Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the fall 2020 semester.

General Fall 2020 FAQs

Advising

Leave of Absence would mean you are not planning to be enrolled in any courses for the fall 2020 semester. If you are considering a break in your Penn State studies just for the fall 2020 semester, learn more about the Leave of Absence request and consult your academic adviser.

Newly admitted students should contact the admissions office at their assigned campus to defer their semester of admission to spring 2021.

Your instructors will let you know how best to contact them, how quickly you can expect to hear back from them on correspondence, and when and where they will be holding office hours, whether in-person or virtual. This information will be on your course syllabus, but if you are unsure, please ask until you have the information you need. Penn State Learning resources may also be provided at the department or college level, and every campus has a learning center.

No. The optional alternative grading system was put into place for the spring 2020 semester to help students minimize the impact of suddenly moving to a remote learning environment in the middle of a semester, on top of many having to move back to their permanent residence. With the University announcing plans for the fall semester well in advance of classes beginning, it is appropriate to revert to traditional grading methodology.

You are expected to attend all scheduled classes for each of your courses, regardless of instructional mode. In the event of occasional and/or temporary absence, students will follow the attendance policy of the University with some flexibility. If students must quarantine or isolate, courses delivered face-to-face will include elements of remote delivery to allow them to continue to engage in class.

Students must continue to meet the academic requirements set by the college or major.

There are many resources available to help students enrolled in remote courses. You can also access more general student support resources that are being offered in flexible ways at this time. Talk with your adviser regarding specific academic concerns you may have.

Please contact your academic adviser to discuss your current schedule and options for adjustments.

Please contact your academic adviser to discuss your current schedule and options for adjustments.

Academic advisers will be available to meet with students during the first week of classes. Given the need to ensure broad access to academic advising, it is likely that advising appointments will be held via Zoom, especially during periods of high demand.

Access to academic advisers will be maintained throughout the fall semester. Please check with your academic adviser to learn more about how they will conduct advising appointments.

Class Format/Instructional Mode

You should plan to participate in the mode of delivery for the courses you are registered for throughout the entire semester. For example, students who are registered for an in-person course should plan to attend the course in person until November 20th. If you face unforeseen circumstances, you should work with your instructors to determine alternative course delivery options. If the University would need to switch all courses to remote learning, students will be informed immediately.

World Campus courses are asynchronous online or web-based, allowing you to take the courses on your own schedule. Courses could include group work that would require synchronous meetings, and those may utilize Zoom or another platform. Learn more about taking World Campus courses.

Yes. Students may put in a request for technology using the Penn State Mobile Technology Request form.

All final exams will be administered remotely during the final exam period, which means that you will need to have access to the internet and appropriate technology to finish many of your courses.

Some lectures may be recorded. Please check with the instructor teaching the course.

Your instructor will share information regarding when class will be offered in person. In some cases, the course may include multiple in-person sessions that cover the same content during a single week. In such instances, students will be assigned to groups with a specific in-person meeting time. Your instructor will inform you of your group assignment. You should work with your instructor to adjust your meeting time if needed.

Individual units and departments will develop approaches to laboratory instruction that account for social distancing protocol. In some instances, labs may be offered remotely. Other labs will be offered in person. Check LionPATH to obtain updated information regarding your course’s instructional mode, which will be finalized by mid-July.

You may elect to remain at home and take your remotely delivered courses. However, there will be opportunities for those students that do return to campus to engage in on-campus academic and non-academic activities that will occur in addition to their courses. For some students, the additional access to libraries, internet, computer labs, and other services and facilities available on campus may help them reach their academic and personal goals.

Learn more about the technology you will need for any remote course on the Remote Learning Support page.

If the course is being offered as remote synchronous instruction, then you will have a scheduled meeting day and time. If the course is offered as remote asynchronous instruction, then course materials and assignments will be made available for you to work through on your own schedule, keeping in mind that there will be due dates for assignments and there may be common times for quizzes and exams.

