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In order to be considered for federal and Penn financial aid, you must submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which requires information from you and your spouse, if applicable.
It is important to check the financial aid information for your school because each graduate school at Penn administers its own financial aid, and may require additional documents to determine your eligibility for institutional grant funding.
Submit the Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA) online to the U.S. Department of Education. Both the 2022-23 and 2023-24 FAFSA are required
We suggest using the IRS data retrieval tool for accuracy.
Penn's Federal School Code is 003378.
The 2022-2023 Registration form is required and is available now. Please consult with your program advisor before submitting the form. The 2023-24 Registration form will be available in May.
To receive federal funding, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
Demonstrate financial need, (except for the Federal Direct Loan and Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan)
Make satisfactory academic progress in your program of study
Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident
Enroll at least half-time in a degree program
Not be in default on a Federal educational loan or owe on a federal grant.
For the Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan program: be determined creditworthy by your lender through a credit check. That is, you cannot have adverse credit history.