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Blind or Deaf Beneficiary Grant Program

Offered by Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Nov 7, 2023
Multiple awards worth up to


Grade level

College & Graduate Students

Application deadline:

March 31, 2024

Scholarship Overview

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.

About Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, created in 1963 by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, has evolved into one of the nation's leading student aid organizations. Today, PHEAA is a national provider of student financial aid services, serving millions of students and thousands of schools through its loan guaranty, loan servicing, financial aid processing, outreach, and other student aid programs.

Eligibility information

This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

Grade Level

College & Graduate Students

Other Category




Application information

In order to apply for the scholarship, applicants must submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and written documentation of their visual or hearing impairment.

No essay

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Scholarship FAQ

Is this scholarship designated for full-time or part-time students?

This scholarship is designated for both full and part-time enrollment statuses.

Is this scholarship restricted by institution type?

Yes, this scholarship is restricted for use at four-year colleges.

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency at [email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

Yes, the Blind or Deaf Beneficiary Grant Program is renewable.
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