Student Aid Summary Guide for Current Students
The Student Aid Checklist contains action steps required for you to finalize your aid.
If you are selected for verification of the information listed on your FAFSA, you will see the items our office needs listed here.
Your aid funds will not disburse until the items listed on your checklist are complete.
Items will be removed from the checklist after you take action and we update your record. Some items may take longer to process than others — monitor your checklist often.
The Student Aid Status section shows your current financial aid eligibility and other important information. Here, you can confirm our receipt of your FAFSA, determine if you are meeting, view a summary of your loan debt, and check for holds on your financial aid.
After reviewing the checklist and status sections, click the green "View Aid" button to view your financial aid award.
Most awards are based on full-time enrollment. If you are an undergraduate student who is taking fewer than twelve credits or a graduate student taking fewer than nine credits, your aid may be adjusted accordingly.
This section of the Student Aid Summary lists all the sources of financial aid you are eligible to receive based on the information submitted on your FAFSA . Your award amounts are estimated, subject to change, and non-negotiable. The Federal Pell Grant and Pennsylvania State Grant award amounts are contingent upon final federal funding and state appropriations.
Scholarships are limited
Penn State scholarships are limited and highly competitive. We regret that we are not able to recognize all students who have achieved significant academic honors. University scholarships make-up only 8 percent of all financial aid awarded to students.
Educational loans are a primary aid source
Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford and/or Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan(s) are awarded as part of your financial aid package. You can cancel or decrease your loans by selecting "Loan Decrease" on eLion.
Estimated billable educational expenses at Penn State are based on full-time enrollment, the campus you will attend, your living arrangements, and whether you are an in- or out-of-state student.
In addition to billable expenses, you will need to pay for estimated non-billable expenses such as books and supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses like laundry and personal care items. You can use the refund from your financial aid to pay for your non-billable expenses, including off-campus housing.
Final tuition and fees are set annually in July by the Penn State Board of Trustees.
Using your Student Aid Summary, subtract the total estimated amount of student aid from your total estimated costs to calculate the amount you can expect to pay.
- Monitor your Student Aid Summary Checklist and complete all action steps listed.
- Know your rights and responsibilities. As a student financial aid recipient, it is your responsibility to know and comply with the rules governing the aid you receive.
- M to remain eligible for financial aid.
- Monitor your Penn State email account. Check it regularly for financial aid notifications.
- . Tuition bill notifications are emailed in July for the fall semester and in November for the spring semester. You must complete/confirm your registration on the tuition bill every semester—even when your aid covers your bill or when you are expecting a refund—to ensure your aid disburses into your student account on time.