You will be able to see this updated information regarding your course in LionPATH. We expect this information to be completed by approximately mid-July.

It is possible that your course may change in terms of the instructional mode, meeting time/day, and meeting location. You should check LionPATH for updated course information. Additional course details will be available after the course is published in Canvas, prior to the start of classes on August 24.

Changes to a course’s scheduled meeting time, format, or assignment classroom will be visible in LionPATH. Most decisions will be finalized by mid-July.

Classrooms

The availability of campus facilities that meet the social distancing protocols determines the limit.

Health and Safety

To help create a safer learning, living, and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff, new classroom policies will be in effect this fall across Penn State’s campuses in alignment with public health recommendations and Gov. Tom Wolf’s requirements for higher education institutions. Specific policy guidance is expected to be posted soon to the Office of Student Conduct website.

To reduce the risk of widespread virus transmission, wearing face masks and social distancing will be required for all students and employees in classrooms, labs, offices, and campus buildings. Students and employees also should practice social distancing, avoid large gatherings, and wear face masks while on campus, as well as within their local communities in line with local and state requirements.

If you fail to meet masking and social distancing guidelines in a way that puts others at risk, you may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and required to participate in the University’s conduct process. Employee violations of these requirements should be directed to the appropriate academic department and/or Office of Human Resources.

No. All students must wear masks; wearing a clear face shield does not satisfy the requirement.

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health guidelines, wearing face masks and adhering to social distancing practices, including maintaining six feet of physical distance between people, are critical components in helping to maintain the health and safety of the entire campus community. Students, employees, and visitors are required to practice social distancing and wear face masks/coverings when inside campus buildings, including in classrooms, labs, offices, and other public spaces, and the University is expecting that individuals also will wear a mask when outdoors on campus and in the community.

To aid in this effort, the University purchased 500,000 masks to be distributed across all campuses for people who need them. In addition, distance markers, directional arrows, signs, and other visual cues will be installed in high-traffic areas, classrooms, common areas, study spaces, and other shared locations, which also will be reconfigured with social-distancing principles in mind. Tables, chairs, and lounge furniture will be rearranged and/or blocked for use in some locations, and posting of maximum occupancy and do-not-congregate signs for most areas will become the norm, in accordance with the governor’s higher education guidance.

If you are quarantined, you will be able to attend class remotely. Once you know you need to be quarantined, you should contact your instructors and your academic adviser.

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Learning at Home FAQs

Learning at Home Overview

Getting Started

No. You will need to register for courses offered online at the University, but you do not need to notify anyone that you are doing online only courses. You should work with your academic adviser to make sure you register for courses that allow you to make progress toward your degree. If you have an on-campus Housing and Food Service (HFS) contract and plan to live at home, please contact the Commonwealth Campus Housing and Food Service Office (814-865-7862) or the University Park Housing Assignment Office (814-865-7501) to discuss the process.

Some majors or affiliations may require you to study on campus to make full progress toward your degree, (e.g. programs with laboratories or studios, specialized programs where courses are offered at specific campuses, etc.). These programs include but are not limited to: allied health programs offered at the Commonwealth Campuses (such as Occupational Therapy Assistant, Biomedical Engineering Technology, Radiological Sciences, and Physical Therapist Assistant) and some performance-based or design-studio programs. Other students who may not be able to start or continue at home may include ROTC recruits, student athletes, or other groups.

Our preference is for you to attend Virtual Orientation so that you can learn about the courses offered at your campus and make an informed choice. If you feel that you need an earlier consultation, you can contact the admissions office at your campus.

First, talk to your academic adviser (at your current campus) about your options, your comfort level in coming to campus, your fall schedule, and the learning mode that works best for you. Next, review the available schedule of courses at your current campus and at the campus you may want to change to. You will also want to talk to the student aid staff at your current campus and consider the financial aid implications of your decision. If you determine that you would like to attend another Commonwealth Campus or Penn State World Campus, submit a temporary change of campus request through your LionPATH Student Center. To find this area in LionPATH, select “Degree Planning & Process” and then “Update Campus.” You can view a tutorial about updating your campus. You must include a list of the courses you plan to schedule at the temporary campus in the comments field of your request.

