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Monitor the communications tab in your Student Center for updates to your financial aid.

The following are examples of communications that may be sent to you regarding the status of your financial aid:

Accept/ Decline your Loans In order for your Direct Loan(s) to appear as a credit on your bill and to receive the loan funds, you must accept the loans in LionPATH. You also have the ability to decline or decrease the amount of your loan(s). Parent PLUS loans are automatically accepted; however, Subsidized/Unsubsidized and Graduate PLUS loans need to be accepted.

To accept, decline or decrease your loan(s), choose the "Accept/Decline Awards" link listed in the "Finances" section of your LionPATH Student Center. You can confirm that you have accepted your loan(s) and the amount accepted by viewing the ‘amount accepted’ on your Award Summary. Access the step-by-step tutorial for instructions at

http://tutorials.lionpath.psu.edu/public/Accept_Decline_FA/

Alternative loan for a prior enrollment period - contact us We received a private student loan application for a prior enrollment period. Contact us at studentaid.psu.edu/contact-info to confirm which enrollment period you wish to borrow the loan.
Alternative loan do not want to file FAFSA - contact us

We have received your private student loan application, but your loan will be on hold until you take action. To continue processing, we need you to either:

    1. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or

    2. Notify us that you do not want to take advantage of federal student loan options and want to proceed with only a private alternative loan.

We recommend using all federal loan eligibility before turning to private loans. Submit a FAFSA at fafsa.gov to find out if you are eligible for federal student aid, including Federal Direct Loans, which may have more favorable terms and conditions than private alternative loans.

If you complete the FAFSA and are awarded federal student aid, we will automatically process your private alternative loan. More information on federal loan options is available on our website at studentaid.psu.edu/types-of-aid/loans.

If you choose to not fill out the FAFSA, contact us via email at studentaid.psu.edu/contact-info.

Your loan application will remain on hold until you complete one of the above actions.

Alternative loan unable to process- lender requires you to complete a FAFSA
Your loan request will not be processed until you complete the FAFSA or notify our
office that you are not going to proceed with a private alternative loan from this lender.
Alternative loan unable to process - not enrolled during requested loan period
We received a private student loan application for a loan period
that does not match your enrollment periods; therefore, we are unable to process this request. Loan term periods are fall/spring, spring only, summer only, or fall only. Review your enrollment periods and contact your lender to reapply with an applicable loan period.
Alternative loan unable to process - you do not meet lender's requirements We received a private student loan application, but cannot process the request because you do not meet the lender's requirements.To review the lender requirements and other loan options, visit our website at studentaid.psu.edu/types-of-aid/loans/private-alternative/apply.
PLUS unable to process - you must re-apply
  • Student incorrectly applied for the Graduate PLUS loan. You can correct this by having a parent apply at studentloans.gov and selecting "Parent" as the loan type.
  • You are not eligible to receive the Parent PLUS loan as an independent student. Please consider applying for a private alternative loan instead.
  • Student incorrectly applied for a Parent PLUS loan as a graduate student. You can correct this by submitting a new application at studentloans.gov and selecting "Graduate" as the loan type.
PLUS unable to process - you are already at your maximum cost of attendance We received a Direct PLUS loan, however, we are unable to process this application as your current financial aid has already reached your maximum cost of attendance. Federal regulations require that your total student financial aid, including loans, not exceed your cost of attendance/budget as listed on the Aid Summary in your Student Center. For more information on cost of attendance, copy and paste http://studentaid.psu.edu/tuition-costs/university-costs into your browser.
PLUS unable to process - no FAFSA on file. We have received a Direct PLUS loan application, however, we are unable to process your request until you file a FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Go to FAFSA.gov to submit your FAFSA online. After your FAFSA is received, we will be able to proceed with processing your PLUS Loan request.
PLUS unable to process - you are not eligible for federal financial aid. We received a Direct PLUS loan application, however, we are unable to process this request because you are ineligible to receive financial aid. Visit the Student Services Center in LionPATH to view the reason you are ineligible for aid. For a complete list of federal and Penn State financial aid eligibility requirements at http://studentaid.psu.edu/eligibility.
You are not eligible for federal financial aid
At this time, you are ineligible for aid.
If you are a:
  • current student
  • new graduate student
  • law student
  • medical student
  • new undergraduate student who has accepted your offer of admission
Please visit the Student Services Center in LionPATH to view the reason you are ineligible for aid.
If you are an undergraduate student and have an offer of admission, but have not yet accepted your offer, please visit the Financial Aid section in your MyPennState profile to view the reason you are ineligible for aid. For a complete list of federal and Penn State financial aid eligibility requirements, please visit http://studentaid.psu.edu/eligibility.
You are not making Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Your loan request will not be processed until you complete the FAFSA or notify our office that you are not going to proceed with a private alternative loan from this lender. Notify us at: studentaid.psu.edu/contact-info.
  • Penn State’sFinancial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy requires that you complete your degree or eligible certificate program without exceeding 150% of the credits required to graduate as determined by your academic program. Our review indicates that you have exceeded 150% of the number of credits required to complete your academic program. Therefore, you are INELIGIBLE to receive student aid and will be placed on financial aid suspension beginning with your next semester of enrollment.
  • You are currently not meeting Penn State’s minimum GPA requirement for Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Penn State’s SAP Policy requires students whose academic programs utilize GPA to have a minimum cumulative GPA as defined below at each evaluation to be making financial aid SAP:
Undergraduate Student: 2.0 Cumulative GPA
Teacher Certificate Program Student: 3.0 Cumulative GPA
Graduate/Professional Student: 3.0 Cumulative GPA
Law Student: 2.0 Cumulative GPA
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