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Frequently Asked Questions

Don't see an answer to your question below? Contact our office directly at JEA13@psu.edu or 814-949-5028.

How can I pay my semester bill?
The Bursar's Office accepts payment for the semester bill by personal check (payable to Pennsylvania State University), money orders, cashier's check and cash. Mastercard, Discover and Echeck are available on LionPATH ONLY.

Where can I pay my bill?
The semester bill can be paid on LionPATH, by mail, at the Bursar's Office, W111 Smith, or at the Finance or Bursar Office of any Penn State location.

I received my semester bill, but it's billing me for the full time tuition cost and I'm only taking part-time credits.
The semester bill reflects full-time tuition cost (12 or more credits), but allows you to adjust the bill if you are taking less than 12 credits. Make the adjustment on your semester bill as indicated on line 2. Mark the number of credits you will be taking in the [ ] and adjust the tuition accordingly. Go to Penn State's Tuition page for current tuition rates.

My semester bill has a net payable of '0,' or I have a credit, do I still need to return the bill?
You must confirm your registration on-line via LionPATH. Log onto LionPATH, select "Students", then "Bills Tuition/other." When you view your tuition bill, you will be given the option to confirm your registration. If you want a copy of your eBill, you must print it before confirming your registration.

Why didn't I receive a semester bill in the mail?
All Penn State billing is now paperless. Tuition bills will no longer be mailed. Each time a payment is due, an email message will be sent to the student's official University email account announcing that the eBill is available. They will then be available to view and pay via LionPATH.

Should I receive a discount because my mother/father is employed at Penn State?
Yes, if eligible, you may claim a staff discount on your semester bill and deduct 75% of the tuition only. The staff discount cannot be applied to room and board charges, Information Technology Fee or Activity Fee. The employee must fill out a "Dependent Grant-In-Aid Form" with the Employee Benefits Office, Rider Building (814-865-1473), to receive the discount. Forms may also be obtained in the Bursar's Office, W111 Smith Building.

Why does Penn State accept credit cards for the payment of tuition only over the internet?
Unfortunately, the Bursar's Office cannot accept credit cards over the counter, over the phone, or by mail. Student account payments can only be made by credit card via LionPATH (Web-based system). Penn State accepts Mastercard or Discover. There is a 2% convenience fee for each payment made by credit card. With this method, payments can be made at any time of the day from any location. Only students can access their accounts on LionPATH. Bursar staff and others cannot access individual student accounts nor enter a student's credit card number into LionPATH.

Why am I being charged an Information Technology fee?
The fee is a general University fee chargeable to all students, regardless of whether they are on or off campus. The funds from the fee are used for central computing facilities, which support and benefit all students at all locations of the University. The University is also attempting to insure that adequate computing resources are available to our students by increasing the number of student microcomputer laboratories.

What is the activities fee?
The purpose of the student activities fee is to improve the out-of-class experience and improve the educational climate at Penn State. Income from the student activities fee is used to increase the number and quality of activities such as clubs and organizations, recreational and fitness programs, lectures, music and cultural programs and other campus programs related to the total learning environment. Each campus has established a student-run committee that allocates these funds.

I dropped a course, but did not receive any tuition adjustment, why?
You must reduce your credits below Full-Time (12 credits) before any adjustment is considered. In addition, the effective date of the drop, in conjunction with the length of the course, determines if any adjustment is due.

I am being billed as a nonresident of Pennsylvania. i would like to be considered a Pennsylvania resident for tuition purposes? What do I do?
A student requesting reclassification as a Pennsylvania resident for tuition purposes must demonstrate by clear and convincing evidence that her/his domicile is in Pennsylvania, and that her/his presence in Pennsylvania is not primarily for educational purposes. A student may challenge her/his residence classification by writing a letter, attaching supporting documentation, and sending it to the Residency Appeal Officer, 103 Shields Building, University Park, PA 16802. The Pennsylvania State University Policy for Determination of Eligibility for Reclassification as a Pennsylvania Resident for Tuition Purposes is published in the Baccalaureate Degree Programs Bulletin and the Graduate Degree Programs Bulletin. For further information about residency classification see also Frequently Asked Questions about Residency.

When does an undergraduate become an "upper division" student?
When the student has completed 59.1 or more course credits, including credits earned through advanced placement or transferred from another institution. This may cause a mid-semester increase in tuition.

Why are upper division and graduate instruction more expensive?
Instructional costs are determined largely by who teaches the classes, how many students they teach, and what subjects they are teaching. Upper division and graduate courses tend to be smaller in size, and more of these courses are taught by more senior faculty members than lower division classes. These courses also involve more specialized instruction within the student's major.

Do you have any payment plans?
Visit the University's Bursar's Office site for more information on payment plans.