduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics. If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, keep on reading for more application details.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $10,000 - $15,000
Deadline Mar 30, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Blind or Deaf Beneficiary Grant Program

Offered by Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency

Multiple awards worth up to $500
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level College & Graduate Students

Offered by Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency

The Blind or Deaf Beneficiary Grant Program is a state-funded program that provides financial aid to blind or deaf Pennsylvania residents who are currently attending…Show More

The Blind or Deaf Beneficiary Grant Program is a state-funded program that provides financial aid to blind or deaf Pennsylvania residents who are currently attending…Show More

The Blind or Deaf Beneficiary Grant Program is a state-funded program that provides financial aid to blind or deaf Pennsylvania residents who are currently attending a postsecondary institution. To apply, first-time applicants must submit a signed letter confirming that they have been evaluated and are eligible to receive benefits from the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) OR a completed, signed, and dated Medical Professional Certification Form from your physician regarding your visual and/or hearing impairment (located on the last page of the BDBG Application). All applicants, including renewal ones, however, must submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). If you're a blind or deaf Pennsylvania resident and post-secondary student, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $500
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level College & Graduate Students
Get Started

Dr. Michael Dorizas Memorial Scholarship

Offered by Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia

The Dr. Michael Dorizas Memorial Scholarship, established to honor the late Dr. Michael Dorizas, a widely respected educator, lecturer, and athlete, annually offers $5,000 to…Show More

The Dr. Michael Dorizas Memorial Scholarship, established to honor the late Dr. Michael Dorizas, a widely respected educator, lecturer, and athlete, annually offers $5,000 to…Show More

The Dr. Michael Dorizas Memorial Scholarship, established to honor the late Dr. Michael Dorizas, a widely respected educator, lecturer, and athlete, annually offers $5,000 to current and incoming four-year students of Greek heritage. Those studying Greek Studies are also eligible, regardless of their heritage. All applicants must reside in one of a few select Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware counties (eligible counties can be found below, under “Eligibility Information”). If you’re a Greek student or are studying Greek studies in an eligible county, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Get Started

$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia Founders Scholarship

Offered by Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia

The Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia Founders Scholarship, established to honor the founders of the Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia, annually awards $5,000 to current…Show More

The Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia Founders Scholarship, established to honor the founders of the Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia, annually awards $5,000 to current…Show More

The Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia Founders Scholarship, established to honor the founders of the Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia, annually awards $5,000 to current and incoming four-year students of Greek heritage. Those studying Greek Studies are also eligible, regardless of their heritage. All applicants must reside in one of a few select Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware counties (eligible counties can be found below, under “Eligibility Information”). If you're a Greek student or are studying Greek studies in an eligible county, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Get Started

Hope Through Learning Award

Offered by Homeless Children's Education Fund

Multiple awards worth $2,500
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Homeless Children's Education Fund

The Hope Through Learning Award is open to Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) residents under the age of 24 who have experienced homelessness during school attendance years.…Show More

The Hope Through Learning Award is open to Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) residents under the age of 24 who have experienced homelessness during school attendance years.…Show More

The Hope Through Learning Award is open to Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) residents under the age of 24 who have experienced homelessness during school attendance years. "Homelessness" includes lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate night time residence, and includes students living in a shelter, car, motel, doubled-up situation, or places not meant for human habitation, or lacking permanent housing. Applicants must also have graduated high school and received acceptance into a post-secondary or career program, and be set to begin classes before the end of the application year. If you're a college-bound, Allegheny County resident who has experienced homelessness, keep on reading to learn more. Apply for the chance to earn funding toward your education and take a step towards a brighter future.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $2,500
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

$1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Appily

Easy Application
Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

Offered by Appily

Easy Application

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
Apply

Lou Manzione Travel Hockey Player Scholarship

Offered by SportsEngine

2 awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by SportsEngine

The Lou Manzione Travel Hockey Player Scholarship is open to hockey-loving high school seniors from Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. A total of two (2)…Show More

The Lou Manzione Travel Hockey Player Scholarship is open to hockey-loving high school seniors from Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. A total of two (2)…Show More

The Lou Manzione Travel Hockey Player Scholarship is open to hockey-loving high school seniors from Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. A total of two (2) one thousand dollar ($1,000) non-renewable scholarships are awarded annually, one to a New Jersey high school senior and one to a high school senior from Pennsylvania or Delaware. Applicants must be registered members of USA Hockey and participate on a travel hockey team in the AAHA. If you're a goal-oriented student from Pennsylvania, Delaware, or New Jersey, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

2 awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

Craig D. Butler Scholarship Foundation Award

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Craig D. Butler Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

1 award worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 12, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Craig D. Butler Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

The Craig D. Butler Scholarship Foundation Award annually grants $1,000 to a college-bound, African-American high school senior who is from or will graduate from a…Show More

The Craig D. Butler Scholarship Foundation Award annually grants $1,000 to a college-bound, African-American high school senior who is from or will graduate from a…Show More

