You can access the FAFSA online at studentaid.gov after October 1. The priority filing deadline for Penn State is December 1, but students can still send in their FAFSA after this date. Students begin to receive their aid award notifications in early February. You can find more information at the Office of Student Aid website.
Please note: International students do not need to provide a FAFSA and are not eligible for federal student aid.
Penn State offers unique summer programs for first-year students. Whether you were accepted for summer session and take classes at University Park or wish to participate in a shorter orientation program for fall credit, Penn State provides you the following options:
This program, available to first-year students in the summer session, is a great introduction to Penn State. Note: Students with a fall offer of admission to University Park may participate in LEAP but need to accept their offer and then contact our office to change their acceptance from fall to summer.
Choose from three different orientation programs – ORION, URSA, or VEGA – with options for backpacking and community service. These programs provide first-year students with amazing experiences that are excellent preparation for the upcoming school year.