Current Students

Academic Advising and Career Counseling

Penn State Continuing Education’s team of advisers works specifically with adult students like you and understands your unique challenges — such as working full-time, going to college part-time, and managing your education and personal life. Let us be your best advocates. We can help you:

  • assess your career path and clarify goals
  • evaluate your college readiness and prepare to return to the classroom
  • choose the best program for your particular needs
  • select the right courses to meet your program requirements
  • complete the FAFSA application and register for courses

Advisers are available:
Monday–Thursday, 8:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Call 800-252-3592 or send an email to

Paying for Your Education

Your education is one of the most important investments you can make for your future. Penn State offers a variety of tools to help you manage the financial challenges in reaching your education goals.

For information on calculating course tuition and associated educational costs, see Penn State Tuition.

Continuing Education students have the option of making payment in 121 Outreach Building or through eLion. Penn State offers a three-installment deferred payment plan and a tuition management system prepayment plan, of up to 10 payments, to assist all students in paying educational costs. For more information on these options, see Penn State’s Payment Plans.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Student aid is an important resource for many adult students and can be crucial to your ability to begin or continue a college education. Our dedicated student aid advisers are here to help you navigate the financial aid application process, understand the kinds of aid sources available, and develop a financial aid plan to match your educational goals.

To apply for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is strongly advised that you review complete eligibility information and guidelines on the Penn State Office of Student Aid website.

Once you apply for aid, the Office of Student Aid will contact you by email regarding the steps you will need to take to secure your financial aid.

If you are returning to finish your degree, be sure to file your FAFSA and check with a student aid coordinator to be certain your previous college attendance has been reviewed for eligibility purposes.

You can contact a World Campus and Continuing Education student aid adviser by calling 814-867-4244 or 800-252-3592 or emailing The central Penn State Office of Student Aid can be reached at 814-865-6301.

You may qualify for a variety of scholarships to help offset the cost of your education.

Connect with Other Adult Students

Every adult student enters college at a different phase in his or her life, with different experiences. What brings us together is our shared challenges and interests.

Students often tell us is that they want to connect with other adult students to talk about classes, trade advice, and build a support circle. To help you get started, we've created some online communities just for you.

New to social networking? No problem! These networking tools are easy to use. Begin by viewing what others have posted, then maybe comment on items that interest you. Once you get rolling, you may be interested in starting a discussion or posting a video.