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Tutorials for First Year Students

How to Create or Retrieve your FSA ID information

The FSA ID is a username and password that gives you the unique benefit of logging into your Federal Student Aid accounts — while removing all personally identifiable information. The FSA ID is your new official Federal Student Aid ID, which you will use to log in to use FSA websites like FAFSA, StudentLoans.gov, and more.

How to Fill Out the FAFSA

How to Fill Out the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows students to apply for more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds. Check out these Federal Student Aid videos for info about the FAFSA and other resources available to help fill out this important application.

How to Transfer Your IRS Tax Information Directly into Your FAFSA

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. If for any reason the Data Retrieval Tool is unavailable, you can manually enter your tax information into your FAFSA.

How to Grant Parent Access in LionPATH

You can give others access to your LionPATH account information including financial aid information.

LionPATH Help Resources

LionPATH Help Resources

Many resources are available to assist students and parents with the LionPATH system.

Financial Aid Process for New Students

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.

How to Complete a Loan Agreement (MPN)

You are required to sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN) before you can receive Direct Loan funds.

How to Complete Loan Counseling

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.

FAFSA Tips & Common Mistakes to Avoid

Advice on filling out the FAFSA from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).

FAFSA: Who is my Parent?

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

Additional Help Sources

The U.S. Department of Education website offers many resources that may help explain and guide you through the financial aid process. Listed here are the most commonly accessed resources and services.

Penn State Federal School Code

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 Timeline

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FAFSA

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LionPATH

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Tutorials

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Aid Calculator

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Money Manager

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Loan Repayment