Bethlehem, April 22, 2014 – Senator Lisa M. Boscola today reminded college students and their parents that the deadline to apply for a 2014-15 state student aid grant is May 1.

“With the spiraling costs of a college education, student aid is more important than ever,” Boscola said. “I urge local families to look into what programs they may qualify for.”

Boscola said the deadline applies to renewal applicants and first-time applicants planning to enroll in colleges, universities or a college transfer program at two-year public colleges or junior colleges.

She added that first-time state grant applicants who want to enroll in a community college, business, trade or technical school, or a hospital school of nursing have until Aug. 1 to apply.

Applicants must first complete the 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as FAFSA. Applicants can access the FAFSA online at https://fafsa.ed.gov/

Besides completing the FAFSA, first-time state grant applicants also must submit a completed Pennsylvania State Grant Form. First-time applicants who submit the FAFSA online will be automatically be redirected to the state application by following the designated prompts on the FAFSA confirmation page.

First-time applicants who have already submitted their FAFSA but have not completed the SGF should visit www.PHEAA.org for instructions on completing the application process. Students and families with questions about the FAFSA or the State Grant Program can call 1-800-692-7392 toll free for personal assistance.

Boscola said her local district office staff also has applications and can help students apply.

Boscola held a Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearing last week on ways to improve college access and affordability for promising students from working families.

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