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It’s never too early to make a plan for financing your education. It is recommended that you start researching your eligibility and loan options as soon as possible. Visit the following resources on Penn websites and federal websites to guide you through the process.

Financial services at Penn

Penn’s Student Financial Services office is available to prospective and current students for financial aid inquiries. For more information on financing your graduate studies, visit these pages on the Student Financial Services website:

Federal loans

All domestic applicants interested in their federal loan eligibility should complete the FAFSA form after applying to the program. Visit the Department of Education’s website to start your FAFSA form.

Executive MPA applicants are eligible for federal loans as long as they matriculate in two classes during two academic terms in a single year. Enrollment in one class during the academic year will result in a withdrawal of federal loans.

Tuition benefits

If you intend to complete a Fels degree as a working professional, you may be able to take advantage of tuition reimbursement benefits offered by your employer. If you are a full-time Penn employee, learn more about Penn's tuition benefits on Penn’s Human Resources website. Applicants who are eligible for University of Pennsylvania employee tuition benefits are not eligible to apply for Fels scholarships or grants.

Executive MPA: 15 for 5 Scholarship

The 15 for 5 scholarship is available to a limited number of Executive MPA applicants who are currently employed full-time in a branch of the US military or a federal, state, or local government agency, and who have accrued a total of at least five years of service to government and/or military agencies. Pending a resume review and fund availability, the scholarship awards qualified students $15,000 in financial aid disbursed throughout the program.

Admission partner grants

Any admitted student to the Fels Institute of Government Full-time MPA or Executive MPA program who is a current member or alumnus of a Fels admissions partner organization may be eligible to apply for a grant.

  • AmeriCorps
  • Bonner Foundation
  • City Year
  • Eastern Leadership Academy
  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps
  • Organization of American States
  • Peace Corps
  • Public Policy & International Affairs Program
  • Teach For All
  • Teach For America

Scholarship amounts are dependent on the merit of each applicant and available funds. Certificate-only applicants are not eligible. Applicants who are awarded the 15 for 5 scholarship are not eligible for the partner grant.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Penn honors the Yellow Ribbon Program, which is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The program allows Penn to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses for eligible veterans. There are limited openings in each school for Yellow Ribbon awards. To learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program and how to apply, visit the Veterans at Penn page.

Public Leadership and Service Fellowship

Open to all Full-time MPA students, Fels’ Public Leadership and Service Fellowship Program provides students with financial support to pursue meaningful internships with government agencies and nonprofit organizations around the world that would otherwise be unpaid.

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