Penn State plans to offer prorated housing and meal plan reimbursements

West residence halls on Penn State's University Park campus. Credit: Patrick Mansell / Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As the University is navigating unprecedented territory with the coronavirus pandemic, Penn State realizes this virtual period poses a financial strain for many, and a financial emergency for some. To help alleviate some of these concerns, the University is planning to issue prorated reimbursements for housing and meal plans in some form. Details will be determined in the near future as the University is now focusing time and resources on the immediate challenges presented by the pandemic.

“We are grateful and inspired for the way our entire community is coming together to keep each other safe and healthy during this unpredictable time,” said David Gray, senior vice president for Business and Finance. “We are committed to working with our students and their families to help address the financial strain that this pandemic is creating, but we ask for patience as we are currently focusing our time on the challenges associated with bringing students home from study abroad programs, transitioning to remote learning, creating social distancing, and other mission critical and health-related operations challenges.”

Prorating for student refunds may differ slightly depending on circumstance and may take various forms (i.e., fall 2020 credit).

Students in need of emergency assistance are encouraged to review support resources available through the Student Care and Advocacy office within Student Affairs, which includes a link to the Student Emergency Fund Application. Students are also encouraged to contact the office by email at

Last Updated March 16, 2020