Your one stop shop! Here is a list of helpful financial aid links and their descriptions.

ResourceNote
Board of Governors Scholarship for PASSHE SchoolsProvides the 2020-21 scholarship cut-offs for a scholarship specific to PASSHE schools.
CSS ProfileFinancial aid application required by some schools but not all.
CSS Profile explanation slidesOverview of CSS Profile.
CSS Profile list of institutionsList of schools that require CSS.
FAFSA login creationMust be done before starting FAFSA.
FAFSA websiteGather all documents before you start.
FAFSA completion guide (simple and in-depth)“How-to” guides
Financial aid guide for studentsGets you started with financial aid
Financial aid guide for undocumented studentsBest overview out there – and if you find one better, let us know!
Financial aid resources for counselorsPHEAA’s page with counselor resources
Financial aid resources for studentsPHEAA’s page with student resources
Foster care: Chafee GrantChafee is a national program for people who have been in foster care, and this is the PA website
Foster care: free tuition in PAPA has a new program offering free tuition for people who have been in foster care
How much aid is given by each collegeLists the percent of need met by 450+ colleges, plus the average aid package
PA State Grant instructionsStep-by-step guide for applying to PA’s state grant
State grant websites for DE, MD, NJ, and PALinks to each state’s websites
Scholarship guide from Malvern PrepCompilation of PA and national scholarship sites
Scholarship guide from Girard CollegeCompilation of Philly-area, identity-based, highly selective, lower selectivity, and national sites
TheDream.USScholarship resources for undocumented and DACAmented students who came to the US before November 2016

PHEAA April Webinars

Covering the Gap – pieces of the puzzle to help pay the bill    

4/12  6:30 pm  and  4/19 Noon – Tuesdays

Understanding education balances can be confusing and whether you’re trying to address the costs or beginning to plan for higher education, this review is for you.  Join PHEAA representatives Linda Pacewicz and Daniel Wray for a 1 hour webinar that will emphasize best practices (such as seeking grants and scholarships first), remind families about additional resources (such as payment plans), and review private/alternative loans as a last resort in the process of covering the Gap and keeping balances affordable.  The discussion will also include the basics of credit, what factors impact a credit score, how can a credit score be improved and the effects on your borrowing capability

Borrowing for Education – which loan is right for me?  

4/14 Noon  and  4/21 6:30pm – Thursdays

I’ve done everything right so far: found the perfect school, made it through the admissions process, filed my FAFSA, filed my State Grant Form, applied for scholarships, researched higher education costs and calculated my funding gap.  Now that I can see an education loan is a necessity, where do I go from here?  What loan programs are available? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the various types?  Join financial aid experts Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for a 1 hour webinar to review the different borrowing options and examine the details associated with each option.  Linda and Dan will answer your questions as you sort out the information and make decisions that are right for you and your family.

Register for all webinars at pheaa.org/virtual

Virtual College Fair

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Virtual College Fair
Registration is Open!
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Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Educational Sessions at 4pm
College Presentations at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm

Registration is now open for our Virtual College Fair! Sign-up to virtually connect with colleges and universities from around the country for free. During the Virtual College Fair, you will have the chance to hear from many different colleges. You can choose which colleges you want to hear from by registering for their sessions. You and your family can ask questions of the college representatives throughout the presentations too! Each program will start with a college knowledge session:  
April 19 – Ask a Counselor
April 27 – Financial Aid 

FAFSA Help

There are many resources available to help students and parents with the FAFSA and student loan options.

Presented by PHEAA: Financial Aid 101– Understand the financial decisions students need to make concerning higher education. We plan to discuss higher education costs, the types of financial aid available, and how to apply for financial aid.

Presented by PHEAA: FAN Junior Jumpstart– This session will focus on the planning and goal setting high school juniors should be working on to prepare for the financial aid process they’ll face as seniors. All students who are looking into any post secondary education, and their parents, will benefit by the information that will be provided. Join us for a JumpStart!

Presented by PHEAA: FAFSA Overview/Line by Line– Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) Access Partners will present an overview of the 2022–23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process. They will guide students and families through a step-by-step process of filing the FAFSA and state grant application.

Fall PHEAA Webinars

PHEAA PAForward October webinars can help answer your questions about post secondary education funding and processes.

Learn about education loans – which loan is right for me

  I’ve found the schools I’d like to attend and after filing the FAFSA, State Grant Form, Scholarships and researching higher education costs and calculating the funding gap, I see that education loans are a necessity, but where do I go from here?  What loan programs are available?  What are the advantages and disadvantage of the various types?  Join Financial Aid experts Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for a 1 hour webinar to review the different borrowing options and examine the details associated with each option.  Linda and Dan will answer your questions as you sort out the information and make decisions that are right for you and your family.

October 14th Thursday – 6:30pm;      October 21st – Noon, lunch and learn

Financial Aid Timeline – know what to do when

  Follow financial aid experts Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray of PHEAA’s PAForward program as they guide you along the exciting (and sometimes bumpy) road to an affordable higher education.  The journey will begin before high school and end in the land of education loan repayment – or maybe even education loan forgiveness.  One thing is for certain: it’s never too early to start preparing for a successful higher education experience.  This 1 hour presentation will provide the starting points and web resources- for effective research before, during and after your student makes post secondary decisions.  Knowing what to expect and to plan for it is the key.  Failing to plan, is planning to fail!

