Resources for Students


Welcome to "Your" Future Career! MY FUTURE CAREER website has been developed to introduce you to the many exciting career opportunities available today (many of which you may have not heard of before!). A virtual city has been created to help you learn more about these growing, in-demand, high-paying jobs (most of which do NOT require a 4-year college degree)!

You may either explore the city freely by clicking on the "EXPLORE" button or you can be guided through the site by answering just 3 short questions to help narrow down your search based on your particular strengths and interests. Simply click on the "GUIDE ME" button. Based on your answers, you will be guided toward 1 - 3 career choices. You will notice that "your" career results will be highlighted in the city so you can easily navigate between each.

Each career (building) in the city has a video of someone who actually works in that field! There will be options for you to "learn more" about each career choice (including salary information) and even "talk to a pro" about his/her job! There is additional information for you as well as for your parents and guidance counselors located on the tabs at the bottom of the page.

This is an exciting time for you and we are thrilled to be able to help you find just the right career for you!

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Your Future

In 1950, 20% of jobs required skilled technical workers. Today, that number has climbed to 80% and continues to grow. Only 20% of today's jobs are professional or managerial and require a four-year degree.

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Any student seeking financial aid must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application is available via the web at This form should be completed by April 1st of the potential academic year.


The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching.

As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve in which you agree to (among other requirements) teach:

  • in a high-need field
  • at an elementary school, secondary school or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families
  • for at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant.

IMPORTANT: If you do not complete your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a direct unsubsidized loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education, with interest charged from the date the TEACH Grant was disbursed (paid to you or on your behalf).

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

You may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant if

  • you are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of your Expected Family Contribution, but
  • meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and
  • your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, and
  • you were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent's or guardian's death.


PA-TIP provides need-based awards up to the equivalent of the maximum State Grant award (currently $4,348), or 75% of the student's total direct educational costs after gift aid and employers aid whichever is less. Awards can be used to cover tuition, books, fees, supplies and specific living expenses.


The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is awarded to students in need of financial aid. It is a type of federal grant that is awarded college undergraduate program students and does not need to be repaid. A student awarded with the FSEOG is given between $100 and $4,000 per year depending on the person's financial aid need.

Application is done online. Several FSEOG requirements must be met:

  1. A person is eligible for the FSEOG if he or she is a U.S. citizen.
  2. The full-time student must have a filled out FAFSA form – the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  3. The person is in significant financial need of funding for college.

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are determined by the Department of Education based upon demonstrated financial need and full or part-time enrollment at Thaddeus Stevens College. To apply for the grant, students must complete the FAFSA.

Pennsylvania State Grant

Grants are provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to residents of the state. To be eligible for a PHEAA State Grant, students submit the FAFSA by May 1st of each year.

Thaddeus Stevens College Grant

The Thaddeus Stevens Grant assists those students who are financially disadvantaged. To be eligible, students must complete the FAFSA. Our priority deadline is April 1st of each year. Those who qualify for the Federal Pell Grant will be awarded the Thaddeus Stevens Grant.

Thaddeus Stevens Foundation Scholarships

The Thaddeus Stevens Foundation provides students with scholarships from outside donors each year. Students may complete a scholarship application to apply for all of the available scholarships for which they meet the criteria. The application must be submitted prior to July 1st of each year.

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Next Steps

For more information about pursuing a career in a technical field, please call the Admissions Office at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology at 1-800-842-3832.

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