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Office of Student Aid

The Office of Student Aid (OSA) helps students finance their education by administering federal, state, institutional, and private funds for the University. It is OSA’s belief that access to education should be possible for all, regardless of family ability to pay, and that through financial aid programs access may be possible.

Key responsibilities of this office include:

  • receive and process over 100,000 applications for financial aid each year
  • facilitate the disbursement of student financial aid for Penn State students; this totaled $1.2 billion that assisted 71,731 students in 2017-18.
  • provide financial aid to students in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study programs
  • offer outreach services to area high school counselors, students, and parents to inform and assist in applying for financial aid