News and Updates

 Virtual Connections: The excitement is building. Life at Penn College is just around the corner. Connections, your  student’s orientation program, is designed to help your student prepare for the road ahead. 

LEAP Center: 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

 

College Relations

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour has made a substantial commitment to the college’s Legacy Campaign for Penn College fundraising effort. The donation will benefit several key scholarship initiatives for students.

Read more about it on PCToday.

“Providing students with opportunities to succeed has always been a primary focus for me as president of this institution. My hope is that these funds will be life-changing for the students who receive them. The Tomorrow Makers Scholarship already supports opportunities for more students to enroll at Penn College, and the endowed funds enable students to explore new cultures and perspectives and to showcase the skills and problem-solving abilities they have developed here by competing with their peers.” – Davie Gilmour, Penn College President

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid team is ready to assist you and your students with any financial aid questions. 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.

Privacy and confidentiality are of utmost importance to the Financial Aid Office. To protect the integrity of confidential information about students and their families, the office has a comprehensive Privacy and Confidentiality Policy, which details how staff confirm the identity of students, parents, and others who contact the office to ask anything other than general questions.

Preparing for Fall Semester

As the August 2 Fall Semester eBill due date approaches, phone calls, emails and both virtual and walk-in meetings for the Financial Aid team increase dramatically. In an effort to avoid potentially unnecessary wait times or late fees, we offer these recommendations:

  • Double-check all financial aid applications to ensure they are submitted and complete.
  • Review any letters or emails sent to you in recent weeks by the Financial Aid Office, PHEAA, Federal Student Aid or any external agency or lender. If action is required, do not delay.
  • Check SIS for financial information, including an estimate of the cost of attendance (COA) for the 2021-22 academic year. Note that, at this time, the Fall COA on SIS is based on the actual number of credits for which your student is scheduled, whereas Spring COA is based on an estimate of 15 credits.
  • The Financial Aid Office does not process tuition waivers, payments or payment plans, and reductions or payments from college savings plans or external scholarships. Contact the Bursar’s Office with questions related to these topics.

The Financial Aid team continues to review aid applications to determine eligibility for Fall Semester. 
 

Dining Services

Dining Services is excited for the Fall 2021 semester while continuing to maintaining our high standard of sanitation and customer service.

Here are some quick answers to some of the most popular questions we receive over the summer months:

Does my student have to purchase a dining plan?

Students living in college-owned housing must select a dining plan as part of the housing contract. First year resident students may select from the 19- or 14- meal board plan. Returning resident students who have lived in college-owned housing for two full semesters choose from a 19-, 14-, or 10- meal board plan.

Commuter and students living off-campus are not required to have a dining plan, However, we recommend ALL student invest in a dining plan. Commuter and off-campus students have the option of selecting any of our plans (Board plans, block plans, or declining balance plans) to best meet their dining needs.

Why should we get a dining plan?

Dining plans provide worry-free meals for our students. There is no prep or clean-up, trips to the grocery store, and food is available when you are hungry. 

Our food is prepared by trained staff, and we have a wide variety of options available that include: hot entrees, homemade soups, made-to-order grill and deli items, breakfast favorites, pizza by the slice, and several grab-n-go options.

Having a dining plan allows students to purchase items from our campus convenience stores and vending machines, as well as pre-order food from select dining units, using our mobile ordering system GET.

How do we apply for a dining plan?

Beginning June 14, off-campus and commuter students can add a Fall 2021 dining plan to their tuition bill through the optional billing option on the SIS.

Students living off-campus can select any of our dining plans which include Board Plans, Block Plans and Declining Balance Plans.

As a student living in on-campus housing, your dining plan was selected as part of your housing contract. You do not need to do anything at this time: your dining plan selection will automatically appear on your tuition bill.

Students who are new to campus housing, or have lived on-campus less than two semesters, had the option to choose a 19-meal or 14-meal board plan. Those students who have already lived on-campus for two semesters prior to the start of the Fall 2021 semester had the added option of selecting the 10-meal board plan.

For more information on our dining plans, dining units, or the GET app, visit us online. You can also contact the Dining Services office at dining@pct.edu or 570-327-4767.

Important Dining Plan Dates – Fall 2021

Aug. 13, Dining Plans Begin
Aug. 20, Last day to request a Dining Plan change
Nov. 24 - 29, Thanksgiving Vacation - No Board or Block Meals
Dec. 10, Fall Semester Dining Plans End

Admissions

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Our Fall 2021 application remains open through August 9 for all new, transfer, and returning students. Apply for free to get started. The applications for Fall 2022 and Spring 2022 open on August 1.

We’re offering expanded in-person visits this summer. Visit Days are scheduled through the end of July and include admissions information, lab tours, campus & housing tours, Financial Aid information, and so much more. 

The College Store

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 @PCTcollegestore  and Instagram @penncollegestore.

Fall 2021 Textbook and Instructional Supply Orders

It’s not too early to begin thinking about textbook and instructional supply orders. To find a list of all required and optional textbooks as well as any required instructional supplies, the student needs to log in to the SIS and view the fall schedule.  Click on the Buy Textbooks link at the bottom of the page and the student will be redirected to The College Store’s website where all required course materials will be listed. All orders selected to be picked up in store will be held until the start of the fall semester. Financial aid can also be used to complete the transaction, however, please note, financial aid orders cannot be processed until Friday, August 6. The store is also open during the summer, and students can stop in any time for assistance or to purchase textbooks and supplies.

Summer Commencement Essentials

With the summer commencement ceremony just around the corner, stop in or order online all things graduation at The College Store. We have a full supply of caps and gowns and a large selection of gifts and clothing for all those soon-to-be graduates.
 

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