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Eligibility Information

This section includes some of the most important things you need to know concerning your eligibility at Penn State ranging from explanations of financial need; the effects of F-Grades, dropping classes, and withdrawing have on your financial aid; to your student rights and responsibilities and basic financial aid eligibility requirements.

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.

Financial Aid Eligibility

To receive and retain student financial aid, including all types of federal loans, undergraduate, graduate, and professional students must meet certain eligibility requirements.

How Dropping Credits Affects Your Financial Aid

Dropping credits may jeopardize future student aid eligibility, including loans.

How Withdrawing from School Affects Your Financial Aid

Federal student aid award is based on the percentage of time you are enrolled for the semester. Depending on when you withdraw, your student aid will be adjusted.

Penn State's Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Penn State's SAP Policy outlines the federal regulations we must follow to monitor student progression toward completion of degree and certificate programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree levels.

Request a Retroactive Registration

About and how to initiate a retroactive registration

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Make sure you are familiar with all of your student rights and responsibilities.

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.

Penn State Federal School Code



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