Frequently Asked Questions

How many courses can I take during Summer Session?

Students may take any combination of credits during the three summer sessions.  Credits from the combined sessions equal a total of 18 credits, the equivalent of one semester.  6 credits during Maymester, 6 credits during Summer Session I, and 6 credits during Summer Session II would equal a total of 18 credits. There is still a 19.0 credit cap on registration.  To schedule beyond the 19.0 credits for the semester, the student needs to wait until the first day of classes for summer session. This has to be done at the Registrar’s Office.

How do I know which courses to take?

Summer Session is open enrollment. This means that you may register for any courses you like, but prerequisites may apply. To find out what courses are offered and to select your courses go to LionPath Course Search.

Can I take an online course?

Yes! You can take online courses from any Penn State campus, including Penn State World Campus, in the summer.

How many sessions are offered at Penn State during the summer?

There are three summer sessions and they include courses that range from four to eight weeks in length. Summer session dates are: May 8–June 7, 2017 (Maymester), May 15- June 26, 2017 (Summer Session I), June 28-August 11, 2017 (Summer Session II).

Is financial aid available during Summer Session?

For the availability of financial aid, you should contact the Office of Student Aid in 314 Shields Building, University Park, PA 16802. Phone: 814-865-6301.

What does it cost to take Penn State University summer session courses?

Click on Tuition and Housing to find out the per credit cost of summer courses.

How do I pay tuition and fees?

For payment options, visit the Bursars Office.

Is room and board available?

Summer housing is available for students who are registered to take summer session classes. You will need to sign a contract at for either Maymester, Summer Session I or II.

*For latest information on room and board costs visit, or contact Housing and Food Services at 814.863.5700.

Who can I contact at Penn State University if I have more questions?

The Office for Summer Session at 814-863-4174 or