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Receiving and Paying Your Bill in LionPATH: What You Need to Know

Penn State World Campus students receive and pay bills in LionPATH, Penn State’s student records system. Here’s a quick guide to how billing works and what to expect.

New for fall 2018: August bill due date and installment plan changes. Students who receive bills in August will have a bill due date of Monday, August 27. Due dates for bills received in other months will remain on the 22nd of the month. In addition, for the fall and spring semesters, the Penn State Installment Payment Plan will now include four equal payments over four months. For the summer semester, the plan will still include three payments over three months. For more information, visit the Penn State Office of the Bursar website.

You will receive an email to your Penn State email account when your bill is available in LionPATH. You will find your bill in LionPATH in the “Finances” section in the Student Center. Note that you will receive a new billing statement, and an email notifying you of your statement, whenever there is any activity on your account. This could include new charges or credits, or even charges and credits that are equal and result in a balance of $0.

You will need to enable your browser to allow pop-ups in order to view and pay your bill in LionPATH. If you need help adjusting your browser’s pop-up settings, you can contact Penn State World Campus Technical Support.

You can choose to pay your bill via eCheck or credit card. If you choose to pay via credit card, a 2 percent convenience fee will be added. If you are using financial aid to pay for all or a portion of your bill, your bill will reflect financial aid that is in Anticipated status. If your aid is not in Anticipated status, you may be able to find out why in LionPATH. You may have a hold on your account or an action item in your LionPATH To-Do List, or you may need to accept your aid on the the Accept/Decline Awards page. View a tutorial about paying your bill to learn more.

If you do not pay your bill by the due date, a 1.5 percent late payment fee will be added, and an enrollment hold will be placed on your account. You will not be able to enroll in any additional courses until you pay your bill, and any future semester courses that you may be enrolled in will be canceled.

If you make changes to your enrollment after your initial semester bill, any adjustments to your bill will be received in the month following the date the changes are made. For example, if you are enrolled in fall courses and receive a bill during the first week of August, and then later during the month of August you drop or add courses, causing your total bill for the semester to change, your bill will reflect these changes in the following month — September. A portion of your bill may still be due on the August due date depending on the changes you made to your schedule.

If you are using financial aid and you make changes to your course enrollment, your financial aid may be affected. Several factors can impact whether a change to your enrollment will lead to a change in your financial aid. These factors can include the type of aid you are using and the requirements to qualify for that type of aid. Many sources of financial aid require at least half-time enrollment (6 credits for undergraduate students, and 5 credits for graduate students). You can always contact our Financial Aid Office at 814-867-4244 with questions about your individual financial aid circumstances.

If you are due a refund of excess financial aid, it will be sent after your aid disburses. Most types of aid will disburse around the first day of classes. You should plan to pay for everything you need to begin your courses, including books and materials, without relying on your refund. You can enroll in e-Refund in LionPATH to have your refund directly deposited into your bank account.

If you participate in a deferred or installment payment program or if your tuition is paid by a third party, you and/or the third party will be billed accordingly. This may include payment options such as the Penn State Installment Payment Plan, the Penn State World Campus Employer Reimbursement and Tuition Deferment Program, or payment of all or a portion of your bill by your employer or the military. As long as you are approved for one of these payment arrangements before your bill is assessed, you will be billed by the terms of your payment arrangement.

There will be no tuition penalty for courses dropped before the regular drop deadline. A tuition penalty is an amount that you will still be charged for a course you drop. You will not be charged a tuition penalty for courses you drop before the regular drop deadline. Note that your individual circumstances, including whether you are in full-time or part-time status and any financial aid you may be using, may affect any adjustments to your bill for dropped courses. You can find the regular drop deadline for each of your courses in your course schedule in LionPATH.

After the regular drop deadline, you will be charged a tuition penalty for any dropped courses, based on the Tuition Adjustment Schedule. The amount of the tuition penalty will depend on how much of the course has already been completed, as detailed in the Tuition Adjustment Schedule.

 Feel free to contact us for additional information and assistance:

  • Contact the Penn State World Campus Bursar Office for billing questions at 814-863-8300 or
  • Contact the Penn State World Campus Financial Aid Office for financial aid questions at 814-867-4244 or

Find office hours and additional contact information on our website.