Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can still apply. However, only students (or their parents who claim them as a dependent) who file a U.S. tax return are able to complete the FAFSA form. Since not all scholarships require financial need, we encourage all students to apply.

It depends on several factors. Some scholarships cannot be renewed according to the scholarship guidelines. It may also depend on information in your scholarship application and FAFSA, including but not limited to: GPA, documented financial need, completion of the current scholarship application, and other eligibility criteria.

The FAFSA and the College of Education scholarship application do not need to be submitted at the same time. The important thing is that both documents are filled out before the College's May 1 deadline.

Visit the College of Education Scholarships page to see a list of scholarships, their criteria and benefactors.

Not all scholarships are based on financial need. Some are based on academic performance and other criteria only. We encourage all students to apply!

If you switch to a major outside of the College of Education you will not be eligible for our College-wide or academic department scholarships. Part-time students will still be eligible for scholarships that do not require full-time status. There are many scholarships open to part-time students. Contact our office immediately if your status changes.

Yes, you can make changes up until the May 1 deadline, but not in Qualtrics. Send an email to [email protected] with your updates.

If you are awarded a scholarship before June 15, you will be notified via email by July 1, 2020. If an award is made during the academic year, you will be notified at the time the award is posted.

The College’s Scholarship Committee makes determinations for the majority of scholarships. The committee for college-wide scholarships consists of Rayne Sperling (associate dean for undergraduate and graduate studies), Maria Schmidt (assistant dean, office of education and social equity), Vacant (recruitment and retention coordinator), Jenn Moore (assistant director of stewardship), and Lori-Witherite-Zellers (development assistant). For departmental scholarships, the department head or his/her designee will make the decisions. Any questions should be directed to [email protected]. We will respond to every e-mail.

If you are reading this prior to May 1, we encourage you to apply even if you have not received your acceptance letter. We will verify your enrollment before we post the scholarship. If it is after May 1, email us at [email protected] and we will send you an application via email. It is important that you still complete the FAFSA as soon as you can.

Yes, just be sure to check that box on the application so the full scholarship amount is applied to the fall semester.

Follow the instructions in your notification letter. If you have any additional questions or concerns, send them to [email protected].

Penn State faculty and staff who are working full-time at the University and receiving the 75% tuition discount are not eligible to receive College of Education or other University-wide scholarships. The system will automatically reject your scholarship application. If you work at Penn State and are not eligible to receive the 75% discount (that is, you are not a full-time equivalent employee), you are able to apply for and receive scholarships. If you are a child or spouse of a Penn State faculty or staff member, you are able to apply for and receive scholarships. Please refer to HR36 for more information.