HARRISBURG, April 23, 2008 – – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today reminded students and their families that May 1 is the filing deadline for the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is used to determine eligibility for Pennsylvania’s need-based state grant.

“With college costs going up year after year, I urge students to explore every prospective financial aid program.” Fontana said.

He said the deadline for submitting the FAFSA to determine eligibility for a 2008-09 Pennsylvania State Grant is May 1, 2008.

The FAFSA is used to determine if students qualify for almost all forms of need-based financial aid, including the Pennsylvania State Grant, federal Pell Grant, many scholarships and institutional awards and low-cost student loans.

The State Grant Program provides funds to students who demonstrate financial need and attend an approved postsecondary educational institution on at least a half-time basis.  Grants received through the State Grant Program do not have to be repaid.

Fontana said students and their families can find more information on completing the FAFSA at www.PHEAA.org/fafsa.