Start at Home and Continue at Home are options for students who want to study remotely. You may continue at your current campus with the schedule of courses as you have planned. Be sure to review your schedule in LionPATH and learn more about each flexible instructional mode.

Course Availability

Course controls are set by departments and can be viewed in LionPATH course descriptions. Course controls exist to assist with the specific demand of courses to ensure the students (from that campus) can make degree progress. Course controls should be reviewed before you decide to request a temporary change of campus. You may be able to schedule a controlled course.

At a Commonwealth Campus or World Campus, the Registrar will determine whether a full-capacity class may be overridden. At University Park, you should contact the department offering the course to determine if a full-capacity class can be overridden.

It would depend on the available courses at your assigned campus. You may not have access to all of the courses on your schedule and should consult with your academic adviser prior to submitting a temporary change of campus request.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

If you have received a scholarship from a campus, college, or other awarding unit, please contact that awarding entity to discuss the ability to keep the award when transitioning to a new campus. You can verify the source of your awarding unit by accessing your LionPATH Financial Aid Award and clicking on the blue “i” button next to the award.  

Some scholarships/endowments have very specific stipulations that make the award incapable of “traveling” with you to another campus. You may also want to discuss whether the scholarship can be reinstated to you when you return to your original campus. 

Unfortunately, an equivalent alternative funding package is not always possible, given the relative lack of available scholarship funding. 

It is very important that you discuss changes in your costs or aid options with your college or campus representative or the Office of Student Aid. If you are unsure who to speak with regarding your costs and aid, please contact the Office of Student Aid by phone at 814-865-6301, or by email.

You can retain scholarships while attending remotely as long as you retain your original campus designation.

Scholarship availability to part time enrollees is contingent upon the awarding unit’s discretion. Please contact that awarding entity to discuss the ability to keep the award if you are less than full time. Some scholarships also require a minimum of 24 credits to be completed in a year in order to be renewed (if applicable) for the following year. 

Other grants, such as the Federal Pell Grant and the Pennsylvania State Grant, will be reduced if you attend less than full time. 

Please contact the Office of Student Aid to discuss the impact on your aid if you plan to attend less than full time.   

The Office of Student Aid can be contacted by phone at 814-865-6301 or by email. You may also contact the student aid office at your assigned campus.

Any federal aid of grants, loans, or work study can move to any campus, including World Campus. 

If you have a Pennsylvania State Grant, it is portable to any campus, including World Campus, but the value of the award may be recalculated by PHEAA based on that campus’ tuition costs.

Depending on the value of the PLUS or private loan already awarded, if you move to a lower-cost campus, the loan may be reduced to compensate for the lower tuition rate. If you are planning on applying for a PLUS or private loan, please process your temporary change of campus first so the loan value can be accurately calculated based on any updated costs. Students should consult with the Office of Student Aid for individual assessment, if needed. The Office of Student Aid can be contacted by phone at 814-865-6301, or by email.

A revised student aid package should be available within 5–7 business days of when your temporary change of campus is updated in LionPATH. This will include updated costs and any reprocessed aid. Costs and aid may continue to change if courses are subsequently dropped or added.

Students who received a Federal Work Study award have the opportunity to obtain a job and perform related duties either on campus or remotely, if possible and at the discretion of the employer. Students applying for Federal Work Study positions should clarify expectations with their potential employer regarding either on campus/in person or remote work arrangements.  A Federal Work Study award does not guarantee a job position is available. Current federal guidance does not permit students in the 2020–21 academic year to be paid for hours not worked, even if the hours are not worked due to COVID-19.

Students with GI Bill-related questions who may be interested in changing their campus should contact the Penn State Office of Veteran Programs at veteran@psu.edu or 814-863-0465, or the veterans representative at your campus.

