Financial Aid for International Students

Named one of the top schools in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Private Colleges, Penn offers need-based assistance to admitted students whose families require financial support to afford Penn.

This year, Penn has committed more than $6 million in undergraduate aid funds to support non-citizens and non-permanent residents of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Because Penn is need-aware for these students (meaning their ability to pay does factor into admission decisions), candidates who can afford their entire University costs are encouraged not to apply for financial aid. International applicants not from Mexico or Canada who anticipate the need for financial aid during their four-year course of study at Penn must apply for aid when they apply for admission.

Students who receive Penn aid are assured continued support for all of their undergraduate years if they continue to demonstrate financial need. Students who receive financial aid are assured of continued support for all of their undergraduate years, as long as they continue to demonstrate financial need.  

More information for prospective international undergraduates is available at Student Financial Services.
 

Financial Assistance Application Process

If you have any concerns about your family's ability to meet the full cost of Penn for four years, you should apply for financial aid: 

  • International students, including students from Mexico, should follow the Checklist for International Students on the Student Financial Services website.
  • Citizens and permanent residents of Canada must complete Penn's Financial Aid Application for Canadian Citizens and submit copies of the student’s and parents' Canadian tax returns.  See the Checklist for Canadian Citizens on the Student Financial Services website.
  • Penn will not admit a financial aid candidate for whom we cannot provide aid. As a result, some candidates we would otherwise want to admit will be turned away.
  • International applicants who anticipate the need for financial aid at any time during their four-year course of study must make this anticipated need known at the time of application.
  • Students who receive financial aid are assured of continued support for all of their undergraduate years, if they continue to demonstrate financial need.