Frequently Asked Questions

What school code do I use for the FAFSA?

Please use code 003329 (the code for all of Penn State) when completing the form and double check to ensure you are completing the correct year (2020-2021).


How do I reserve my seat in the incoming class?

You can reserve your seat in the Class of 2023 by paying two nonrefundable deposits of $500. The first deposit must be paid prior to April 15 and the second deposit must be paid prior to June 15. Deposits may be made by check or money order, payable to The Pennsylvania State University. Payments should be sent to Office of Admissions, Penn State's Dickinson Law, Lewis Katz Hall, 150 S. College St., Carlisle, PA 17013. If you are paying your deposit by credit card, please use our secure online form. If you have any issues or questions, please call 717-240-5228.


Do I need to submit an official transcript to Penn State's Dickinson Law?

Although you do not need to submit an official transcript to Dickinson Law, you must ensure that an official copy of your final transcript is on file with LSAC. If you had not completed your undergraduate degree at the time of submitting your application, please be sure to take this additional step once your final grades are available.


What happens to my deposit once I matriculate?

Deposits are placed onto your Penn State tuition account and apply towards tuition and fees for your first semester. If you received a scholarship that covers full tuition, the deposit will apply toward your fees of approximately $350 a semester and the remainder will be refunded to you.


What, if any, requirements must I fulfill to keep my scholarship?

To maintain your scholarship, you must remain in good standing under the academic rules as well as the honor code. It is important to note that maintenance of good academic standing is a prerequisite for continuation at the law school and for graduation — not just for scholarship retention.

To maintain good standing under the academic rules, you must:

  • earn a semester grade point average of at least 2.0 at the end of each semester, except for the first semester of the first year;
  • earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 at the end of each semester, except for the first semester of the first year; and
  • in the first semester of the first year, earn grades below C in no more than 9 credits.

Additionally, because Dickinson Law places a high value on academic integrity, if you are found to have violated the Honor Code, you may be subject to a revocation of your scholarship among other sanctions.


Do I need vaccinations?

Because incoming students at Dickinson Law do not reside in University housing, they are exempt from the University’s vaccination requirement.


Who should I contact about classroom accommodations?

Students requiring accommodations beginning at orientation or for the first day of classes should contact the Office of Students Services at 717-240-5104 no later than August 1.


How do I obtain student health insurance?

The Penn State Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) offers comprehensive health insurance at a competitive price with a wide network of providers across the United States. The Penn State SHIP is offered through First Student College Student Health Insurance, underwritten by United Healthcare Student Resources. Dickinson Law students are eligible to purchase the Penn State SHIP if they are enrolled in one or more credit hours. The insurance premium must be paid directly to United Healthcare Student Resources at the time of enrollment and can be paid by credit card or electronic check. To learn more about the plan, please visit Penn State’s University Health Services website.


What is a loan origination fee?

Most federal student loans have loan fees that are a percentage of the total loan amount. The loan fee is deducted proportionately from each loan disbursement you receive. This means the money you receive will be less than the amount you actually borrow. You're responsible for repaying the entire amount you borrowed and not just the amount you received.


I borrowed loans to cover living expenses. How do I get my funds?

Loans will be sent directly to your Penn State student account and applied to your tuition bill each semester. Any amount in excess of tuition and fees will be refunded to you for living expenses. Half the amount you requested for the academic year will arrive for the fall semester and the remaining half for the spring semester. The fastest way to receive your refund is to sign up for direct deposit. Refund turnaround times for the direct deposit option is three to five business days after the loan arrives to the University, generally by the end of the second week of classes. You will receive access to enter your direct deposit information once you receive your first electronic bill in July. If direct deposit is not set up, a check will only be mailed to your permanent address, potentially delaying your refund further than the anticipated ten business day turnaround time for paper checks.


I am an international student. How do I start the Visa process?

International students work with the Directorate of International Student & Scholars Office for advising through the Visa process. Within 1-2 weeks of paying your seat deposit, you will receive an email from international@psu.edu with additional information on how to request your necessary immigration documents.


What should I know about parking?

