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Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and Financial Need Explained
A short explanation of the relationships between your Expected Family Contribution, financial need, and Cost of Attendance.
Located in Eligibility
About Academic Progress, for Parents of Students
What parents need to know about the Federal Student Assistance Satisfactory Academic Progress Standard to understand its implications for students.
Located in Eligibility / Penn State's Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
Understanding the Consequences of an "F" grade
Student financial aid recipients who receive one or more "F" grades resulting from absence, may have their aid adjusted.
Located in Eligibility
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).
Federal Direct Loan Interest Rates
Federal Direct and PLUS interest rates for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years
Located in Types of Aid / Loans
Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan
You may need funds in addition to your student's Federal Direct Loans to pay for your student's education. The Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan is available to parents of dependent undergraduate students.
Located in Types of Aid / Loans
Compare the Parent PLUS and Alternative Loans
Located in Types of Aid / Loans / Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan
How to Create a Student Budget for the Parent PLUS Loan and Private Alternative Loans
Located in Types of Aid / Loans / Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan
Eligibility and Interest Rates for Private Alternative Loans
Located in Types of Aid / Loans / Private Alternative Loans
How To Apply for a Private Alternative Loan and Loan Term Dates
Select a lender of your choice and the appropriate loan term date. The loan term date you chose on the private alternative loan application can affect the final approved amount.
Located in Types of Aid / Loans / Private Alternative Loans