Finances are an important consideration when preparing for higher education. Great Lakes Institute of Technology participates in several financial aid programs for eligible students. The Financial Aid Office assists students in completing all applications for aid, and each student’s financial arrangements are tailored to the program for which he or she has applied.

Great Lakes offers the following types of financial aid to students who qualify:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal SEOG Grant
  • Federal Student Loans
  • Pennsylvania State Grant and Special Programs
  • Alternative Student Loans
  • Great Lakes Education Assistance (GLEA) Grant
  • Institutional Scholarships
  • Veterans Education Benefits

Additionally, the school offers institutional scholarships to qualified applicants.

For questions regarding financial aid for new students and enrolled students, please email

Applying for Financial Aid

During the admissions process, applicants are given the opportunity to meet with a Financial Aid Advisor who will provide all the necessary forms to apply for aid. To apply for federal student aid, students (and parents) must complete a FAFSA. The department will also review the applicant’s prior financial aid history to develop an estimated financial aid award package for the applicant. Eligibility requirements vary.

Institutional Grants and Scholarships

Great Lakes Education Assistance (GLEA)

The GLEA institutional grant is designed for students with tuition costs not met by other financial sources. The award ranges from $100 to $2500 per academic year, not to exceed the tuition balance. The grant cannot cover any non-institutional costs such as laptop rental fees, replacement books and equipment. To be approved, the student must exhaust all other funds available to them, including but not limited to, state and federal grants, all loan options, and cash payments. To apply, the student must meet with a financial aid advisor and complete the Great Lakes Education Assistance (GLEA) application.

High School Senior Scholarship

The school offers Senior Scholarships to recent high school graduates who qualify. Scholarship dollar amount is $1,000. To apply, students must complete the Scholarship Application, which can be obtained from their High School Guidance Counselor or by completing the online application. Up to 24 scholarships will be awarded each year. Scholarship recipients must use their award for programs that begin between July and October of their graduating year.

Mercy Center Scholarship

The school offers an annual scholarship to clients of Mercy Center for Women in Erie, PA. Scholarship dollar amount will be equal to 25% of the cost of tuition for the entire program. To apply for the scholarship, students must complete the Scholarship Application, which can be obtained from the Mercy Center, or by calling our main office at 814-864-6666, or emailing

Applicants must write an essay explaining why he or she should be awarded the scholarship. Recipients are chosen by the Scholarship Review Committee and are awarded based on the contents of the application. One scholarship will be awarded annually.

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