PHEAA State Grant Academic Progress Policy

A student is required to successfully complete a minimum of 6 credits per semester for each part-time State grant received and a minimum of 12 credits per semester for each full-time State grant received. Credits earned for repeat courses which were previously counted when State grant progress was verified cannot be counted again. Failures to meet the minimum credit requirements means that a student is not eligible for further State grant aid until that student has successfully completed the required number of credits


  • Part-time Grant - minimum of 6 credits required per semester
  • Full-time Grant - minimum of 12 credits required per semester

A student is eligible for 4 semesters of full-time grants (or the equivalent) at a two-year institution.
Full-time students progressing at the rate of only 24 credits per year (or the equivalent), while meeting the minimum State grant progress standard, will utilize all of their State grant eligibility before completing their program.

Note: PHEAA (PA State Grant) - Students taking more than 50% of their semester credits on-line may not qualify or may be eligible for a reduced PA state grant award.  PHEAA also has a Remedial Course Exception Policy which limits the number of developmental courses considered for State grant eligibility.  For further information please check the NCC Web site under Financial Aid / Types of Aid / Grants and Scholarships / Grants / Pennsylvania State Grants.  You can also contact PHEAA at 1-800-692-7392 or
Questions should be directed to the Financial Aid Office at 610.861.5510.