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Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success

Information about Penn State's participation in the Coalition application.

Penn State is now one of more than 100 colleges across the United States accepting applications through the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success.

The Coalition was developed to streamline the application process for students as they search for and apply to their perfect college. The platform provides a single, centralized toolkit for students to organize, build, and refine their applications to multiple institutions

Applying through the Coalition

Penn State’s Coalition application is available to first-year (freshman) U.S. citizens and permanent residents living in the U.S.

International students, U.S. citizens or permanent residents living abroad, and all transfer students should apply to Penn State via MyPennState.

Am I at a disadvantage if I apply through the Coalition instead of MyPennState?

No, the required application materials and application evaluation process are the same if you apply through the Coalition or through MyPennState. There is no advantage or disadvantage to either application but you should apply through one or the other, not both.

Both the Coalition application and the MyPennState application have recommended filing dates of November 30 and application fees of $65

Checking your application status

Once you submit your application through the Coalition, you can check its status and receive an admission decision in MyPennState. 

In order to do this, you will need to create a MyPennState profile if you do not already have one. We recommend creating a MyPennState profile right from the start so you can receive information and updates from Undergraduate Admissions.

Fee waivers

You may be eligible for a financially-based fee waiver based on information in the Financial Aid section of your Coalition Profile. If you meet the criteria for a Coalition fee waiver, your Penn State application fee will be waived.