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Act 101

Act 101 History

Pennsylvania Higher Education Equal Opportunity Program (also known as Act 101) was created through action of the Pennsylvania legislature in 1971 in response to the needs of academically and financially disadvantaged Pennsylvania residents who were effectively denied the opportunity to pursue a higher education due to prevailing social conditions. The Pennsylvania Department of Education administered Act 101 from its creation until 2011 when the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) assumed responsibility.

Act 101 Eligibility

To join the program, applicants must meet the following criteria established by the Pennsylvania General Assembly:

  • Currently enrolled as a full-time or part-time undergraduate at Drexel University;
  • Academically at-risk at the point of admission to Drexel (e.g., low high school GPA, low SAT or ACT score, placement into a remedial course, GED recipient, or ESL status);
  • Economically disadvantaged with an annual family income equal to or less than 200 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services;
  • File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually;
  • Maintain primary residence in Pennsylvania.


Act 101 services evolve with the needs of our participants. Currently, our services include but are not limited to:

  • Transition programming
  • Academic and financial counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
  • Developmental activities
  • Lending library

For additional information on one or more of these services, please visit our Act 101 services page.