You have to be very structured [with online learning]. You make your schedule and stick to it while handling what life throws at you. And Penn State’s professors are usually great about any scheduling problems that come up.
World Campus makes many options available to help you pay for your education. Full- and half-time degree-seeking students are eligible for federal student aid. To apply for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For complete eligibility guidelines and information on financial aid, please visit the World Campus page of the Office of Student Aid.
Using Financial Aid to Pay for Books and Other Expenses
Students who have an excess of financial aid after it has been applied may use those funds for other educational expenses, including books and special equipment. Please note that funds may not be available until after the semester has begun, and you may be responsible for purchasing materials before classes start. (World Campus does not offer book vouchers.) For more information on estimating your costs and financial planning, review the Student Aid Summary Guide.
Penn State offers a deferred payment plan, which allows you to pay your tuition bill in installments over three months. Deferred payment, as well as eCheck and credit card payments, are explained on the payment options page of the Penn State Office of the Bursar.
World Campus accepts payments made by a third party — your company, for example. If your company is paying for your tuition and fees, our World Campus and Continuing Education Bursar Office must receive an authorization to bill. An authorization to bill is a form from your company on letterhead and must include your name, semester of enrollment, company address, and payment amount. Once Penn State receives an authorization to bill, your employer has 30 days to make the payment.
If you are unemployed or recently laid off from your job, you may be eligible for educational benefits through the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) or Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Contact us to learn more about these benefits and to get details about your options.
Penn State offers extensive tuition assistance to military students and veterans, including GI Bill and grant-in-aid, as well as ROTC and Yellow Ribbon programs. Please visit the military education benefits page for details.
If you've transferred to Penn State from another institution and are applying for financial aid, there is an additional step you must take to ensure that your aid is processed quickly and accurately. After you have filed the FAFSA and submitted your transcripts, you must inform your previous institution you will not be returning and confirm that your previous institution has cancelled any pending aid disbursements. You cannot receive federal aid at two different institutions at the same time. Depending on the point in the academic year in which you decide to transfer, your aid eligibility may be limited if you already accessed a significant portion of aid elsewhere. View the annual loan limits for Federal Direct Stafford Loans.
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Important: Certificate programs are not eligible for federal aid, including Federal Direct Student loans. You may want to consider other payment options or consider an alternative/private loan