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Here you will find tutorials with general instructions that apply to most situations. Specific tutorials, like How to Apply for the Parent PLUS Loan, are available in that subject's section of the site (ex. Loans, Parent PLUS).

How to Complete a Loan Agreement (MPN)

You are required to sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN) before you can receive Direct Loan funds.

How to Complete Loan Counseling

Loan counseling is a required online tool to help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a Direct Loan borrower. You must complete this requirement before you can receive your Direct Loan.

FAFSA Tips & Common Mistakes to Avoid

Advice on filling out the FAFSA from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).

7 Myths About the 2017–18 FAFSA Debunked

Department of Education blog post to make sure students and parents have the facts and DO submit the 2017–18 FAFSA.

2 Major FAFSA Changes You Need to Be Aware Of

A Department of Education blog post on changes to the 2017–18 FAFSA for students and parents who have submitted the FAFSA in previous years.

Why Students and Parents Need to Create Their Own FSA IDs

A blog post from the Department of Education on the importance of creating separate FSA IDs for students and their parents. Includes a video on how to create an FSA ID.

How to Transfer Your IRS Tax Information Directly into Your FAFSA

You may have received an email from Federal Student Aid recommending that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer tax information directly from the IRS into your FAFSA.

Financial Aid Process for New Students

This video is an overview of Penn State's financial aid process and is shown to first-year students and their families during New Student Orientation.

How to Grant Parent Access in LionPATH

You can give others access to your LionPATH account information including financial aid information.

New Enrollment Process

Starting in fall 2016, use LionPATH to enroll for classes. You will be considered "registered" when you agree to the Financial Responsibility Agreement (FRA) and enroll in at least one class.

How to View your Award Summary and Estimated Financial Aid Budget

A video on how to view your Award Summary and Estimated Financial Aid Budget in LionPATH.

FAFSA: Who is my Parent?

A guide to help you figure out who to list as your parent when filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Image via Studentaid.ed.gov

How to View Your Loan History

View your loan history through the National Student Loan Data System, the U.S. Department of Education's central database for student aid information.

LionPATH Help Resources

LionPATH Help Resources

Many resources are available to assist students and parents as Penn State transitions to the new LionPATH system.

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