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  • According to The Story of Gannon, 1985, Archbishop Gannon "who had been himself a poor local boy, but one who never forgot the lack of education and cultural advantages that beset him," founded Cathedral College which became Gannon University because he was "convinced that something had to be done for the education of the poor boys in Erie." 

    The Archbishop Gannon Scholars Program (AGSP) targets students in the Erie Public Schools that have the academic credentials to be admitted to Gannon University but do not have the financial ability to do so. AGSP targets students with a zero Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as a result of the Federal Needs Analysis calculations, meaning these students and their families would not have the income or any financial resources to contribute toward tuition for their college education.

    Students with a zero EFC are eligible for a full Federal Pell Grant and a full PHEAA Grant. Under AGSP, federal and state grant funds are the only resources a student would need to cover their tuition cost at Gannon University.

    Program Requirements

    • GPA 3.00
    • SAT 930 /ACT 18
    • Full Pell Grant (Expected Family Contribution = 0)
    • Full PHEAA Grant 
    • Must complete the FAFSA by May 1 the year before they Enroll at Gannon University


    $32,270 Gannon Full Tuition
    -$6,195 Pell Grant
    -$3,232 PHEAA Full State Grant
    -$22,843 Archbishop Gannon Scholars Program Award *
    $0 Student Tuition Bill**

    * Replaces all other Gannon University Aid 

     ** Students’ books and fees are not covered within this program 


    1.  Must be a student attending any college for the first time that enrolls at Gannon University in the Fall after graduating from the Erie City School in the Spring of that same year.
    2. Students must file the FAFSA by May 1 each year (5-1-19)
    3. The AGSP Award supersedes all other Awards of lesser value.  There is no stacking of other Scholarship/Award Programs.
    4. There will be 100% verification of FAFSA's.
    5. Students must be enrolled full time.  Funds are not available for summer courses.
    6. Unsubsidized Federal Loans and PLUS loans will only be processed for students who live on campus. Students will be eligible for subsidized loans only.
    7.  The AGPS Award is renewable based on successful completion of full time credit requirements and a minimum 2.5 GPA.  It can be awarded for a total of four years.
    8. To renew the AGSP Award, students must maintain a zero EFC.  If students do not maintain a zero EFC and are still Pell Grant eligible, the amount of the EFC will be subtracted from their award.  If students are no longer eligible for a Pell Grant, they will no longer be eligible for the AGPS Award and their financial aid package will be reviewed accordingly

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