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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).

Submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only action required to apply for most financial aid at Penn State; however, some private scholarships and Penn State scholarships require separate applications.

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Get help

You can contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243 or visit the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).

Ensure receipt of email

Check the settings on your email to be sure messages from the following Penn State and Department of Education addresses are not blocked.

  • OSA-noreply@psu.edu
  • OSAaward@psu.edu
  • FederalStudentAidFAFSA@cpsemail.ed.gov
  • FederalStudentAidPIN@cpsemail.ed.gov

Review your Student Aid Report

After you submit the FAFSA, a Student Aid Report (SAR) will be generated and sent to you via email.  When you get your report, verify that all of your information is correct. If necessary, corrections can be made through the FAFSA website.  If you have questions about your report, contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243. Be prepared to provide your DRN number (located in the upper right corner of your Student Aid Report). Remember to print the revised copy for your records.

The Office of Student Aid will also receive a copy of your report and review your information. We will contact you if additional information is needed.

View your award

New Students

If you are a new undergraduate, graduate, or transfer student with an offer of admission, you can expect an email on how to access your financial aid notification from our office in late March if Penn State has received your FAFSA.

Notification emails will be sent weekly thereafter. You will be directed to your Student Aid Summary on eLion.

Visit the Student Aid Summary Guide for New Students for specific information.

Current Students

If you are a current student and Penn State has received your FAFSA, you will receive an email on how to access your financial aid notification from our office in late June directing you to view your Student Aid Summary on eLion.

Notification emails will be sent weekly thereafter.

Visit the Student Aid Summary Guide for Current Students for additional details.

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