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Timeline of Events for Future Students

Deadlines, time frames, and resources for critical financial aid events like when to apply for loans, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and when students can expect to view their financial aid packages. Note that the timeline for 2019-20 has earlier deadlines!
  • October - December

    October 1st

    Fill out the FAFSA

    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2019–20 is available as of October 1, 2018. Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import your 2017 tax information into the FAFSA. Apply for Financial Aid.

    January – December

    Search for Scholarships

    You will automatically be considered for scholarship funds from our office when we review your FAFSA. Other money from outside sources may be available but knowing where to look is key. Remember; never pay anyone to do a scholarship search for you. Search for Scholarships.

  • December

    December 1st

    Your FAFSA is Due!

    Aid awarding for new students begins mid-february. Have your FAFSA submitted on time for the greatest consideration! How to Apply for Financial Aid.

    December – April

    Accepted Student Presentation: Learn about Penn State’s Financial Aid Process

    If you have been offered admission to Penn State, this video explains our financial aid process. Watch video.

    Complete the Consent to do University Business Electronically. This consent must be completed in order to use LionPATH.

    Complete the Financial Responsibility Agreement (FRA). This promise to be responsible for your student account must be completed every term you enroll.

  • February – May

    February – May

    Aid Packages Available for New Students

    You will receive an email (beginning and continuing) mid-February when your Award summary for the 2019-20 academic year is available on LionPATH. If you are beginning in summer, your summer aid will be posted to your account in May.

    March – June

    Accept Your Federal Direct Loans

    For your funds to disburse, you must complete Entrance Counseling and sign your Master Promissory Note.

  • May

    May 1

    Deadline for State Grant for PA Residents

    Pennsylvania residents must have their FAFSAs submitted by May 1st. About the PA State Grant.

    Summer Aid for New Students

    If you are a new student and will be starting in summer, please complete the 2018-19 FAFSA for summer eligibility.

    May – August

    Respond to Verification Requests

    You may be required to verify the information on your FAFSA. Please send only requested information to our office.

    New Student Orientation

    This video is quick overview of Penn State's financial aid process. It is shown to first-year students and their families during the New Student Orientation. Watch video.

  • June

    June – August

    Apply for Loans

    If you are a dependent student, your parent can apply for a Parent PLUS Loan on Alternative loan applications are made through private lenders’ websites. Compare Parent PLUS and Private Loans.

  • July - September

    August 1

    Pay Your Bill

    Tuition bills are due August 27th. Tuition and fees through the Bursar. Pay my bill now.

    Aug – Sep

    Get Your Refund

    If there are no holds on your account, your refund will be available on the first day of classes. Visit the Bursar.

  • August – December