Each year, Penn commits millions of dollars in undergraduate aid funds to support international students.
Only applicants who are citizens and permanent residents of the United States, Canada, and Mexico are reviewed on a need-blind basis, meaning that the degree of need will not affect admission decisions.
International applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States, Canada, or Mexico, who anticipate the need for financial aid at any point during their four-year course of study at Penn, must apply for aid when they apply for admission.
Candidates whose families have the financial means to afford education costs are encouraged not to apply for financial aid.
Penn provides need-based assistance to admitted international students whose families require financial support to afford Penn. For admitted students, Penn meets demonstrated need for eight semesters or four years through a grant-based aid package as long as they continue to demonstrate financial need, making it possible to graduate without debt. Students must reapply for financial aid each academic year.
More information for prospective international undergraduates is available at Student Financial Services.
Financial Aid Application Process
Important points to consider if you’re concerned about your family's ability to meet the full cost of Penn for four years and wish to 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.