Connections - New Student Orientation

The excitement is building. Life at Penn College is just around the corner. Connections, your new student orientation program, is designed to help your student prepare for the road ahead. All new Penn College students (first years, transfers, and adult learners) are required to participate.
During Connections students will:

  • Learn more about the academic expectations and involvement opportunities at Penn College.
  • Obtain information about books/tool kits, selecting a dining plan, processing financial aid, and paying your bill.
  • Make connections with Penn College staff.
  • Acquire your PCT Student ID Card.
  • Get answers to all of your questions so you will be ready to succeed as a Penn College Wildcat!

Students will receive an email to their Penn College account when they’re eligible to register. 

Financial Aid Tips for the Coming Academic Year

Are you sure your student completed the 2022-23 FAFSA?

We recommend all students complete and submit their Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA), which is based on income and tax information for calendar year 2020, not 2021. It’s not too late to submit.

  • Not sure whether your student has submitted the FAFSA or if it's complete? 
    • Incoming students who are accepted and have not yet confirmed their intent to enroll learn about their FAFSA status and other financial aid information via the applicant dashboard
    • Returning students as well as incoming students who have confirmed their intent to enroll use the Student Information System (SIS)
      • If your student has given you parent/guest access to SIS, log in and select 'Financial Information' option, then select 'View Financial Aid Information'
      • Next 'Select Year' of 2022/23 and 'Continue' to get to the Financial Aid Award Summary 2022-23. Here you can view your student’s FAFSA Completion Status and more.
Pennsylvania residents

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) plans to notify Pennsylvania residents who completed a 2022-23 FAFSA about their status for a PA State Grant during the month of May. 

First-time students must also have completed their PA 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 conditionally 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 an award. 

The Financial Aid team is here to help!

The Financial Aid team is ready to discuss any financial aid questions with you and your students. Whether you choose to email, call, schedule an appointment or stop in the office, we strive to maximize your student’s opportunities for financial aid. Contact us.

The LEAP Center

The LEAP Center is once again guiding students through the end of the semester with their Finish Strong campaign. The campaign directs students to the many resources offered on campus while promoting the message “You’ve got this. And, we’ve got you.” The final message in the campaign, displayed by colorful campus-wide banners, is to “Rock those Finals”. 

Through continuous outreach, the LEAP team invites students to take advantage of its many services: one-on-one meetings with a LEAP adviser; walk-in hours with the on-call LEAP adviser; finals preparation tips and techniques; and events that recognize diverse needs. 

Encourage your student to continue to connect with their LEAP adviser at Penn College. Located in the Student & Administrative Services Center, Room 1049, the LEAP Center is here to help new students learn, evolve, adapt, and prepare for rewarding futures. 

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 6, 2022. 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 6, 2022. 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. This plan runs through Thursday, August 4, 2022 and is refundable if the account has $10 or more. Plans do not carry over to the Fall 2022 semester. 

Fall 2022 Dining Plans

Non-Resident Students - may add a dining plan to their tuition bill through the SIS optional charges starting on or around June 13, 2022.
Resident Students – your dining plan selection was part of the housing contract process and will appear on tuition bills automatically.  
Contact Dining Services office with any questions: 570.327.4767 or

Wildcat Wishes

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

Order a Wildcat Wishes Package.



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