FAQ

I've benn accepted into MASS, now what do I do?

  • Make sure all forms in the MASS packet have been completed and mailed to the MASS Office
  • Financial Disclosure form
  • Undergraduate Non-degree form (if you are not asking for federal aid)
  • If applying for federal aid, please send ALL Official transcripts to the admissions office. (Rick Stover, 231C Shields Building, University Park, PA 16802)
  • Make sure the address and phone numbers written on your application is an address you will be able to receive any information from us and the admissions office from June until August.

Housing [ http://www.hfs.psu.edu/housing/ ]

The MASS Program pays for your housing and meal plan, but you will need to access the housing web site to log onto Friends of Penn Statehttps://fps.psu.edu/. Please see the letter and follow instructions from our housing department.

Penn State's Housing and Food Services Department received information from the MASS Program that you will be attending Penn State this Fall and may be interested in living on campus. To accept a housing contract for on campus living, you must have a Friends of Penn State account (FPS).

To create your Friends of Penn State account, log on to: https://fps.psu.edu/ and follow the simple instructions. Once you create this account, please respond to this email providing me with your access ID. (It will be three letters and usually four numbers such as abc5234. Do not send me the password you create!) Upon receipt of the information, I will offer you a housing contract online.

Vaccination forms - All Penn State students residing in University-owned housing, including all residence halls and apartments, are required by state law to complete a Meningococcal Vaccination Certification form and file it with the University Park Assignment Office or with Housing and Food Services at Commonwealth locations. [ http://www.hfs.psu.edu/vaccine/ ]

Housing checklist: what to bring

  • Alarm clock
  • Backpack
  • Baskets for toiletries and storage
  • Bed Linen: sheets (extra-long twin size), bedspread/blanket, and pillow
  • Cleaning supplies (cleaner, paper towels)
  • Clothing (bathrobe)
  • Computer, printer, and cables
  • Desk items (lamp, pens/pencils/highlighters, paper, calendar, calculator, tape, scissors, stapler, paperclips)
  • Fan (portable)
  • Financial items (checking/savings account, credit/debit card, health insurance card, Social Security card, driver's license or photo ID)
  • First-Aid kit (band aids, cotton balls, cotton swabs, cold/cough medicine, aspirin)
  • Food items (can opener, bottled beverages, coffee maker with automatic shutoff, one set of silverware/plates/bowls/glasses, condiments, snacks, dish detergent/towel)
  • Games (cards, board games)
  • Hangers
  • Laundry basket/bag, detergent, iron
  • Padlocks (desk, laptop, and bike)
  • Room decorations *Posters and photos must be hung with plastic tack.
  • Sewing kit/safety pins
  • Stereo system (CD player, radio, mini disc player, headphones, CDs, etc.)
  • Telephone, cord, calling card (or cell phone), answering machine
  • Toiletry Items
  • Towels
  • Umbrella
  • Vacuum Cleaner (although vacuums are available in each residence area, it is suggested that you bring a small one with you, such as stick vacuum, if your room is carpeted)

Financial Aid

Penn State's Federal School Code is 003329. Other question about financial aid you may find at this web site: http://www.psu.edu/dept/studentaid/.

The MASS Program does bring MASS students in at the in-state rate and we will add the tuition waiver to your student account, close to the beginning of the Fall semester. It will be your job to pay the amount sent in a letter from the MASS Program. You can do this once you have received your PSU ID card and have gone to a signature station and signed in.

Bursar

Because you are new to this campus you cannot pay your bill through eLion. To complete your registration and pay your tuition amount please see the bursar in 103 Shields Building when you arrive. http://www.bursar.psu.edu/

Transportation

Traveling by bus, car or plane…please receive help from these websites: Our University airport is called, University Park airport, code SCE http://admissions.psu.edu/pennstate/visit/up/travel/ or flight information for Pennsylvania http://www.iflypa.com/.

Parking on Campus

If you are driving to campus or bringing your bicycle, please see the following web site for registration information http://www.transportation.psu.edu/.

Health Insurance Limitations

Except for students covered by one of the Penn State Student Health Insurance Plans or students who have one of the prescription cards accepted by our Pharmacy, UHS does not have contracts for direct payment with any health insurance companies for clinic or ancillary services and it does not direct bill insurance companies.

We regret any inconvenience this policy may cause for students and parents. However, because UHS treats students from all over the United States and the world, there would need to be contracts with hundreds of insurance companies. The costs of dealing with so many insurance providers and processing thousands of insurance claims would drive up the current discounted rate for all UHS services. Therefore, you are responsible for paying all bills you incur for clinic visits, lab, X-ray, physical therapy, and ambulance service.

However, you can submit the receipt for these services to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. You should find out ahead of time if your insurance will cover all or part of your care at UHS, as there may be restrictions on primary care outside of the insurance company's network. You should arrange for the health insurance company to pay you for the service since the Penn State Bursar will not accept checks from insurance companies.

Health insurance is strongly recommended for all students. If your current insurance policy does not cover their care at UHS, you should consider purchasing student health insurance through Penn State. [more information]

Costs you are responsible that are charged to your student account during the fall semester:

  • Parking
  • Fitness centers
  • Extra Activities
  • Bicycle registration
  • Library fines

IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS please contact Stephanie Zerby 
Phone: (814) 863-8730 
E-mail:saz11@psu.edu
Office: 107 McAllister Building, University Park, PA 16802