Because of limited University-controlled resources, Penn Dental Medicine must consider each student’s entire financial situation. Therefore, parental financial data must be submitted for consideration for Penn Dental Medicine financial assistance, even though graduate and professional students are technically ‘independent’ under federal guidelines. However, a student may borrow the calculated parental contribution from other funding sources.
A student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to receive need-based aid. Applicants and their families who wish to be considered for need-based support at Penn Dental Medicine are required to complete the student and parent sections of the PENN Financial Aid Applications and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as well as submit parental and student taxes.
International, advanced standing, and transfer students will only be considered for non-University-based funding (Federal loan, ifapplicable, and alternative loans).
Each year, the Admissions Office awards Dean’s Scholarships to very accomplished students who have been offered admission. These scholarships recognize outstanding students for their academic as well as non-academic achievements. Among the factors considered in selecting scholarship recipients are: Academic record, DAT scores, extracurricular activities, pre-dental experience, research experience, community service and leadership qualities, as assessed by the application and interview with the admissions committee. Recipients are selected from among those who are admitted through the School’s admissions process prior to the start of school. There is no separate application for the Dean’s Scholarships. Scholarships are renewable for a maximum of four years for recipients who remain eligible. To remain eligible for a scholarship beyond the first year, a recipient must remain in good standing. Only students who received a Dean’s Scholarship upon matriculation are eligible to receive the scholarship in subsequent years.