Office of Student Aid
314 Shields Building
The Office of Student Aid at University Park administers all major types of federal, state, and University student financial aid at Penn State and coordinates multiple funding sources on behalf of sponsoring agencies. The primary sources of student aid funding at Penn State come from federal and state programs.
Is there adult-specific student aid available?
Yes, there is adult–specific student aid available. Please be aware that application deadlines vary.
• Complete the FAFSA
• Sign a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN)
• If you are eligible for the Federal Direct Stafford Loan, it will appear on both the “Student Aid Summary” and as a credit on the tuition bill on eLion.
A private alternative loan is a non-federal education loan, through a private lender, typically in the student’s name and requiring a cosigner. Approval and interest rates are based on the creditworthiness of the attending Penn State online and at University Park locations. Stop by 240 Outreach Building, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-252-3592 or 814-867-4244.
Dropping and adding classes and withdrawing from the university will affect your current and future aid. Be sure to keep your local and permanent addresses, as well as any name changes, current with the Office of the University Registrar.
The Fischer Family Scholarship is for currently enrolled Continuing Education (CE) or World Campus (WC/online) students who have accumulated 9 CE or WC credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA and have a financial need.
The Osher Foundation Re-entry Scholarship is for adult students who return to college after a five year gap in enrollment. For additional information including how to apply, as well as several other outside scholarship opportunities, visit: http://student.worldcampus.psu.edu/paying-for-your-education/scholarships-available-for-pennstate-world-campus-students?status=undergraduate
Office of Student Aid for World Campus & Continuing Education has a group of staff dedicated to the adult learners and student veterans verification documents to avoid a delay in the processing of student aid. Please do not submit any documents unless you receive a request. To learn more information about verification, please visit http://studentaid.psu.edu/aid-the-bill/about-verification.
If you forward your Penn State e-mail to a non-Penn State e-mail account (which is not recommended), make sure you update spam filters to recognize e-mail from Penn State and the U.S. Department of Education. Some account providers automatically flag perceived junk or bulk mail and divert it to trash or spam mail folders, which may cause you to miss important student aid alerts and time-sensitive information.