Information for parents and families

Student Aid and Scholarships

Because of limited funding, Penn State cannot meet the full demonstrated financial need of all students. Students and their families have the primary responsibility for paying tuition and other costs. Education loans comprise the largest percentage of all available financial aid.

About Your Student's Eligibility

This section includes some of the most important things you need to know about your student's eligibility at Penn State.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

A guide for assisting your student in applying for financial aid and a tutorial for you on how to apply for the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan.

Financial Assistance That May Be Available

A list of grants, scholarships, and loans for which your student may be eligible.

How Financial Aid Relates to the Tuition Statement

Everything you want to know about how to complete your student's registration, apply their financial aid to the tuition statement, how their aid is disbursed, and why we may ask for more information.

Penn State Parents Program

The Penn State Parents Program is here to partner with you in order to ensure student success, provide opportunities for your engagement with the University, and educate you about resources and services available within the University community.

Information for Accepted Students

Welcome to Penn State! We are excited for your student to become part of the Penn State family. We know you both have a lot to consider as you make your college decision and we want to help you each step of the way. The Undergraduate Admissions website explains the next steps in the process, whether your student is still considering their offer or already committed to being a Nittany Lion.

New Student Orientation

To help your student get started on a path to success at Penn State they (and you!) will need to learn more about the Penn State community, academic and co-curricular expectations and opportunities, and ways to begin meeting your student's educational goals. Visit the New Student Orientation website for more information.