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Apply for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

Recommended submission dates for the FAFSA

For maximum consideration of financial aid, we recommend you submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the following dates:

  • March 1, 2017 for all students new to Penn State
  • April 15, 2017 for all students returning to Penn State
  • May 1, 2017 for Pennsylvania residents who are interested in applying for the Pennsylvania State Grant*

*If you are a resident of a state other than Pennsylvania, please verify if you are eligible for a state grant and what your deadline is with your own state grant agency.

Please review the Federal and Penn State financial aid eligibility requirements.

The FAFSA for 2017–18 is available beginning October 1, 2016. 


Requirements and Verification

To complete the FAFSA, you and/or your parents will need to:

  • Enter your name exactly as it appears on your Social Security card (include suffixes and your middle name/initial)
  • Enter your Social Security number
  • Provide your parent(s) name and social security number exactly as it appears on their Social Security card (including suffixes and middle name/initial).
  • Provide your valid driver’s license number (if you have one)
  • Enter your date of birth
  • Provide your alien registration number, for eligible non-citizens
  • Mark your individual status information (marital status, veteran, etc.)
  • Supply 2015 federal tax information, including adjusted gross income, earnings from work, income tax paid, etc.
  • Insert Penn State’s federal school code: 003329

We may be required to contact you to request documentation to verify your FAFSA information. Please respond quickly to any and all requests by the Office of Student Aid to ensure timely disbursement of your student aid.


Who is my parent when I fill out the FAFSA?

Dependent students are required to provide their parent(s) tax information on the FAFSA. For reporting purposes, "parent" means your legal (biological or adoptive) parent or stepparent, or a person determined to be your legal parent. This flowchart from Federal Student Aid will help you to determine who to report as your parent on the FAFSA.


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