Costs and financial aid are large considerations as you decide if temporarily changing your campus or learning at home to complete courses for the fall semester is right for you. It is imperative that students first consult with their academic adviser to determine if a temporary change of campus will ensure access to courses needed for timely degree completion. After that discussion, students should consult with student aid at their assigned campus to determine what aid is portable or transferable to their temporary campus, and how their tuition, housing or meal costs may change. Students with scholarships whose original campus is University Park are also encouraged to consult with their scholarship’s awarding agent to determine if the award is transferable to another campus.

Flex Start

Flex Start was initiated in spring 2020 in response to COVID-19 and offered incoming first-year students the flexibility to change their first-year campus of admission. In their second year, students may choose to remain at their first-year campus or transition to their original summer or fall 2020 admit campus.

Rather than participating in Flex Start, students who began in summer can submit a temporary change of campus for fall 2020. Students should meet with their assigned campus academic adviser and student aid coordinator prior to initiating that process. The temporary change of campus can be extended through spring 2020 by making a request during fall 2020. If you determine that you would like to extend your temporary campus change for an additional semester, submit the request at your LionPATH Student Center. To find this area in LionPATH, select “Degree Planning & Process” and then “Update Campus.” You can view a tutorial about updating your campus.

Flex Start is specifically for first-year students who want to spend their entire first year at a campus that is different from their campus of admission. After one year, Flex Start students may choose to request a change of campus back to their original campus of admission for their second year. If a student requests a temporary change of campus for the fall 2020 semester, their campus assignment will change automatically back to their original assigned campus for spring 2021.

Yes, with the exception of students admitted to UP for summer 2020, a student who committed to Flex Start may elect to stay only one semester at their first-year campus. Because a Flex Start student is admitted to their first-year campus in LionPATH, a temporary change of campus is not necessary. Students are advised to return to admissions and admissions staff will work with the registrar’s office at the first-year campus to submit the campus change.

Students admitted to UP for summer 2020 who selected Flex Start must meet the fall UP criteria in order to change their campus to UP for spring 2021. Students should be referred to admissions to verify their eligibility. Admissions staff will work with the registrar’s office at the first-year campus to submit a change of campus request for spring for eligible students.

Housing

Yes, the HFS contract may be cancelled, with no penalty, for students who are scheduled for all remote-learning classes. To avoid room and board charges on the August billing statement, cancellation requests must be submitted in eLiving by July 27. Students may still submit a cancellation request after that date, but they may see room and board charges on their billing statement and will have a credit applied later to zero out the charges.

When you submit the cancellation request of the HFS contract for the 2020-2021 academic year, you can indicate that you would like the spring portion to remain active. The Housing Assignment Office will not be able to guarantee your room assignment though, as you will be assigned to wherever a vacancy is available.   If you do not have a fall HFS contract, you may add your name to the Housing Waitlist, which will open at noon on October 1 in eLiving. The Housing Assignment Office will notify students by early December if housing is available on campus for spring semester.

Yes, students will get their housing deposit refunded under these circumstances. This process occurs in the fall with the bursar, so they will not see that refund until after the start of the semester.

Students can learn more about fall housing from HFS.

Living on or off campus is a personal decision, based on the social aspect of living on campus and the financial implications involved. Living on campus will provide a great experience for students to transition to college, but there are will be changes to the usual living environment.

Multi-Campus Registration

The multi-campus registration policy permits a student to enroll in courses offered at a campus that is not their assigned campus. However, there is an important restriction to this policy.

Students are not eligible to enroll in a course that is offered at a different campus until one week prior to the start of the semester; this fall, that date is August 17. We expect course offerings to be limited by this time and encourage students to work with their academic adviser to make a plan and a backup plan in the event that a course they want to schedule at another campus is full.

Note: If the multi-campus registration process results in the majority of a student’s courses being offered through a different campus, a temporary change of campus will be administratively processed. If this occurs, tuition and fees may be different and students’ bills may be incorrect.

