BROOKLINE, APRIL 26, 2010 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today reminded college students and their families that the deadline for most college-bound students to apply for state grant aid for the upcoming school year is May 1.

“Financial aid is what makes higher education possible for many students,” Fontana said. “With the way families are struggling in today’s troubled economy, it is imperative for students to look into every financial aid possibility.”

The deadline for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for a Pennsylvania state grant is May 1.

Fontana said 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.

More than 170,000 Pennsylvania students received a state grant for this current school year. The state’s grant program is administered by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA).

Families can access the 2010-11 FAFSA and seek assistance completing the FAFSA online by visiting the senator’s Web site.