Named one of the top schools in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Private Colleges, Penn offers need-based assistance to admitted students whose families require financial support to afford Penn.
This year, Penn has committed more than $9 million in undergraduate aid funds to support non-citizens and non-permanent residents of the United States, Canada, Mexico and stude Because Penn is need-aware for these students (meaning their ability to pay does factor into admission decisions), candidates who can afford their entire University costs are encouraged not to apply for financial aid. International applicants not from Mexico or Canada who anticipate the need for financial aid during their four-year course of study at Penn must apply for aid when they apply for admission.
Students who receive Penn aid are assured continued support for all of their undergraduate years if they continue to demonstrate financial need. Students who receive financial aid are assured of continued support for all of their undergraduate years, as long as they continue to demonstrate financial need.
More information for prospective international undergraduates is available at Student Financial Services.
Financial Assistance Application Process
If you have any concerns about your family’s ability to meet the full cost of Penn for four years, you should apply for financial aid:
- International students, including students from Mexico, should follow the Checklist for International Students on the Student Financial Services website.
- Citizens and permanent residents of Canada must complete Penn’s Financial Aid Application for Canadian Citizens and submit copies of the student’s and parents’ Canadian tax returns. See the Checklist for Canadian Citizens on the Student Financial Services website.
- Penn will not admit a financial aid candidate for whom we cannot provide aid. As a result, some candidates we would otherwise want to admit will be turned away.
- International applicants who anticipate the need for financial aid at any time during their four-year course of study must make this anticipated need known at the time of application.
- Students who receive financial aid are assured of continued support for all of their undergraduate years, if they continue to demonstrate financial need.
APPLICATION INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
In addition to the standard application requirements, international students should review the additional instructions for transcript evaluations and standardized test requirements. Due to additional mailing and processing time associated with international credentials, international applicants are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and begin gathering their transcripts at least 12 weeks in advance of the stated program deadlines. All application materials must be submitted by the stated program deadline.
All students must have (or will have prior to matriculation) the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree to be considered for admission. Applicants with international degrees and/or coursework must have their educational credentials evaluated, course-by-course, using a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course evaluation includes elements related to your prior studies: (1) the courses taken as part of your studies; (2) the grades received for those courses; (3) the actual degree or title conferred; and (4) the date the degree was conferred or awarded. For a list of NACES agencies, go to www.naces.org/members.
Penn GSE does not accept transcripts directly from institutions outside the U.S. nor English language translations of such transcripts. Be mindful of the application’s deadline and plan ahead to have an evaluation processed. Any document uploaded as a transcript for an institution outside of the U.S. without the NACES course-by-course evaluation will not be reviewed and your application will be considered incomplete. Transcript evaluations can take 8-12 weeks to complete.
Standardized Test Requirements
In addition to taking the GRE, international students who do not have an undergraduate or a graduate degree from a university or college where English is the primary language of instruction must take either the internet-based, Test of English as a Foreign Language: TOEFL (iBT) or the International English Language Testing System: IELTS.
If you are submitting TOEFL (iBT) scores, request an official copy of your scores to be sent directly to Penn GSE using institution code 2943. To submit IELTS scores request an official copy of your score to be mailed from the testing center to:
Penn GSE Admissions
3700 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104