Frequently Asked Questions

If I was admitted for the fall 2020 semester can I still enroll in Summer Start?
Yes. You may request to change your admission to summer 2020 by contacting your campus of admission.

Are all classes online at Penn State this summer?
Given the continuing challenge and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic and to protect the health of students, faculty, and staff, Penn State has made the decision to extend the virtual delivery of courses into the summer.

How do I schedule my classes?
We encourage you to enroll in a two-course learning community that is designed to support your transition to college in an online environment during summer 2020.  The courses will count toward general education requirements for your degree. Visit the Courses page to see the courses available at your campus of admission.

Can I only schedule the two courses specified for Summer Start?
Summer Start includes courses designed specifically to support new online learners and includes other out-of-class opportunities. After consultation with an academic adviser at New Student Orientation, you may request to schedule other courses if you choose not to participate in Summer Start.

How can I apply for PaSSS?
Students at select Commonwealth Campuses will be able to participate in the Pathway to Success: Summer Start (PaSSS) program, which provides students with tools and resources to increase the likelihood that they will graduate and earn their Penn State degree on time, with the potential for significant savings in tuition and fees. To discuss PaSSS eligibility requirement, contact your campus of admission.

What is the cost of tuition?
Penn State will adjust tuition for the summer sessions in light of the ongoing pandemic and the financial strain it is causing across Pennsylvania and the country. You may calculate the cost of tuition using the University's Tuition and Fee Schedule.

Can I still apply for student aid?
To apply for student aid for summer 2020, please submit the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through June 30, 2020. For additional information, visit the University's  Student Aid site or contact the Office of Student Aid.