Penn State Scholarships

Learn about the opportunities for scholarships from across the University and at our campuses.

General Scholarship Information

Scholarships are a form of financial aid that does not need to be repaid. Penn State offers several sources for possible scholarships funding.

All students who are offered admission and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to Penn State are considered for scholarships awarded by the Office of Student Aid. Some academic colleges, campuses, and administrative units require separate applications. The Office of Student Aid outlines scholarship requirements here.

Penn State Scholarship Facts

  • Penn State does not offer standard merit awards for students who fit particular profiles.
  • Both Pennsylvania and non-Pennsylvania residents receive equal consideration for scholarships.
  • Penn State scholarships comprise 9% of the available funding for undergraduate students.
  • Approximately 6,700 first-year students receive a University scholarship (all campuses).
  • 35% of first-year scholarship recipients are at University Park; the remaining 65% at Penn State campuses.
  • Typical Penn State scholarships are between $1,500 to $3,000 per academic year.
  • Approximately 15% of first-year students receive private scholarship support.

Provost's Awards

The Provost’s Award program was launched in 2012 to promote student success and make a Penn State education more affordable for students offered admission to our 20 undergraduate campuses. Awards are issued at the time of admission and renewed in the subsequent years based on the student’s academic achievement.

There is no application process for the Provost’s Award. All domestic first-year students that receive an offer of admission to University Park and all Commonwealth Campuses will be considered. The Provost’s Award is competitive and granted to less than 15% of the incoming first-year class. Students with strong diverse backgrounds and/or experiences are selected based on a multitude of factors, and qualifying students are notified by mail.

Full-time enrollment and a minimum grade-point average are required to maintain eligibility for the Provost's Award.

The Provost’s Award has no impact on a student’s eligibility for other financial aid opportunities at Penn State.