Penn Undergraduate Financial Aid COVID-19 Updates
Penn’s Plans for the Spring Semester
On October 30, the University announced that while it will not be able to house as many students as it would have pre-COVID, it will be opening on-campus housing, subject to certain limitations to enable proper social distancing. Priority will be given to first-, second- and fourth-year undergraduates who still wish to live in on-campus college housing, and the University also expects to be able to accommodate third-year undergraduates who still wish to live in on-campus college housing. Strict public health protocols will remain in place.
The hybrid educational experiences for all students in the spring are likely to be similar to this fall: most classes will be delivered remotely, with limited exceptions, including courses with clinical experiences and in-person research required for graduation. The University expects to see a modest increase in in-person instruction during the spring semester.
Please visit Penn’s Spring 2021 Semester planning webpage for the robust plan and the latest updates. Those who wish to monitor the state of the pandemic at Penn can always see the most current data at the Coronavirus Dashboard. Extensive Academic FAQs for Students are also available.
How Penn Has Supported Aided Undergraduates
We are thankful for the unwavering commitment of our donors, whose gifts to undergraduate financial aid have enabled us to meet the extensive needs of our students during these extraordinary times including:\
- Purchasing plane tickets home, arranging for ground travel, and providing debit cards for food and internet services for students in need of assistance departing campus.
Supplying students with laptops and funds to address their technology requirements for remote learning.
- Continuing to pay all work-study students in the spring semester and making remote work-study opportunities available for students this summer.
- Waiving all aided students’ summer savings expectation for the 2020-2021 academic year.
- Reevaluating financial aid packages for families facing new economic hardships.
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Penn’s Statement of Support to International Students
On July 9, 2020, the University released a statement of support to international students in response to the federal government changing its rules and stipulating that students in online programs would have to leave the country. You can read the full statement here.
How Can I Support Students?
Internship and Employment Opportunities
In response to COVID-19, we appreciate Penn alumni and friends who are interested in promoting job and internship opportunities to current students or more experienced Penn alumni who may be looking for new opportunities. To learn more, please contact Natty Leach from Penn Career Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 Special Response Fund for Undergraduates
Gifts to help aided undergraduate students and their families during this time can be directed to the COVID-19 Special Response Fund in Student Financial Services. This fund will be used to support emergency and ongoing financial needs for undergraduates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Special Response Fund for International Undergraduates
Gifts to help international undergraduate students and their families during this time can be directed to the COVID-19 International Special Response Fund in Student Financial Services. This fund will be used to support emergency and ongoing financial needs for international undergraduates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The University’s Response to COVID-19
The University’s COVID-19 webpage is updated frequently. Please visit here for the latest information from Penn.