Pennsylvania college scholarships

Public Source: Looking for PA scholarships for college? Here’s how to start your search.

Our friends at PublicSource have created a useful guide to college scholarship money in Pennsylvania and they’ve given us permission to share it with you. You’ll find the start of this article here, and you can click below to read the rest at

The price of college has swelled over the past 30 years by more than 200%. To pay for higher education, students across the nation have taken on a staggering $1.7 trillion in student debt.

But there are ways to chip away at the cost. State and local grants can help students pay at least a portion of school — including costs like housing and transit, in some cases. Some programs are more generally open to students in the Pittsburgh region or across Pennsylvania — some based on identity, grades and community work, others prioritizing lower income applicants. Funding is also available for college students interested in particular areas of research, including topics like LGBTQ+ history.

Federal and school-specific aid

If you’re seeking financial aid, an important starting point is the Federal Student Aid [FAFSA] form. FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for aid such as student loans grants and federal work study. Colleges might also use it to determine a student’s financial needs.

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