Office of the Bursar
103 Shields Building
The Office of the Bursar is responsible for the maintenance of student accounts pertaining to acceptance fees, tuition billing, charges, payments, financial aid disbursements, and refunds of excess funds, when available.
Step 1 – Parents/others who do not have an active Penn State User ID can obtain a Friends of Penn State account. Go to eLion and select “Parent/Other.” Click on “Create an Account” and follow the instructions to create a Friends of Penn State (FPS) account.
Step 2 – Provide student with the Penn State User ID – either a Friends of Penn State (FPS) account (parents/others) or a Penn State Access account (for employees).
Step 3 – Student logs into eLion and selects “Personal Profile” to grant his or her parent/other access to specific student information such as Bursar Tuition Bills and Taxes 1098-T.
The Office of the Bursar, as well as other Penn State departments, will communicate important information through your Penn State email account. You will need to check your Penn State email account on a regular basis.
Bills are prepared in mid-July for fall semester, mid-November for spring semester, and mid-April for summer sessions. Residence hall charges are included on the bill, if applicable. Bills are prepared on a weekly basis through the first ten days of the semester for students scheduling later.
If you want to mail a check, a remittance stub may be printed from eLion and mailed with the payment. Your payment must be postmarked by the due date to avoid a $50 Late Fee. Please allow five to seven business days for processing after the payment is received.
Enrolling in the deferred payment plan is easy. When you view the tuition bill, you will be given the option to complete registration using the deferment plan. The tuition bill will list billable costs (tuition, fees, room and meals, if applicable) and the most current known available financial aid. The first one-third of billable costs is payable by the due date of the tuition bill. The payment may be made through eLion by eCheck or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express) or by mailing a check with the payment stub to the Bursar’s Office. The $45 deferred payment fee must be included each semester with the initial payment, as well as payment for any unpaid prior balance.
Tuition Management Systems, a national payment plan provider, also administers an interest-free plan for Penn State. This is a ten-month, pre-payment plan that runs from April through January. Fall semester payments are due April through August; spring semester payments are due September through January. For more information or to enroll, visit https://psu.afford.com/ or call toll free 1-888-722-4867. The annual plan covers both fall and spring semesters.
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