Financial Aid - Frequently Asked Questions

Financial Aid - Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find information about the grants/scholarships/loans I'm receiving?

What do I need to do to use the federal student loans I've been offered?

When is aid disbursed to my account?

Why hasn't my Pennsylvania state grant been applied to my bill?

How do I pay what I owe on my bill?

Where can I get information on scholarships?


Where can I find information about the grants/scholarships/loans I’m receiving?

You can view your Financial Aid in your Lionpath Student Center under Finances (lionpath.psu.edu).  Log in with your Penn State Access ID and password.  If you have trouble logging in, please contact the IT Help Desk at 814-865-HELP.  Be sure to review your To Do Checklist to see if you have any items to complete.


What do I need to do to use the federal student loans I’ve been offered?

First you'll need to accept the loans using the checkboxes under Accept/Decline Awards in the Finance section of Lionpath.  If you’re a first-time student loan borrower, you’ll need to complete: 1) Loan Entrance Counseling and a 2) Master Promissory Note at www.studentloans.gov. Penn State won’t be able to disburse your loan funds to your tuition account until you’ve completed these steps.

When is aid disbursed to my account?

Student aid disbursements typically occur during the first week of the semester, if you've completed all the items in your To Do Checklist in Lionpath.

Why hasn’t my Pennsylvania state grant been applied to my bill?

Check your PA state grant status at www.pheaa.org. You’ll need to set up Account Access with PHEAA/AES if you haven’t already. You may need to:

  • Complete PHEAA’s state grant application/status notice and print and mail the signature page to PHEAA
  • Update your state grant record to show you’re attending Penn State
  • Submit requested documentation to PHEAA


How do I pay what I owe on my bill?

Your online Fall semester bill will be available to view/pay in Lionpath in August.  Penn State offers a deferred payment plan which allows you to make 3 payments over the semester (bursar.psu.edu).  Or, if you're a dependent student and your aid doesn't cover your tuition and fees, your parent can consider a federal Parent PLUS Loan.  You may also consider private alternative (bank/credit union) loans.  You'll need to apply directly to the lender and will need a co-signer to apply with you.  Information on the Parent PLUS and alternative loans is available at studentaid.psu.edu.

Where can I get information on scholarships?

  • Penn State Abington posts scholarship information here
  • We also post new outside scholarship opportunities on our Facebook Page
  • The University’s website has scholarship information here.