Homecoming and Parent & Family Celebration
Homecoming and Parent & Family Celebration is the perfect time to show your Wildcat pride. Our 2020 event is going to be looking a little different this year! All events for parents and families are virtual.
2021-22 FAFSA Season is Here
Pumpkins, goblins, apples, chilly nights, less sunlight –all help define October. And so does next year’s FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Yes, the 2021-22 FAFSA is now available! All students who will be enrolled during the summer or fall semesters of 2021 and/or the spring semester of 2022 should set a goal to complete the 2021-22 FAFSA in a timely manner.
Almost all students born during or after 1998 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 individual FSA ID.
You and your student will provide financial and tax information for calendar year 2019 on your student’s 2021-22 FAFSA. Since virtually all taxpayers finalized their 2019 tax returns months ago, there is no need for delay. Talk to your student and make it a mutual goal to complete and submit the 2021-22 FAFSA before the end of 2020. 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, which allows student and parent taxpayers 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, the Financial Aid Team at Penn College have observed the high degree of reliability due to the DRT and so we 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 being selected for Federal Verification by the U.S. Department of Education and expedites the verification process for those FAFSAs that are selected.
Financial Aid staff will start reviewing 2021-22 FAFSAs in mid-November. At that time, here is how students can view their FAFSA status:
- Returning students: via the Financial Information section of SIS
- Incoming students accepted to Penn College for Fall ‘21: via the applicant dashboard
- Incoming students who already confirmed their intent to enroll and satisfied their tuition deposit: via the Financial Information section of SIS
If you get stuck on a question while preparing for or completing a FAFSA, do not hesitate to contact the Financial Aid Office.
Note that students starting at Penn College in our Spring 2021 Semester need to submit their 2020-21 FAFSA as soon as possible, if not previously done. Like everyone else, these students should also complete their 2021-22 FAFSA this fall to get ready for their second academic year.
FAFSA Completion Sessions
We are planning two FAFSA Completion Sessions in the coming months, one on a Saturday and one on a weekday evening. Once scheduled, look for details on the Financial Aid Home Page, via social media, and PCToday, so stay tuned!
Know someone interested in becoming a Wildcat for the Spring 2021 semester? Our recommended application deadline was October 1, but there’s plenty of time to apply before the final deadline of December 1 for new students and January 1 for transfer students. Visit to get started.
We’re offering individual and small group on-campus tours this semester in addition to our virtual options. Check out Vist Penn College.
College Transitions & First Year Initiatives
Want to take a closer look at the careers our students are preparing for? Go to Career Day "The Virtual Way" and explore pathways that lead to a host of resources to inspire and educate. While this Career Day is primarily geared toward 7-9 grade students, it is suitable for all ages.
Incoming students can register for placement testing within the applicant dashboard. Spring 2021 placement testing is underway.
The College Store
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m
Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
In honor of Homecoming and Parent & Family Celebration, The College Store will be offering two different spirit packages available for purchase.
Small spirit bag: $21 includes a Penn College water bottle, pen, decal, small stadium cup, sunglasses, and a lanyard.
Large spirit box: $55 includes a Penn College blanket, pennant, lanyard, water bottle, pen, and decal. You can add a College Store gift card for an additional cost.
Spirit packages can be picked up in-store for free, or shipped for an additional cost. The package sale ends Sunday, October 11.
- Monday, October 5 is the last day to purchase Fall 2020 textbooks. If you still need your books for the fall semester, stop in before they are gone! (This does not apply to eight-week classes that start on Monday, October 12)
- Wednesday, December 2 -- Saturday, December 12 is the Fall 2020 semester buyback period. Need some cash? Bring in your textbooks, regardless of where they were purchased, and receive some extra money for the holidays!
- Thursday, December 3 is our annual sales event! Take 25% off all clothing and gift items in-store and online. Take 15% off all Snap-On special orders.
- Friday, December 11 is the last day to return textbook rentals.
Large spirit box
Small spirit bag
Take Out and Order Ahead Dining
While our service lines and dining room seating areas have changed this fall, GET offers students the ability to order meals ahead for take-out. Here is some information you can share with your student if they are not familiar with GET.
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 for FREE.
Students must have a current dining plan to place an order with GET (board plan, block plan, or declining balance plan). New users will need to register with GET before they can start ordering. Once registration is complete, menus for the following dining units can be found on the GET app or online.
- CC Commons – located in the Campus Center, CC Commons menu includes made-to-order signature sandwiches, entrees, and salads.
- Lunch or Late Nite at Capitol Eatery - located in Dauphin Hall, students can order deli sandwiches, salads, pizza, and boneless wings for pick-up.
- Keystone Dining Room – located in the Lifelong Education Center, the KDR menu offers made-to-order deli sandwiches.
- Wrapture – located in the Academic Center, this menu feature build your own sandwiches, wraps, salad, and nachos.
GET FUNDS – this feature of GET provides students an easy way to check their dining plan balances or add flex or declining funds to their active dining plan account. GET Funds also provides a link for families to quickly deposit funds into a student’s account.
Questions about GET? contact the Dining Services office at or 570.327.4767, #3.
Celebrate Your Student!
Celebrate your student’s birthday or accomplishment - send them a Wildcat Wishes gift package.
- Check out our Birthday Bonanza or Little Bit of Sunshine packages for the perfect way to celebrate.
- Halloween is right around the corner: Trick or Treat package.
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