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Whether you're the parent or family member of a prospective student, a senior, or anywhere in between, the Parent & Family Services program strives to provide the information and resources you need to support your student in achieving their personal, academic and career goals.

Getting Started

Find out if PennWest Clarion is the right fit for your student by visiting our Admissions Office. Also try taking a look at our Parent and Family Guide to see different resources that PennWest Clarion has to offer.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The Student Financial Services Office is your source for information on PennWest Clarion Tuition & Fees, the Financial Aid application process (includes scholarships, grants, and loans), as well as the payment options available through the university.

FERPA and Student Records

PennWest Clarion`s  Family Educational Rights and Privacy ACT (FERPA) Notification Statement makes students aware of their rights related the access and review of their educational records maintained by the university. Additional information concerning the Nondisclosure of Directory Information and the Release of Information Form can be found by visiting the Registrar's Office.

Orientation and Welcome Week

The Student Development Office works to meet the needs of all incoming students whether they are first time in college, transfer, commuter or returning adults. This Office also coordinates New Student Orientation and  Welcome Week. Additionally, the Center for First Year Experience offers resources specifically for new students.

Living at Clarion

Through the Center for Residence Life Services you can get all of the details on the different housing options PennWest Clarion offers from the Hilltop Suites and Suites on Main to Reinhard Villages and Housing at Venango. You can also learn about the university's housing requirement, request an exemption from University Affiliated Housing, apply for housing, get contract release information, and learn about the Flex Dollars. Additionally, instructions for sending packages to your student can be found here.

The Department of Judicial Affairs promotes responsible citizenship by protecting student rights, and maintaining the principles outlined in the PennWest Clarion`s Student Code of Conduct.

Meal Plans and More

Aramark is proud to be PennWest Clarion`s food service provider. By visiting their website you can you can learn about, and purchase, a meal plan, find out what's on the menu at their dining locations, access a variety of nutrition tools, and much, much more.

Parking and Campus Safety

The PennWest Clarion Police Officers have full police authority, are Act 120 certified, attend regular update and specialized training, and they provide law enforcement and security services on all university-owned property, as well as Reinhard Villages, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From their website you can get information about parking on campus, as well access the Clarion Area Transit schedule, and access the university's annual Safety, Security & Crime Statistics Report. Students can also register two cell phone numbers and two email addresses in the Eagle Alerts emergency notification system. This opt-in service is completely voluntary and is only used to notify the university community of emergency situations.

Health and Wellness

The Center for Wellness promotes students' holistic well-being and is home to the Health Center, Counseling Services, the Office of Health Promotions, the Student Recreation Center, and the university's Student Support Assistant.

Dates, Deadlines, and Things to Do

The Academic Calendar contains important dates and deadlines for each semester that students, and parents, need to know. CU CONNECT is the place where students can learn about organizations and events happening on campus. Individuals can also download the Corq App (from Google play or the Apple App Store), which is an easy and convenient way to access the CU CONNECT event feed.

Stay Connected

Through our PennWest Clarion Parent 2 Parent Portal 

Join our PennWest Clarion Parent 2 Parent Portal to get just in time information about university news and events. We have over 20 Communities (i.e. Parent of Student Athletes, Alumni, Parents of First-Year Students, etc.) that you can join to receive specific information related to your student`s involvement at Clarion. There is also information on our portal about our Parent and Family Services sponsored events such as our Parent 2 Parent Social and Family Day. 

Through our PennWest Clarion Parent 2 Parent Facebook page 

PennWest Clarion maintains a strong social media presence. Check out the university's Social Media Directory so you can follow offices, department, programs, and organizations in you favorite social media platform. Be sure to like the PennWest Clarion Parent 2 Parent Facebook page.  

Join our Parent and Family Association

Membership to the PennWest Clarion Parent & Family Association (PFA) can be purchased for $25.00 per family. Current memberships are good from July 1st, 2022-June 30th, 2023.  Families who join the association will receive: A Parent & Family Association Local Business Discount Card good for 10% off purchases at local businesses, a “Parent & Family Association Member” window cling, "free" admission to Association sponsored events, and access to a special "Members Only" community page and content on the CU Parent 2 Parent Portal. 

For more information on our Parent and Family Association, go to our PennWest Clarion Parent 2 Parent Portal. 

Other helpful links

Admissions - For Parents and Families                                            Athletics
Advising Services Center                                                                    PennWest PennWest Clarion Store
Career and Professional Development Center                               Libraries
Clarion Area Chamber of Business & Industry                               Writing Center
Disability Support Services                                                                Tutoring and Testing Center
The Center for First Year Experience                                               Visit Clarion                                       
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Parent and Family Services
267 Gemmell Student Center
Last Updated 6/22/23