Skip to main content

HHD COMMUNITY: Hours of operation for HHD departments, business units, and centers: All HHD updates: All Penn State updates:

icon menu Standard.
Explore Health and Human Development
icon menu Standard.
Desktop Search:
Search search
Mobile Search:

There are a number of options to make your Penn State College of Health and Human Development affordable. For more information, contact or visit the Office of Student Aid at Penn State.


No Application Required for Most Scholarships

All currently enrolled HHD students, currently enrolled Penn State students intending to transfer to the College, incoming freshmen, and students transferring from a college outside of the Penn State system will be automatically considered for all scholarships and awards for which they are eligible.

A small number of scholarships/awards require an application. Students who are determined to be eligible for such scholarships and awards will be contacted and encouraged to apply.

Learn more about:

University Scholarships and Financial Aid

Penn State awards a number of scholarships each year; there also are grants, loans, and work-study programs for those who qualify. Information on University-wide scholarships and other forms of financial aid is available on the Office of Student Aid website.

Learn more about:

For more information, contact:

Office of Student Aid
The Pennsylvania State University
314 Shields Building
University Park, PA 16802-1220
(814) 865-6301

HPA Mockingbird Award

The HPA Mockingbird Award recognizes Department of Health Policy and Administration students in the College of Health and Human Development who have demonstrated a commitment to and passion for advocating for the welfare of others.

This award will be given to baccalaureate degree or integrated undergraduate/graduate student or students in the Department of Health Policy and Administration. Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  1.  Have at least seventh standing semester by spring semester of 2020; and
  2. Have maintained at least a 3.00 grade point average.

The recipients of this award shall be selected by the HPA Undergraduate Committee.

Help with Debt and Personal Finances

Higher education can be costly and many students are just learning about finances. Here are some resources to help you set a budget, learn about debt, and make good financial decisions.

Resources to Help with Debt and Personal Finances

Know Your Numbers

Use this Know-Your-Numbers resource to calculate your college debt, get a sense of how much your loan payments might be, and compare those payments to the starting salaries in different careers.


Evaluating and managing costs is critical for debt reduction. Use the Scenarios Guide to learn about the financial implications of different decisions students make, including balancing coursework and paid work, using meal plans, and studying abroad.

Tips to Save Money While in College

Use this resource for tips on how to reduce your expenses.

Budget Worksheet

Budgeting for college can be challenging. Some expenses are weekly, some are monthly, and some come once a semester. Use this budget-worksheet.docx to help get your budget organized.

Resources to Learn More about Debt and Personal Finances

This page includes books to read, web pages that are particularly helpful, and campus contacts if you need help associated with debt and personal finances.