Recommended FAFSA Deadline and Award Notifications for Incoming Students

First-year students starting in Fall 2016 are encouraged to complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA on the web by March 1, 2016. Please file your FAFSA form as soon as possible (after January 1). If you are from Pennsylvania, the state deadline for the FAFSA is May 1. Award notifications will be sent electronically starting in late March.

Students and/or parents will need an FSA ID to file the FAFSA electronically; you can apply for FSA ID at any time. Penn State's FAFSA school code for all campus locations is 003329.

Penn State begins sending out award notifications by email in late-March. It is essential for students to check their email regularly for this important information.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the starting point for most need-based financial aid programs.