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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Your college education will be one of the most important investments of your life. Penn State offers a variety of financial aid programs to help students meet their educational expenses. The number of awards is limited and the competition is strong. The types of aid offered by the university such as fellowships, scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study, are discussed in detail at the Office of Student Aid website. In addition, the Department offers financial assistance in the form of departmental scholarships, teaching internships, work-study, and wage payroll positions.

Forms to File

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Scholarship Application Form

You must complete the Department’s Scholarship Application Form to be considered for any scholarship from the department. Applications will be accepted between April 1 and April 30 each academic year.

Free Application for Federal and State Aid (FAFSA)

You must complete the FAFSA to be considered for scholarships that stipulate financial need. The FAFSA should be filed as soon as possible after January 1 and no later than April 15. If you have questions about the FASFA, please contact the Office of Student Aid by phone at 814-865-6301.


Departmental scholarships are available to Penn State students enrolled in the civil engineering major or those planning to enroll in the civil engineering major. Sophomores are encouraged to complete the departmental form in the semester preceding entry to the major.

Other Scholarship Sources

College of Engineering Scholarships

The College administers certain endowed and corporate scholarships for prospective engineering students. More information is available at College of Engineering Scholarships.

Residential Building Construction Scholarship

Undergraduate scholarships are available to support talented students interested in residential construction. Applicants must be full-time Penn State students in good standing. A number of companies and individuals contribute to the success of the scholarship program demonstrating their commitment to education of new generation of engineers. The scholarship recipients and the donors are recognized every fall at the official Hankin Banquet. In addition the contributors sponsor the NAHB Student Chapter team that competes in the NAHB Design Competition. For information, contact Sarah Lowe, administrative assistant, at



The Penn State Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, established in 1881, is internationally recognized for excellence in the preparation of undergraduate and graduate engineers through the integration of education, research, and leadership.

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

212 Sackett Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-1408

Phone: 814-863-3084