Yes, students can register for courses through both their current campus and World Campus through the multi-campus registration process. Students participating in multi-campus registration may be able to register for courses at the additional campus location seven days prior to the start of the semester. Availability of courses is based on demand at each specific campus. A student will be able to enroll in any available course where they meet the course controls and prerequisites.

You will be required to drop all current campus courses before you will be approved for a temporary change of campus. Once approved for the new campus, you can register for available courses at your original campus through the multi-campus registration process seven days prior to the start of the semester, if there are available seats. The majority of registered courses must be at your new campus.

You may enroll in courses at other campuses through the multi-campus registration process, based on the availability of courses at the additional campus. You may request multi-campus registration at any campus, one week prior to the start of classes (August 17).  You will be able to enroll in any available course (as defined by the campus) where you meet the course controls and prerequisites. We expect course offerings to be limited by August 17 and encourage you to work with your academic adviser to make a plan and a backup plan in the event that a course you want to schedule at another campus is full.

If the multi-campus registration process results in the majority of your courses being offered through a different campus, a temporary change of campus will be administratively processed. If this occurs, your tuition and fees may be different.

Student Services and Support

Students will receive student services from the campus at which they are enrolled for the fall semester.  Students should visit campus web sites to learn about what services are offered at particular campuses.

Students who change their campus to World Campus will have access to all co-curricular programs and academic and student support services offered by World Campus. You can read information about those services. Students from other campuses are welcome to attend most World Campus co-curricular programs.

Many student services offered at University Park will also be offered to students at other campuses, including but not limited to those services in the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, Health Promotion and Wellness, and many programs offered by the Office of Student Activities.

Students will be paying the student-initiated fee for the campus at which they enroll. Paying this fee allows for participation in co-curricular opportunities and attendance at events at their campus of enrollment. Fee-paying students will also be eligible to attend many virtual events at other campuses. Information about those opportunities will become available as the semester progresses. Because World Campus students do not pay a student fee, there may be limitations regarding their participation in on-campus events.

World Campus students are eligible to use the resources offered through that campus. If you are located near a Penn State campus or have an existing relationship with services from your original campus of enrollment, accommodations may be made to grant access to non-World Campus services.

For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, Penn State University Libraries is licensing more e-books, and its course reserves materials will be available to students mostly online. Penn State instructors are encouraged to request course reserves as soon as possible, and libraries personnel are available to help instructors identify electronic resources for their courses. Learn more about course reserves.

Temporary Change of Campus

Academic units across Penn State are committed to providing additional flexibility to accommodate the unique demands of fall 2020. To the extent permitted by external accreditors, which only affect some majors, credits earned at any campus in fall 2020 for courses required by your major can count toward major requirements. Because some exceptions exist, all students considering taking courses at campuses other than their home campus should consult with their adviser. 

You will retain your current academic adviser at your original assigned campus. Additionally, we will connect you with an academic adviser at your temporary campus.

A temporary change of campus request is not automatically approved. Your assigned campus will first review the temporary change of campus request, including the appropriateness of your planned courses (i.e., do courses help you make forward degree progress?). If appropriate, the request will be forwarded to the temporary campus for final review. The requested campus will determine if they offer the courses requested and whether there is appropriate capacity. This process should take two to three business days if the process is followed efficiently.

Some courses at Penn State campuses have restrictions to allow only students from specific degree programs to have access to required courses.

You will receive an email notification of the decision sent to your Penn State email account.

You can, but you will want to ensure that you will have access to courses that will still support your ability to make forward degree progress. You can make this request for a temporary change back to your original assigned campus by submitting the request at your LionPATH Student Center. To find this area in LionPATH, select “Degree Planning & Process” and then “Update Campus.” You can view a tutorial about updating your campus.

When a student is approved for a temporary change of campus, the approval is for the requested semester, and the campus assignment will automatically be changed back for the following semester. A student who would like to continue at the temporary campus for the spring 2021 semester would need to submit another temporary change of campus request through LionPATH after the fall 2020 semester starts.

