Penn State | Online
Paying for Your Education
Penn State 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); Penn State's school code (OPE ID) is 003329. For complete eligibility guidelines and information on financial aid, please visit the Penn State Office of Student Aid website and view special considerations for World Campus students.
Books and Other Expenses
Penn State World Campus does not offer book vouchers. Students who have an excess of financial aid after it has been applied may receive a refund and may use those funds for other educational expenses, including books and special equipment. However, excess aid refunds may not be available until after the semester has begun, and you may be responsible for purchasing materials before classes start.
Penn State Installment Payment Plan
Penn State offers an installment payment plan, which allows you to pay your tuition bill in installments over three months. The installment payment plan, 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 Penn State World Campus 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.
World Campus Employer Reimbursement and Tuition Deferment Program
Penn State World Campus offers an employer reimbursement and tuition deferment program to students whose employers offer tuition reimbursement. The program allows you to defer your tuition payments until completion of the semester with no finance or interest charges. Please visit the Paying Your Semester Bill page for complete details.
Tuition Assistance for Unemployed Members of the Workforce
If you are unemployed or recently laid off from your job, you may be eligible for educational benefits through the Trade Adjustment Assistance. Contact us to learn more about this benefit and to get details about your options.
Military Payment 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 Paying for Your Education or Grants and Scholarships pages 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. There are also limits to the total amount of aid you can receive in one academic year for certain types of federal financial aid, at any or all institutions. If you have already used a significant portion of your annual aid before you transfer to Penn State, you may have a limited amount of aid remaining for the same academic year after you transfer. View the annual loan limits for Federal Direct Stafford Loans.
Additional Transfer Student Aid Resources
- The National Student Loan Data System allows you to review your borrowing history and learn how to manage your student loan debt. You will need to have your Federal Student Aid ID ready.
- If you have loans in deferment, you will want to ensure that they remain in deferment. Penn State participates in the National Student Clearinghouse, an enrollment verification system, and updates your enrollment records periodically throughout the semester after the drop/add period. If you need to have an "in-school deferment" request sent to your loan provider, after you have registered for classes, please contact us via email at email@example.com to request verification of your enrollment.
Important: Certificate programs are not eligible for federal aid, including Federal Direct Student loans. You may want to consider other payment options or consider a private alternative loan.