Most Penn State Fayette students qualify for financial aid programs to help ease the financial burden associated with completing a college degree. In addition, there are many awards and scholarships that help make a Penn State Fayette education affordable. In fact, up to 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid.

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The Discover Penn State Award

This newly established award is available to Penn State students from states bordering Pennsylvania (DE, MD, OH, NJ, NY, and WV), as well as the District of Columbia and Virginia. Students from these states may be considered for an award of $6,000 in their freshman and sophomore years, and $7,000 in their junior and senior years. Students who transfer from a community college for their junior year at Penn State Fayette may be considered for an award of $6,500 a year for three years to help them earn a bachelor’s degree. The Discover Award will follow a student to another Commonwealth Campus but not to University Park. The priority application date for students enrolling for the upcoming fall is November 30.

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The Provost Award

The Provost Award is dedicated to Pennsylvania residents and ranges between $5,000 (for freshmen and sophomores) and $7,000 (for juniors and seniors). The Provost Award follows a student if the student transitions to another Commonwealth Campus or to University Park.

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Campus Scholarships

Penn State Fayette provides numerous merit-based campus scholarships to incoming first-year and transfer students. All incoming students are automatically considered for campus scholarships. Awards range in value from $2,500 to $5,000 a year and are renewable by maintaining a 2.75 minimum cumulative GPA. Campus scholarships may be funded by institutional, endowed, or annual awards and may not be combined with Discover or Provost awards.

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Other Special Funds and Benefits

Veterans' Benefits

Penn State Fayette values its veteran students. You can find information about services and benefits for veterans on our veterans page.

Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund is designed to provide limited, non-tuition financial help to students facing an emergency situation, such as a family member’s job loss, illness, or death; a student’s own sudden illness; an automotive breakdown for a commuter student; or other unexpected need. The hope of the Student Emergency Fund is to prevent students from abandoning their dream of earning a Penn State degree in the face of difficult personal and financial circumstances due to no fault of their own. Awards do not need to be repaid. An application for consideration can be submitted through our student emergency fund request form

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Additional Resources

Knowing that many families are anxious about how to pay for a college education, Penn State's Financial Literacy site provides a wealth of information covering everything from saving to budgeting to loan repayment strategies. The site offers different learning modules and even has a mentoring program to connect alumni with students.

Penn State Fayette's Financial Aid page pulls together everything that a prospective or current student needs to know about paying for their education and who to contact for help.