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LiveOn Student Success Grant

The LiveOn Student Success Grant is a unique student financial aid funding opportunity supported by Penn State Housing and Food Services (HFS) to assure student undergraduate academic success, persistence to undergraduate degree completion, and address potential housing and food insecurities throughout a student’s four-year academic career.

Awarding of grants are to need-based students identified based upon information provided to Penn State’s Office of Student Aid via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Penn State Undergraduate Admissions Application There is no additional financial aid application for the grant.

The LiveOn Student Success Grant is provided at twelve (12) Penn State Campuses: Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Behrend, Berks, Brandywine, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Mont Alto, Schuylkill, and University Park. Recipients are required to reside in Penn State-managed housing and designated room type each of the four academic years; and meet and maintain full-time enrollment, financial aid, credit completion, and academic performance eligibility criteria in order to retain the award. 

The LiveOn Student Success Grant can be combined with additional financial aid – federal, state, and/or institutional grants and scholarships, as well as student direct loans. The grant is communicated to recipients and appears on a student’s financial aid summary and University bill, which are viewable via LionPath

PA map showing those campuses with LiveOn Grants available

Penn State Housing and Food Services provides not only campus housing and dining within minutes of students’ academic and extracurricular pursuits, but offers a sense of community, comfort, and safety; student support, programming, and engagement through Residence Life offer opportunities to meet lifelong friends, explore new interests as well as pursue personal, academic, and social interests. 

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LiveOn Student Success Grant for eight (8) consecutive semesters equals approximately one year of savings for Penn State-managed campus housing and meal plan, or $12,000. For one academic year, the savings is $3,000, or approximately 25%.

This is a significant reduction in the total cost of attending Penn State.

More about Eligibility

  • Students must be U.S. residents.
  • Recipients must be NEW undergraduate first-year or transfer students to the University.
  • Students do not have to apply for the grant; automatically considered based on financial need.
  • To ensure consideration:
    • Complete an undergraduate admissions application by November 30 for the following academic year; prospective transfer student completed admissions application for the coming fall or spring semester by the suggested deadline date.
    • Select a participating Commonwealth Campus or University Park as one of their campus choices on the admission application (first choice or alternate choice).
    • Chosen academic major has no bearing on grant selection.
  • Grants are limited.
  • Annual renewal criteria include:
    • Enroll at a designated LiveOn campus over eight consecutive semesters
    • Participate in the Request Housing process in the fall semester for the next academic year to secure Penn State-managed housing.
    • Schedule 15 credits per semester (fall, spring) and successfully complete a minimum of 24 credits by the end of the spring semester of each academic year. (Completing 30 credits per academic year is recommended to ensure graduation in four years or eight semesters.)
    • Be in good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher) at the end of the spring semester of each academic year.
    • Students who complete a Change of Campus that offers Penn State-managed housing are eligible to retain the grant. 
    • University Park LiveOn Grant recipients who are nursing students (General BSN Degree Program) are required to reside one full academic year in housing operated by Penn State College of Medicine for clinical experience at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and receive similar housing financial support.  

Awarding Timeline

Students who meet eligibility guidelines will receive notice of the grant and detailed specifics during aid awarding in early February when student aid awarding begins. Spring admits and transfer students will be awarded on a rolling basis.

Offer of admission must be accepted by admission offer deadline and acceptance of Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract completed to receive the grant.

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Want to help students LiveOn?

Alumni or community members seeking to make a financial contribution to the LiveOn Student Success Grant, which strives to continually increase the number of grants awarded, should contact Sue Harris, Director of Development, University Programs, [email protected]to request additional details. Named scholarships can be created with a donation to Penn State.  Donations can be made using a credit card, check, securities, or similar.