You’re Invited to the Parent/Family Experience!

We are excited to announce a new opportunity for Penn College parents and families to engage in their student’s college experience! Parents and families of current and future Wildcats will receive an email (from families@pct.campusespmail.com) to join The Penn College Parent & Family Experience. Simply click on the link and register to gain access to resources that will help you and your student navigate the challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities of college life.

The new Penn College Parent & Family Experience will be replacing the Penn College Parents and Family Facebook group as well as this newsletter. We will begin to phase out this group starting August 1 by pausing all content.

Connections

The excitement is building. Life at Penn College is just around the corner. Connections, the new student orientation program, is designed to help new Wildcats and your parents/guests prepare for the road ahead.

Students will receive an email invitation to register when they are eligible.

Save the Date for Wildcat Weekend

At Penn College we host parent and family weekend along with homecoming in one celebration! Wildcat Weekend will be October 21, 22 & 23, 2022.

Financial Aid

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

Privacy and confidentiality are of utmost importance to the Financial Aid team. 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 1 Fall Semester eBill due date approaches, phone calls, emails and in-person meetings for the Financial Aid team increase dramatically. In an effort to avoid potentially unnecessary wait times or late fees, they 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 2022-23 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 Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan application for Fall 2022 opens on July 1. The application process is detailed on the PLUS Loan Web page.
  • If you and your student are considering a Parent PLUS or a private alternative educational loan, view the eBill closely before applying and know other costs, such as books, tools or off-campus housing. There are times when it’s better to apply for a one-semester loan rather than a full-year loan, as explained in the 2nd question on this FAQs Web page.
  • Borrowing efficiently and wisely is important! Ask the Financial Aid team any questions you have about loans to help prevent over-borrowing or the need to complete a second loan application.
  • The Financial Aid team 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. We thank you in advance for your patience during this very busy time!

The LEAP Center

The LEAP Center is ready to welcome and assist those students new to Penn College. For their first year, students will be receiving guidance from their LEAP advisers to promote a comfortable transition, a sense of belonging, and a firm foundation to achieve academic success. You can support your student as well by encouraging them to gear up for success.

Your student can start strong by following these few simple steps:

  • Lean into the idea that we are a community of respect.
  • Explore and engage in every aspect of campus: classes, organizations, activities, sports.
  • Avail yourself of the resources and support​.
  • Participate: attend classes, meet deadlines, communicate, go all in.

For more information on the LEAP Center please visit: https://www.pct.edu/academics/leap

Final Newsletter

As we transition to the Penn College Parent & Family Experience platform, this will be our last newsletter of this kind. The Parent & Family Experience will provide you options to interact how you want to interact with other families and communities. It will also provide you the opportunity to subscribe to the experience newsletters as little or as often as you would like.

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