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Penn State Office of the Bursar

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Guardian Delegation

Log into delegated access to view your student's grades, financial aid, holds, to do list, and class schedule.

Authorized Payer

Students can grant access to Authorized Payers to view and pay the Student Account Statement, enroll in the Installment Plan, and access IRS form 1098-T.

eRefund
eRefund is a fast and convenient way to receive your student refund. To enroll in eRefund:

1. Log in to LionPATH
2. Click on "Manage my Account/Make a Payment"
3. Select "Click to enroll in eRefund"
4. Complete the requested information

Important Dates

Fall Semester 2016
Date Information
Aug 31, 2016 Last date to enroll with 1/3 payment in Installment Payment Plan *
Sep 17, 2016 Second Installment Payment Plan bill date
Sep 22, 2016 Second Installment Payment Plan due date
Sep 30, 2016 Last date to enroll with 2/3 payment in Installment Payment Plan *
Oct 17, 2016 Third Installment Payment Plan bill date
Oct 22, 2016 Third Installment Payment Plan due date

Note: Student Account Statements will be generated on the 1st of every month and are due on the 22nd of every month. Charges billed and unpaid by the due date will be subject to a late fee of 1.5%. There will also be a negative service indicator (hold) placed on the student account preventing enrollment in future courses, release of transcripts, and delivery of the diploma (if graduating) until the past due balance is paid.

*Note: To enroll in Penn State's Installment Payment Plan, students/authorized payers must pay using an eCheck or a Credit Card and agree to sign up for auto-deduction for the remaining installments.

Future Billing Due Dates

Academic Calendar

Most Popular FAQ

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How do I claim a 529 Tuition payment?

These instructions are for all 529 programs except the Pennsylvania Guaranteed Savings Plan. If you have a Pennsylvania Guaranteed Savings Plan 529, please see "How do I claim a PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan tuition payment?"

Student Instructions
  1. After you receive an e-mail notification that your billing statement is available, log into your Student Center.
  2. Select "Manage My Account/Make a Payment".
  3. Select "View" or "Download" in the "Your Statements" section.
  4. Print a copy of the billing statement to submit to your 529 plan if necessary. Print any additional copies of the billing statement if needed.

The 529 payment, as well as any additional personal payment being made by other means, must be received by the statement due date in order to avoid any late fees.

Penn State cannot request funds from a 529 plan on behalf of the account owner/student, Therefore, please DO NOT mail your Payment Authorization Form (PAF) or PAF copies to Penn State.

If you have a Texas Tomorrow, Michigan Education Trust, College Illinois!, or Alabama PACT Plan you should select the “contact us” link to let us know about your expected 529 payment amount.

How do I claim a PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan tuition payment?

If you are planning on using Pennsylvania 529 GSP funds, please follow the steps below:

Student Instructions
  1. After you receive an e-mail notification that your billing statement is available, log into your Student Center.
  2. Select "Manage My Account/Make a Payment".
  3. Select "View" or "Download" in the "Your Statements" section.
  4. Print and/or save a copy of the Billing Statement for the account owner to submit with the Payment Authorization Form(PAF)or with an online qualified withdrawal.

The PA 529 GSP payment, as well as any additional personal payment being made by other means, must be received by the statement due date in order to avoid any late fees.

Account owner instructions.

  1. Complete the Payment Authorization Form (PAF) provided by PA 529 GSP or access your account online at www.pa529.com to print a PAF or complete a qualified withdrawal online.
  2. If completing a qualified withdrawal online, upload an electronic copy of the billing statement(see #4 above).
  3. If completing a paper PAF, mail or fax both the PAF and the copy of the billing statement to PA 529 GSP.

PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan
Processing Center
PO Box 55463
Boston, MA 02205
Fax: 617-559-2452

Please note: Penn State cannot request funds from a PA 529 GSP account on behalf of the account owner. Therefore, please DO NOT mail your PAF to Penn State.

PA 529 GSP mails PAFs in July or early August for the fall semester and in October for the spring semester. Summer PAFs are provided upon individual request. Additionally, a PAF can be obtained online at www.pa529.com or by calling 1-800-440-4000.

What if I have a third party paying my tuition bill? Will they get an eBill?

You can grant a Parent/Other access to specific student information on eLion with your authorization. See http://www.bursar.psu.edu/paybill.cfm for instructions.

What payment options do I have?

Payments can be made by electronic check (eCheck), credit card, or paper check. Cash payments may be made in person at your campus Bursar/Finance office. Do not mail cash.

See: http://www.bursar.psu.edu/payplans.cfm for payment options.

How do I get financial aid?

If you are interested in student aid, contact the Office of Student Aid or the student aid representative at your Penn State Campus.

How do I e-sign my Federal Direct Stafford Master Promissory Note (MPN)?

The Master Promissory Note for the Federal Direct Stafford Loan can be completed online or by contacting the Office of Student Aid. Information for completing this online is available at: http://studentaid.psu.edu/types-of-aid/loans/stafford/overview#accept.

Why have I not received my refund?

There could be several reasons why your refund has not been processed. Here are some possible reasons:

  1. If a payment was made by personal check, a refund will not be processed for 14 days from receipt of that payment.
  2. If you are not signed up for eRefund, the account information provided may be incorrect. And, if this is the case, you will receive an email notification.
  3. You have not "accepted" your loans/financial aid in LionPATH.
  4. Your financial aid has not disbursed into your account.

Is the amount of qualified tuition and related expenses the total amount of the tax credit I can claim on my tax return?

Not in all situations. The amount of the tax credit that you may claim will depend on your individual situation. The IRS is providing instructions on the application of the 1098-T information and eligibility requirements for the new tax credits.

Please consult your tax preparer/consultant to determine how the American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning tax credits and the Deduction for Educational Expenses affect you.

I am experiencing difficulty reaching your office by phone. Is there another way that I can ask a question?

Yes, please click on the "Contact Us" link at the top of this page to send an e-mail message. Our staff will respond to inquiries within 1-3 business days.