Student Financial Services
The first step in requesting financial support is to complete the FAFSA form online. You'll need to enter Penn's code: 003378.
You may want to pay particular attention to the following links on the SFS website:
Billing and Payment: SFS distributes bills as soon as a student is registered for courses. Payment is required within 30 days. For this reason we recommend waiting until shortly before the start of the term to register. The detailed billing schedule is available on the website.
Penn Monthly Budget Plan: SFS offers various ways to pay your bill, including the budget plan.
Penn.Pay: SFS gives students access to pay bills online!
Please note, if you'd like to pay your bills using a credit card, the only card accepted by SFS is American Express.
Financial Aid Packages: Unless you meet one-on-one with a counselor at SFS, all MPA (full-time and executive format) students are offered a financial aid package for 4 courses per term. Consequently, when you receive your packet, you will need to return the form with the corrected number of credit units (1or 2 courses per term). In order to be elligible for a Stafford Loan for a given term, students must enroll in at least 2 fall courses, 2 spring courses, and 1 summer course.
Undergraduate/previous education loan deferment: Student enrollment information is sent by the University registrar to the clearinghouse after the drop/add date each term. If you need to defer your loans before this date (i.e. for your September payment) you should contact your loan company to find out the steps you need to take.
Outside Funding Sources: outside funding sources are available but require some legwork:
- Career Services has a broad searchable funding database at http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/funding/funding.html.
- The Vice Provost for Research has links to foundations that support graduate research at http://www.upenn.edu/research/funding.htm.
- The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (http://www.upenn.edu/curf) administers several fellowships for which graduate students are eligible, and maintains a directory of fellowships, scholarships, and grants.