News and Updates

Congratulations to your Wildcat! All Commencement information can be found here.  And for all picture-perfect locations around the beautiful Penn College campus. 

Share with your new students: check out the Accepted Students Checklist

First-year or transfer student? They’ll benefit from the support of a personal adviser plus a host of other LEAP Center perks. 

For important dates, refer to the current and upcoming Academic Calendars

 

Check that We Have Your Student’s 2021-22 FAFSA

Some returning and incoming students in need of financial aid have yet to complete their 2021-22 FAFSA. Make sure your student’s not one of them. It’s not too late to submit the FAFSA.

Check the SIS (Student Information System)

Returning students, and incoming students who have confirmed their intent to enroll, can learn about the status of their 2021-22 FAFSA and financial aid awards from the SIS. Parents can also view this information, if your student gives you parent/guest access to SIS. Note that different types of aid are awarded at different times; refer to this timeline for detail.

After logging into SIS, go to:

  • Financial Information
  • View Financial Aid Information
  • Continue to the’ Financial Aid Award Summary’ for 2021-22

Here you can learn about the following:
FAFSA Status, Federal Direct Loan and Private Loan Status, Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan, credit check, Master Promissory Note (MPN), grants, loans, scholarships, and veterans benefits award amounts (once they have been awarded), PA State Grant (PHEAA), Estimated Cost of Attendance (COA)

Note:

  • Before scheduling classes, semester tuition and fees are estimated for 15 credits a semester
  • After scheduling classes, semester tuition and fees are estimated for the actual number of scheduled credits
  • We encourage students, and parents with guest access, to always check SIS before contacting the Financial Aid Office.
  • Accepted students who have not yet confirmed their intent to enroll can learn the status of their FAFSA and anticipated aid via the Financial Aid section of their applicant dashboard.

Pennsylvania Residents and PA State Grants PHEAA is notifying students with a complete FAFSA about their 2021-22 PA State Grant potential eligibility during May. First-time students must also have completed their Pennsylvania State Grant Form in order for PHEAA to determine eligibility. PHEAA notifications occur via email to students and parents using email addresses provided on the FAFSA or on PHEAA’s records. PHEAA’s emails will direct students to its secure Account Access site to learn more. After PHEAA notifies all students the Financial Aid team will receive students’ PA State Grant award and eligibility information, which students can then view via SIS.

Per PHEAA regulations, the Financial Aid team must then do further review of all awarded PA State Grants. We anticipate this review to begin toward the end of May. If we determine a student does not satisfy all policies, we must inform PHEAA, which will then reduce or remove the award. The most common PHEAA policies are: · PA State Grant Satisfactory Academic Progress (for those that had a previous PA State Grant award)

  • Limits on the number of semesters of PA State Grants in a program of study

Now is a good time for first-time students to make sure that their State Grant Form is complete by logging on to AES Account Access. If not complete, follow the directions as quickly as possible.

First-time and returning students are sometimes selected for a PHEAA process called ‘Validation’ or PHEAA may have questions that need answered before it can determine eligibility. When this happens, PHEAA will email or send a paper letter that states what is needed. If you or your student have any questions about the PA State Grant Form or Account Access or any communication from PHEAA, contact PHEAA.

Also, note that the e-mail 'domain' that PHEAA uses is @pheaa.org. You and your student should ‘approve’ this domain in both of your e-mail accounts so PHEAA messages will not go to Spam or Junk folders.

The College Store

Hours

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours: May 17 -- August 6

Monday—Thursday: 8 a.m. –4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.—1 p.m.

Stop in with any textbook or tool questions, or if you need to update your Penn College gear! You can shop any time online , where we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also visit our Facebook page and Instagram @penncollegestore.

Do you have books to sell?

Stop in to our textbook buyback event that runs April 26 -- May 8 to get the best prices for your unwanted textbooks, regardless of where you purchased them. All students that sell books back to the store will receive a $10 off of $50 coupon that is good on any clothing and gift purchase and valid through May 8. We will also be giving away $50 College Store gift cards to seven lucky students. Stop in for cash today!

Looking for a gift

Looking for a gift idea for your soon-to-be graduate or still need to purchase a cap and gown? Stop in to The College Store to make your last-minute purchases before Commencement day arrives. The College Store will be open on Friday, May 14 from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, May 15 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, May 16 from noon-5 p.m. Let’s celebrate our graduates!

