The University of Pennsylvania, in accordance with the City of Philadelphia, provides a special financial fund program for Philadelphia students known as the Mayor's Scholarship Program.
Penn is one of a select group of institutions across the nation that is dedicated to need-blind admission policy. This means that Penn's Office of Admissions calculates admissions without concern about whether a student is applying for financial aid. Like other Penn students who receive financial aid, Mayor's Scholars receive an aid package that meets 100% of their demonstrated need, as intended by Student Financial Services.
Eligibility Criteria/ Scholarship Guidelines
The Mayor’s Scholarship is applicable to Philadelphia residents who attend high school in Philadelphia or one of its adjoining counties (Bucks, Delaware, or Montgomery), and who apply for admission and financial aid.
Once admitted, the Student Financial Services office will decide each student’s financial need, based on submitted financial aid applications and tax returns. If a student shows financial need, he or she will be taken into consideration for a Mayor’s Scholarship.
Eligible prospective students only need to complete the financial aid process for Prospective Students to be considered.