Financial Aid

Navigating the financial aid process can be challenging at times. Don’t worry. We’re ready to lead the way. Our team is here to help you take advantage of all the available resources so that you can maximize aid and minimize your long-term investment.


  • Financial Aid Office
  • Student & Administrative Services Center, Rm. 1013

Applying for Aid

Stay on top of the financial aid process. Learn which forms to submit and when to send them.

Aid Notification

Naturally, you want to know how much aid you are getting. The process of awarding aid is ongoing, but there are a few guidelines to keep in mind.

Estimate Cost Before Aid

See expected costs for your intended program of study and residency status and monitor expected aid once you apply and submit required documents.

Put your financial aid plan into action

Explore your options and learn about important deadlines.


Provided you are eligible, grants are a preferred way to pay for college expenses. Grants are based on financial need and do not need to be paid back. Completing a FAFSA is the only application required for federal grants.


Another preferred aid option, scholarships are an excellent way to cover costs and do not need to be paid back. Some scholarships can be renewed in future years. Others are specifically for one year or one semester. You must apply for scholarships.


Typically used to bridge the gap, loans help pay for expenses that other types of aid and resources do not cover. Unlike grants and scholarships, loans need to be repaid. Each type of loan has its own application process.


The Federal Work-Study Program allows you to work in offices across campus in a part-time position related to your major. Compensation is in the form of a paycheck, which can be used to cover educational expenses.

Other Aid Programs & Financial Options

Everyone’s financial picture is a little different. Research all options so that you can make the most informed plan.


If you have a question, chances are that someone has asked it before. Check out this page for answers to the most commonly asked questions.

Have you completed your FAFSA?

It’s fast. It’s easy. And it’s required to access any federal aid. Head over to the U.S. Department of Education’s site to get started.

FAFSA Priority Deadline: March 1

School Code: 003395

Learn about the FAFSA

Get Free Help

Schedule a one-on-one virtual meeting or phone call with a Financial Aid Team member for FAFSA completion assistance or to get answers to your questions. Open to students and parents.

Penn College Scholarships

Submit one application by March 1 and you’ll be considered for all eligible Penn College scholarships, 350+ and counting.

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Financial Aid Handbook

Making a financial plan, knowing which applications to complete, and finding funding can be a daunting set of tasks. Unsure where to start? You've come to the right place. Financial Aid Handbook has answers to the most commonly asked financial aid questions, a helpful budget worksheet, transfer checklist, and more.


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Tuition & Fees

Planning ahead for your eBill? Smart thinking. In addition to tuition, you can expect to find several other fees on your eBill. Here’s a preview of common charges.

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Application Fee

Tuition & Fees


In-State Tuition & Fees
(per credit hour)

Tuition & Fees


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees
(per credit hour)

Tuition & Fees

First-Year Cost Estimator

In addition to tuition, each program has unique expenses like books and tools. Use the estimator to plan your start-up costs.

Start Planning

Payment Plans

Eligible students can split their bill up into smaller payments over the first twelve weeks of the semester. Just pay a $30 enrollment fee plus a 20% down on tuition, housing, and related fees and you’re in.