So I’ve been accepted… Now what?
Congratulations and welcome to Penn State York! We understand how overwhelming the process of enrolling into a college can be. That’s why we’ve created this step-by-step checklist to assist you. Below you will find an outline of what you will need to do for admissions, financial aid, and registration. Please let us know if you have any questions along the way!
Review our Pre-Arrival Guide to learn about your next steps, arrival plans, and New International Student Orientation program in August.
Attend the Accepted Student Program
You will be invited to attend an Accepted Student Program on campus where you will have an opportunity to meet with campus faculty and staff, have dinner, take a tour with current students, and meet other students who have been accepted to Penn State York. This is a way to celebrate your achievement and to find out what comes next in the process.
Submit the FAFSA
We recommend that new students submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15 for first-year students and April 15 for returning and transfer students for maximum consideration of aid. If you haven’t already done so, go online and submit your FAFSA to Penn State York using the Federal School Code 003329. The FAFSA becomes available October 1 prior to the academic year the student will begin classes.
Verify the processing of your FAFSA by reviewing the Student Aid Report (SAR)
In order for your FAFSA to process and be sent to Penn State, you must verify that all the information is correct. A few days to a week after you submit your FAFSA online, you will be sent an email prompting you to log back into the FAFSA website to view your Student Aid Report, or SAR. The SAR consists of all your answers to the FAFSA questions, and this is your chance to verify that you haven’t made any mistakes. Once you verify all information is correct, your FAFSA will process and be sent to Penn State. It’s important that you don’t miss this step.
Receive your student aid award notification
Beginning in March, Penn State sends out notifications to all accepted students regarding the student aid they are receiving. Provided that you have an offer of admission and have submitted your FAFSA, you should receive your notification. After March, award notifications are sent out weekly depending on when students complete the FAFSA and are accepted.
Sign your Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note and apply for additional funding, if necessary
If you are borrowing money through a Federal Stafford Loan, you will need to sign your Master Promissory Note before your loans disburse. If you find you need additional funding, our Financial Aid Office can help you find some alternative loan sources you can explore. The important thing to remember as you work through this process is that we’re here to help. Make sure you contact us as questions arise.
Respond to your offer of admission by paying the acceptance fee and general deposit
This $230 non-refundable fee is your way of telling us you’re coming to Penn State. You have until May 1 to pay your acceptance fee, but the sooner you pay the sooner you can get started on the testing and advising process. You can pay your acceptance fee online through your MyPennState account or by contacting Admissions.
Take the online ALEKS placement test
Beginning in March, students who have paid their acceptance fees will receive an email with information about how to go online and take the ALEKS math placement test. You can take the test from home, and after you test and we receive your scores, you will be prompted to select your orientation date. The test will let us know the appropriate math and science courses to place you into. Transfer students may or may not be required to take the ALEKS assessment. If you’re not sure if you need to test, contact Advising and Career Development.
Attend New Student Orientation (NSO) Part I: Academic Advising
New Student Orientation (NSO) is a three-day process that includes both academic and social aspects. Part I is where you will meet with an academic advisor to schedule your classes. During this session, you will meet with an academic adviser and register for classes. Please note: you won’t be able to attend orientation and schedule until you pay your acceptance fees and take the ALEKS math placement test. There are specific orientation dates and sessions for first-year and international students. Transfer students and all students admitted for spring semester should contact Advising and Career Development to schedule an appointment to meet with an adviser. You will be contacted with more information about how to register for orientation once you pay your acceptance fees.
Receive your semester bill electronically
Your bill will be generated once you schedule courses. Tuition is not officially set until July, and bills start going out in late July and become due by the first day of class. There is a complete list of bill due dates at the Bursar’s website. You will be able to view and print your bill online, and you’ll learn how to do this during New Student Orientation.
Complete registration by filing the semester bill
This simply means paying your bill. You can make bill payments several different ways, and there are deferred payment options available. See a listing of payment options and approved methods of payment at the Bursar’s website. You can pay your bill online, and you’ll learn how to do this during New Student Orientation, or you can contact the Penn State York Bursar’s Office.
Attend New Student Orientation (NSO) Part II: Campus Life
Typically occurring in late August on Friday and Saturday prior to the first day of classes, this orientation is very social in nature and will provide you with an opportunity to meet other incoming students, find out what life will be like at Penn State York, and participate in service in the York community. It is strongly recommended that all new first year students attend.