Financial Aid and Scholarships

The College of Engineering is not involved in determining eligibility for financial aid, such as student loans, federal and state grants, or work-study. All applicants to Penn State, regardless of campus, should refer to the Office of Student Aid for that information.

The college does administer endowed and corporate scholarships for engineering students based on criteria including major, interest, merit, and financial need. Newly admitted, first-year students must submit an application to be considered for a scholarship. The first-year student application is currently closed.

Even if you are not offered a scholarship at the time of admission, you may be offered one in the future. Scholarships that are not based on financial need will be awarded based on cumulative GPA and any other criteria specified by the terms of the scholarship endowment. Departments also consider students for major-specific scholarships at the time that students are admitted to their majors, typically after the spring semester of the second year.

Individual financial aid and scholarship packages are detailed in individual student Penn State portals. Students should log into their MyPennState Account for updates.

College of Engineering Scholarships

The College of Engineering administers certain endowed and corporate scholarships for prospective engineering students. These scholarships are highly competitive due to the limited endowment. To be considered for these scholarships, first-year students who are newly admitted to the College of Engineering must submit a scholarship application (note: the first-year scholarship application is currently closed). Scholarship applicants are considered for these scholarships on the basis of their academic credentials, the submitted scholarship application, and data collected from the Office of Admissions and the Office of Financial Aid.

Continuing students are also eligible for endowed and corporate scholarships after they complete at least two semesters at Penn State. No applications are required for these awards, which are awarded on the basis of the cumulative grade point average earned at Penn State.

There are financial aid and scholarship implications when considering alternative grading. For more information, please click here.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Both first-year and continuing students are invited to apply for scholarships offered by corporations, the University, or individual departments. These lists are continuously updated with scholarships details, eligibility requirements, and application deadlines. Check back frequently so you don’t miss a scholarship opportunity. Please note that these scholarship opportunities are in addition to ones offered by the College of Engineering and require additional applications.

These lists of scholarships are by no means comprehensive. Every student should be diligent in finding awards for which they may be competitive. To find more scholarships outside of Penn State, searching for scholarships using any key words along with phrase “engineering scholarships” is a good way to start. Most scholarship programs will have pages that describe the specific deadlines and eligibility requirements for their awards.

Departmental Scholarships

Each department in the College of Engineering is responsible for awarding scholarships that are designated for students in a major. The following departments require an application for scholarship consideration:

For other majors, students should contact the department office for scholarship criteria and availability of funds.