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Parents & Families

We Are . . . Penn State! And our Penn State community includes parents and families of our resident students. As your son or daughter experiences the uniqueness of campus living at University Park, we want to keep you in the loop.  

Care Packages

Find out about sending a care package to your student—your son or daughter will love these treats from the Penn State Bakery!

FERPA Confidentiality

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of student education records. It can also affect your student’s housing contract. Learn more here.

id+ Card

The Penn State id+ Card is your student's access to multiple functions on campus - LionCash+, secure banking, and their way into sporting events, concerts, residence halls, dining commons, and more.

Important Dates

Look here for important dates on the Housing calendar.


Here’s where you can deposit LionCash+ funds into your student's account.

Parent Program

Welcome to the Penn State Parents Program—we want to be partners with you to ensure your student’s success and stay in touch with you—from your first campus visit to that proud graduation day.

Room & Board Payments

The Office of the Bursar is the place to go to pay room and board and tuition bills.

Visit Penn State

Find out all there is to do when you plan a visit to Penn State University Park, State College, and the Centre County region. Visit to fnd hotel accommodations, dining options, and learn about local events!