Each student seeking any type of financial assistance, grants, scholarships, work study programs and loans must have both an application of admission on file and a current year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Penn State's Federal School Code is 003329.
Have you completed the 2014-2015 FAFSA?
If you have not done your 2014-2015 FAFSA, now is a good time to start.
You do not have to wait for taxes to be completed. If you do not have completed taxes, click Will File when asked what tax return was filed. Use the 2012 tax data as estimates for income questions.
After the 2013 tax return has been filed, return to the FAFSA, and if eligible use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer the tax return information into the FAFSA.
For new students
Penn State will begin issuing campus-based award notifications in late March to new (first-year or transfer) students who apply for aid by completing the 2014-2015 FAFSA. Students should receive email notification with information about how to access the financial aid award for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.
All first-year students offered admission to Penn State Greater Allegheny will automatically be considered for scholarships. For priority consideration, students are encouraged to submit an application for admission as early as possible. Individual scholarship applications may be needed for some campus or other scholarships.
For returning students
The FAFSA forms or Renewal FAFSAs, for students who are current recipients of federal aid, are generally mailed to the student’s permanent home address during the month of December. Students are encouraged to complete the application between January 1 and May 1, remembering that Penn State’s recommended filing date is February 15 in order to be considered for campus-based aid programs.
If you answered “Yes” to the loan question on the FAFSA, Penn State will estimate your loan eligibility under the Federal Stafford Loan Program and include this information on your Campus Based Aid Award Notification. The student will be required to sign the Master Promissory Note (MPN) and complete Entrance Counseling prior to disbursement of the loan. Upon receipt of the completed application, PHEAA will approve the loan and transmit the funds electronically to Penn State.