Free street parking is readily available; however, we advise you to stay alert to days of the week when parking is restricted for street cleaning. On such days, parking is typically restricted from the hours of 8 a.m. until noon.

Parking in any Dickinson College lot is prohibited. Dickinson College Public Safety will ticket vehicles as necessary.


Bicycles

The Carlisle community provides bike-friendly routes, resources, and recreational opportunities. Students wishing to bike to campus should review the rules and regulations on the Bicycle Regulations website. When parking your bike on campus, be sure to park at places clearly designated by the presence of bicycle racks using a locking device. Any bicycle parked at Dickinson Law shall be parked at the risk of the owner.


Do I need to register for classes?

As an incoming 1L, you will be registered for classes by Pam Knowlton, Dickinson Law’s Registrar. You will not need to sign up for your classes on your own. Pam will be in touch with all incoming students in July with instructions for completing the Student Activity Guide in LionPATH. All incoming students must complete the Student Activity Guide before registration can be finalized.


When will I get my class schedule?

Pam Knowlton, Dickinson Law’s Registrar, will release the 1L fall class schedule in late July. Schedules will be accessible in LionPATH, and you will receive an email with instructions on how to access your schedule. For your convenience, we will also post the 1L class schedule on the admitted student portal when it is released; however, you will need to log into LionPATH to determine your section.


When will I be able to access my PSU email account?

You should have already received an email from Penn State with instructions on how to set up your Penn State Access Account, which will allow you to log into LionPATH (Penn State’s student information system), Canvas (Penn State’s learning management system), and any secure pages on Dickinson Law’s site. Please note that setting up your Access Account will not automatically give you access to Outlook (Penn State uses Office365). Penn State does not attach University email to incoming student accounts until closer to the date of matriculation. Accordingly, for the remainder of the summer, Dickinson Law will continue to communicate with you using the email address that you provided to us on your application—not your PSU email address. To update the email address that we have on file, please contact the Admissions Office.


When will I be able to access my course assignments?

As a Dickinson Law student, you will be able to access your course assignments through Canvas, Penn State’s learning management system. Please note that you will need to have activated your Penn State Access Account in order to log in to Canvas.

Because most of your professors will expect you to have completed work (usually reading) that they have assigned for the first day of class, we will post your first assignments on this page once available in August so that you can complete them at your convenience prior to Orientation.


I have student loans from a prior degree. How do I place them in deferment while I am in law school?

Federal rules do not allow us to certify enrollment until you are officially a student, which should occur on the first day of orientation. At that time, there are three ways to ensure that your student loans get put in deferment.

  • Take no action. Penn State will automatically send your enrollment data to the National Student Loan Database System to alert them of your in-school status. As long as your lender participates in the clearinghouse, this notification will be sufficient to place your loans in deferment status. However, please be advised that Penn State does not send this notice until after the University’s add/drop to update. If you need this requested sooner to avoid a September payment, choose one of the following two steps.
  • Request an enrollment certification on LionPATH on or after the first day of classes, and choose to have it sent to your lender.
  • Print an in-school deferment form from your loan servicer’s website and Rebecca Schreiber will be happy to complete this for you on or after the first day of orientation. You’ll then mail or fax it back to your lender.

Will I have homework due on the first day of class? If so, when and how will I be able to access my assignments?

Yes, most of your professors will expect that you have completed work (usually reading) that they have assigned for the first day of class. First assignments are currently being collected from our 1L faculty, and your first assignments will be available online via Canvas in mid-August. The Office of Student Services will notify you when first assignments are available. They will also be posted on this portal for you to complete at your convenience prior to Orientation.


How do I get my refund?

Sign up for eRefund from your LionPATH account. Student refunds can be electronically deposited into a bank account by logging into your Student Center and selecting "Manage My Account/Make a Payment" link. This will take you to the payment portal — on the left hand side, third box down, select the "Click to enroll in eRefund" link. A check will be mailed to the permanent address on file for any student who does not enroll in eRefund, resulting in a significant delay.


What if I don’t see my question on this list?

Feel free to contact the Admissions Office.