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So I've been accepted...Now what?

Congratulations and welcome to Penn State Greater Allegheny! 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 feel free to let us know if you have any questions along the way!

Attend the accepted student offer reception.

You will be invited to attend an Offer Reception 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 Greater Allegheny. 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 March 1 for maximum consideration of aid. If you haven't already done so, go online and submit your FAFSA to Penn State using the Federal School Code 003329. Call the Student Aid office at 412-675-9155 if you have questions.

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 FAFSA's 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, or your FAFSA will never arrive at Penn State.

Receive your student aid award notification.

Beginning in mid-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 sometime shortly after the middle of March. 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 to ask if you have any questions.

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.

Submit a request for housing.

If you are interested in on-campus housing, submit a request for a housing contract using the eLiving system at www.eLiving.psu.edu - Act fast, as housing is limited and cannot be guaranteed.

Requesting a transcript.

If you have taken college-in-high school or dual enrollment courses, request an official college transcript from the credit-granting college upon completion of the class and have it sent to Penn State.

Taking the placement test.

Placement testing will be available on-line in November for Spring admits and in March for Summer or Fall admits.  You will receive a postcard with information about the tests and the deadline.

Attend New Student Orientation.

After completing your placement testing, you will be contacted by Academic Affairs with an invitation to the New Student Orientation (NSO) where you will meet with an academic adviser to choose your first semester's courses and learn more about Penn State Greater Allegheny.

Class begin dates.

Spring 2016 classes begin Monday, January 11.  Fall 2016 classes begin Monday, August 22.

Contact us.

If you have questions about any of these steps, we are accessible by phone, e-mail, and AOL Instant Messenger throughout the day. Personal appointments and campus tours can be arranged at your convenience. The Penn State Greater Allegheny Admissions is located in Frable 123. To contact us, e-mail psuga@psu.edu or call 412-675-9010. 

Lion Hug
Lindsay Olcott received a lion hug from the Nittany Lion at the Congratulations Reception, where she spoke to students who have been offered admission to Penn State Greater Allegheny.

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