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Welcome to the Office of the Bursar, your home for any and all questions related to tuition billing, collection, and aid disbursement here at Penn State. Did you know the Bursar is also responsible for maintaining student accounts for tuition billing, preparing the electronic bills on eLion, as well as handling acceptance fees, charges, payments, and refunds of excess funds?

You can find all of this information, and more, just a click away on this website. Have a question about paying your bill or payment options? Click on the buttons below. Not sure where to get the correct forms for your taxes? Check out the toolbar above this video – it will help you get the information you need.

And if at any point you can't find the answer you're looking for, click on the FAQs section, or the Contact Us link, to submit a question electronically.

I hope the information here will help you better understand everything the Bursar can do for you, and remember – we are Penn State!

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Important Dates

Spring Semester 2015
Date Information
December 5, 2014 Tuition Bill due*
December 5, 2014 First 1/3 payment due for optional Deferred Payment Plan
February 27, 2015 Second 1/3 payment due for optional Deferred Payment Plan
March 27, 2015 Final 1/3 payment due for optional Deferred Payment Plan**

*Note: This tuition bill due date does not apply to new students who do not have active computer accounts. Tuition bills will be produced for these students, after they attend a New Student Orientation session.

The bill due date will be a unique date for each student’s bill. The earliest possible due date is December 5, 2014. Please check your bill to see when it is due.

**Note: As of February 27, 2015 - The Deferred Payment Plan is no longer an option to complete registration for the spring semester.

Future Billing Due Dates

Academic Calendar

Most Popular FAQ

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How do I claim a 529 Tuition payment?

These instructions are for all 529 programs except the Pennsylvania Guaranteed Savings Plan. If you have a Pennsylvania Guaranteed Savings Plan 529, please see "How do I claim a PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan tuition payment?"

Student Instructions
  1. Log onto elion.psu.edu
  2. Select "Bursar Tuition Bills" from the menu.
  3. Select the tuition bill for the appropriate semester and click "View/Pay Bill".
  4. Print a copy of the bill to submit to your 529 plan if necessary. Print any additional copies of the bill needed.
    If the bill will be paid entirely by 529 funds, you do not need to continue to Step 5. Your registration will be complete when funds are received from the 529 plan.
    If the 529 funds will only be paying a portion of the bill, continue to Step 5.
  5. Select "Pay Other" and enter the amount you will be paying that is NOT coming from the 529 plan.
  6. Click "Continue".
  7. Select your method of payment and continue through the payment process in eLion.
    Your registration will be complete when funds are received from your 529 plan.
    Penn State cannot request funds from a 529 plan on behalf of the account owner/student.
    Please DO NOT mail your Payment Authorization Form (PAF) or PAF copies to Penn State.
    If you have a Texas Tomorrow, Virginia College Savings Plan, Michigan Education Trust, College Illinois!, or Alabama PACT Plan you should select the “contact us” link in the payment Confirmation Message to let us know about your expected 529 payment amount.

How do I claim a PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan tuition payment?

If you are planning on using Pennsylvania 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan funds for the upcoming semester, please follow the steps below:

Student Instructions
  1. Log onto elion.psu.edu
  2. Select "Bursar Tuition Bills" from the menu.
  3. Select the tuition bill for the appropriate semester and click "View/Pay Bill".
  4. Print a copy of the bill for the PA 529 GSP account owner to submit with the PA 529 GSP Payment Authorization Form. Print any additional copies of the bill needed. If your bill will be paid entirely by PA 529 GSP, you do not need to continue to Step 5. Your registration will be complete when funds are received from PA 529 GSP. Provide the printed copy of your bill to the owner of your PA 529 GSP account so they can include it with the submission of the Payment Authorization Form to PA 529 GSP. If PA 529 GSP will only be paying a portion of the bill, continue to Step 5.
  5. Select "Pay Other" and enter the amount you will be paying that is NOT coming from the PA 529 GSP.
  6. Click "Continue".
  7. Select your method of payment and continue through the payment process in eLion.

Your registration will be complete when funds are received from PA 529 GSP. Provide the printed copy of your bill to the owner of your PA 529 GSP account so they can include it with the submission of the Payment Authorization Form to PA 529 GSP.

Account owner instructions.

  1. Complete the Payment Authorization Form (PAF) provided by PA 529 GSP.
  2. Provide a copy of the tuition bill with the completed PAF.
  3. Mail or fax both the PAF and the copy of the tuition bill to PA 529 GSP.

PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan
Processing Center
PO Box 55463
Boston, MA 02205
Fax: 617-559-2452

Please note: Penn State cannot request funds from a PA 529 GSP account on behalf of the account owner.

Please DO NOT mail your Payment Authorization Form (PAF) or PAF copies to Penn State.

PA 529 GSP mails PAFs in July or early August for the fall semester and in November for the spring semester. Summer PAFs are provided upon individual request. Additionally, a PAF can be obtained online at www.pa529.com or by calling 1-800-440-4000.

What if I have a third party paying my tuition bill? Will they get an eBill?

You can grant a Parent/Other access to specific student information on eLion with your authorization. See http://www.bursar.psu.edu/paybill.cfm for instructions.

What payment options do I have?

Payments can be made by electronic check (eCheck), credit card, or paper check. Cash payments may be made in person at your campus Bursar/Finance office. Do not mail cash.

See: http://www.bursar.psu.edu/payplans.cfm for payment options.

How do I get financial aid?

If you are interested in student aid, contact the Office of Student Aid or the student aid representative at your Penn State Campus.

How do I e-sign my Federal Direct Stafford Master Promissory Note (MPN)?

The Master Promissory Note for the Federal Direct Stafford Loan can be completed online or by contacting the Office of Student Aid. Information for completing this online is available at: http://studentaid.psu.edu/types-of-aid/loans/stafford/overview#accept.

Why have I not received my refund?

There could be several reasons why your refund has not been processed. Here are some possible reasons:

  1. If a payment was made by personal check, a refund will not be processed for 22 days from receipt of that payment.
  2. If you are not signed up for "Rapid Refund", delivery of your refund will be delayed.
  3. If you are signed up for "Rapid Refund", the account information provided may be incorrect.

Is the amount of qualified tuition and related expenses the total amount of the tax credit I can claim on my tax return?

Not in all situations. The amount of the tax credit that you may claim will depend on your individual situation. The IRS is providing instructions on the application of the 1098-T information and eligibility requirements for the new tax credits.

Please consult your tax preparer/consultant to determine how the American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning tax credits and the Deduction for Educational Expenses affect you.

How do I decrease/remove the Stafford loans listed on my tuition bill?

Penn State has pre-certified a Federal Direct Stafford Loan for you (or your student) based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you would like to view more information about this Federal Direct Stafford Loan, please go to the following site:

http://studentaid.psu.edu/types-of-aid/loans/stafford

The student must complete the following steps to decrease or cancel the Federal Direct Stafford Loans:

  1. Log onto elion.psu.edu
  2. Select "Financial"
  3. Select "Loan Decrease"
  4. Follow instructions

I am experiencing difficulty reaching your office by phone. Is there another way that I can ask a question?

Yes, please click on the "Contact Us" link at the top of this page to send an e-mail message. Our staff will respond to inquiries within 1-3 business days.