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Who should apply?

Any student who is interested in being considered for loans, grants, scholarships, and/or a work-study position should apply.

How do you apply?

Begin by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for federal and state aid consideration.  Students interested in scholarships should be aware of possible separate scholarship applications.

When should you apply?

First-year students should submit the FAFSA by March 1 for maximum consideration of student aid programs.  Submitting the FAFSA by the recommended date for first-year students ensures that Pennsylvania residents meet the PHEAA state grant deadline of May 1. Current students should submit a FAFSA renewal by April 15.

Where should you apply?

Students submit the FAFSA online to the Department of Education. In-state students should also complete the Pennsylvania State Grant application. You'll find a direct link to the PA State Grant on the previous FAFSA screen. The Department of Education processes the completed application and sends a copy of the information to the following:

  • The schools listed on the student's FAFSA
  • The state grant agency of the student's home residency state
  • The student - Note that the student will receive this in the form of the Student Aid Report (SAR)

Know the code!

Penn State's FAFSA school code is 003329.