Scholarships and Financial Aid
There are two types of undergraduate scholarships: Internal (where the money and selection process are controlled by Penn State) and External (money/selection not controlled by Penn State completely). In addition, there are graduate fellowships if you are considering graduate school.
Current students do not need to apply for most internal scholarships. All EE students are automatically considered. A committee selects scholarship recipients based on academic performance (merit-based scholarships) and, in some cases, financial need (need-based scholarships). Students must fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form to be eligible for need-based scholarships.
There are numerous ways to find out about the numerous external scholarships available to students. The College of Engineering keeps a list of Engineering-related scholarships. This list is constantly updated, so check it often. In addition, the University Fellowship Office has a list of some of the more prominent general scholarships.
Undergraduates who are considering graduate school should start looking for fellowship opportunities during the junior year. As with undergraduate scholarships, the graduate fellowships are divided between internal and external fellowships. Contact the schools to which you are applying for information about internal fellowships and other funding opportunities. The University Fellowship Office has a list of some of the more prominent external graduate fellowships.
Visit the Penn State Financial Aid office in 314 Shields Building or go to their website for information about the various types of loans and grants available to students.
Visit the Job Announcements page for information about part-time jobs and other funding opportunities.