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Holds may prevent aid from being awarded or disbursed.

Below are some possible holds that may appear in your Student Center and their impact on your aid award(s):

Hold Description Impact
Federal Loan in Bankruptcy The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) indicates that you have a defaulted federal student loan currently in active bankruptcy status. In order to be considered for financial aid, you must provide our office with documentation from your loan holder/servicer stating that the loan is dischargeable. You are not eligible for federal aid until resolved with loan servicer.
Federal Aid in Default The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) indicates that you are in default on a federal student loan. You are not eligible for federal aid until you resolve the defaulted loan. Visit https://www.nsldsfap.ed.gov for information and tools to help you resolve this issue. If you have repaid or rehabilitated the loan, submit documentation from your loan servicer to our office. You are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Federal Aid - Default or Overpayment The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) indicates that you have either received overpayment of a Federal Pell Grant or defaulted on payment of a federal student loan. You are not eligible to receive federal student aid until you resolve your overpayment or default status. Visit NSLDS at http://www.nslds.ed.gov to review the status of your federal aid or contact our office for guidance. You are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Federal Loan Discharge - Disability You indicated that you applied for, plan to apply for or, have received a Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) discharge. Receiving additional federal student aid may affect the status of your discharge. Please submit the Physician's Certification of Borrower's Ability to Engage in Substantial Gainful Activity form to our office. Once you have completed this form, you will need to submit the Borrower's Acknowledgment of Ineligibility for Discharge of Loans form to our office each subsequent term of attendance.
Please visit https://studentaid.psu.edu/total-and-permanent-disability-discharge to print the forms.
This will hold the disbursement of your federal aid.
Drug Conviction

You indicated on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that you had a previous drug-related conviction. Students who have a drug-related conviction are not eligible for federal aid.

If you feel this is an error, please contact our office at 814-865-6301. Our hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm EST.

You are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Incarcerated Our records indicate that you are incarcerated. Therefore, you are not eligible for federal student aid. You are not eligible for federal financial aid.
HS Grad Question on the FAFSA You indicated on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that you are not a high school graduate. You are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Ineligible Degree Program

You are either in a non-degree program or in a current plan or certificate program that does not meet the requirements to receive federal aid.  If you feel this is an error, contact your academic adviser for the requirements for admission to a degree program.  If you will be admitted to or enrolled in an eligible  degree program in a future term, you will be considered for aid at the time you enroll in your courses for that program.

For detailed information about eligibility requirements, please visit: http://studentaid.psu.edu/eligibility.

You are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Overpayment of Federal Pell Grant Our records indicate that you have received an overpayment of the Federal Pell Grant. You are not eligible to receive any additional federal student aid until you resolve your overpayment by repaying any funds for which you were not entitled. Visit https://nslds.ed.gov/nslds/nslds_SA/ for additional information to help you resolve this issue. If this issue has been resolved, provide documentation from the institution where the overpayment occurred. You are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Unusual Enrollment History The Department of Education has requested that Penn State review your college enrollment history for the past four years. Your financial aid will not be awarded until this review is complete. We will notify you if information is needed to complete the review. This will hold the disbursement of your federal aid.
Proof of High School Graduation

The disbursement of your federal student aid is held until Penn State has verified you have graduated from high school.  After you have graduated from high school, please submit your final high school transcript to:

Penn State Undergraduate Admissions
201 Shields Building
University Park, PA  16802
Fax: 814-863-7590

Information on the required graduation verification documents can be found at:  https://admissions.psu.edu/info/accepted/finalhstrans/

After Penn State verifies your high school graduation, the hold on your student aid will be removed.

This hold does not prevent you from enrolling at Penn State, registering for courses, or being awarded federal financial aid. To view your financial aid award summary, please select View Financial Aid within the Finances section.

This will hold the disbursement of your federal aid.
Not Meeting SAP

You are not meeting Penn State's Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for the term indicated. You must meet Financial Aid SAP in order to receive federal student aid and some types non-federal financial aid.

You are not meeting the grade point average and/or the pace of completion of attempted courses required by Financial Aid SAP Policy for the term indicated. You must be meeting Financial Aid SAP in order to receive federal student aid and some types non-federal financial aid. For information on Financial Aid SAP policy and the possibility of an appeal, please visit: https://studentaid.psu.edu/eligibility/satisfactory-academic-progress.

If you have already been granted an appeal and are currently assigned an academic plan, your probationary period will be reviewed for extension at the beginning of the next semester.

You are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Exceeds Maximum Timeframe Your cumulative attempted units are currently exceeding your maximum time-frame (150% of the number of units required by your academic program). In order to be meeting Financial Aid SAP and be eligible to receive federal student aid and some types of non-federal financial aid, you must complete your academic program within your maximum time-frame. For more information on Financial Aid SAP policy and the possibility of an appeal, please visit: https://studentaid.psu.edu/eligibility/satisfactory-academic-progress. You are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Federal Direct Aggregate limit

There are limits on the total amount of federal Pell grant and federal subsidized/unsubsidized loans that you may borrow as an undergraduate and/or graduate student. You have reached this aggregate limit and may not be eligible to receive additional federal grant and/or loans.  To view federal maximum limits: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/loans/subsidized-unsubsidized#how-much

You do not need to take any action.  Federal regulations require the Office of Student Aid to review and adjust your aid when these limits are exceeded.  Once the review is completed, the hold will be removed from your account and you will be notified through your communications center of any change to your financial aid.

To review your federal loan borrowing history visit the National Student Loan Date System (NSLDS) at: http://www.nslds.ed.gov

You are close to reaching your aggregate limit, which may affect your eligibility for future federal subsidized/unsubsidized loan funds. For more information, visit National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) at http://www.nslds.ed.gov to review the status of your federal aid.

This will hold the disbursement of your federal aid.
Loan Debt in Excess of Loan Aggregate Limit You have received federal student loan funds in excess of the established loan limits. Contact your loan servicer to determine if you need to re-pay funds or can sign a re-affirmation letter (with a copy to the Office of Student Aid) to regain federal aid eligibility.  This will not include loans if you have already reached your aggregate limit. Contact our office for more information. You are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Overaward of Financial Aid Your need-based financial aid is under review to determine your eligibility. This will hold the disbursement of your federal aid.
F Grade Review Aid eligibility for term indicated has changed due to failed course(s).  If you are applying for additional aid for term indicated, a manual review is required. This will hold the disbursement of your federal aid (current and future).
Withdraw Aid Calculation Students with financial aid who withdraw academically need to have their financial aid recalculated per federal regulation. This will hold the disbursement of your federal aid (current and future).
State Grant - LADS Review Needed Our office is required to complete a Last Award Different School (LADS) review because your last PA State Grant was received at a different institution. We will contact you if we need information to complete the review. This will hold the disbursement of your grant.
State Grant - Income Validation Your estimated PA State Grant is on hold until you complete income validation with the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). The income validation process verifies the accuracy of application data, which PHEAA uses to make eligibility determinations. For more information about how to complete income validation, login to your PHEAA account or contact PHEAA at 1-800-692-7392. This will hold the disbursement of your grant.
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