Timeline of Events for Future Students
JanuaryJanuary – March
Taxes First. FAFSA Second.January – December
Search for Scholarships
You will automatically be considered for scholarship funds from our office when we review your FAFSA. Other money from outside sources may be available but knowing where to look is key. Remember; never pay anyone to do a scholarship search for you. Search for Scholarships.
FebruaryFebruary – April
Accepted Student Presentation: Learn about Penn State’s Financial Aid Process
If you have been offered admission to Penn State, this video explains our financial aid process. Watch video.
Complete the Consent to do University Business Electronically. This consent must be completed in order to use LionPATH.
Complete the Financial Responsibility Agreement (FRA). This promise to be responsible for your student account must be completed every term you enroll.
March – AprilMarch 1
Your FAFSA is Due!
Aid packaging for new students begins late-March. Have your FAFSA submitted on time for the greatest consideration! How to Apply for Financial Aid.March – April
Aid Packages Available for New Students
You will receive an email in late-March when your aid summary for the 2016-17 academic year is available on eLion. If you are beginning in summer, your summer aid will be posted to your account in May. View Student Aid Summary Guide.March – June
Summer Aid for New Students
If you are a new student and will be starting in summer, please complete the 2015-16 FAFSA for summer eligibility.
Deadline for State Grant for PA Residents
Pennsylvania residents must have their FAFSAs submitted by May 1st. About the PA State Grant.
JuneJune – August
New Student Orientation
This video is quick overview of Penn State's financial aid process. It is shown to first-year students and their families during the New Student Orientation. Watch video.June – October
Respond to Verification Requests
You may be required to verify the information on your FAFSA. Please send only requested information to our office.
JulyJuly – August
Pay Your Bill
To complete your registration, you must pay your tuition and fees through the Bursar. Pay my bill now.July – August
Apply for Loans
If you are a dependent student, your parent can apply for a Parent PLUS Loan. The Parent PLUS request form is available on eLion. Alternative loan applications are made through private lenders’ websites. Compare Parent PLUS and Private Loans.
August – DecemberAug – Sep
Get Your Refund
If your registration is complete and there are no holds on your account, your refund will be available on the first day of classes. Visit the Bursar.