The Craig D. Butler Scholarship Foundation Award annually grants $1,000 to a college-bound, African-American high school senior who is from or will graduate from a high school in Pennsylvania. The scholarship was established to honor the memory of Craig D. Butler and support deserving high school seniors. CDB Scholarships, the sponsor of the scholarship, aims to provide financial aid to African-Americans pursuing higher education, especially to those who've experienced gun violence. To be eligible, applicants must be African-American residents of Pennsylvania or attend a Pennsylvania high school. Applicants should also have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be entering a two or four-year college/university or accredited vocational-technical school as a full-time freshman. If you meet this criteria, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

1 award worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 12, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

$5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application
1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Theodore Mazza Scholarship

Offered by UNICO Foundation Inc.

4 awards worth $1,500
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by UNICO Foundation Inc.

The Theodore Mazza Scholarship annually awards $1,500 scholarships to four college-bound high school seniors who reside in or have a UNICO Chapter/District sponsor from one…Show More

The Theodore Mazza Scholarship annually awards $1,500 scholarships to four college-bound high school seniors who reside in or have a UNICO Chapter/District sponsor from one…Show More

The Theodore Mazza Scholarship annually awards $1,500 scholarships to four college-bound high school seniors who reside in or have a UNICO Chapter/District sponsor from one of the following states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, or Wisconsin. Applicants must plan on enrolling full-time in an accredited campus-based college/university program in the United States. The scholarships may be renewed for up to four years of an undergraduate program, allowing recipients to earn a total of $6,000 total over their undergraduate career. If you're a high school senior who resides in or has a UNICO Chapter/District sponsor from an eligible state, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

4 awards worth $1,500
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

West Virginia Higher Education Grant Program

Offered by CollegeforWV.com

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by CollegeforWV.com

Are you a West Virginia resident who is enrolled/will soon be enrolled at an institution of higher education in West Virginia or Pennsylvania as a…Show More

Are you a West Virginia resident who is enrolled/will soon be enrolled at an institution of higher education in West Virginia or Pennsylvania as a…Show More

Are you a West Virginia resident who is enrolled/will soon be enrolled at an institution of higher education in West Virginia or Pennsylvania as a full-time undergraduate student? If so, you may be eligible for the West Virginia Higher Education Grant Program! Each year, the scholarship is awarded to multiple such students who also demonstrate financial need. In order to apply, interested students must simply submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by April 15th. If you are selected for the grant, bear in mind that it may be renewed until your course of study is completed, but may not exceed an additional three academic years beyond the initial award. If you're a West Virginia resident who is/will be attending an in-state or Pennsylvania college or university, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level College Students
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How to win Pennsylvania scholarships

Pennsylvania is a unique state due to its rich historical prominence. The iconic Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia stand as powerful patriotic symbols of American independence. So it’s no surprise that you are a proactive student looking to win Pennsylvania scholarships! 

In order to win Pennsylvania scholarships, you should connect the unique aspects of Pennsylvania to your own personal passions. For example, if you want to become a history teacher, you have so much to talk about!  Start by sharing about how being surrounded by the rich history of Philadelphia has inspired you to want to teach the youth of America about how America came to be. Or perhaps you enjoy hiking the Appalachian Mountains and now want to become a park ranger in order to protect nature’s beauty. Ultimately, whatever your interests or goals are, you should connect them back to your Pennsylvania experience in order to prove that you deserve to win Pennsylvania scholarships. 

Writing resources for Pennsylvania scholarship essays

Pennsylvania scholarships may have you write an essay about yourself that can be a 250 word essay or even a 500 word essay. Therefore, make a point to read over our Scholarships360 ultimate guide to finding and winning scholarships to ensure you are well prepared to win Pennsylvania scholarships. With the right approach and some luck, you can receive generous financial assistance to help you achieve success.  

Pennsylvania student debt snapshot

According to the Department of Education, Pennsylvania residents owe $64.5 billion in federal student loan debt, with student borrowers owing an average of $35,385 each (this does not include private loans). In Pennsylvania, 58.2% of student loan borrowers are under the age of 35. 

As you are starting your higher education journey, remember that scholarships allow students to take less loans. Make sure that you apply to as many as you qualify for. 

