A Penn State education is a great value and a secure investment in your future.
Financing a Penn State education involves a partnership between the University and you. The Office of Student Aid provides assistance to eligible students through a variety of programs from Federal, state and University funding. Each year approximately two-thirds of all Penn State students receive some form of assistance to help pay for the cost of their education.
Student financial aid can be defined as any resource that supplements what parents and students are expected to contribute to meet the costs of a college education. Penn State students receive four types of student aid: Grants, Scholarships, Loans and Work Study.
Grants are awarded based solely on financial need and have no requirement of repayment. They may come from the federal government, the state or the University.
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
- State grants
- Academic Grants
Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement or special talent. For many University scholarships, financial need is an additional criterion of eligibility. There is no requirement of repayment.
- University Scholarships - All students are automatically considered for University-wide scholarships without an application. However, some awarding agents ask that you complete a special application for their specific scholarships
- Penn State Brandywine Scholarships - Penn State Brandywine awards over $50,000 to incoming students each year. In addition, the campus offers endowed scholarships and prizes to returning students each year. Students who are eligible for these scholarships are invited to apply.
Loans are low interest awards that must be repaid after students graduate or terminate their studies at the University.
- Federal Direct Stafford Loan
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
- Federal Perkins Loan
- Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
- Third-party Alternative Educational Loan Programs
Work study is awarded based upon the financial need of the student. The Federal Work-Study Program offers on-campus part-time work experience for undergraduate and graduate students demonstrating financial need through the FAFSA. Students earn money for personal expenses; however, earnings cannot apply to semester bills. More information and a list of jobs for each campus can be accessed at the Office of Student Aid.
Student Financial Aid Office
129 Vairo Library;
after 1/2/13, Vairo Lounge
25 Yearsley Mill Rd.
Media, PA 19063
- Financial Aid Information