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Financial Aid

Financing your education

It’s never too early to make a plan for financing your education. It is recommended that you start researching your financial aid eligibility and loan options as soon as possible. It is our goal at Penn to make education accessible to non-traditional students from the widest possible range of backgrounds, which is why we offer reduced tuition rates for College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) courses.

If you are seeking financial aid for your Bachelor of Arts studies, we highly advise applying by the priority deadlines to ensure that your application receives prompt attention and that you will have a decision regarding your financial aid package before classes start.

Scholarship opportunities are available for part-time students and are awarded on the basis of academic merit, financial need and other criteria as specified by the individual scholarship fund requirements. Please be aware that students in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies are not eligible for Penn’s all grant program.

Visit the following resources on Penn websites and federal websites to guide you through the financial aid process.

Student Financial Services

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

If you are using the Student Financial Services net price calculator to estimate your cost of attendance, please note that the predicted costs do not include LPS rates and are not reflective of your tuition and fees.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

All domestic applicants interested in their federal loan eligibility should complete the FAFSA form after applying to the program.

  • Start your FAFSA form on the Department of Education’s website

Tuition benefits

If you intend to complete the LPS Bachelor of Arts 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.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows degree-granting institutions of higher learning in the US to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fund tuition expenses for eligible veterans.

The College of Liberal and Professional Studies is one of many schools and programs at Penn participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program by designating institutional funds to support qualified applicants. College of Liberal and Professional Studies undergraduate students are eligible for $10,000 in matching funds.

Find complete details about Penn's participation in the program at the Office of the Registrar Yellow Ribbon website.

Details and eligibility guidelines for Post-9/11 benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon Program, can be found at the Department of Veterans Affairs Education and Training website.

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