Financial Aid

Counselors at Student Financial Services help find success, not stress

As grant-based aid packages—bolstered by named scholarships—have helped Penn welcome more students who come from lower-income households, Student Financial Services (SFS) has ramped up its ability to assist their academic journeys, especially during the pandemic when students needed more support than ever. That includes having two counselors—Silvia Hanks and Jodi Wagner—who specialize in serving highly aided students at Penn.

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Philadelphia Business Journal

Letter to the Editor: Financial aid and cost of attendance at Penn

Stephen J. MacCarthy, vice president of University Communications wrote about Penn’s efforts to make higher education affordable: “A strong commitment to student financial aid (as witnessed at Penn) can dramatically increase access while improving the lives of entire generations of students.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn touts 2.8% tuition hike as lowest percentage increase in more than 50 years

Penn’s tuition rate for the 2021-22 school year will be the university’s lowest percentage increase since the 1960s. “The moderate increase in charges was determined through careful consideration of the impact of the pandemic on students and their families as well as the ongoing financial challenges confronting the University,” said Trevor Lewis, vice president for budget planning and analysis.


The Washington Post

Bloomberg gift to Hopkins to help middle-income families as well as the poor

Vice President of Finance and Treasurer MaryFrances McCourt spoke about Penn’s endowment for undergraduate financial aid and its support for low-income students.