Wilkes University

Grants & Special Programs


The Federal Pell Grant is considered to be...

the foundation upon which all other financial aid is awarded. Awards ranging from $602 to $5,730 are available to students who demonstrate financial need. 

The amount of individual grants is determined by the Pell Grant program and is based on the student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and the educational cost of attendance.

To be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant the student must: be a US citizen or be an eligible noncitizen, be enrolled as a matriculating student in an eligible degree or certificate program, be registered with Selective Service as required by law, maintain satisfactory academic progress, not already hold a bachelor's degree, not owe a refund on any federal aid nor be in default on any federal educational loan and must sign a statement verifying such. All students who meet these requirements and who wish to apply for any financial assistance from the University or state grant programs must apply for the Federal Pell Grant. 

Take a look at the US Department of Education's Student Guide for more information on the Pell Grant

The PHEAA Grant is administered by the...
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). The maximum PHEAA grant is $3,916. PHEAA assistance is provided to Pennsylvania residents and is based on the financial strength of the applicant's family as determined by PHEAA. 

Students must be enrolled on at least a half-time basis each semester they receive a Pennsylvania State Grant. Eligible students must be high school graduates or have a Pennsylvania GED. 

For more information about the PHEAA Grant, contact the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency

The Federal Supplemental Ed Opportunity Grant...

(SEOG) is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need. Federal SEOG funds awarded by Wilkes University may range from $200 to $1,000. Because of limited funds, the University normally awards this grant to students whose family contribution is less than $1,500 and who qualify for Federal Pell Grant funds. 

To be considered for the Federal SEOG students must meet the same eligibility requirements as those stated for the Federal Pell Grant and be enrolled on at least a half-time basis. 

For information about the SEOG grant, read the US Department of Education's Student Guide

Wilkes Need-Based Grants...
Renewable, based on continued financial need and academic progress. The actual amount each year will vary based on the student’s financial need as calculated from the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Awards may range from $600 to $10,000. These grants are supported by funds received from endowment income and gifts from alumni and friends of the University.

SciTech Scholarships

This program provides awards for Pennsylvania students who are pursuing higher education and training in science and technology fields. 

To qualify for the award, a student must:

  1. Be a resident of Pennsylvania;
  2. Be a high school graduate;
  3. Apply for a Pell Grant and Pennsylvania State Grant;
  4. Be enrolled in an eligible program of study;
  5. Maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

The SciTech Scholarships are available for students pursuing a bachelor's degree and provide up to $3,000 per year. To be eligible, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 at the time of application; must be at least a sophomore who is enrolled as a full-time student pursuing a bachelor's degree in an approved science or technology field (our Doctor of Pharmacy program is not an eligible program); and must complete an internship or relevant work experience in the student's major field with a company with operations in Pennsylvania prior to receiving a degree. 

SciTech Scholarship recipients must commit to working in Pennsylvania in a field related to the student's program for one year for each year that the scholarship was received. This employment must commence within one year after completion of studies. 

The Scholarship will convert to a loan if a student fails to satisfy the requirements of the eligible program or fails to perform the internship or work obligation. 

Additional info/application at www.pheaa.org.


The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation provides help for qualified students. Eligibility requirements should be discussed with the local service officer, who can be reached at (570) 826-2011.