Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
University Park, PA 16802-1503

Financial Aid

Average Institutional Grant

In the 2016-2017 academic year, full-time freshman students of Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus were awarded a total amount of $27,167,181 in grant and $18,472,029 in federal student loans. 38% of freshman students received some type of financial aid either in the form of grant or scholarship from the federal, state or local government and the institution. 44% of the freshman students received federal student loan.

The following tables details the breakdown of all types of financial aid awarded to full-time undergrad students who entered the college in Fall 2016

Grant & Scholarships

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount Total Amount
Pell Grant 916 12% $4,119 $3,772,755
Other Federal Grant 240 3% $1,603 $384,735
State Grant/Scholarships 798 11% $3,660 $2,920,388
Institutional Grant/Scholarships 2,624 35% $7,656 $20,089,303
Total Grant & Scholarships 2,886 38% $9,413 $27,167,181

Student Loans

Students Receiving Loans Average Amount Total Amount
Federal Student Loans 3,334 44% $5,541 $18,472,029
Private Loans 700 9% $20,413 $14,288,773
Total Loans 3,434 45% $9,540 $32,760,802

Financial Aid by Income Level

This section details the amount of financial aid provided to Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus students over the past 5 years. The data is categorized into 5 income brackets. Click on each income bracket to view the amount of finanical aid provided and the number of recipients for the past 5 years.

Net Price

Average Net Price

Weather your family is financially well-off or unaffluent, you might be eligible for some type of financial aid in the form of grant, loan or scholarship. No matter what your situation is, you should first apply for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Colleges and universities use the information from your FAFSA and federal tax return to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your EFC determines how much financial aid you're eligible to receive.

This section details the net prices paid by students in the 2016-2017 academic year at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus. The amounts are averaged out for 5 family income brackets.

Here is a simple formula to calculate your net price or use the link below to estimate your net price more accurately.

Net Price = Sticker Price - Financial aid

Financial aid include: federal, state or local government grants and institutional grants and scholarships

Average Net Price by Family Income

Family Income Average Net Price
Less than $30,000$20,873
$30,000 to $48,000$22,463
$48,000 to $75,000$26,481
$75,000 to $110,000$31,105
Over $110,000$33,278
Get your personal estimate

Veterans and Service Members

Average Financial Aid

The following section details the amount of financial aid provided to veteran students and their family members at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus.

In 2016-2017 academic year, 637 students received an average amount of $16,480 in financial aid in the form of post-9/11 GI bill benefits and 17 students received $2,643 on average through yellow ribbon program.

Unlike other types of government financial aid, veterans financial aid is available to both undergraduates and graduate students.

Post-9/11 GI Bill

Yellow Ribbon Program

Learn more about financial aid for veterans

Financial Aid Deadlines

February 15

  • Financial aid application (priority)

May 1

  • Transfer financial aid application

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