Shop for all your Summer 2021 semester textbooks and supplies by visiting us in-store or online today. 

Dining Services: End of Semester

As the semester winds down, Dining Services receives many inquiries about what happens to dining plans at the end of the semester. All student dining plans end with the close of business on Friday, May 7. Listed below are some basic guidelines:

Board & Block Plans

Unused flex dollars will only be refunded at the end of the semester, if additional funds were added to the account during the spring semester and if that account has more than $10.

Unused meals are not refundable.

Declining Balance Plans

Declining balance plans are refundable at the end of the semester if the account has $10 or more remaining. Refunds will be processed at the end of the spring semester by the method the student selected through BankMobile Disbursements. For more information about the refund process, visit the Bursar’s Office Refund FAQ’s Web page.

If the student is taking summer classes and wishes to keep their declining balance plan open through August, requests must be submitted via email to the dining services office prior to Friday, May 7. Requests should include the student’s name, ID #, email, and phone number.

Summer Dining Plan

Dining Services offers a $50 declining balance plan for students who are taking summer classes at Penn College. This plan runs through Thursday, August 5, 2021 and is refundable if the account has $10 or more at this time. Plans do not carry over to the Fall 2021 semester.

Fall 2021 Dining Plans

Non-Resident Students - may add a dining plan to their tuition bill through the SIS optional charges starting on or around June 14, 2021.

Resident Students – your dining plan selection was part of the housing contract process and will appear on tuition bills automatically.

Please contact the Dining Services office with any additional questions at 570.327.4767 or dining@pct.edu.

Wildcat Wishes

Study Time!

The end is near! Top of your student’s successful semester with one of these great Wildcat Wishes Packages – Exam Cram or Munchies.

Order a Wildcat Wishes Package.

Exam Cram

Just Because

Miss You

Counseling Services: Celebrating in the Midst of Loss

by Dr. Linda Locher

How do we celebrate, feel happy, express joy and congratulate our students for their academic and personal accomplishments in the midst of a pandemic? A pandemic that has brought uncertainty, loss and even tragedy to our homes and the entire world.

So how can we conceive of being lighthearted and celebratory in a year of loss? Simply because both are true; there is real loss and there is real reason to celebrate. We experience both sorrow and joy together. One doesn’t “cancel” out the other. Both are important to acknowledge and express. How do you hold seemingly opposing feelings at the same time? Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Feel what you feel. It is okay to not be okay. The reality is that joy and sorrow coexist, and no apology is needed for either. Don’t feel you need to talk yourself or others out of their feelings, rather use the feeling(s) to identify what is needed, e.g., reassurance, laughter, a good vent session, chocolate, whatever is comforting and safe. Respect and acknowledge what may seem like contradictory feelings.
  • Embrace moments of happiness whenever and wherever they occur, even if fleeting. Celebrate these moments and share them with others. Invite others to join in, but also allow them to pass if they so choose. Cherish the people in your life who bring happiness and express your gratitude. Gratitude helps build resilience in the face of sorrow and loss.
  • Be patient, flexible and forgiving. Bend but don’t break. Be generous and forgiving of others’ failings and unintended slights. Be generous and forgiving of yourself. Loss can accentuate hurts and heighten our irritation and annoyance. Joy can remind us to be kind to others and ourselves.
  • Develop new traditions or ways of celebrating. Let go of “we’ve always done it this way” thinking and judging. Let go of feeling that you are compromising and that this is second best. Be bold and find new ways to honor your student, the occasion, and the time together.
  • Focus on what you can do, versus what you can’t. Focusing on what you “can’t do” amounts to suffering. Practice radical acceptance – accepting that your reality is your reality and you can’t necessarily “fix” it. Develop a gratitude list and share what you are grateful for.
  • Link the past to the future. Think about special occasions in the past and what made them special – the people, what was said, what was shared, etc., and make commitments to your student and family to continue celebrations and special occasions in the future.

Look to celebrate and be joyful about your student and what you’ve accomplished together, even in a time of loss. Congratulations to our graduates and their families and friends.

Photos taken prior to COVID-19 guidelines.

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