Degree Completion and Student Information

Degree Completion and Student Information

At Penn State Harrisburg Continuing Education, we pride ourselves on making available the resources proven to help adult learners successfully meet their educational goals. The following information will provide you with a brief overview of the services we offer and how they can help you achieve your educational goals.

Advising

We encourage you to talk with an adviser before registering for your first class. That way we can help you get the most out of your Penn State experience. Feel free to call even if you haven’t decided to take a Penn State course yet.

Courses and Registration

Find a Course

Visit the University Registrar's Schedule of Courses to find out when a particular course will be offered.

Registering for Non-Credit Courses 

Most courses offer online registration links, but in the event that you need to register "offline," please download and complete the noncredit registration form .

Registering for Credit Courses

Please refer to the Registration Instructions for complete details for degree and non-degree students.

Transfer Courses

Many courses will transfer and count toward your credit certificate or associate degree. You can only transfer a maximum of two courses, however, for a certificate program. Earning Credits Through Examination Depending on the program, some CLEP, CPS, and ACT-PEP exams will earn you credit at Penn State. Be sure to talk with an adviser prior to taking an exam. Minimum Grade You must earn a C in all certificate courses. Depending on the degree program, several core courses will require a C to be earned. Overall, students in a degree program need to maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course because of insufficient enrollment or for other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is cancelled, registrants will be notified by telephone or e-mail, and refunds processed. Please provide a daytime phone number for this purpose. Distance Education or Independent Study Distance education and independent study options give you greater freedom to pursue the courses you want on a schedule that is convenient to you. If a course you want or need is not on the schedule, talk to us and we will try to make those arrangements.

Proctored Exam Services at Penn State Harrisburg

Eligibility

The Department of Continuing Education is funded by World Campus to provide exam proctoring for Penn State World Campus students.  Students seeking proctoring for exams from other Penn State courses or from other institutions should contact their academic unit or their school for other proctoring options. Read more about Taking Exams and Securing a Proctor.

Scheduling Procedure

  1. Check your syllabus for exam due dates.  Complete the following steps two weeks in advance of these dates.  We have limited testing facilities so our schedule fills up quickly.
  2. Use the Proctored Exam Portal to select Penn State Harrisburg as your desired Exam Center for each upcoming test that you want to take here.
  3. You must schedule an exam time by calling 717-948-6500 or e-mailing kmd21@psu.edu.  Please inform us if you require any special accommodations.
  4. You will receive a confirmation email with details and directions regarding your exam. 

Testing Center Hours

Exams will be scheduled during the Department of Continuing Education office hours, 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.  Exams will be scheduled based on the stated allotment time, and must be completed by 5:00 p.m.  Please arrive 10 minutes before your exam time.

Location

The Testing Center office is located in room 210 Church Hall, Penn State Harrisburg, at the corner of Alumni Drive (aka 4th St) and University Drive (aka Meade or 5th  Ave) in Middletown, PA 17057.

GPS location:  lat 40.2035, long -76.7507

Penn State World Campus Exams

  • If the two-factor authentication is required to log on, please bring your cell phone with you to log on.
  • No personal belongings are permitted in the testing room.
  • The Testing Center does not supply headphones or other equipment for listening to audible portions of exams.  If your exam requires listening to recordings of any kind (e.g., recordings of spoken words for a language exam), you will need to bring your own headphones.
  • You will need to present a photo ID to the proctor at the time of your exam.
  • Plan to arrive 10 minutes early for your exam to allow time for checking in.
  • Review Penn State's policy on academic integrity, as the Testing Center is committed to upholding this policy.
  • Find out the exam format, time allotted for the exam, special materials you may need to bring to the exam, and other useful exam information in Canvas.

Contact Us

If you have questions or would like to schedule an exam, contact us at 717-948-6500 or kmd21@psu.edu.

Tuition and Aid

We know that financing a college education can be challenging. This site includes basic information on financial aid and tuition costs. Our staff members are also available to answer questions and help you through the process.

Financial Aid

Available Aid

If you are a degree student taking at least six credits (normally two classes) in a semester you may be eligible for financial aid through Penn State. Most aid is available in the form of low-interest loans, although Penn State Harrisburg also offers some grants and scholarships. For more information, please call the Office of Financial Aid at 717-948-6307. Many employers offer their employees educational benefits and tuition reimbursement. Check with your employer to see if financial aid is available.

Veterans under G.I. Bill®

Veterans who plan to use G.I. Bill® benefits for the first time should obtain application forms from their Veterans Administration Office prior to registration. Veterans should be prepared to pay tuition at the time of registration since the Veterans Administration reimburses the individual, not the institution. For further information, visit our Veterans Affairs Web page.

