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All students must complete the FAFSA to be eligible for any type of student aid.

  • If you have already completed the FAFSA for previous academic years, you must completed the FAFSA Renewal online at the FAFSA website.
  • You must complete a FAFSA for each academic year that you are enrolled at Penn State.
  • If you are unsure if you want or need financial aid, complete the FAFSA just in case.
  • To be eligible for the maximum amount of aid, it is suggested to renew your FAFSA by April 15, of each year.
  • Remember, It is best to submit your FAFSA as early as possible after January 1.
  • It is recommended that you and your family file your taxes first and then submit your FAFSA Renewal.
  • If you want to be in the applicant pool for a Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) grant, you must have your FAFSA submitted before May 1. If you file later, you cannot receive any grants from PHEAA.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

  • The SAP policy states that a student who is enrolled full-time must complete 24 credits per academic year (fall through summer) to remain eligible to receive future year’s financial aid
  • Completing the courses you start is a great policy to have as a student


Contact Information

Sarah Evancho
222 Administration Building
Phone: 570-450-3163
Email: sjw37@psu.edu