After You've Been Accepted

After You've Been Accepted

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

Congratulations and welcome to Penn State New Kensington!

We understand how overwhelming the process of enrolling into a college can be, and that’s why we created this simple, step-by-step checklist to assist you.  We encourage you to print this file and check things off of the list as you complete them.

We go into a bit more detail about each of the steps below, so scroll down to read more about what you will need to do for admissions, financial aid, and registration. Please contact us if you have any questions along the way!


Attend the Accepted Student Reception.

You will be invited to attend an Accepted Student 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 New Kensington. 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 February 15 for first-year students and April 15 for returning and transfer students for maximum consideration of aid. If you haven't already done so, go online and submit your FAFSA to Penn State New Kensington using the Federal School Code 003329. The FAFSA becomes available October 1 prior to the academic year the student will begin classes.

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.

Receive your student aid award notification.

Beginning in 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. 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 private alternative loan sources you can explore. The important thing to remember as you work through this process is that we're here to help. Make sure you contact us as questions arise.

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.

Take the online ALEKS placement test.

Beginning in March, students who have paid their acceptance fees will receive an email with information about how to go online and take the ALEKS math placement test. You can take the test from home, and after you test and we receive your scores, you will be prompted to select your orientation date. The test will let us know the appropriate math and science courses to place you into. Transfer students may or may not be required to take the ALEKS assessment. If you're not sure if you need to test, contact Sean Bridgen in the Academic and Career Success Center.

Attend New Student Orientation: Day One

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a three-day process that includes both academic and social aspects. Day One is where you will meet with an academic advisor to schedule your classes. During this session, you will work together to pick out a schedule that works for you. You won't be able to attend orientation and schedule until you pay your acceptance fees and take the ALEKS math placement test. There are specific orientation dates and sessions for first-year, transfer, adult, and international students. You will be contacted with more information about how to register for orientation once you pay your acceptance fees.

Receive your semester bill electronically.

Your bill will be generated once you schedule courses. Tuition is not officially set until July, and bills start going out in late July and become due by the first day of class.There is a complete list of bill due dates online via the Bursar's website. You will be able to view and print your bill online, and you'll learn how to do this during New Student Orientation (NSO).

Complete registration by filing the semester bill.

This simply means paying your bill. You can make bill payments several different ways, and there are deferred payment options available. For a listing of payment options and approved methods of payment, visit the Bursar's website. You can pay your bill online, and you'll learn how to do this during New Student Orientation (NSO), or you can contact the Penn State New Kensington Bursar's Office directly at 724-334-6023.

Attend New Student Orientation (NSO): Days Two and Three

Days Two and Three of NSO are very social in nature and are for first-year students only. You'll have an opportunity to meet other incoming students and see what life will be like at Penn State New Kensington. NSO Days Two and Three typically take place very close to the start of classes in August, and it is strongly recommended that you attend. Throughout the summer, you will receive information in the mail regarding specific dates and times for NSO.