Parent & Family Newsletter
Spring 2019, Issue 1

FAFSA and Penn College Scholarship Priority Submission
Deadline is March 1


Make sure that your student does not miss our March 1 Priority Deadline for submitting

We have already received thousands of 2019-2020 FAFSA applications, yet there are still many new and returning students who have yet to submit theirs. There is no reason to delay since the FAFSA is based on income and tax information from 2017, not 2018. All students attending Summer or Fall 2019, or Spring 2020, Semesters should submit their FAFSA by March 1, 2019 for priority consideration.

Many students also have not yet submitted their Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Penn College Scholarship Application. It is easy for current or accepted students to submit from our Scholarships Web page. Awarding begins in early March. Ask your son or daughter if s/he has applied. What if they can’t remember? They will learn if they submitted it or not once they log into the application. Also remind your student to check out the listing of external scholarships on the same Scholarships Web page.

Financial Aid Estimates for New Students


Has the Financial Aid Office received your student’s complete and signed 2019-20 FAFSA? If so, and your current or accepted student has given you access permission to the Student Information System (SIS) , you can view estimates for government grants and Federal Direct Student Loans for the 2019-20 award year. After logging into SIS, select ‘Financial Information’ (large red arrow on the graphic) and then select ‘View Financial Aid Information’ (small red arrow). 

After proceeding to the ‘Financial Aid Award Summary 2019-20’ page, you will see a shaded rectangular box labeled ‘Show Aid Estimates for 2019-20’. Click on the box and you will see the Estimates page as illustrated by the sample. 

The estimates assume full-time enrollment for both fall and spring semesters and there are no restrictions on students’ eligibility that may subsequently occur. The estimates are designed for incoming students and their parents so that they have an early idea of eligibility. 
Please note:

  • The estimates are not guaranteed aid amounts
  • The Federal Direct (Subsidized/Unsubsidized) Loan requires a two-step application.
  • Types of aid that are not estimated include scholarships, parent and private loans, veteran’s benefits, etc.
  • Estimates are available until mid-May *Use our award timeline to learn when actual aid is awarded
  • Additional financial aid information, including ways to contact our office, is available on the Financial Aid Web page.

Parent Access to Student Records

Pennsylvania 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.

2019/20 On-Campus Housing Application Process

The 2019/20 on-campus housing application process for current students began on February 6, 2019. Limited space on campus is still available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For additional information on the housing application process, visit the Residence Life website at: or contact the Residence Life Office at (570) 320-8023, email:

Spring Break

The residence halls close down on Saturday, March 9 at 10 am for Spring Break. During this time, students must vacate the residence halls. Students may return to the residence halls when they reopen on Sunday, March 17, at 10 am.

Mar9 + Mar16
Spring Break

Dining Services Spring 2019 Important Dates

  • March 10 – 16, Spring Break, board and block meals are unavailable.
  • April 22 – May 3, students with a declining balance and taking summer classes may request to keep their dining account open through the summer months. 
  • May 10, all dining plans end for the semester at close of business.

Keeping Your Student Healthy and Well Nourished

As a parent, we want what is best for our student, including keeping them healthy and well nourished.  We find that students often need help finding healthy options or they have a food allergy and are not sure what is available for them. A helpful resource for both students and parents is NetNutrition . This online resource features five days of menus for each of the dining units. Filters for the top eight allergens, plus MSG, and selection for preferences such as Heart Healthy, Vegan and Vegetarian options are available on the website. 

If your son or daughter is encountering any nutritional concerns, Penn College Dining Services offers nutrition counseling. Appointments are free of charge, in a relaxed, confidential setting with our Registered Dietitian. To make an appointment, email Rebecca Pawlik, RD LDN, at Together we can develop a plan that encourages good eating habits to last a lifetime.

Yell(ow) It Out

Helping the ‘cat enlighten Madigan Library patrons are (from left) Tanner J. Layne, an information assurance and cyber security student from Chesapeake, Va.; Tasia A. Werkmeister, of Altoona, majoring in health arts: practical nursing emphasis; and Madison T. McClelland, pre-nursing, of Columbia Cross Roads.

