You are required to sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN) before you can receive Direct Loan funds.
Loan counseling is a required online tool to help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a Direct Loan borrower. You must complete this requirement before you can receive your Direct Loan.
Student's guide to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Advice on filling out the FAFSA from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).
Department of Education blog post to make sure students and parents have the facts and DO submit the 2017–18 FAFSA.
A Department of Education blog post on changes to the 2017–18 FAFSA for students and parents who have submitted the FAFSA in previous years.
A blog post from the Department of Education on the importance of creating separate FSA IDs for students and their parents. Includes a video on how to create an FSA ID.
You may have received an email from Federal Student Aid recommending that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer tax information directly from the IRS into your FAFSA.
This video is an overview of Penn State's financial aid process and is shown to first-year students and their families during New Student Orientation.
You can give others access to your LionPATH account information including financial aid information.
Starting in fall 2016, use LionPATH to enroll for classes. You will be considered "registered" when you agree to the Financial Responsibility Agreement (FRA) and enroll in at least one class.
A video on how to view your Award Summary and Estimated Financial Aid Budget in LionPATH.
A guide to help you figure out who to list as your parent when filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Image via Studentaid.ed.gov
View your loan history through the National Student Loan Data System, the U.S. Department of Education's central database for student aid information.
Many resources are available to assist students and parents as Penn State transitions to the new LionPATH system.