Council of Trustees Handbook 717-783-1540 Higher Education: Primer March 25, 2022 - Page 8 A goal of the State Grant Program is to help provide access to an array of institutions. Students can receive a grant to attend public and private institutions. Over 200 Pennsylvania institutions are approved by PHEAA. Award amounts under the grant formula adopted by the PHEAA board primarily vary based on student need, as measured by the Expected Family Contribution used for federal student aid. But in addition, maximum awards vary by institution cost. Students attendingmore expensive institutions can receive more aid than those attending lower-cost schools. Part-time students can receive a partial grant. The combination of award variation based on cost and different amounts of part-time students leads to divergence between the headcount of PHEAA grant recipients attending different types of institutions and amount of aid distributed.