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Student aid can be defined as any resource that supplements what parents and students are expected to contribute to meet the costs of a college education.

Last year over a quarter of a million dollars in student aid was dispersed to Fayette students. The Office of Student Aid is located in Room 110, Eberly Building. There you can fill out your Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online and ask any questions you may have about student aid. In an effort to better serve you, we encourage you to call for an appointment. Hands-on FAFSA workshops will be conducted throughout the months of January-April. Call to reserve your seat now: 724-430-4131.

Steps needed to complete your FAFSA!

  1. Complete your tax return.
  2. Go to the FAFSA website and click "FILL OUT YOUR FAFSA NOW."

Important Notes:

In order to meet the eligibility requirements, you must:

  1. Complete the FAFSA each year;
  2. Meet Penn State's academic progress standards;
  3. Not be in default or owe repayment;
  4. Be enrolled in an eligible degree program;
  5. Be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits undergraduate, 5 credits graduate);
  6. Be registered for selective service (males 18-25);
  7. Be a citizen or eligible non-citizen with vailid social security number; and
  8. Have a high school diploma, GED, or passing "ability to benefit" test result.

Important Dates:

FAFSA available for renewal—January 1

Complete FAFSA for maximum consideration—March 1

Pennsylvania—May 1

Penn State students receive four types of student aid:

  • GRANTS Grants are awarded based solely on financial need and have no requirement of repayment. They may come from the federal government, the state or the University.  
  • SCHOLARSHIPS Scholarships are awarded on academic achievement. For many University scholarships, financial need is an additional criterion of eligibility. There is no requirement of repayment.  
  • LOANS Loans are low interest awards that must be repaid after students terminate their studies at the University.  
  • FEDERAL WORK-STUDY Work-study is awarded based upon the financial need of the student. Students can earn money towards their school expenses. Work--study earnings are not applied directly to your semester bill. Students receive a pay check.