eLion enhancements allow students to view financial aid 'to-do' list

October 11, 2010

The Office of Student Aid recently redesigned the “Student Aid Summary” on eLion by integrating a self-service feature that displays the essential next steps in the aid process for each student’s individual financial aid package.

The new features added to the “Student Aid Summary” include personalized status messages regarding the student’s aid package and a checklist of actions they need to take before their aid can be fully processed.

"In our effort to continually improve our service to students, we believe that this new addition will be very helpful to students,” said Anna Griswold, assistant vice president for Undergraduate Education and executive director of Student Aid. “This new feature will enable students to get the answers to their questions about the status of their student aid application without needing to call our office."

Students can login to the “Student Aid Summary” to access their financial aid award online and view estimated costs for attending Penn State. The “Student Aid Summary” reflects all federal, state and University offers of aid -- including scholarships, grants, loans and work-study -- that students are eligible to receive.

With the recent enhancements to the eLion application, rather than contacting the Office of Student Aid, students can simply login to the “Student Aid Summary” on eLion to:

  • -- Determine whether or not Penn State has received their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or if they need to make any corrections to their FAFSA.
  • -- View, print, or e-mail their financial aid award.
  • -- View, print or e-mail their estimated cost of attendance for tuition and fees, room and meals, books and supplies, transportation, and other miscellaneous expenses.
  • -- Determine whether or not their financial aid package is on hold and if so, what actions need to be taken to remove the hold.
  • -- Check the status of verification documents submitted to our office and check to see if any documents are still outstanding.
  • -- View the requirements needed for loan processing, such as loan entrance counseling or a master promissory note.
  • -- Determine whether they need to submit additional materials in order for the release of scholarships and/or grants.
  • -- Discover the reasons for their ineligibility, if they are ineligible for federal aid.
  • -- View the history of their financial aid awards while attending Penn State.
  • -- Review the total student loan debt incurred while attending Penn State.


Applying for and receiving aid can be a complex process, especially for new students. The Office of Student Aid hopes the recent enhancements to eLion will facilitate the process for students and their families. The office recommends that current students check their “to-do” list often, especially at the beginning of the academic year, so they can take any necessary action in order to avoid a delay in the processing and disbursement of their aid.

The Office of Student Aid administers all major federal, state and University student financial aid programs at Penn State and coordinates multiple funding sources on behalf of more than 71,300 students and sponsoring agencies. For additional information, visit http://www.psu.edu/studentaid online.

Last Updated October 20, 2010