Office of Financial Aid

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State Grant Application

State grants are provided by various states (normally states that have reciprocal state grant agreements with the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) state grant program) for eligible students.  Some are based on academic qualifications, some are need based, some are based on both academics and need.

While most states will require that you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by their stated deadline, some states might have their own application. Please contact your state higher education agency for specific application procedures.

According to our Revisions to Aid policy, Muhlenberg College requires its students to apply for all state grant programs.  When creating your financial aid award for the academic year, we will estimate what we believe to be your eligibility for state grant funds.  If, however, you are eligible for a larger state grant than we had estimated, a dollar-for-dollar reduction in your need-based Muhlenberg College grant from either our restricted or unrestricted sources will occur.  Because we require students to apply for the state grant, it is NOT considered an outside scholarship so does fall under that policy.  Likewise, if a student is not eligible for a state grant originally estimated,
Muhlenberg College will, in most cases, make up the difference.  Contact a financial aid counselor to see if you would fall into this category.

Muhlenberg College will not make up for anticipated state funds for which a student fails to apply or meet the deadline date.

During the 2011-2012 Academic Year, eligible Muhlenberg College students received grants from:

 Maine:  State of Maine Grant
 Massachusetts:  MASSGrant
 New Hampshire:   New Hampshire Incentive Program
 Pennsylvania:   Pennsylvania State Grant Program
 Rhode Island:  Rhode Island State Grant Program 
Vermont:  Vermont State Grant Program