You will be required to drop all current campus courses before you will be approved for a temporary change of campus. Once approved for the new campus, you can register for available courses at your original campus through the multi-campus registration process seven days prior to the start of the semester. The majority of registered courses must be at the new campus.

You will need to provide the list of classes that you intend to take in fall 2020. It is a good idea to discuss your course plan with an academic adviser first, to make sure you will be able to make forward progress with degree requirements.

Consult with your academic adviser to determine what courses you need in fall 2020 to make appropriate degree progress. Assess what your rationale is for moving temporarily to another campus. Does your current campus offer remote versions of all the courses you need? Does the move meet your learning goals? Will the appropriate courses be available to you if you make a temporary change?

Yes, as long as appropriate courses for your degree program are available through World Campus. Please keep in mind, though, that some World Campus courses are restricted to ensure that students whose assigned campus is World Campus have access to courses needed for their degree progress.

You will want to be registered for courses prior to the start of classes. If you plan to Start at Home or Continue at Home and want a temporary change of campus, it is highly recommended that you initiate the temporary change of campus process prior to the start of the semester. It is very important that you work with an academic adviser to make sure that a class schedule can be obtained that allows progress toward your degree before you request a temporary change of campus. It is recommended that students make the decision by August 17.

If you are planning to Start at Home or Continue at Home and are currently registered for fall 2020 courses, a temporary change of campus will allow you to change your Penn State campus for one semester (fall 2020). At the conclusion of the fall semester, you will be automatically returned to your original assigned campus and will schedule your spring 2021 courses at that campus; there is no action needed on your part. This temporary change of campus allows you to enroll in courses that are offered at a Penn State campus that is physically closer to your location or that offers more online course offerings for the fall semester. Course offerings at all Penn State campuses are limited due to capacity. We encourage students to work with their academic adviser to make a plan and a backup plan in the event that your first-choice temporary change of campus cannot be processed. If you’re considering the Start at Home option (new first-year students) and do not have a fall 2020 course schedule, you can either contact Undergraduate Admissions to discuss your options, or discuss this option with your academic adviser during Virtual Orientation. If you are considering the Continue at Home option (returning and transfer students) and do not have a fall 2020 course schedule, please contact your academic adviser.

Tuition and Fees

With a focus on the health and safety of our students, the University schedule currently includes courses from four flexible modes of instruction based on the appropriate pedagogy for the course and the facilities available. Students can choose and decide for themselves what works best for them in fall 2020. These four flexible instructional modes are: (1) in-person instruction; (2) mixed-mode instruction (a combination of in-person and remote); (3) remote synchronous instruction; and (4) remote asynchronous instruction. Students who select remote learning environments through one of our residential campuses, which includes University Park and all of our Commonwealth Campuses, will be able to choose from the largest selection of remote synchronous and remote asynchronous course options covering many academic disciplines and programs. Students will have access to the remote co-curricular programming that is offered at the campus where they are enrolled. Students can also choose to study at World Campus, which offers only remote asynchronous courses taught by Penn State faculty and does not include the full range of courses available either at University Park or at one of our Commonwealth Campuses.

Penn State continues to offer many educational options for students across the Commonwealth and across academic disciplines within a varied cost structure. Please consult with your academic adviser to ensure that if you decide to temporarily change campus to another Penn State campus that the courses you need for your degree are available at that location. 

If you have further questions regarding your tuition, please email fall2020tuition@psu.edu.

No. Having said that, we understand the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to all of us. Due to this, and because of the economic hardships facing Pennsylvania and the nation, Penn State has announced plans to freeze in-state and out-of-state tuition rates University-wide for the 2020–21 academic year. The plan, which will be presented to the University’s Board of Trustees for final approval at its July meeting, would mark the third consecutive year that Penn State has held tuition rates flat for Pennsylvania resident students. 

