How to Apply for Financial Aid

US Citizens and Permanent Residents

Applicants who are applying for financial aid must indicate this on their admissions application. Applications for need-based PennDesign grants, as well as for federal loans and work-study, are made on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form which should be filed as soon as possible after January 1 of the year they will receive aid, at Penn's Federal School Code is 003378. After the FAFSA has been filed and application materials have been received by the Office of Admissions, we worked closely with the University's Office of Student Financial Services to put a financial aid package together to meet your educational needs at the time that you are admitted. Be sure to submit your FAFSA by February 15 to ensure that we get your information in time to determine your aid eligibility. Click here for SFS' information on applying for loans.

International Students

Master's degree applicants must check the appropriate box on the School of Design application form indicating that they are applying for financial aid. In addition, they should download and fill out the PennDesign International Financial Aid Application. The application should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1. Completed forms can be emailed as pdf attachments with supporting documentation (examples in Section F) to Office of Admissions and Financial Aid [] or mailed to 110 Meyerson Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104. International Financial Aid Applications must be received no later than February 15. The International Financial Aid Application for the 2019-2020 academic year is available here.

Please note: Ph.D. applicants do not need to submit financial aid forms or documentation as they will be automatically considered for the funded Ph.D. program regardless of financial need. However, if a Ph.D. applicant has an external source of funding for the program, they should contact us at to let us know.

Notification Letters

If you have submitted your application by the February 15 deadline, your financial aid letter will be available on March 14 when your admissions notification letter is posted. To access the letter, click on the "View Checklist" button. The letter is at the bottom of that page.