First Year PaSSS Students
Can I be considered for financial aid beyond the tuition grant provided by Penn State?
Yes. Complete the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible, and no later than June 30. Although the deadline is June 30, it is recommended that PaSSS students complete the FAFSA by June 1.
Where can I obtain additional information regarding funding for summer enrollment?
The Office of Financial Aid at Penn State Altoona is located at W113 Smith Building on campus, can be reached at 814-949-5055.
May associate degree students participate in the PaSSS program?
Yes, both baccalaureate and associate degree students may enroll in the program.
Subsequent Summer PaSSS Students
Are there a minimum number of credits that I must enroll to be a part of the second summer of the PaSSS program?
To receive funding from the PaSSS program you must be enrolled a minimum of six credits. You may enroll for less than six credits, but you will not receive PaSSS funding to assist with the cost of your tuition.
Can I take some of my courses online through the World Campus and participate in the PaSSS program during future summer semesters?
Yes. PaSSS students may take courses at any Penn State campus in future summers.
May I take courses during either summer session and be a part of the PaSSS program during future summer semesters?
You may elect to enroll in courses for either summer session at any Penn State campus, keeping in mind six or more credits is required for financial support from the PaSSS program toward your tuition cost.
Are there required courses that I must enroll in to be a part of the PaSSS program during future summer semesters?
There are not any required courses. However, there are suggested courses for you to enroll in if you have not already completed those courses and the suggested courses count toward your degree completion.
Will there be on-campus housing for PaSSS students beyond the first year?
It has not yet been determined if on-campus housing will be available for PaSSS students. If you are interested in on-campus housing, please so indicate on the PaSSS application.
Is food service is available for on-campus as well as off-campus and commuter students?
Both on-campus and commuter students may purchase the PaSSS meal plan as well as use LionCash.
Will there be programming available for PaSSS students?
Yes. You are encouraged to take advantage of PaSSS student life opportunities.
Will there be additional out-of-the-classroom opportunities for students enrolling during the summer?
Yes. The Office of Civic and Student Engagement will have summer programming. In addition, exercise and recreational opportunities will be available.