Parent & Family Newsletter
Fall 2018


Fall Campus

With the Fall semester underway, the Admissions Office and College community are preparing to welcome another group of prospective students to campus for our bi-annual Open House event on Sunday, October 28. This is the perfect opportunity to get the inside scoop and the hands-on experience, just like our students do every day.

Whether your student has a passion for building things or a knack for art & design, our doors are being pulled wide open for a full day of discovery and exploration. We’ll be here to answer your questions, show off our state-of-the-art equipment, and share our love for Pennsylvania College of Technology. We can’t wait to see you!

Spring semester application deadline for International applicants
Spring semester application deadline

2019-2020 FAFSA Season is here

Believe it or not, it is time for the next FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)! All students who will take classes during Summer 2019, Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 Semester should complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA, which is available as of October 1. Most students born during or after 1996 will also need their parent(s) to provide information and to sign their FAFSA. How do students and parents sign a FAFSA? By using their FSA ID.

You and your student will provide financial and tax information for calendar year 2017 on your student’s 2019-2020 FAFSA. Since 2017 tax returns have long been finalized for virtually all taxpayers, there is no need for delay. Talk to your student and make it a mutual goal to complete and submit the 2019-2020 FAFSA before the end of 2018. That way your student will easily make Penn College’s March 1 FAFSA Priority Submission Deadline.

Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) on the FAFSA. As many of you know, the DRT allows a student or parent taxpayer to transfer key tax and financial data from IRS records directly to the FAFSA. For security and confidentiality reasons, IRS data transferred from IRS records is not visible to students and parents on FAFSAs.

Over the years, Financial Aid staff at Penn College and other colleges nationwide have observed the high degree of reliability due to the DRT and continue to strongly recommend its use by students and parents. The DRT process saves you and your student time and greatly increases accuracy on FAFSAs. It also reduces the odds of a FAFSA selected for Federal Verification by the U.S. Department of Education and expedites the Verification process for those FAFSAs that are selected.

Information about 2019-2020 FAFSAs we receive for Penn College students will first appear in the Financial Information section of SIS in mid-November. While preparing for or completing a FAFSA, if you or your student are unsure about any FAFSA questions, do not hesitate to contact the Financial Aid Office. 

Note that students starting at Penn College in our Spring 2019 Semester need to submit their 2018-2019 FAFSA as soon as possible, if not previously done. Like everyone else, these students should also complete their 2019-2020 FAFSA this autumn to get ready for their second academic year.

Free FAFSA Completion Sessions

The Financial Aid Office has a long tradition of offering FAFSA Completion Sessions to help answer questions and provide guidance while students and families complete their FAFSAs. In the coming months, we have two free sessions planned, both in Room 1049 of the Student & Administrative Services Center (SASC)on our main campus:

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2018
4 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 24, 2019

To register for either session or to ask questions, contact the Financial Aid Office.  In advance of each session, registrants will receive more information about what documents to bring.

In Pennsylvania, PHEAA coordinates a list of FAFSA Completion ‘Help Events’ across the state, available at this PHEAA site. Penn College students and families who need assistance completing their FAFSAs may attend any of these events. Many other states offer similar help sessions.

Parent Access to Student Records

Fall CampusPennsylvania College of Technology supports the privacy of student records, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). In compliance with FERPA, the College limits the disclosure of personally identifiable information from educational records without the student’s prior consent.

At the same time, we understand that students may wish to share such information with parents and guests interested in supporting their educational experience. As a result, Penn College developed a “Grant Parent/Guest Access” option in the Student Information System (SIS) to allow students an easy, one-stop method to release key educational information to parents, legal guardians, and guests.

Talk to your student about using the Grant Parent/Guest Access option to give you the ability to review his or her educational records through SIS. All your student needs to do is set you up with a User ID and password. If you lose your User ID and/or password, your student can access that information for you through the “Grant Parent/Guest Access” option on the SIS.


If a graduating student has a guest with special seating needs (such as accommodations for a wheelchair or walker), please report this to the Registrar Office staff at Commencement Rehearsal, held December 3 and 4 at 3:30 pm at the Community Arts Center.

Sign language interpreters will interpret the Commencement ceremony. Interpreters will fingerspell graduates’ names, upon request. Requests for fingerspelling graduate names should also be made at the commencement rehearsal.

Helping Your Student Navigate Late Night Dining

With evening classes, late night study sessions, and campus events, students often find themselves running from one place to another and grabbing a candy bar or soda to curb their hunger. While these might provide a quick burst of energy, they will not sustain all night. To help your student get the fuel they need, suggest one of these alternatives: 

GET logoUSE THE GET APP - GET is a free mobile app (and online ordering service) that allows students to pre-order food from select locations using their dining plan. Orders can be place 20 minutes to 5 days in advance. Visit the App Store or Google Play to download the app FREE. Menus are also available online at

  • CC Commons – Monday – Thursday, open until 9:30 p.m. (Campus Center)
    • CC Commons menu offers Build-Your-Own Salads, Burgers, Quesadillas and Cheesesteaks along with other favorites such as Oven-Fired Pizzas and Chicken Fingers.
  • Late Nite at Capitol Eatery – Sunday – Thursday, 8:30 – 10 p.m. (Dauphin Hall)
    • Students can order deli sandwiches, salads and quesadillas, along with some appetizers to go.

VISIT OUR CONVENIENCE STORES – our convenience stores offer items such as Grab-n-Go sandwiches and salads, hot dogs, nachos and cheese, soups, frozen dinners, bread, deli meat, milk, juice, and more. 

  • Wildcat Express – Sunday – Thursday, open until 10 p.m. / Friday & Saturday, open until 7:30 p.m. (Campus Center) 
  • Fuel – Sunday – Thursday, open until Midnight / Friday & Saturday, open until 8 p.m. (Dauphin Hall)

MEET AND EAT – The Keystone Dining Room provides the perfect place for a large study group to meet and eat. With lots of table space to spread out, students can work on a project and grab a bite to eat from Penn Central.

  • Penn Central - Monday – Thursday, open until 8 p.m. (LEC Building)
    • Offering pizza (slices and whole), boneless wings, grab-n-go sandwiches and salads, and a selection of fountain and bottled beverages, Penn Central is a student favorite.



Wildcat Wishes

If you are looking for something fun to CELEBRATE your student’s birthday or accomplishment - send them a Wildcat Wishes gift package. 

  • Check out our Birthday Bonanza or Bouquet Collection Packages for the perfect way to celebrate. 
  • Halloween is right around the corner - our Halloween: Trick or Treat is sure to bring nostalgia to the day. 

Order a Wildcat Wishes Package  

October 5-7, 2018

Parent & Family Weekend

Parent and Family Weekend allows current students and their families to interact with alumni, faculty, and staff as we celebrate our #penncollegepride. Register today to join us! Check out the website for a schedule of events and to pre-register. Most events and programs are free.


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