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Next Steps for Parents of New Students

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

1. Know your student's rights and responsibilities and what they can expect as a Student at Penn State

2. Have 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.

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

3. Help Your Student Respond to Verification and other To Do List Items

Your student may be selected for verification. 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

4. Pennsylvania 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."

5. Research 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.

6. Review the Tuition Bill Instructions

Tuition bill notifications will be sent on August 1 to your student’s Penn State email account and payment is due on August 22. Because it takes time 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 Bill information on the Office of the Bursar website, where you will also find details about available payment plans.

7. Track 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.











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