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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
Compare the Parent PLUS and Alternative Loans
Located in Types of Aid / Loans / Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan
Video: How Much of the Parent PLUS Loan Should I Borrow?
A guide for parents to figure out how much of the Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan to borrow.
Located in Types of Aid / Loans / Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan
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
Video: How Much of a Private Loan Should I Borrow?
A guide for parents to figure out how much of a private loan to borrow.
Located in Tutorials
How to Apply for Financial Aid
Your guide to applying for financial aid, including things you need to know, resources, and assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
How to Complete Loan Entrance Counseling
Located in Tutorials
FSA ID replaces Federal Student Aid PIN
The Department of Education has implemented a new username and password login system for student and borrower websites.
Located in News
Additional Help Sources
The U.S. Department of Education website offers many resources that may help explain and guide you through the financial aid process. Listed here are the most commonly accessed resources and services.
Located in Tutorials