How to Apply for Financial Aid
Submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only action required to apply for most financial aid at Penn State, however, some private scholarships and Penn State scholarships require separate applications.
Choose your enrollment period
You will need to complete the FAFSA each year for financial aid consideration:
There are many resources out there to assist you in applying for Federal Aid:
- Call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243
- Visit the Federal Student Aid (FSA) site at FAFSA: Applying for Aid
- View the 7 Easy steps to the FAFSA
Ensure receipt of email
Check the settings on your email to be sure messages from the following Penn State and Department of Education addresses are not blocked:
Review your Student Aid Report
After you submit the FAFSA, a Student Aid Report (SAR) will be generated and sent to you via email. When you get your report, verify that all of your information is correct. If necessary, corrections can be made through the FAFSA website. If you have questions about your report, contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243. Be prepared to provide your DRN number (located in the upper right corner of your Student Aid Report). Remember to print the revised copy for your records.
The Office of Student Aid will also receive a copy of your report and review your information. We will contact you if additional information is needed.