MSE Financial Aid Options

The University of Pennsylvania understands that the cost of a graduate or professional education today is a major investment for most students and their families.  We are committed to making a Penn education accessible for all talented and qualified students. Extremely limited internal funding opportunities are available for master’s degree candidates.

Due to limited resources, master’s candidates are typically not provided fellowship or research support.  You should not count on getting financial assistance, beyond loans, if you join our department as a master’s student.

For up-to-date information on financing your graduate education please visit the Student Financial Services website. Here you will find information on financial aid including loans, scholarships, grants and fellowships.

Submit a FAFSA

Many federal and institutional aid programs are need-based, i.e. eligibility for them depends on a determination that the applicant has financial need. In order to be considered for federal and Penn financial aid, you must submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which requires information from you and your spouse, if applicable. Visit

Penn Graduate Student Financial Aid Checklist

Student Financial Services (SFS) will issue a Student Aid Report (SAR) to students who fill out a FAFSA and submit the results to Penn. Visit SFS for more information.