On February 13, Penn College continued its annual Yell(ow) It Out tradition with a day-long awareness campaign focusing on student mental health and suicide awareness and prevention.  The Yell(ow) It Out tradition, named for the yellow ribbons that signify suicide awareness, continues an important conversation about student mental health, working to destigmatize the common challenges of dealing with stress, depression, anxiety and other emotional health issues, while encouraging help-seeking and advocacy.  Though we “paint the campus yellow” one day a year, Penn College offers this important conversation on an ongoing basis.  Parents can play an important role in supporting and extending this conversation as well.

As parents and family members, you can help guide your college student toward solutions, support, and campus resources when they are struggling.  Not sure where to start?  The Jed Foundation (JED) developed the program Set To Go, which was built to help teens transition from high school to college.  Achieving and maintaining emotional health during the college years involves basic life skills, social and emotional skills, mental health and substance abuse literacy.

In addition, Penn College’s Counseling Services helps students deal with personal, mental, social, and emotional difficulties from depression and anxiety, family problems to interpersonal issues.  Students can email or call (570) 327-4765 to schedule an appointment.

Read article at PCToday

Stabler Foundation scholarship support reaches $2.25 million

An additional $720,000 gift from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation of Harrisburg has brought the Stabler Scholarship Endowment Fund at Penn College to $2.25 million. 

The latest gift from the Stabler Foundation will allow Penn College to offer first-year scholarship support of $5,000 each for up to an additional six students. Penn College has established criteria for students to be eligible for the scholarship. Students must be either enrolled in Associate of Applied Science degree programs that are nontraditional for their gender, transferring to Penn College from other schools, or matriculating to the college after participating in Penn College NOW in high school. Recipients of scholarships from The Stabler Foundation are asked to sign a debt of conscience, agreeing to pay forward the amount they receive in scholarship funds, when able, following graduation.

The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation was established in 1966 exclusively for charitable, religious, scientific, literary or educational purposes.

Read article at PCToday

Aubrey Alexander accepts a framed #9 Wildcat jersey, representing his Penn College graduation year.

Alexander dealerships recognized for all-star support of students

The Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships, with 18 locations that employ a number of Penn College alumni, was recently honored for its inspiring generosity and ongoing dedication to Wildcat Athletics.

Through scholarship support, mentorship and other substantial contributions – including new scoreboards in Bardo Gymnasium, the Alexander family’s financial commitment was noted by the Wildcat Club as “creating lasting impact for our student-athletes and the athletic facilities they call home.”

Read article at PCToday

Truck fountain

Open House

Spring has sprung (well, almost), which means Open House is right around the corner. Join us on Saturday, April 6 from 9am-3pm for a day of exploration and discovery.

We’re pulling back the curtain and giving you the inside scoop on everything you need to know about Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Like to bake? We’ve got a baking & pastry arts program calling your name. Designing products more your speed? Our industrial design program is just for you. Or maybe you’re into helping people. Come check out our applied human services and emergency management technology programs.

We’ve got it all. The 100+ distinctive & diverse majors. The hands-on applied technology education. The industry connections and leadership opportunities to boost your resume and prepare you for tomorrow.
But don’t just take our word for it. Come see it for yourself.

Register now


Winter can be tough with colds and snow. Send your student a Wildcat Wishes Gift Package to help them power through. If they are feeling under the weather, try a Get Well or Health Nut Package. A Movie Snack package is the way to go if the weekend plan is to stay out of the cold and binge watch favorite movies and TV shows. 

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Get Well
Get Well

Get Well Package. This care package includes: chicken noodle soup, ginger ale, bottled water, Gatorade, apple sauce, bananas, saltines, cough drops and box of tissues.

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Health Nut
Health Nut

This care package offers a healthy selection of fruit and nuts.

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Movie Snack
Movie Snack

Send your student this snack filled with popcorn, movie theater candy and soda for their movie watching enjoyment.

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