Mayor's Scholarship FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the Mayor’s Scholarship Program

The Mayor’s Scholarship is available to Philadelphia residents who attend high school in Philadelphia or one of its contiguous counties (Bucks, Delaware, or Montgomery), and who apply for admission and financial aid.

Once admitted, the Student Financial Services office will determine each student’s financial need, based on submitted financial aid applications and tax returns. If a student demonstrates financial need, they will be considered for a Mayor’s Scholarship.

The amount of the scholarship varies, depending on each student’s demonstrated financial need.

Mayor’s Scholarships are renewable for returning students as long as the recipient continues to demonstrate financial need. Students need to reapply for financial aid each year.

Eligible prospective students only need to complete the financial aid process for Prospective Students to be considered.

Yes! Penn meets the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted applicants. Penn's financial aid program makes Penn affordable for students and families from all income levels.

Recipients are notified each year in April.