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About the Program

COMPLETE PENN STATE

The Complete Penn State program is run by the Student Success Center and provides resources for students who are in their final two semesters of completing their first associate's or bachelor's degree. Complete Penn State supports students who experience a situation that negatively impacts their ability to complete their degree. The program offers a variety of support services, including re-enrollment support, aimed at helping students complete their degree requirements and achieve their academic goals.

THE OPEN DOORS PROGRAMS

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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