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  1. We're considering Penn State DuBois as our child's college choice. Do you recommend visiting the campus before applying, and how can we arrange a visit?

  2. When should my child submit her/his application for admissions?

  3. Will it help if a family member graduated from Penn State?

  4. How will Penn State DuBois notify my child of its decision regarding the application for admission?

  5. Are admission requirements for out-of-state students different than those for in-state students?

  6. When will my child need to "transfer" to University Park campus?

  7. How much access will my child have to faculty?

  8. Can my child start and finish his/her entire education at Penn State DuBois?

  9. Is help available if my child is having trouble in class?

  10. Can my child live on campus, and if so, can he/she bring a car?

  11. My child has a disability. Whom should we contact at Penn State DuBois to discuss disability issues?

  12. How much does it cost to attend Penn State DuBois?

  13. How can I find out if my child is eligible for financial aid?

  14. What is the Penn State DuBois Federal school code number?

  15. What is the deadline for applying for financial aid?

  16. If we own a house in Pennsylvania, are we eligible for PA residency?

  17. Will I have access to my child's grades?

  18. How can I notify may health insurance company that my child is a full-time student?

  19. What if I cannot pay my child's tuition bill by the due date?

  20. How safe is the campus?

 

  1. Q: We're considering Penn State DuBois as our child's college choice. Do you recommend visiting the campus before applying, and how can we arrange a visit?

    1. Penn State DuBois can be found in Clearfield County in western Pennsylvania. It is located along Route 255 between Exits 97 and 101 of Interstate 80.


      Click here for directions.

      We definitely recommend that you and your child visit our campus, either before applying or immediately after submitting an application. A student Lion Ambassador will happily give you a tour of the campus and answer any questions you may have, and an admissions counselor will explain the application and admissions process. A student aid counselor is also available to discuss any concerns regarding financing your child's education.

      You can contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-345-ROAR or (814) 375-4720 to schedule an appointment or send us an e-mail at duboisinfo@psu.edu.  For more information, you can also visit us on the World Wide Web at:  www.ds.psu.edu.


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  2. Q: When should my child submit her/his application for admissions?

    1. We recommend that applications for first-year admission be submitted by November 30. Applications will be accepted after that and will be evaluated in a rolling fashion. Transfer admission applications should be submitted as soon as possible prior to the start of the desired semester, due to the lengthier evaluation of transfer credit process.


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  3. Q: Will it help if a family member graduated from Penn State?

    1. If a parent, grandparent, sibling, spouse or child is an alumus/na of Penn State, this will be taken into consideration.


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  4. Q: How will Penn State DuBois notify my child of its decision regarding the application for admission?

    1. All students are notified through the mail regarding the outcome of the application evaluation.


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  5. Q: Are admission requirements for out-of-state students different than those for in-state students?

    1. No, all students are evaluated in the same manner.


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  6. Q: When will my child need to "transfer" to University Park campus?

    1. We never use the term "transfer" to describe the process of relocating from one campus location to another. That's because at Penn State University, every campus location is equal. Every credit earned at a campus is equal to credits offered at University Park, and students who begin their studies at a campus location are on equal footing with their counterparts at University Park when it comes to Entrance to Major in the junior year.


      At Penn State, the process of relocating from one campus to another is called Change of Location, and this typically takes place after completing the first two years of full-time study toward a baccalaureate degree. Change of Location requests submitted prior to the completion of two years of study are only granted in extreme cases in which the student would not be able to meet the curricular requirements of the choosen major.


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  7. Q: How much access will my child have to faculty?

    1. With an average clas size of just 24 students, students find it easy to keep in touch and develop strong relationships with faculty. All faculty keep office hours equal to the hours they are in the classroom. Information about the faculty member's office hours is always included in the course syllabus, and students are encouraged to take advantage of this time. In addition, e-mail has opened up a whole new avenue for communication between students and faculty, making it even easier to stay in touch.


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  8. Q: Can my child start and finish his/her entire education at Penn State DuBois?