Tuition and Fees

Visit the Penn State tuition page for more information regarding current tuition rates. An additional information technology fee is also required, which supports unrestricted student access to University computing facilities, e-mail, Web, and key information services. This is a non-refundable fee assessed to all students according to the highest number of credits taken in a semester. Students enrolled in at least one course at the Penn State Harrisburg campus will also be assessed a non-refundable student activity fee. The purpose of this fee is to enhance the overall quality of the college experience from the student's perspective and is assessed according to the highest number of credits taken in a semester.

Semester Bills

Penn State uses a paperless bill paying system called eBills. The University sends an e-mail message to a student's official PSU e-mail account that the eBill is available to pay. Generally, tuition payments are due in early August for the fall semester and early December for the spring semester. Late fees apply to both full- and part-time students in degree status. Students may also access their semester bill through their eLion account.

Tuition Refund on Course Revisions or Withdrawals

If a student is enrolled for 12 or fewer credits and drops 1 or more credits, tuition adjustments will be determined on the effective date of the drop.

Refunds for withdrawals are based on the date of the last class attended provided an official withdrawal form is submitted to the Enrollment Services/Academic Records Office within thirty days of that class date. Tuition refunds for withdrawals submitted more than one calendar month after the last day of class attended will be based on the date the form is received in the Academic Records Office.

The following tuition adjustment schedule applies to course drops and withdrawal from the University. The University follows a fifteen-week semester calendar. The first week of the semester is defined as seven consecutive calendar days starting with first day of the semester.

  • 1st week–80%
  • 2nd week–70%
  • 3rd week–60%
  • 4th week–50%
  • 5th week–40%
  • 6th week–30%
  • 7th week–20%
  • 8th week–10%
  • 9th week–0%

For specific refund information, call the Bursar at 717-948-6009.

Accessing to other student services and activities As a registered student, you have access to our career services, libraries, athletic facilities, and all other University resources. Your student ID can also give you discounts at a variety of local vendors and organizations.

eLion

eLion is an important online resource for all Penn State undergraduate degree and nondegree students enrolled in credit courses. Through eLion you can: access your grades verify your course registration check your degree audit and transcripts manage your graduation process submit address changes, and more To access eLion, you must have an active Penn State Access Account.

Transcripts

To obtain an official transcript of course work, you must make a request in writing to the Transcript Department, The Pennsylvania State University, 112 Shield Building, University Park, PA 16802-1271. There is a $6.00 fee per transcript set. For additional information call the Registrar at Information Service, 24-hours a day, at 814-863-8500 or access the University Registrar’s home page at http://www.registrar.psu.edu/.

Textbooks

Textbooks will be available for purchase in the Penn State Bookstore at Penn State Harrisburg. If you are unable to get to the Bookstore to purchase your books, you may order them by mail or phone and have them sent to you for a $4.00 mailing fee for the first book plus 50¢ for each additional book. For additional information, call the Bookstore at 717-948-6286.

Penn State Bookstore Return Policy

  1. Incorrect textbooks must be returned within the first two weeks of classes.
  2. Books must be in the same condition as purchased.
  3. Books must have current price stickers or term code.
  4. Cash register receipt and Penn State ID are required. No cash refunds without a receipt.
  5. Defective merchandise is exchangeable at any time with a proof of purchase.
  6. Special orders are non-returnable.
  7. Refunds will be issued for all merchandise within three calendar days of purchase (receipt required). Exceptions: outlines, study aids, magazines, software, electronics, film, and prepaid phone cards.

Child Care

The Penn State Harrisburg Child Care Center provides early childhood education for approximately 65 young children ages 6 weeks through 5 years.

University Policies

Auditing

Students may choose to audit a course-no tests, grades, credits, CEUs, or certificate points (where applicable). The audit fee is the same as the course registration fee.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality of Student Records: The University recognizes the privacy of individuals and the confidentiality of student records as described in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. According to this policy, information that is considered public record may be released without the student’s permission. Students may request that this information not be publicly released by contacting the Enrollment Services/Academic Records Office, Swatara Building. Requests must be made in person with proper identification.

Vehicle Registration

The fee-based vehicle registration program has been designed to provide for the enhancement and maintenance of walkways, roadways and parking facilities at Penn State Harrisburg.

Fees

  • 1-11 credits $20 per semester
  • 12 + credits $40 per semester
    (discounts available on multi-semester parking permits)

Vehicle Registration Procedures

  • Walk-in: You may register and pay in person at the Vehicle Registration Office, located in the Susquehanna Building.
  • On-line registration: You may register on-line. All parking permits must be picked up at the Vehicle Registration Office, PSU Id is required.

For a complete list of rules and regulations please visit Vehicle Registration page

Smoking Policy

Smoking of any materials is prohibited in all facilities at Penn State Harrisburg except private residences.

Weather Policy

Penn State Harrisburg will delay or cancel classes during periods of inclement or dangerous weather conditions or other weather-related emergencies. View our weather policy for more information.