Penn State continues to offer many educational options for students across the Commonwealth and across academic disciplines within a varied cost structure. Consistent with past course offerings and established tuition rates, and with a focus on the health and safety of our students and their families, the University is reminding students of this flexibility. Please consult with your academic adviser to ensure that if you decide to temporarily change campus to another Penn State campus that the courses you need for your degree are available at that location. 

If you have further questions regarding your tuition, please email fall2020tuition@psu.edu.

Tuition for remote courses while retaining a student’s original campus of University Park or a Commonwealth Campus will stay the same. Students who select remote learning environments through one of our residential campuses, which includes University Park and all of our Commonwealth Campuses, will be able to choose from the largest selection of remote synchronous and remote asynchronous course options covering many academic disciplines and programs. They also will have access to the remote co-curricular programming that is offered at the campus where they are enrolled. 

If you have further questions regarding your tuition, please email fall2020tuition@psu.edu.

The University is currently offering four modes of instruction. In the event the University returns to an all-remote instruction environment, no portion of the tuition and fees will be refunded. You can read further information on the four flexible instruction modes that Penn State currently is offering.

If you have further questions regarding your tuition, please email fall2020tuition@psu.edu.

In this case, the student would be charged the Commonwealth Campus tuition rate associated with their campus. The multi-campus registration policy permits a student to enroll in courses offered at a campus that is not their assigned campus, but there is an important restriction to consider. Students are not eligible to enroll in a course that is offered at a different campus until one week prior to the start of the semester (this fall, that’s August 17). We expect course offerings to be limited by that time and encourage students to work with their academic adviser to make a plan and a backup plan in the event that a course they want to schedule at another campus is full.

Note: If the multi-campus registration process results in the majority of your courses being offered through a different campus, a temporary change of campus will be administratively processed, and the new campus’ tuition rates will apply.

If you have further questions regarding your tuition, please email fall2020tuition@psu.edu.

In this case, the student would be charged the standard UP tuition rate where in-state and out-of-state tuition rates will apply. The multi-campus registration policy permits a student to enroll in courses offered at a campus that is not their assigned campus, but there is an important restriction to consider. Students are not eligible to enroll in a course that is offered at a different campus until one week prior to the start of the semester (this fall, that’s August 17). We expect course offerings to be limited by that time and encourage students to work with their academic adviser to make a plan and a backup plan in the event that a course they want to schedule at another campus is full.

Note: If the multi-campus registration process results in the majority of your courses being offered through a different campus, a temporary change of campus will be administratively processed, and the new campus’ tuition rates will apply.

If you have further questions regarding your tuition, please email fall2020tuition@psu.edu.

Before deciding to temporarily change your campus for the fall 2020 semester, the University recommends and encourages you to consult with your academic adviser. Students who ultimately choose to temporarily change their campus for fall 2020 can determine their new tuition charge. In addition, if you choose to remain at home for fall 2020 and engage in remote learning options you will save approximately $6,000 in room and meal costs.

The difference in resident and out-of-state tuition is the result of funding from Pennsylvania taxpayers that is provided to Penn State through an annual appropriation. In addition, Penn State’s partnership with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania dates back to our founding in 1855, and that partnership was solidified when Penn State was named Pennsylvania’s sole land-grant university. Like all other public universities, we are mandated to offer lower tuition to resident students of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

If you have further questions regarding your tuition, please email fall2020tuition@psu.edu.

The tuition and activity fee you will be charged will depend on the campus you are enrolled at and in-state and out-of-state rates will apply accordingly. The choices a student will have to study remotely include:

  • Stay enrolled at your assigned campus
  • Temporarily enroll at another Penn State campus
  • Temporarily enroll at World Campus

 The tuition and activity fee you will be charged depends on the campus at which you enroll, and the standard in-state and out-of-state rates will apply accordingly. Students who select remote learning environments through one of our residential campuses, which include University Park and all of our Commonwealth Campuses, will be able to choose from the largest selection of remote synchronous and remote asynchronous course options covering many academic disciplines and programs. They also will have access to the remote co-curricular programming that is offered at the campus where they are enrolled.

