Mayor's Scholarship Program

Information about the Mayor’s Scholarship Program available to Philadelphia residents with financial need.

Making a University of Pennsylvania education affordable for Philadelphians

As a high school student, you are probably thinking about college and wondering how much it will cost to attend. The University of Pennsylvania, in agreement with the City of Philadelphia, offers a special financial aid program for Philadelphia students called the Mayor's Scholarship Program.

Penn is one of a select group of institutions across the nation that is committed to a need-blind admission policy. This means that Penn's Office of Admissions evaluates admissions without regard to whether a student is applying for financial aid. Like other Penn students who receive financial aid, Mayor's Scholars receive an aid package that meets 100% of their demonstrated need, as determined by Student Financial Services.

As a recipient of the Mayor’s Scholarship, you will have the opportunity to engage with a vibrant community of Philadelphia students at Penn through the Mayor’s Scholars Program. The Mayor’s Scholars Program is a student-run initiative that seeks to enhance the experience of Philadelphians at Penn through academic, social, and networking events throughout the year. Each freshman is offered the opportunity to be paired with an upperclassman mentor of similar interests who can serve as a resource for the first year at Penn and beyond. Please visit the Mayor’s Scholars Program website to learn more about our student engagement.


Questions On Admissions

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions
University of Pennsylvania
1 College Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6376
Phone: 215-898-7507


Questions On Financial Aid

Student Financial Services
University of Pennsylvania
100 Franklin Building
3451 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6270



Questions on the Mayor's Scholars Student Group

College Houses & Academic Services
University of Pennsylvania
3702 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


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