Access Account and Information Technology Fee

A nonrefundable information technology (IT) fee — which supports the development and maintenance of the technology infrastructure of the University — is attached to all World Campus credit courses.

The amount of the fee varies, depending on the number of credits in which you are enrolled immediately prior to your first day of the semester, and the program in which you’re enrolled. (Use our tuition estimator to calculate your estimated costs.) 

Please note: The nonrefundable information technology fee is charged according to the number of credits in which you are enrolled immediately prior to their first day of the semester. Adding credits on or after the first day of the semester could result in a corresponding increase of the fee, but dropping credits on or after the first day of the semester will not reduce the fee charged.

What Does My Access Account Provide?

Your Penn State Access Account gives you access to the important systems and resources that you will need to use as a student:

  • Penn State online courses, workshops, and other resources
  • Penn State email
  • Penn State University Libraries resources
  • LionPATH, Penn State's system that contains your personal, financial, and academic records

When Will I Receive My Access Account?

Undergraduate degree students will create an Access Account after they receive an offer of admission to Penn State. You will be prompted to create your account if you would like to view information about your financial aid or transfer credits, or when you accept your offer of admission.

Undergraduate nondegree students will receive an account within one week after their nondegree enrollment form is processed.

Graduate degree, certificate, and nondegree students will create an account when they apply for admission, and this will become their permanent account when they are accepted. 

Reenrolling students who have previously been enrolled at Penn State and who have expired Access Accounts will receive an account within one week after they are accepted to their degree program (for graduate degrees) or to World Campus (all others). 

How Do I Activate My Access Account?

When you are prompted to activate your account, you will need to complete several steps:

  • Verify your identity
  • Agree to Penn State's Access Account, Library, and Copyright policies
  • Establish three security questions and answers
  • Create your password

Once you have completed these actions, your account will be activated. Confirmation emails will be sent to your personal email account and to your Penn State email account. After this, all emails from Penn State will be sent to your Penn State email account.

If you are unable to activate your account, or if you have any questions, please contact us at 800-252-3592, option 4, or 814-865-0047.

Are Access Accounts Required for Noncredit Courses?

If you are enrolling in a World Campus noncredit course, you will be required to obtain a free Friends of Penn State account, which will provide you with a user ID and access to any websites related to your course. It will not, however, provide you with a Penn State email account or access to other University services such as the Libraries. To obtain a Friends of Penn State account, follow these online instructions. You must have an active email address. If you do not have an active email address, please contact us.