Merit scholarships at Pennsylvania colleges and universities

Bucknell University

  • Eligibility: Incoming first-year students who meet the requirements of each program and demonstrate institutional need 
  • Amount: $2,500 up to $30,000
  • Deadline: Admission to Bucknell University

Carnegie Mellon University

  • Eligibility: Qualified incoming-first year students who are academically and artistically talented 
  • Amount: Up to full tuition
  • Deadline: Admission to Carnegie Mellon University

DeSales University

  • Eligibility: Competitive with awards going to top-ranking applicants based upon GPA, class rank and SAT or ACT scores
  • Amount: $18,000 up to $25,000

Drexel University

  • Eligibility: First year students entering Drexel University who have superior academic performance
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: Admission to Drexel University

Gettysburg College

  • Eligibility: The top ranking applicants based on scholarly achievement and GPA to Gettysburg College
  • Amount: $5,000 up to $43,000
  • Deadline: Admission to Gettysburg College

Lafayette College

  • Eligibility: Outstanding applicants to Lafayette College who demonstrate intellectual energy, empathy, idealism and action-orientation in a fashion that honors Le Marquis de Lafayette
  • Amount: $2,500 up to full tuition
  • Deadline: Admission to Lafayette College

Lehigh University

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate students who demonstrate academic talent as well as a strong personal essays and recommendations 
  • Amount: $1,000 up to full tuition
  • Deadline: Admission to Lehigh University 

Penn State University

  • Eligibility: Incoming first-year students who submit their FAFSA and demonstrate academic achievement
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: Admission to Penn State

Seton Hill University

  • Eligibility: All accepted applicants are evaluated based on several criteria
  • Amount: $17,000 up to $24,000
  • Deadline: Admission to Seton Hill University

Swarthmore College

  • Eligibility: Swarthmore College students who demonstrate high academic performance
  • Amount: $1,500 up to full tuition
  • Deadline: Admission to Swarthmore College

Temple University

  • Eligibility: Varies based on scholarship but typically based on GPA 
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: Admission to Temple University 
  • Deadline: Admission to DeSales University

University of Pittsburgh

  • Eligibility: Based on a combination of outstanding academic achievement, holistic factors and potential for scholarly contributions to the Pitt community
  • Amount: $2,000 up to full tuition
  • Deadline: December 1

Villanova University

  • Eligibility: High academic achievement, proven leadership and participation in extracurricular activities in school and the community
  • Amount: $500 up to full tuition
  • Deadline: Admission to Villanova University

York College of Pennsylvania

  • Eligibility: First-time students who demonstrate high academic achievement 
  • Amount: $4,000 up to $13,000
  • Deadline: Admission to York College of Pennsylvania

Consider in-state tuition and tuition reciprocity

In-state tuition is an opportunity for residents to receive a lower cost of tuition compared to out-of-state tuition rates. Here are a few well-known Pennsylvania universities and their in-state vs out-of-state tuition costs: 

Penn State University

  • In-state tuition: $19,286
  • Out-of-state tuition: $38,651

University of Pittsburgh

  • In-state tuition: $22,072
  • Out-of-state tuition: $40,560

Temple University

  • In-state tuition: $20,976
  • Out-of-state tuition: $36,384

How do you get in-state tuition? 

It is clear to see that being a Pennsylvania resident cuts tuition almost in half. So, I bet you’re wondering how you can become a Pennsylvania resident for in-state tuition? You will have to physically reside in the state of Pennsylvania for at least 12 consecutive months prior to enrollment at any institution of higher education in Pennsylvania. During these 12 months you will need to establish a domicile in Pennsylvania which means proving you want to make Pennsylvania your permanent residence. This includes registering your vehicle in Pennsylvania and obtaining a Pennsylvania driver’s license. 

You should visit your intended Pennsylvania’s institution’s website for more information about their specific requirements for becoming a resident for tuition purposes. 

Does Pennsylvania have tuition reciprocity? 

No, Pennsylvania does not participate in any tuition reciprocity programs. 

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Additional Pennsylvania resources

FAFSA Guide

The FAFSA opens nationwide on October 1st of each year. For PA, students enrolled in community colleges, business, trade, or technical schools, hospital schools of nursing, designated Pennsylvania Open-Admission institutions, or nontransferable two-year programs, the application due date is Aug. 1st by midnight CT. All other applicants: May 1st by midnight CT. Make sure you apply for the FAFSA as soon as possible, as additional forms may be required.

Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) offers loan guarantee, loan servicing, financial aid processing, and various other student aid programs to Pennsylvania students. The PHEAA manages a number of scholarships, including the state sponsored Pennsylvania State Grant Program and their own Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program. 

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Frequently asked questions about Pennsylvania scholarships

Do I need to be a Pennsylvania resident to qualify for Pennsylvania scholarships?

Many Pennsylvania scholarships require that applicants be Pennsylvania residents or attend a Pennsylvania public university or college. However, there are some scholarships that are open to non-Pennsylvania residents as well. Ultimately, make sure you are researching your scholarships and ensuring you fit the eligibility criteria for them.

What type of scholarships does Pennsylvania offer?

Pennsylvania offers a variety of different types of scholarships both for Pennsylvania residents and out-of-state students. These scholarships may include need-based scholarships, merit-based scholarships and scholarships specific to a certain demographic.

Does Pennsylvania offer free college?

Pennsylvania offers an abundance of different types of scholarships that can cover the cost of tuition. Additionally, many Pennsylvania institutions have merit scholarships that cover the cost of tuition. However, it is important to note that it may be difficult to receive these opportunities so therefore do your research and ensure your application is perfect!

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