Unexpected financial hardships – a parent’s job loss, a family illness – can sometimes force undergraduate students to leave the University even as the finish line is in sight.

Complete Penn State helps students who are in their last two semesters of study and who experience a situation that may negatively affect their ability to complete their degree. The Complete Penn State program provides an array of support services and coordination of that support through a case manager, and if need be, financial support.

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To be eligible for Complete Penn State, students must meet the following criteria:

  • be within 30 credits of graduation
  • have at least a 2.0 GPA
  • have exhausted all sources of federal and state aid for which they are eligible
  • have an unexpected hardship that is preventing them from completing their degree

To refer a student who you believe may be eligible for the Complete Penn State program, click the refer button below and complete the form. Students may also refer themselves for the program by filling out this form.



For many students, the greatest tuition increase of all becomes the need to extend their education over five years or more, as they balance full-time jobs with full-time course loads, struggle to make the transition to Penn State between our campuses, and try to find their place in our academic community.

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