Financial Aid

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Ready to get started? You’ve come to the right place. Below, we’ll walk you through the applications to submit and the deadlines to keep in mind. At first glance, it might seem like a long checklist. But we are here to help you work through it.

Applications to Complete

Specific to Penn College, our team uses this form to process and award financial aid. You’ll need to update and submit this form every year.

How to complete:

  • New Students: You can complete your FAA via the Student Portal as soon as you are accepted to the College.
  • Returning Students: Assuming you’ve completed the FAA before, you’ll simply review and update each year, as early as late November, via the Student Portal.

The FAFSA is the initial application used by college students across the country for grants, educational loans, work-study, and other forms of aid.

Learn more about the FAFSA.

Are you a PA resident?

We encourage you to complete the Pennsylvania State Grant Form online as soon as you submit your FAFSA. Doing so by our priority FAFSA submission deadline of March 1 ensures that you will meet Pennsylvania State Grant deadlines.

Not a PA resident?

Check out other state grants.

By completing just a single application, you’ll be considered for 300+ Penn College scholarships. But don’t stop there. Visit our External Scholarships page to start your search for private scholarships.

Learn more about scholarships

To receive any Federal Direct Student Loans, you must complete the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling. Complete in May or June after you’ve committed to Penn College for fall entry, or October for spring.

The Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan or a non-federal private alternative loan may be used for any remaining balance not covered by other aid. These loans require separate applications. Apply for these loans until after you have received your tuition bill and have confirmed the amount to borrow.

Learn more about loans

Important Dates

OCT 01Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens
DEC 01Penn College Scholarship Application opens
APR 05FAFSA priority submission deadline for 2024-25
MAR 01Penn College Scholarship awarding begins

NOTE: You do not have to be accepted by the College in order to apply for government financial aid. Apply by these deadline dates even if you have not been accepted, or have not decided which college you will attend.

See Aid Notification for more details on what to expect after you apply for aid.

Aid Notification


Financial Aid

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