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Cost of Attendance
Your COA is one determining factor of your financial aid eligibility and will vary based on the number of credits you take, the courses you choose, and your living arrangements.
Located in Tuition & Costs
Eligibility and Interest Rates for Private Alternative Loans
Located in Types of Aid / Loans / Private Alternative Loans
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
Advice on filling out the FAFSA from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).
Located in Tutorials
A guide to help you figure out who to list as your parent when filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Image via
Located in Tutorials
Federal Direct Loan Interest Rates
Federal Direct and PLUS interest rates for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 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
Financial Aid Process for New Students
This video is an overview of Penn State's financial aid process and is shown to first-year students and their families during New Student Orientation.
Located in Tutorials
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