Office of Student Aid Has New, Extended Hours

The Office of Student Aid for World Campus and Continuing Education has new, extended hours effective August 1, 2013. Student Aid will now be available to assist you Monday-Thursday until 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The office remains open until 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Effective August 1, 2013, complete Student Aid Office hours are: Monday –…

Make the Most of Discussion Boards

Discussion boards are part of the fun of being a World Campus student, because they let you expand your education by hearing the perspectives of other students. In my video blog, I’ll discuss how I use discussion boards — ground rules, citations, and more — respecting others’ opinions, and checking with professors before posting on…

Microsoft Word [Technology Challenges for the Older Student]

Microsoft Word 2010 is a good program for writing all our papers. It is a powerful program, but I will be covering only the basics. With the basics, you should be able to complete a paper. MS Word helps you to create, edit and revise documents. When you click and open the program a document…

Student Aid: Three Easy Steps to Prepare for the Year Ahead

The fall semester is the beginning of a new academic year and a new year for financial aid. Taking a few simple actions to prepare now can help you know what to expect and plan ahead. Start with the following three steps. 1. Review your Student Aid Checklist and Student Aid Summary. You can find…

Top 5 Resume Mistakes

A colleague recently asked me what common mistakes I see when reviewing resumes. Here are the top five–plus three takeaway tips. 1. No particular audience or objective:  Whenever you write anything – even a resume – you have to consider the reader and the purpose of your writing. Think about what you are trying to…

How World Campus Changed Their Lives: Alums Judge and Sabrina Worsham

Sabrina and Judge Worsham turned their lives around with help from Penn State World Campus. After experiencing significant hardships, Sabrina and Judge began to pursue degrees through World Campus while living in Austin, TX. Now, backed by her Penn State education, Sabrina has the career she wanted and is able to support her family. Watch…

The Student Aid Verification Process: What to Do and Why

When the Office of Student aid reviews your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), we may need you to clarify certain personal information through a process called verification. What is verification? Verification is the process by which the Office of Student Aid confirms the information you submitted on your FAFSA. Verification ensures that you…

Complete Your Registration to Stay on Track with Courses, Student Aid, and More

At Penn State, registering for courses is a two-step process. You must schedule your courses, and then pay your tuition bill or confirm that you’ll be using financial aid. You have until July 15, 2013 to complete your registration for the second 6-week summer 2013 semester. If you do not pay your bill and complete your…