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 University Libraries resources
- LionPATH, Penn State's system that contains your personal, financial, and academic records
You will also receive a Penn State email account, which you will access using Outlook in Office 365.
When Will I Receive My Access Account?
You will create an account when you apply for admission, and this will become your permanent account after you accept your offer of admission.
Undergraduate certificate and nondegree students will receive an account within one week after their enrollment form is processed.
You will receive access to your Penn State email account, and other office 365 applications, before course registration begins for the semester in which you plan to start.
After you receive your Access Account, you can enroll in two-factor authentication (2FA). This will help to secure your personal information and ensure that the only person logging in to Penn State systems with your account is you. Learn more and enroll in 2FA.
Are Access Accounts Required for Noncredit Courses?
If you are enrolling in a World Campus noncredit course, you will be required to obtain a limited access 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. You can create a limited access account online at the Penn State Account Management website. You must have an active email address. If you do not have an active email address, please contact us.
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, through the fall 2019 semester.
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.)
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.