If you have further questions regarding your tuition, please email fall2020tuition@psu.edu.

If you are registered at a physical campus in the fall, even if you are attending remotely, you will pay the activity fee that is associated with that campus. The University Park and Commonwealth Campuses will continue to offer and give you virtual access to student services and activities even if you are studying remotely.

No. However, if you temporarily change to World Campus and subsequently register for a campus-based course (through the multi-campus registration process), you will be charged that campus’ activity fee.

Students who temporarily change their campus will be charged the tuition rate at the temporary campus. In-state and out-of-state tuition still applies unless the new campus is World Campus. Students taking courses at multiple campuses will be charged the tuition of their primary campus. The multi-campus registration policy permits a student to enroll in courses offered at a campus that is not their assigned campus, but there is an important restriction to consider. Students are not eligible to enroll in a course that is offered at a different campus until one week prior to the start of the semester (this fall, that’s August 17). We expect course offerings to be limited by that time and encourage students to work with their academic adviser to make a plan and a backup plan in the event that a course they want to schedule at another campus is full.

Note: If the multi-campus registration process results in the majority of your courses being offered through a different campus, a temporary change of campus will be administratively processed. If this occurs, your tuition and fees may be different.

If you have further questions regarding your tuition, please email fall2020tuition@psu.edu.

No. If the majority of a student’s courses are through World Campus, they will be charged World Campus tuition. However, if you register for more than one course at another campus through multi-campus registration process and the number of courses taken at that campus are greater than World Campus courses, you will be administratively changed to that campus and your tuition will be adjusted accordingly. The multi-campus registration policy permits a student to enroll in courses offered at a campus that is not their assigned campus, but there is an important restriction to consider. Students are not eligible to enroll in a course that is offered at a different campus until one week prior to the start of the semester (this fall, that’s August 17). We expect course offerings to be limited by that time and encourage students to work with their academic adviser to make a plan and a backup plan in the event that a course they want to schedule at another campus is full.

If you have further questions regarding your tuition, please email fall2020tuition@psu.edu.

University Health Services

University Health Services (UHS) now offers telemedicine, in addition to in-person visits, to provide safe and convenient health care to Penn State students, even when they are not on campus. All in-state students may access care through telemedicine. Depending on state regulations, students living out of state may also be eligible for telemedicine appointments. Telemedicine appointments are easily accessed through a mobile device or computer. During these appointments, UHS providers will diagnose conditions, suggest follow-up care, and can even prescribe medications. Though not all medical concerns are appropriate for telemedicine, a wide array of health concerns can be evaluated through a telemedicine visit.  

The Penn State student health insurance plan (SHIP) works at all campuses and world-wide. The SHIP is available to all registered students enrolled at least ½ time and is a requirement for international students taking 1 credit or more, excluding World Campus students. Please see the Student Health Insurance website for further details. You will want to verify the health services available to you at your specific campus. The Penn State SHIP has telemedicine and tele-behavioral health services available to your through Healthiest You at no additional cost. You can find the phone number on your United Healthcare Student Resources medical ID card.

Please call the appointment line at 814-863-0774.

Please call 814-865-7467 or email uhs-insurance@psu.edu.

The Penn State SHIP will continue to cover intramural and club sports injuries. Intercollegiate sports are not covered under the Penn State SHIP.

SHIP is not available to World Campus students.

If you do not have insurance as a U.S. citizen or as a permanent resident, you may reach out to the Student Insurance Advocate for consultation by phone at 814-865-7467 or by email at insuranceadvocate@psu.edu. The Student Insurance Advocate provides individual student consultation as well as outreach and education to students and student groups around health insurance. The student insurance advocate will assist students in identifying insurance options, including the Penn State Student Health Insurance Plan, Medicaid, or Affordable Care Act marketplace plans.

Yes, new students are still required to submit the necessary immunization records to the University, even if you decide on the Start at Home option or attend Penn State World Campus. You can read more information about the required immunizations for first-year students.

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