Grants and Scholarships

An overview of the various sources of graduate and undergraduate grant funding, which does not need to be paid back.

Undergraduate Grants and Scholarships

Like other Ivy League schools, Penn undergraduate aid is entirely need-based. The University does not award scholarships based on academic or athletic merit. Penn is committed to meeting your full demonstrated need for eight academic semesters with grant-based aid.

To be eligible for federal aid, you must file a FAFSA, make satisfactory academic progress, not be in default on a Federal loan, and not owe a refund on a Federal Pell Grant or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG). International students are generally not eligible for federal funding.

To be eligible for institutional funds, you must complete a CSS Profile and the Penn Outside Resource Form (First Year students only) as well as submit the required federal income tax return information.

Graduate Grants and Scholarships

Each of Penn's 12 graduate and professional schools administers their own financial aid program. Depending on your academic program, your award may include institutional grant funding if available, as well as federal or private loans. Some programs also award work-study funding. 

To be eligible for graduate aid, you must submit a FAFSA and complete any other application requirements.