Parent & Family Newsletter
Spring 2020, Issue 1

Student Organization and Leadership Center

Campus Center

Located in the Campus Center, Rooms 151 and 153, the Student Organization & Leadership Center is a hub for student organizations and student leaders. Use resources, network, plan events, hold meetings, or hang out. 

Dining Services

Dining Services
Tools for Good Nutrition

Students may need help finding healthy options or navigating a food. A helpful resource for both students and parents is NetNutrition. This resource features five days of menus for each dining unit. Filters for the top eight allergens, plus MSG, and selection for preferences such as heart healthy, vegan and vegetarian options are available. 

Penn College Dining Services also offers personalized 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.

Important Dates
  • March 8 – 14, Spring Break, board and block meals are unavailable 
  • April 20 – May 1, students with a declining balance and taking summer classes may request to keep their dining account open through the summer months. Email requests to
  • May 8, all dining plans end for the semester at close of business


Send your student a Wildcat Wishes Gift Package to help them power through these winter months.

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Wildcat Wishes Package
Get Well

Send your student some TLC with a 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.

Wildcat Wishes Package
Health Nut

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

Wildcat Wishes Package
Movie Snack

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

Residence Life

Res life

2020/21 On-Campus Housing Application Process

The 2020/21 on-campus housing application process for current students is in process. Limited space on campus is still available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For additional information, visit the Residence Life website, call 570.320.8023, or email

Spring Break

The residence halls close on Saturday, March 7 at 10 a.m. for Spring Break. During this time, students must vacate the residence halls. Residence halls reopen Sunday, March 15, at 10 a.m. 

College Health Services

Immunization Requirement Changes for Fall 2020

  1. All students are required to complete the following immunizations:
    1. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
    2. Tetanus-Diphtheria
    3. Hepatitis B
    4. Varicella (Chicken Pox)
    5. Meningococcal (Meningitis), MCV4:
    6. Meningococcal Serogroup B
    7. Tuberculosis (TB) Screening (International students only)
  2. Students can submit their documentation using MyHealth Online .
  3. College Health Services provides immunizations for a fee.
  4. All documentation needs to be on file with College Health Services on or before the date you move on campus and/or start classes, whichever comes first.  
  5. More details about the immunization requirements and a step-by-step guide on submitting documentation is available on the Immunization Requirements page.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid

FAFSA and Penn College Scholarship Priority Submission Deadline: March 1
Make sure that your student does not miss our March 1 Priority Deadline.

The Financial Aid Office has received thousands of 2020-2021 FAFSAs yet there are still many incoming and returning students who have not submitted theirs. There is no reason to delay since the FAFSA is based on income and tax information from 2018, not 2019. All students attending Summer or Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 Semester should submit their FAFSA by March 1, 2020. Learn more about the FAFSA.

Students can still submit their Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Penn College Scholarship Application. It is easy for current or accepted students to submit from our Scholarships page. Awarding begins in early March. Ask your student if they have 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 page and apply for every external scholarship for which they meet the criteria.

Has Your Incoming Student Completed the FAA?
The Financial Aid Authorization (FAA) is essential for all students in need of financial aid. The FAA serves as an electronic database that the Financial Aid Office needs to:

  • Review accepted students’ FAFSAs
  • Estimate common types of aid
  • Answer any questions about your student’s aid applications
  • Award financial aid per our award timeline

In other words, no FAA, no aid. The FAA only takes students a few minutes to complete.
Are you positive that your student has submitted the 2020-2021 FAA? If not, here’s how to guide them:
Accepted incoming students log in to their applicant dashboard and proceed to their Financial Aid section.  

  • If they see ‘Get Started’ for their FAA, have them complete the FAA immediately
  • If they see ‘Completed’ for their FAA status, it’s done

Incoming students who have confirmed their intent to enroll log in to their Student Information System (SIS). Select ‘Financial Information’ on the left menu and then select ‘Penn College Financial Aid Authorization (FAA)’. 

  • If they see ‘Your FAA is complete’ for July 2020 – June 2021, great! 
  • Otherwise, have them complete their FAA immediately

Once students submit their FAA, allow at least one full business day to pass before any additional financial aid information appears on the financial aid section of either the applicant dashboard or SIS.
Contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions.

Counseling Services

Discussing Healthy Relationships
February has arrived; a great time to bring up the topic of relationships. The conversation around relationships can be a tough one to approach and engage in with your student for a variety of reasons, including potential awkwardness and discomfort, emotional content, and challenges in your own relationships. However, college is a time when students encounter opportunities, maybe for the first time, involving romantic relationships and intimacy. It is important for students to have knowledge about healthy versus unhealthy relationships, safe sex practices, warning signs of abuse, and steps to take if they are in an unhealthy or abusive relationship. Here are some points of communication to help you and your student discuss healthy relationships: 

  • Emphasize your student’s right to be in control to say yes or no. Ensure that they understand consent, i.e., their right and decision to engage in romantic relationships and intimacy. They should always feel comfortable, safe, and respected with their partner, and have the right to say “no” at ANY TIME to relationships, sex, and drugs/alcohol. Even if they have previously consented and said “yes” before. Also emphasize their responsibility to tell their partner what they want… don’t make it a guessing game! They also have the responsibility to ask their partner what they do and do not want. It is essential to respect/act on what is shared. 
  • Communication, boundaries, and honesty. Do not hesitate to talk about it! Create a safe place for discussion without judgement and encourage your student to ask for what they need from friends and family. And be honest! Do not act like you are a relationship professional, know all, or above the conversation. Do not treat it like an interview, rather, a two-way conversation. It does not need to be weird, awkward, or uncomfortable to discuss these topics. Everyone engages in relationships, and it’s best that your student receives accurate and safe information from a safe source such as yourself. 
  • Healthy and safe resources. It is important that your student has knowledge about and access to sexual protection and contraception.  Share with them reliable resources where they can find information regarding healthy relationships and safe sexual practices. On campus and online resources include information on safe sex as well as STIs and other diseases
  • Signs of abuse. More often than not, students become involved in abusive relationships without realizing they are abusive and are unsure how to leave the relationship. Discuss with your student the various types of abuse (mental, physical, emotional, etc.), as well as various signs of abuse, including restricting activities, controlling access to friends, insulting, lying, coercion, and gas lighting.  Encourage your student to have an established, consistent support system and to know steps to take if experiencing abuse of any kind. 

Above all, ensure your son or daughter feels comfortable and safe! Relationships are a natural part of life, often helping to enhance self-confidence teaching us to appreciate differences in others and adding to the overall quality of one’s life. Your student has the right and responsibility to be educated about and engage in healthy relationships. 


Campus Center

Still thinking about Penn College? Visit us! 

Reminder of upcoming deadlines:
May 1 | Fall semester application deadline for International Applicants 
July 1 | Fall semester application deadline 

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