Summer PaSSS Students

Pathways to Success: Summer Start Program (PaSSS)

Pathways to Success: Summer Start Program (PaSSS)

What is PaSSS?

The Pathway to Success: Summer Start (PaSSS) program is
designed to help you make an easy transition to college life while also
saving you money on tuition! Sign up for Pathways to Success: Summer Start Program (PaSSS) to:

  • Get acclimated to the Penn State Schuylkill campus ahead of the fall semester.
  • Earn credit hours towards your Penn State Schuylkill education, including two classes and extra opportunities to prepare you for college success.
  • Receive a scholarship of $250 per credit for six credits taken your first summer.
  • Apply and receive a summer job on campus to build your resume.
  • Meet classmates before the fall semester to help you develop a group of friends in your new environment.
  • Kick off your college career in a more relaxed summer setting.
  • Live in air-conditioned campus housing during PaSSS at the significantly reduced rental cost of $300 for the entire six-week session (housing not required).
  • Take part in exciting off-campus trips to New York City and other high-interest trips.

How do I apply for PaSSS?

In order to be considered for participation in the program, students must fill out a simple online application by clicking here. Applicants must be first-year students who have been offered admission to Penn State Schuylkill.

Applications will be reviewed and qualified candidates will be contacted by the admissions office with a decision on PaSSS eligibility and next steps. Candidates who are offered a spot in the PaSSS program must then accept their offer of admission to Penn State Schuylkill in order to confirm their participation in the program. There are a limited number of seats in the program each year, so apply now!

Which classes will I take?

First-Year Seminar (PSU 008 - 3 Credits)
First-Year Seminar is a required course for all students. This course provides an introduction to college, and to the resources and people at Penn State Schuylkill, as well as strategies for success in the classroom.

The Graphic Novel (ENGL 136 - 3 Credits)
This course considers the graphic novel as a literary medium which joins text and image. The course explores the aesthetic of sequential narrative, its methods of production and consumption, and its place in contemporary culture. This course will count toward general education requirements.

ALEKs Workshop (non-credit math workshop)
This is an individualized math workshop working toward maximum math preparation for fall 2018.

How much will PaSSS cost?

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition and Fees $3,456 $5,478
Scholarship ($250 per credit) -$1,500 -$1,500
Total: $1,956* $3,978*

PLUS: Students receive a $400 stipend to go towards books/fees/supplies and can earn up to $1,000 from an on-campus job!

*Additional financial aid may be available to those who qualify.

We recommend that you file a 2017-18 Free Application for Federal StudentAid (FAFSA) for the PaSSS Prorgram. Summer FAFSA Recommended Filing Date is June 15, 2018. This is in addition to the FAFSA that you may have already filed for 2018-19. Visit to complete FAFSA forms (PSU School Code: 003329).

Where will I live?

All students participating in PaSSS are welcome to live in the air-conditioned Nittany
Apartments at a significantly reduced rental cost of $300 for the entire six-week session! In addition, a one-time security deposit of $100 will be required for housing (this security deposit can be carried over to the fall semester). Students who choose to live in the Nittany Apartments will have even more opportunities to bond with other PaSSS students!

What is there to do outside of class in the PaSSS program?

Aside from the fantastic academic opportunities available at PaSSS, we have a fun schedule of student life activities planned for the six-week summer session. You can look forward to group meals, icebreakers, beach volleyball, kickball, outdoor activities, shopping, an amusement park trip and much more. These activities are open to both residential and commuter PaSSS students!

Does this program interest you? Click here to apply today!