Prospective U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

2023-2024 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, 2022
Regular Decision February 1, 2023
Transfer April 11, 2023

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA) online to the U.S. Department of Education. We suggest using the IRS data retrieval tool for accuracy.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA is available beginning October 1, 2022.

Penn's Federal School Code is 003378.

CSS Profile

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

The 2023-2024 CSS Profile is available beginning October 1, 2022.

Penn’s CSS code is 2933.

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 Financial Aid Supplement (PFAS)

Submit the PFAS online. Log in access to the PFAS will be available after you receive your Penn Applicant Portal access from Admissions. 

If you receive an error message, or if you are unable to submit an online PFAS, please download a paper Penn Financial Aid Supplement.


Federal Tax Returns

Submit parent and student 2021 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 SFS, 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 Services
University of Pennsylvania
Franklin Building, Room 005
3451 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6270