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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 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

Summer Semester 2017
Installment Payment Plan*
Date Information
May 22 Summer Statement Account Due Date (see note)
May 31 Last date to enroll with 1/3 payment in Installment Payment Plan**
June 1 Second Installment Payment Plan bill date
June 22 Second Installment Payment Plan due date
June 30 Last date to enroll with 2/3 payment in the Installment Payment Plan
July 3 Third Installment Payment Plan bill date
July 22 Third Installment Payment Plan due date

*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.
The Installment Payment Plan due dates are fixed and cannot be changed.

**Note: If enrolling after May 31st in the Installment Payment Plan, then the first and second installments (2/3 of the balance) and the $45 enrollment fee are required by June 22nd, when the second installment payment is due.

Future Billing Due Dates

Academic Calendar

Most Popular FAQ

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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 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 or by calling 1-800-440-4000.

What if I have a third party paying my Student Account Statement?

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: 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:

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.

I can’t log in as an Authorized Payer to the payment website with my password. What do I do?

Authorized payers can reset their password using the security question.

To reset your password using the security question:

  1. Navigate to and click “Login” in the Authorized Payer section.
  2. Enter your authorized user ID and click on “Forgot Password”
  3. Enter your user ID or email address and choose “continue”
  4. Enter the answer to your security question and hit “submit” to generate a new email with temporary password.

If you are unsuccessful, your student can reset your authorized payer password.

Steps for students to reset the authorized payer password:

  1. Log in to LionPATH Self Service –> Student Center
  2. Scroll to the “Finances” section, and click the “Manage My Account/Make a Payment” link, which will take you to the payment dashboard.
  3. Once at the payment dashboard, in the “Authorized Payer” section, the authorized payer’s name will be displayed. In the Authorized Payer box, the student should click “Edit,” and verify the email address is correct.
  4. At the bottom of the Authorized User information form, click “reset password” to generate a new email with temporary password.