October 12th Tuesday, 6:30pm;     October 19th – Noon, lunch and learn;    

October 28th, Thursday, 6:30pm

Register at pheaa.org/virtual

Virtual FAFSA Completion Session Sign-up

Please join Penn Manor and PHEAA representative Sonya Mann-McFarlane on October 22nd, 2021. This event is offered to help you complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Before the event you and a parent each need to create your FSA ID at studentaid.gov.

Documents that you will need to complete your FAFSA are social security number, W-2 forms, federal income tax return from the past 2 years income tax returns, current bank statements, and stocks. *Please have these ready before your session begins*

Fill out this form to select your preferred time: FAFSA Completion Form

Financial Aid Night Recording

In case you missed our Financial Aid event, below is the link to the recording. Please enter the password to access: SvBGPqC8

Recording of presentation (32 min)

Remember that we are hosting a virtual FAFSA help day on October 22nd. Please email marjean.long@pennmanor.net to set up your time slot.

If you have any questions regarding the FAFSA or any financial questions regarding college, our PHEAA representative Sonya Mann-McFarlane would be happy to help. Contact her at sonya.mann-mcfarlane@pheaa.org

Penn State York- Fall Events

Fall events at Penn State York are a perfect opportunity for your college-bound juniors and seniors to learn more about Penn State before the November 1 early action application deadline and December 1 priority Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) deadline! We are offering a variety of both virtual and in-person events.

Penn State Day Open House: Saturday, October 9 (in-person event)
Students will learn about the admissions and financial aid award processes and timeline, have an opportunity to interact with our faculty and current students, and view campus via a walking campus tour. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. (ET). Students will receive a $65 application fee waiver. Students can register online or call 717-771-4040.

Application Workshop (Virtual)

Admissions Counselors will be on-hand to help you work on the Penn State application. Application fee waiver of $65 for those who attend!

September 25 @ 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Register here.

FAFSA Workshop (Virtual)

Admissions and Financial Aid staff will be available to assist you as you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Limited spaces available

November 29 @ 4:00-6:00 p.m. Register here.

PHEAA Sept Webinars: Planning & Scholarships – for all grade levels

September PHEAA webinars are here to assist with planning!

Financial Aid Timeline – Know What To Do When     Sept 9, Thursday, 6:30 pm;  Sept 16, Thursday, Noon;  Sept 23, Thursday, 6:30 pm;  Sept 28, Tuesday, Noon 

THIS IS A PUBLIC EVENT-NOT PENN MANOR SPONSORED. PENN MANOR FINANCIAL AID NIGHT IS SEPTEMBER 20th at 6:00pm in the Manor Middle School Auditorium/Cafeteria. Financial Aid Night

Follow financial aid experts Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray of PHEAA’s PA Forward Program as they guide you along the exciting (and sometimes bumpy) road to an affordable higher education.  The journey will begin before high school and end in the land of education loan repayment – or maybe even education loan forgiveness.  One thing is for certain:  it’s never too early to start preparing for a successful higher education experience.  This one-hour presentation will provide the starting points – and web resources – for effective research before, during, and after your student makes postsecondary decisions. Knowing what to expect and to plan for it is the key.  Failing to plan, is planning to fail!

Searching for Scholarships and Affording the Balance   Sept 14 Tuesday Noon;  Sept 21 Tuesday 6:30 pm;  Sept 30 Thursday Noon

There are many ways to pay for education, and one important step is to search and apply for Scholarships. More free money equals less borrowing.  This presentation will review the types of options available, along with tips on applying.  It will also offer samples of fun scholarship options to get you started.  We’ll then review what to do about the balances that might be left over in order to make affordable higher education decisions.  Join Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray from PHEAA’s PAForward Program for an hour of detailed information on this topic.

Register at:  Pheaa.org/Virtual

Help with the FAFSA Form

Do you need help with filing the Free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)? The FAFSA is used by students to apply for financial aid such as grants, work study and student loans. You will be able to ask our Higher Education Access Partners questions about the FAFSA during this interactive webinar. Join this webinar for a walk through of filling out the form. Click the button to register!

Financial Aid Night

October 29th at 6pm

Google Meet Live Session, Thursday, October 29th at 6 PM. A link will be emailed to your Penn Manor Gmail and in the grade level Google classroom if you registered. Penn Manor’s PHEAA Representative, Sonya Mann-McFarlane, and counselors will host a Q & A  with breakout sessions to complete your FAFSA.
All parents/guardians and grades welcomed, but it is targeted to 11th and 12th graders
You can watch this informational video before the event.  

PHEAA PAForward has a new webinar on understanding borrowing for education.

Presented by PHEAA:  Borrowing for Higher Education
Following up on the highly successful “Covering The Gap” webinar series, PHEAA now offers a series of one-hour webinars focused more specifically on the borrowing aspect of higher education finance.  A significant percentage of students find that grants, scholarships, work-study, savings, PA529, and other funding sources are insufficient to meet the total cost of attending postsecondary school.  In an ideal situation, borrowing would not be necessary; yet, considering the lifelong value of a higher education, borrowing can be a smart investment.  Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray of PHEAA’s PA Forward Private Student Loan Program will provide an in-depth look at federal and private education loans, to include calculating the amount to borrow, understanding loan terms and conditions, navigating the application process, keeping an eye on debt levels while attending college, and effectively managing debt after graduation.  The discussion will also provide a glimpse into the world of credit decisions.  Please register below to join us for one or more of these informative presentations.  Active participation is encouraged via Q&A!

Register for a webinar link    9/22, 9/23, 9/29 and 10/1