We are committed to making your graduate education affordable, and we offer generous scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships to many of our students. Many of our students look at their Penn graduate degree as an investment in their future and finance their graduate education through a combination of institutional funding, federal aid, private educational loans, and other sources.


Ph.D. Students

All Ph.D. students are guaranteed a full scholarship for their first four years of study, as well as a stipend and student health insurance. Please refer to the Dean's fellowship funding explanation for more information.

Ed.D. Students

GSE offers fellowship packages for full-time Ed.D. students in traditional format programs. Please read more about the Dean's Scholarships, fellowship, and Research Assistantships funding explanation for more information.

Master's Students

Master’s applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarship and assistantship funding; there is no separate application. Most students will receive some form of direct support from GSE. Please read more about scholarships and Graduate Assistantships for details.

Financial Aid

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Financial Aid Information for Accepted Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to Penn GSE! Click the link below to navigate the financial aid process.


Information for Accepted Students


Students attending part-time

Academic Progress
You must make academic progress to continue to receive federal loans. For the Direct Loan, academic progress is defined as 6 course units (CUs) for which you have received passing grades. Part-time students must complete 6 CUs before being eligible for a subsequent Direct Unsub Loan. Many part-time students will exhaust their initial Direct Unsub loan in their first two semesters. Students may rely on a Direct GradPLUS or private loan to pay for semesters in which they are not eligible for a Direct Unsub Loan.

Students attending the following programs with second summer session starts:

Contact Us

Office of Admissions & Financial Aid

University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education

3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-6415

For information about student loans, contact Student Financial Services at (215) 898-1988 or sfsmail@sfs.upenn.edu.