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Change of Campus Student Families

Welcome to the University Park community. As Penn State families you will notice that many things are the same for both you and your student, however, there are some differences as well. This page is intended to help you get started. It includes an introduction to:

Summer 2017 Parents & Families Welcome Reception & Resource Panel

          • Join us for a special event just for you!
          • Sunday, June 25, 2017
          • Redifer Commons, Private Dining Room A&B
          • Session One : 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
          • Session Two: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
          • Come talk with representatives from Housing, Food Service, University Police, Assignments, Residence Life and the Parents Program.

          Fall Welcome and Information Tables

        • Friday, August 18 & Saturday, August 19, 2017
        • Location 1: Bigler & Curtain Intersection
        • Location 2: Pollock & Shortlidge Intersection
        • 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
        • The Penn State Parents Council welcomes you to campus and answers any last minute questions at two key locations on campus. Stop by and say hello!

Change of Campus Student Welcome:

Change-of-campus students will receive a program invitation via email, and should follow the instructions to make their reservation.

For more information, please visit If you should have questions after reviewing the website, please contact Student Orientation and Transition Programs at (814) 865-4178, 8:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or by e-mail at

LionPATH & Paying Tuition

LionPATH remains the same for you and your student. Your student can give you access to student information via Delegated Access. Click here to view a LionPATH tutorial.

To pay tuition, your student can grant you access as an Authorized Payer through their Student Center in LionPATH. Click here for more information on Authorized Payer access.

Office of Student Aid

If you and your student have submitted the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using Penn State’s Federal School Code 003329, your student can log into to view the financial aid he/she is eligible to receive. From the Student Center, click on View Financial Aid. We recommend that your student refer to the Award Summary frequently for up-to-date information about the status of his/her financial aid. If you have not yet applied for financial aid, you may still submit the FAFSA at  Please visit for information about applying for financial aid.

After students select their courses for the spring semester, the tuition bill will be available at The financial aid that your student is eligible to receive will be listed on the Student Account Statement (bill) as a resource to help pay the bill. For detailed instructions about paying your student’s bill, please visit

If you, as a parent, need additional financial resources to help pay for educational expenses, you may want to apply for a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan. Parents of dependent undergraduate students who meet eligibility requirements may apply for the PLUS Loan.  For step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a federal Parent PLUS Loan, visit the online tutorial at

Please remind your student to check his/her Penn State email account regularly for important notifications regarding student financial aid. 

On-Campus Housing

University Housing will officially open for fall semester on Friday August 18. Early arrivals may begin on Wednesday August 16. To learn more about the check-in process, how to get to campus, what to bring/leave at home, please visit


Parent & Family Checklist


Connect through the Parent & Family Experience, a portal designed just for you, by setting up your profile

Add to your address book

Consider volunteering for the Parents Program

Connect with Penn State and the Parents Program on Facebook


  All incoming student must submit immunization records prior to arrival on campus. Visit the Univeristy Health Services website for more information.
  Remind your student to copy and bring insurance and prescription cards with them
  Remind your student to bring information about their current and maintenance prescription medications
  Consider subscribing to the Family Health Line


Ask your student if they received the email with the tuition bill

Access to your student’s LionPATH and billing remains the same

Plan for future semesters at

Add funds to student's LionCash+ account:


Encourage your student to participate in Welcome Week activities:

Discuss campus safety and decisions regarding alcohol and drug use and policies

Discuss time management, study skills, and mutual expectations for staying in touch

Talk about how your student will finance their education

Explore programs and services available to assist your student

Provide reminder of life skills (including doing laundry, managing bank account, eating well)

Remind your student to check their Penn State e-mail account frequently. University offices or departments will communicate important information to the student's Penn State e-mail address (

Remind your student to change their campus on the PSU Alert System at


Parents & Families Weekend: October 13-15, 2017


Student Checklist


  Beginning in July, make your reservation to attend the Change of Campus Welcome held on Sunday, August 20

Change your campus to University Park on the PSU Alert System at

Map out the location of your classes

Explore purchasing or renting textbooks through the Penn State Bookstore


Visit MyUHS to confirm immunization records

Have information about current and maintenance prescription medications (Prescription refills are available at UHS)

Bring insurance and prescription cards - Students without health insurance can purchase it through Penn State


Check your Penn State email frequently

Give parents and/or family members delegated access to LionPATH and Authorized Payer Access to view and/or pay tuition (optional)


View room assignments and roommate information

Contact their roommate to make introductions and discuss what to bring   

Read about what to pack and what to leave behind

Review move-in procedures; print out parking information

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