Office of Student Aid

314 Shields Building, 865-6301

The Penn State Office of Student Aid administers student financial aid for almost 74,000 students throughout the Penn State system who apply for student aid each year. At Penn State, nearly 79 percent of all undergraduate students receive financial aid to help finance their college education. In order to be considered for student financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available on the Web at, every year.

• All first-year and other new students should submit the FAFSA on the Web by March 1 to ensure maximum consideration for all available aid programs. Please understand that March 1 is a recommended completion date. If you are unable to submit the FAFSA by this date, please complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. Families are encouraged to complete their income taxes prior to completing the FAFSA.

• The recommended FAFSA on the Web completion date for returning students at Penn State is April 15.

The student financial aid programs available to Penn State undergraduate students include federal, state, and University grants; federal work-study; federal student loans; federal parent loans; and scholarships. All Penn State students are automatically considered for University scholarships. The Office of Student Aid recommends completing the FAFSA for consideration of most University scholarships.