First Year and Returning Students
Who should apply for aid?
Any first-year or returning student interested in being considered for loans, grants, scholarships and work study should apply for financial aid.
The 24-25 Free Application for Fedeal Student Aid is NOT open yet. (10-13-2023)
FAFSA is overhauling all of their internal and external websites which is causing a delay in the normal timeline. As of now FAFSA has indicated they expect the FAFSA application to be open in December 2023. As more information becomes available, we will provide updates whenever possible.
While you wait for the new FAFSA, you can apply for scholarships at any time.
How do I apply aid?
Begin by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for federal and state aid consideration once it becomes available in December 2023. Students interested in scholarships should be aware of possible separate scholarship applications.
When should I apply?
First-year students should submit their FAFSA as soon as the FAFSA becomes available in December 2023 and returning students should submit their FAFSA renewal by April 15 of the preceding enrollment year for a maximum consideration of student aid programs. Submitting the FAFSA by the recommended date ensures that Pennsylvania resident students meet the PHEAA state grant deadline of May 1.
Can I get aid for summer classes?
At Penn State, the academic year begins with the fall semester and ends with the summer semester. Many students like to take classes in the summer, to earn extra credits. If you are a continuing or returning student, financial aid options for summer may available to you.
- Alternative Financing Options
- Financial Aid Estimator
- Hope Tax Credit and Life Long Learning Credit
- Summer Aid
Outside Scholarship Search: College Board