Financial Aid

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It’s never too early to make a plan for financing your education. It is recommended that you start researching your eligibility and loan options as soon as possible. Visit the following resources on Penn websites and federal websites to guide you through the process.

Financial services at Penn

Penn’s Student Financial Services office is available to prospective and current students for financial aid inquiries. For more information on financing your graduate studies, visit the Student Financial Services website to:

  • Check your loan eligibility status
  • Get information on federal loans and payment plans
  • Get email and mailing addresses, phone numbers, office hours and appointment details
  • Learn more about the differences between private and federal loans, and where you can find lenders
  • Graduate Associates provide community support and receive rent-free accommodations in one of Penn’s College Houses.

Federal loans

All domestic applicants interested in their federal loan eligibility should complete the FAFSA form after applying to the program. Visit the Department of Education’s website to start your FAFSA form.

Executive MPA applicants are eligible for federal loans as long as they matriculate in two classes during two academic terms in a single year. Enrollment in one class during the academic year will result in a withdrawal of federal loans.

Tuition benefits

If you intend to complete a Fels degree as a working professional, you may be able to take advantage of tuition reimbursement benefits offered by your employer. If you are a full-time Penn employee, learn more about Penn's tuition benefits on Penn’s Human Resources website. Applicants who are eligible for University of Pennsylvania employee tuition benefits are not eligible to apply for Fels scholarships or grants.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Penn honors the Yellow Ribbon Program, which is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The program allows Penn to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses for eligible veterans. There are limited openings in each school for Yellow Ribbon awards. To learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program and how to apply, visit the Veterans at Penn page.

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