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I believe awarding financial assistance to struggling students is very impactful, and I am very much grateful to the Complete Penn State program.
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I believe awarding financial assistance to struggling students is very impactful, and I am very much grateful to the Complete Penn State program.
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Complete Penn State

The Complete Penn State (CPS) program is one of the University's five Open Doors programs, centered around enhancing access and affordability.  The CPS program is run by the Student Success Center and it offers a variety of support resources for students who are in their final two semesters of completing their first associate's or bachelor's degree. 

Complete Penn State assists students who experience a situation that negatively impacts their ability to complete their degree. The program offers re-enrollment support, resource wayfinding, and a scholarship for eligible students, all aimed to support students on their pathway to undergraduate degree completion.

We invite you to explore the information below to find out more about the Open Doors Programs, Complete Penn State program and scholarship eligibility requirements and learn how to requests support. Be sure to also read through our frequently asked questions before completing a request for support! 

The Complete Penn State program is one of five Open Doors Programs currently supported by Penn State. The University created the five Open Doors Programs to address the financial, academic, and personal challenges that our undergraduates face as they strive toward earning their degrees. The Open Doors Programs have been designed to help keep students on track to completing their degrees. Complete Penn State provides resources for students who are in their final two semesters of study and experience a situation that negatively impacts their ability to complete their degree. The program offers a variety of support services aimed at helping students complete their degree requirements and achieve their academic goals, including financial assistance for those who qualify. For many students, the greatest tuition increase of all becomes the need to extend their education over five years or more. Many students find themselves balancing part-time or full-time jobs on top of full-time course loads in order to finance their education while also working to become career-ready and engage with the greater Penn State academic community.

Alumni and friends help to sustain Complete Penn State as well as the other four Open Doors programs, allowing us to meet the urgent needs of students through their endowed gifts. Donors to this program may restrict their scholarship to a specific college or campus, however, donations to University-wide funding allows for the greatest level of flexibility when supporting Penn State students who are close to degree completion. The allocation of financial scholarships through Complete Penn State gives priority to students with the highest level of financial need—presently defined as those whose families can cover only 25 percent or less of their educational costs.

 

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Complete Penn State provides support and/or financial aid to assist undergraduate students as they strive toward the graduation finish line. To be eligible for Complete Penn State support, students must:

  • be currently enrolled or be planning to re-enroll at Penn Stat

  • one or two semesters remaining to complete a first associate’s or bachelor’s degree and 30 or fewer credits remainin

  • a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA

  • a hardship that is complicating degree completion

Additionally, in order to be eligible for a Complete Penn State/"Open Doors" scholarship, students must have: 

  • a current FAFSA on file (if applicable) — international students may apply

  • documentation that confirms timeline to degree completion

  • financial need for educational expenses related to the current academic year

  • exhausted all available financial resources, including all forms of federal and state aid 

  • not previously received a maximum Complete Penn State/ "Open Doors" award

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Select "Request Support" to apply directly, refer a student, or request additional information.

The Complete Penn State Program

The Complete Penn State (CPS) program supports Penn State students who are within their final two semesters of completing their first associate's or bachelor's degree and who are either currently enrolled and students who have taken time off and are looking to re-enroll.

Which form is right for you?

  • Complete Penn State Application/Referral - This application is for currently enrolled or very recently enrolled students OR a member of Penn State's faculty, staff, or administration and would like to refer a student
     
  • Re-Enrollment Support Request - This form is for previously enrolled Penn State students who took time off, and no longer have an active student account (ID# and access ID). The re-enrollment request is the first step toward receiving Complete Penn State support.

Complete Penn State provides support and/or financial aid to assist undergraduate students as they strive toward the graduation finish line. To be eligible for Complete Penn State support, students must:

  • be currently enrolled or be planning to re-enroll at Penn Stat
  • one or two semesters remaining to complete a first associate’s or bachelor’s degree and 30 or fewer credits remainin
  • a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA
  • a hardship that is complicating degree completion

Additionally, in order to be eligible for a Complete Penn State/"Open Doors" scholarship, students must have: 

  • a current FAFSA on file (if applicable) — international students may apply
  • documentation that confirms timeline to degree completion
  • financial need for educational expenses related to the current academic year
  • exhausted all available financial resources, including all forms of federal and state aid 
  • not previously received a maximum Complete Penn State/ "Open Doors" award

To follow up on an existing application or submit a general inquiry, please contact a Student Success Center Coach.

Complete Penn State is a relatively new program that aims to support undergraduate students as they work towards completing their Penn State degree. Provided below are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the Complete Penn State program. If you have questions that are not addressed below, please contact the Student Success Center: https://success.psu.edu/contact

ELIGIBILITY

The Complete Penn State program supports students who are working toward their first associate's or bachelor's degree, and have:

  • two or fewer semesters to complete degree requirements and 30 or fewer credits remaining
  • a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA
  • an unexpected hardship that is complicating degree completion

Additionally, in order to be eligible for a Complete Penn State/"Open Doors" scholarship, students must also have: 

  • documentation that confirms timeline to degree completion
  • exhausted all sources of federal and state aid, including loans
  • not received a maximum CPS/"Open Doors" scholarship in a previous semester

Yes, in certain unique situations, students with slightly more than 30 credits remaining can be considered, however, they must be within two or fewer semesters/terms from degree completion/graduation.  In such cases, a student's anticipated timeline to graduation must be confirmed by their academic advisor. 

Complete Penn State offers scholarship awards up to $3,000 for students in their final one or two semesters (leading up to degree completion/graduation). Awards are based on demonstrated financial need and the availability of “Open Doors” funding at the student’s home University Park college or Commonwealth campus.

Complete Penn State scholarships cannot offer financial assistance to students who have account balances from a prior academic year.  In some circumstances, we may be able to provide assistance to students with past-due balances within the current financial aid/academic year.  If you are unsure of your eligibility due to a past-due balance, please submit a CPS application and a Student Success Center Coach will contact you with more information.

Students may request support more than once, however, Complete Penn State awards typically offer a maximum of $3,000 per student during their final two semesters leading up to degree completion/graduation. Financial assistance through the Complete Penn State program may be limited for students who were previously awarded a Complete Penn State scholarship.

Yes! Complete Penn State offers a variety of support services aimed at helping students complete their degree requirements and achieve their academic goals. Through Complete Penn State, our Student Success Center Coaches work with University-wide student support services to support your efforts in reaching the graduation “finish line” and beyond.

The Complete Penn State program advocates for students who are looking to re-enroll and complete their degree requirements. Please select "request support" on this website and complete the re-enrollment request form to connect with a Student Success Center coach. CPS eligible students seeking re-enrollment are eligible to have the re-enrollment fee waived!   

The Complete Penn State program is administrated by Undergraduate Education's Student Success Center located at University Park. Student Success Center Coaches are available for in-person and phone appointments, which can be set up via the Starfish link on the Complete Penn State website (links coming soon). The Student Success Center works collaboratively with University-wide partners to connect students to available resources in a unified effort!

Requests for support are received by Student Success Center Coaches and are reviewed and assessed in the order they are received. Response times vary during high volume periods of the semester (ex. at or around the start of a new semester or leading up to term registration). Students should keep an eye on their email for an appointment request from a Student Success Center Coach or campus support designee. Appointments are typically arranged as a brief (15 min) phone call aimed to further determine program eligibility and connect students with additional University-wide resources as determined helpful. If determined eligible, the Student Success Center Coach and the student will determine a course of action that will most often include collaboration with the student's campus and/or college of current or future enrollment.