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Next Steps for Parents

The checklist below is for parents of students who have accepted their offer of admission to Penn State.

check mark blueHave Your Student Grant You Delegated Access

To gain access to your student's tuition bill, bursar account, tax credit information, and academic verifications in LionPATH, your student needs to grant you delegated access to his/her account. They can do this once they have activated their full Access Account via the Quick ID process.

When a student does grant you delegated access, you need to accept the invitation for delegated access before you can log into the account.

Home Page for Parent/Delegate Access

check mark blueHelp Your Student Respond to Verification and other To Do List Items

Your student may be selected for verification after they have accepted their enrollment offer. Verification is a federal mandate requiring universities to confirm the accuracy of the information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your student will receive an email from our office, which explains what documentation must be provided if he or she is selected for verification. Verification requests will also be displayed on the "To Do List" located on the Home page of their LionPATH account.

Follow all directions, and respond quickly to this request to avoid a delay in the processing of your student’s aid. Often a parent signature is required on the verification documents.

Visual of To Do List in communications Center

check mark bluePennsylvania Residents: Encourage Your Student to Check His/Her PA State Grant Status

If your student is an eligible Pennsylvania resident, he or she may receive an email from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) asking for additional information. He or she needs to respond promptly to the request in order to receive the Pennsylvania State Grant.

Your student can check the status of his or her Pennsylvania State Grant at PHEAA by selecting "Sign-In" or "Create An Account."

check mark blueResearch Additional Financing Strategies

Financial aid typically covers only a portion of your educational costs and for the majority of Penn State students, these costs must be paid by the family using a combination of financing strategies.

check mark blueReview the Tuition Bill Instructions and Pay your Statement

The Office of the Bursar is responsible for maintaining student accounts pertaining to tuition billing, acceptance fees, charges, payments, posting of financial aid*, and refunds of excess funds, when available.

Fall bills will be generated in August, Spring in December, and Summer in May. Typically they will be generated on the 1st and be due the 22nd.

If arrangements have not been made to pay your bill by this date, you will be assessed a 1.5 percent late fee. 

With your student, read and review the Paying your statement information on the Office of the Bursar website, where you will also find details about available payment plans.

check mark blueTrack your Federal Direct Loan borrowing history on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)

NSLDS is the U.S. Department of Education’s central database for Federal Student Aid. NSLDS receives data from schools, guaranty agencies, the Direct Loan program, and other Department of ED programs.

check mark blueKnow your student's rights and responsibilities and what they can expect as a Student at Penn State











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