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Private Alternative Loans: How to Plan, Decide, and Apply
Private alternative loans are managed through private lenders, issued in the student’s name, and require a co-signer. Eligibility, rates, terms, and conditions vary.
Located in Types of Aid / Loans
Financing Strategies for Your Education
Financial aid typically covers only a portion of your educational costs and for the majority of Penn State students, these costs must be paid by the family using a combination of financing strategies.
Located in Money Manager
How Withdrawing from School Affects Your Financial Aid
Federal student aid award is based on the percentage of time you are enrolled for the semester. Depending on when you withdraw, your student aid will be adjusted.
Located in Eligibility
Administrative Unit Scholarships
Scholarships are offered by some Penn State administrative areas.
Located in Types of Aid / Scholarships
Campus Scholarships
All Penn State campuses award scholarships to eligible first-year students based on academic performance, SAT/ACT scores, financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), leadership, and community service.
Located in Types of Aid / Scholarships
Other Employment Opportunities
There are many employment opportunities other than Federal Work-Study. Start here if you're interested in finding wage payroll positions in and around the University.
Located in Types of Aid / Employment
Select Outside Scholarships
The organizations below offer assistance to students who meet the criteria for any of the following scholarships. If you are the recipient of an outside scholarship, notify Penn State.
Located in Types of Aid / Scholarships / Outside Scholarships
Out-of-State Grants
A list of grant and scholarship programs for out-of-state students.
Located in Types of Aid / Grants
Federal Grants
Information about the Federal Pell, Supplemental Educational Opportunity (SEOG), and TEACH Grants
Located in Types of Aid / Grants
Video: How to Apply for the Parent PLUS Loan
A step-by-step video for parents on how to apply for the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan.
Located in Types of Aid / Loans / Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan