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Next Steps for New Students

The steps below are for students who have accepted their offer of admission to Penn State.

1. Know your rights and responsibilities and what you can expect as a Student at Penn State

2. Read "Information for New Students"

This page can be found at the Office of the Bursar.

3. Complete the Pre-Registration Activity Guide

4. Grant Your Parent/Guardian 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.

5. Respond to Verification

You 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 your 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

6. Pennsylvania Residents: Check the Status of Your State Grant

Eligible Pennsylvania residents may receive an email from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) asking for additional information.

Respond promptly.

Select "Sign-In" or "Create An Account" to check the status of your Pennsylvania State Grant at PHEAA.

7. Complete Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) for Federal Direct Loans

To accept and receive your Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, first-time borrowers must complete both of these steps on

  1. Complete Entrance Counseling
  2. Sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN)

You may accept, decrease or cancel your Federal Direct Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Loan(s); however, we recommend waiting until after you have reviewed your fall semester tuition bill in August.

8. Enroll for classes

First-year students will schedule classes during the New Student Orientation. You are considered to be "registered" when you complete the Financial Responsibility Agreement and enroll for at least one class.

9. 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.

10. Pay your bill

Fall semester tuition bills are generated August 1st and are due August 22nd.

11. 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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