Prospective U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

2024-2025 Financial Aid Application Checklist

In order to be considered for Penn need-based financial aid, you must submit all of the following information by the dates listed.


Follow these deadlines to receive your financial aid eligibility at the same time as your admissions decision. Applications received after these dates will be processed as quickly as possible. 

Early Decision November 6, 2023
Regular Decision February 1, 2024
Transfer April 11, 2024

The 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available. Please note that there is a delay in the processing and relay of the FAFSA information from the Department of Education at this present time. We anticipate the receipt of your completed FAFSA by mid-March. Your portal will not reflect a submitted FAFSA until this information is received by Penn. Please continue to monitor this portal for updates

For information about changes to the 2024-25 FAFSA, please visit our FAQ.

Penn's Federal School Code is 003378.

CSS Profile

Submit online to The College Board. Note that your Social Security Number is required.

The 2024-2025 CSS Profile is available beginning October 1, 2023.

Penn’s CSS code is 2933.

If you have already completed the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, your financial aid checklist may appear to be missing this application for a brief period while it is being processed. In early November, your CSS Profile will be sent to Student Financial Aid and your checklist will be updated.

Note: Financial aid information is required from both biological parents to determine a student's financial aid award. If your parents are unmarried, divorced, or separated, it is very important that you follow the directions below, as your application will not be considered complete until you submit information about your parents.

  • If your parents are unmarried but you all live in the same household, you can fill out the CSS Profile and list them as Parent 1 and Parent 2
  • If your parents are divorced or separated, your non-custodial parent must submit the online Non-Custodial Profile using the login ID and password that will be emailed to you when you complete the CSS Profile. Your non-custodial parent is the parent you live with for less than 50% of the time.
  • If you are having challenges collecting your non-custodial parent's application requirements, then you may submit a petition to have these requirements waived. Submitting a petition does not guarantee it will be approved, and you may be asked for more information. Requests based solely on your non-custodial parent's unwillingness to contribute or submit documents do not qualify for a waiver. If your petition is denied, your non-custodial parent's financial information will be a required component of your financial aid application every year you apply for need-based aid. 
Penn Outside Resource Form

Submit the Outside Resource form online. Log in access will be available after you receive your Penn Applicant Portal access from Admissions. 

If you receive an error message, please download a PDF version of the Outside Resource form

Federal Tax Returns

Submit parent 2022 federal income tax returns, including all schedules, pages and W-2 forms, to Student Financial Services. If either of your parents are self-employed or own a business, you'll also need to provide the following relevant tax information:

  • For a sole proprietorship, submit Schedule C 

  • For rental income, submit Schedule E, Page 1 

  • For a partnership, submit Form 1065 and include Schedule K-1 and all attachments 

  • For an S corporation, submit Form 1120-S and include Schedule K-1 and all attachments 

  • For a C corporation, submit tax Form 1120 and include all schedules and attachments 

Note: Don't file taxes? You still need to submit a Non-Tax Filer Form confirming your non-filer status or your application will remain incomplete.

How to Submit Documents to SRFS

Please send your tax returns directly to SFA, as Penn does not participate in CSS/IDOC Services.

To ensure the privacy of your information, please do not submit documents via email. 

Online Submission (Preferred) Document Submission Portal
Fax 215-573-5428
Mail Student Financial Aid
University of Pennsylvania
Franklin Building, Room 005
3451 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6270