How to Apply for Financial Aid

How to Apply for Financial Aid

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 submitted the 2016-2017 FAFSA?

If you have not completed your 2016-2017 FAFSA, it opens October 1, 2016.

You should not wait for taxes to be completed. If you do not have completed taxes, click Will File when asked what tax return was filed. Use your 2015 tax data as estimates for income questions.

After the 2016 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 2016-17 FAFSA. Students should receive email notification with information about how to access the financial aid award for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.

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 starting in September. 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, will be available October 1, 2016. We encourage all students to complete the FAFSA as soon as it is ailable, using your past years tax return.


If eligible you will automatically awarded a Direct Stafford loan, based on your academic level. First time borrowers will be required to sign the Master Promissory Note (MPN) and complete Entrance Counseling prior to disbursement of the loan. All students will be required to accept or decline their Stafford loans in LionPATH.