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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. Help Your Student Respond to Verification

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To-do List (click to enlarge)
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 right side of the Student Service Center in LionPATH.

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.

2. 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."

3. 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.

4. Apply for a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan (if necessary)

For additional funds to cover the billable and non-billable charges listed on your student's Award Summary, you can apply for a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan up to your student’s estimated cost of attendance, minus all other financial aid. Parents apply for this loan online at StudentLoans.gov beginning the fall 2017 semester. The application will be available in July; however, we recommend that you review your tuition bill prior to applying for the Parent PLUS loan.

5. 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. 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.

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