Employer Reimbursement and Tuition Deferment Program

This program allows participants to defer their tuition payments until completion of the semester, with no finance or interest charges. The program is designed for students whose employers offer reimbursements for tuition charges, upon completion of the semester. You must receive approval from your employer to enroll in this program.

If you have any questions about this program, you can contact the Penn State World Campus Bursar Office at 814-863-8300 or [email protected].

Program Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the program, you must be a student enrolled in a Penn State World Campus or Continuing Education course, and you must be eligible for reimbursement from your employer.

Submit Application Each Semester

You must submit the completed application, and your employer must confirm your eligibility, for each semester in which you plan to enroll in the program.

Application Process

To apply for the program, you must complete an application and your employer must approve it. Your enrollment in the program will not be complete until your employer approves. The application process works as follows:

  1. Submit the online application. In your application, you will provide contact information for your supervisor or employer representative who can approve your participation in the program.
  2. You will receive confirmation of your application, and the supervisor or employer representative you provided will receive an email request to approve your application.
  3. When your employer approves your application, you will receive an email confirmation. If your employer does not approve your application within 5 days, your employer will receive a reminder via email. 
  4. You will receive an email from Penn State World Campus confirming your official enrollment and providing additional details about the program.

Application Deadlines

You must submit an application for each semester in which you plan to enroll in the program. We must receive your completed application, including approval from your employer, by your bill due date to ensure that you do not incur any late payment fees. If your application or employer approval is received after your bill due date, you will be assessed a 1.5% late payment fee each month on the unpaid balance. Applications may not be submitted after the semester has ended.

Tuition Payment Deadlines for Approved Participants

Once you are enrolled in the program, you are required to pay your deferred tuition whether or not you have completed the course work or have been reimbursed by your employer. You must pay no later than the following dates for each semester:

Fall Semester: February 5
Spring Semester: June 30
Summer Semester: October 15

You must make your deferred payment online in LionPATH. After your enrollment in the program is confirmed, a hold will be added to your account in LionPATH, indicating your enrollment in this program. You can find your bill due date by viewing the details of this hold. Please note that even though you are enrolled in the program, you will continue to receive automated billing statements in LionPATH each month showing a due date later that month. These monthly due dates do not apply to you and can be disregarded.

We will remind you of your deferred payment deadline within the month before the due date. We may communicate with you about this program via email, text message (if you have opted in to receive text messages), and automated phone calls. If you do not wish to receive automated phone calls about the Employer Reimbursement and Tuition Deferment Program, please contact the Penn State World Campus Bursar Office at 814-863-8300 or [email protected].

Even if you choose not to receive automated phone calls, you will still receive communications about this program in other ways. We strongly recommend that you opt in for text messages from Penn State World Campus, as another way to receive reminders about this and other important actions.

Consequences of Late Payments

  • A hold will be placed on your student account, and you will not be able to order a transcript or register for future semesters.
  • You will be ineligible for this program in the future.
  • You will be liable for any late payment fees assessed to your account.
  • You will be liable for collection, court, and legal costs.

Penn State reserves the right to conduct random audits, which involve contacting your employer about your employment status.

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