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Financial Aid and Scholarships

College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State

The value of a Penn State education is considerable—as a graduate you’ll gain a nationally recognized degree and become part of the largest alumni association in the world. The years you spend at Penn State are truly an investment in your future. But with the cost of education continuing to rise, we know it can be stressful to figure out how you’re going to finance that investment. That’s where the Office of Student Aid comes in. By offering numerous scholarships (many through the College of IST) and financial aid packages, we can make paying for college easier.

SCHOLARSHIPS Through the generosity of alumni, corporate partners, and friends, IST offers a number of scholarships to our students. As a full-time, incoming freshman (regardless of campus),

you’ll automatically be considered for many scholarships through Penn State and IST simply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). While you do not need to submit a copy of your FAFSA to IST, it is highly recommended that you file a FAFSA no later than March 1st. Your FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for awards that are based on financial need. Additionally, you may qualify for other scholarships—including the David Rusenko Entrepreneur-in-Residence Scholarship, David Rusenko Emerging Entrepreneur Scholarship, and the Nick and Melinda Berardi Open-Source Scholarship—by applying specifically for them.

Only students who have been selected for an award will receive direct notification via e-mail and a letter sent to the home address of the recipient.

Approximately 75 percent of undergraduate students at Penn State receive some form of financial aid. To be considered for aid, you must complete the FAFSA, which is available starting January 1st at

FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS Office of Student Aid Penn State Tuition Information

Tuition Payment Plans IST Scholarships

For more information: 866-225-8707

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Most scholarships are awarded by mid-summer. Occasionally, new scholarships may become available during the semester and awards are made when the funds are available. When an award is made, the funds are visible on your e-Lion account.


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Approximately 4,100 first-year students receive a University scholarship. Both Pennsylvania and non-Pennsylvania residents receive this consideration once they are accepted into Penn State. Typical scholarship awards range from $1,500 to $3,000 per academic year.

Financial Aid and Scholarships