Allegheny College has a long history of making a high quality education accessible to students from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Success Grant program is a new program beginning in the Spring of 2020 designed to provide students with additional aid to offset the total cost of college attendance and to encourage successful on-time degree completion. Success Grants are typically micro-grants ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars that address different aspects of unanticipated financial need. These funds can be used to support academic needs, post-graduate outcomes, wellness and emergency transportation needs, and degree completion.


How Success Grants Work

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Eligibility Requirements
Students who have unanticipated need are invited to apply for a Gator Success Grant.

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled students
  • Applicants must have an immediate and unexpected financial hardship
  • All other resources, including Student Financial Aid must have been considered and deemed insufficient, unavailable, or not available in a timely manner.
  • Generally a maximum of two (2) awards will be made to any one student during all combined enrollments at Allegheny College.
  • After application is reviewed, students will be required to have a follow up meeting.

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Application
Students are asked to complete an application asking for some specific information about the funds they are requesting and how they intend to use them. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, but unless the funding is requested for an emergency situation, students should be aware that it may take up to two weeks before they receive a decision. Requests for emergency funding will normally be reviewed in no more than 48 hours.

Submit an Application

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Funding
Funding for these initiatives comes from the generosity of donors. If you wish to contribute to this initiative, please make a gift online. For questions or more information, please contact Sueann Kaster Mercier at skaster@allegheny.edu or (814) 332-2991.

Types of Student Success Grants

Academic Needs

Students are not always able to plan for owning (or replacing) a computer, purchasing textbooks, or taking advantage of educational opportunities that might require funds, including travel.

Degree Completion

Students are often under additional pressure at the end of their final semester, as they either have an unpaid balance that will prevent them from receiving a diploma or transcript, or else they do not have the funds to fully participate in Senior Week or Commencement.


Wellness Needs

Students are not always able to plan for their wellness needs. They may experience food insecurity, they may not own adequate winter clothing, or they may need emergency medical supplies not covered by insurance.

Support for Gateway Opportunities

Students often face additional expenses in taking advantage of Gateway opportunities, which can affect the ability of students with high need to take advantage.

Emergency Transportation Needs

Students may be unable to financially plan for unexpected situations where they are hospitalized, or we need their parents or guardians here, or they need to go home due to a leave or some other purpose.