    1. Sometimes. Typically, your child will complete the first two years of nearly all of Penn State's 160 degree programs at the DuBois campus. The final two years of these programs can be finished at Penn State University Park or at a variety of other Penn State campuses.

      In addition, the campus offers all four years of three baccalaureate degrees:  Business, Human Development and Family Studies, and Letters, Arts, and Sciences.  In addition, ten associate degree programs can  be started and finished entirely at Penn State DuBois. These programs include Business Administration, Electrical Engineering Technology, Human Development and Family Studies, Information Sciences and Technology, Letters, Arts, and Sciences, Materials Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Wildlife Technology (offered exclusively at Penn State DuBois).
       
      Engineering technology students can also earn simultaneous associate degrees in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Materials Engineering Technology.   Offered only at Penn State DuBois, this program lets students earn both degrees in just three years.
       


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  9. Q: Is help available if my child is having trouble in class?

    1. The Learning Center at Penn State DuBois is a resource for students who are having difficulty with a particular course as well as for students who aim to maintain a high academic standing. The Learning Center provides information and academic enrichment for all students seeking assistance in writing, math, science, and nearly all other courses offered at Penn State DuBois.  Assistance may be provided by a professional academic assistant or by a trained student assistant.  All services offered at the Learning Center are free.


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  10. Q: Can my child live on campus, and if so, can he/she bring a car?

    1. Penn State DuBois is a commuter campus.  As such, there is no on-campus housing.  For those students who live a distance from the campus and would like to find housing nearby, we offer a Guide to Area Housing which can be accessed at www.ds.psu.edu/StudentAffairs/Admissions/housing.html


      Yes, your child can bring a car with them and parking is both plentiful and free with a student parking pass.


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  11. Q: My child has a disability. Whom should we contact at Penn State DuBois to discuss disability issues?

    1. Penn State is committed to providing access to a quality education for students, including those with documented disabilities. The campus disability coordinator is Carol Rembacki in the Learning Center.  She can be reached at (814) 375-4823 or 1-800-346-ROAR.


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  12. Q: How much does it cost to attend Penn State DuBois?

    1. Penn State offers an excellent value for a quality education with a worldwide reputation for excellence. Penn State establishes tuition rates and fees for all students each year in July. To calculate the most accurate tuition for your child, consult the online Tuition Calculator.    


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  13. Q: How can I find out if my child is eligible for financial aid?

    1. To be considered for student aid, all Penn State students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web. This is the only financial aid application Penn State requires.


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  14. Q: What is the Penn State DuBois Federal school code number?

    1. 003329. This is the same code used for the entire University, and it is described on the application as Penn State University Park. Don't worry, though, this number is correct. All financial aid is processed centrally through the Office of Student Aid at the University Park campus.


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  15. Q: What is the deadline for applying for financial aid?

    1. Penn State recommends that first-year students submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web by February 15 for maximum consideration of all student aid programs.  Returning students should submit a FAFSA renewal by April 15.


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  16. Q: If we own a house in Pennsylvania, are we eligible for PA residency?

    1. To qualify for in-state tuition, your family needs to reside in Pennsylvania. Owning a house in Pennsylvania alone does not qualify a student for PA residency tuition. To change your child's status from out-of-state to in-state, you will need proof of residency, including PA income tax and Federal income tax forms for the most current year. 


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  17. Q: Will I have access to my child's grades?

    1. Due to federal regulations, parents do not have access to their child's grades. Only if the student gives written permission to the Registrar's office can grades be released to parents.


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  18. Q: How can I notify may health insurance company that my child is a full-time student?

    1. The simpliest way is for your child to request an enrollment verification via e-Lion. A verification statement will be mailed either to your home or any address your request within 2-3 days.

       


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  19. Q: What if I cannot pay my child's tuition bill by the due date?

    1. Penn State offers a Deferred Payment Plan that allows you the convenience of splitting your tuition bill into three payments. Instructions for the Deferred Payment Plan appear on the semester bill. A $45 fee per semester is required.


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  20. Q: How safe is the campus?


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