All financial aid at Penn is based on financial need, which means that Penn does not provide merit-based aid or athletic scholarships. Penn meets 100% of demonstrated need with grant funds and work-study. Penn is one of the few universities that does not package loans to meet your financial need, making it possible to graduate from Penn without incurring educational debt. Families can still choose to replace all or part of their Expected Family Contribution or to replace packaged work-study funding with loans. About a quarter of students receiving need-based aid also take out some educational loans.
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- How do I apply for financial aid?
- When will I learn how much financial aid I am receiving?
- How can I learn how much aid I might receive?
- Does Penn consider my ability to pay when making admissions decisions?
- What does Penn mean by grant-based aid? Does this mean I will never take out a loan?
- Does Penn award merit aid or merit scholarships?
- How does Penn determine my financial need?
- Will the amount of financial aid I receive increase every year in relation to the increase of tuition prices?
- How do outside scholarships affect my financial aid?
- How does work study work?