PaSSS: Pathway to Success: Summer Start

PaSSS: Pathway to Success: Summer Start

Penn State University knows that access to higher education and the ability to pay for tuition are two of the biggest factors that determine whether a high school student will earn a college degree and will graduate on time.

The Pathway to Success: Summer Start (PaSSS) program at select Penn State campuses will provide you with tools and resources to increase the likelihood that you will graduate and earn your Penn State degree on time, potentially saving thousands of dollars in tuition and fees.

PaSSS group

PaSSS 2017

Thirty-one students participated in the Pathway to Success: Summer Start Program (PASSS) during Summer 2017 led by Janel Dia, PaSSS Coordinator (far right).

Frequently Asked Questions

First Year PaSSS Students

Can I be considered for financial aid beyond the tuition grant and book stipend provided by Penn State?

  • Yes. Complete the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid as early as possible, and no later than June 30.

Where can I obtain additional information regarding funding for summer enrollment?

  • The Financial Aid Office at Penn State Abington is located at 106 Sutherland Building on campus, can be reached at 215-881-7326.

Where can I locate information regarding employment in the PaSSS program?

  • Online at:

Will I be required to complete a background check for employment in the PaSSS Program?

  • Yes, the University will complete a background check through First Advantage prior to your employment.

May associate degree students participate in the PaSSS program?

  • Yes, both baccalaureate and associate degree students may enroll in the program.

Second Year PaSSS Students


Are there a minimum number of credits that I must enroll to be a part of the second summer of the PaSSS program?

  • To receive funding from the PaSSS program you must be enrolled a minimum of six credits. You may enroll for less than six credits, but you will not receive PaSSS funding to assist with the cost of your tuition.

Can I take some of my courses on-line through the World Campus and participate in the PaSSS second year program?

  • No. Since the PaSSS program is funded entirely by the PaSSS student tuition, PaSSS students must take classes on campus.

May I take courses during either summer session and be a part of the second year PaSSS program?

  • You may elect to enroll in courses for either summer session, keeping in mind six or more credits is required for financial support from the PaSSS program toward you tuition cost.

Are there required courses that I must enroll in to be a part of the second summer session of PaSSS?

  • There are not any required courses. However there are suggested courses for you to enroll in if you have not already completed those courses and the suggested courses count toward your degree completion.

When should I schedule my courses for summer?

On-Campus Housing

Will there be on-campus housing for PaSSS students?

  • No, there is no on-campus housing available.

Food Service

Is food service is available?

  • Yes, the Lares Cafeteria will be open from 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM, and PaSSS will provide lunch on Wednesdays.


Is employment available?

  • Yes, as long as the student is enrolled for a minimum of six credits for summer 2017 and has a 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher.

How much can I earn?

You will begin your employment during the summer and have up to the end of the Fall semester to earn a total of $1,000. The pay rate for PaSSS employment is $10.00 per hour.


Does PaSSS provide funding to second year students in the program?

  • Yes, $250 per credit up to a total of $3,000 for full time enrollment (12 or more credits) and up to a $400 book stipend for full-time enrollment.

Is other student aid available?

  • Yes, please consult with staff in the Financial Aid Office, 106 Sutherland on campus. In addition, should other student aid become available to you as a result of your participation in the PaSSS program, you will be notified by way of your Penn State email.