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Penn is proud of its commitment to meet every undergraduate student’s demonstrated financial need with a grant-based financial aid package. As part of the Penn First Plus initiative, we make a special commitment to make Penn accessible and affordable for students with the highest financial need. Some of these allowances are included in your initial aid package, and other resources are available by request via your financial aid counselor.
How Does Penn Define Highly Aided?
Highly Aided students are identified based on their financial aid eligibility. A student is considered Highly Aided if their family has $65,500 or less in income (with typical assets) and their Parent Contribution is $4,500 or less. Students will see a special message noting their Highly Aided status on their financial aid award within Penn InTouch.
Highly Aided first-years, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to receive up to $4,500 from SRFS to support unpaid or underpaid summer internship and research opportunities.
Click here to read more about eligibility and application timelines.
SRFS waives the summer savings expectation for incoming first-years and rising sophomores who are Highly Aided. This translates into a direct increase in grant funding available at the start of each term.
SRFS appoints financial aid counselors to work specifically with Highly Aided students. Students can see their counselor assignment on Penn InTouch.
Highly Aided students who are participating in the Penn Student Insurance Plan (PSIP) offered through the Student Health Service should inform their financial aid counselor as soon as the PSIP charge appears on their student account each academic year, as SRFS can cover this expense with grant funding.
Incoming Highly Aided first-years are eligible to receive laptop computer funding from Penn. SRFS works with the Penn Bookstore to select standard computer offerings and communicates details directly to incoming students during the summer.
Highly Aided students who will remain on campus are invited to participate in meal programs during breaks when on-campus dining options are not available. Students will receive an email from SRFS before each break with instructions on how to participate.
Please click here to read more about the current break meal program.
SRFS partners with Business Services to cover the cost of academic regalia for graduating Highly Aided students. Students will receive an email from SRFS with more information about this benefit in early spring of their senior year.
Most summer course financial aid is available in the form of federal or alternative educational loans. Highly Aided students are eligible to receive a portion of their summer aid in grant funding. Students should formally submit an application for summer financial aid as early as possible to determine their eligibility.
All aided students can apply their existing financial aid package to a semester- or year-long study abroad program, and Highly Aided students are additionally eligible to receive a mixture of grant and loan funding for one Penn Global Seminar or Summer Abroad opportunity during their time at Penn.
Students with unexpected or urgent financial need should first consult with their financial aid counselor, who may recommend they submit an application for emergency funding.
SRFS uses grant funding to cover some of the fees that are charged to your student account, including the laboratory and tech fees associated with certain courses, college housing fees, and the New Student Orientation fee.
Highly Aided first-year international students receive funding for the SEVIS fee and travel to campus. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions contacts incoming students to coordinate logistics, and SRFS provides funding through your financial aid package.
If you are a Highly Aided student with questions about any of these programs, you can contact your financial aid counselor.
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