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Payment Options

 Students can review fully detailed billing and payment information by signing on to their myPennWest account. Questions concerning this information should be directed to the Student Financial Services office at 800 672 7171 (menu option 4), or 814 393 1071.

Students must know their PennWest ID number in order to discuss their account with the Student Financial Services staff. Students can obtain their PennWest ID by logging into their myPennWest account, going to the Student Self-Service.  The student ID is listed at the top.

Student account information cannot be discussed with anyone other than the student unless the student completes the FERPA and Proxy Student Access designating to whom the information can be released.

PennWest University has the following payment options available for paying tuition, fees, room, meal plan, and other charges.  Please note that we cannot accept payments over the phone.



Students have access to these payment options via their myPennWest Student Accounts Portal.  It will then transfer you to the PennWest University Online Payment Processor.  

Please note:  If you are having issues with your web browser, please follow the instructions found on our Web Browser Help page.  Visual instructions on making online payments can be viewed here.

  • E-check - This is the preferred payment method of most of our students. This is an Electronic Check/Automated Clearing House [ACH] debit from a checking or savings account - not a debit card payment.  You must have your bank account number and routing number readily available.  Check with your bank if you are not sure if you should include preceding zeros.  We also encourage this if using a money market account or line of credit.  They may require you to select checking OR savings - we cannot advise on that.  The funds will be requested and debited within 1‐3 business days.  While this option is a free payment option, we do have a Return Check Fee of $30.00 if the bank cannot locate your account (digits in wrong order or missing, choosing checking instead of savings or vice versa, as this process is completely automated and your bank will not be able to look for your account or assist in this processing) or if there are insufficient funds to cover the request.  We encourage you to enter these bank figures very carefully.
  • Credit Card - Pay online with a credit card using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card.  These transactions can only be processed through your myPennWest Student Account Portal.  We cannot accept credit cards over the phone or in person.  A nonrefundable convenience fee is assessed and retained by the credit card processor.  Information about the convenience fee can be found here.
  • Parent/Guest Online Payments - Parents and guests must first be authorized by students to use the above mentioned online payment options.  Students can complete this authorization online via their myPennWest Student Accounts Portal.  If you’re already an authorized user, you may access the secure Authorized User Portal.  Please note:  This site is for authorized payers only.  Students wishing to make payments on their account should access their payment center through their myPennWest Student Account Portal.


other payment options

Students may also pay their PennWest account balance with the following payment options:

  • Payments By Mail - Please make sure to include the student's PennWest ID number in the check's memo field and the invoice stub found at the bottom of the invoice, if available.  Check payments may be made payable to PennWest University and mailed to:  

   PennWest University
   Student Accounts Office
   840 Wood St.
   Clarion, PA 16214 


Returned Payments

In the event your payment is returned unpaid for any reason, a $30 Return Check Fee will be added to your myPennWest student account and a registration hold will be placed on the account until repayment is received.  Repayment should be made with a certified check or money order. Please include a copy of the notification you receive, make the check payable to PennWest University, and mail to:

PennWest University
Student Accounts Office
840 Wood Street
Clarion, PA 16214

At the discretion of the university, if an account has more than two returned paper checks or electronic checks, payments will need to be made in the following manner: 

  • Online:   Credit (convenience fee applies to credit)
  • Mail:  Certified check or money order
  • In person:  Certified check, money order, or cash


Fee Waivers for Students Assigned to an Internship, EXternship, Student Teaching, or Similar Program



using fta/eap federal tuition assistance 

Review GoArmyEd, Virtual Education Centers (Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard) for basic information and instructions on how to apply.  All FTA applications are processed at the unit level.  Contact your chain of command to determine who is the correct POC (this is typically the Readiness/Retention NCO).  Tuition/fees not covered by TA are the responsibility of the student and are due by the date indicated on the student invoice.

All approved TA Authorization Forms should be submitted to PennWest University, Attn.: Sharon Bauer

  • Fax (814) 393-2520
  • E-Mail
  • Deliver to 114 Becht Hall – Becht Hall Lobby

For additional information, please refer to these detailed instructions.

For information about financial aid, please refer to the Veterans section of our Financial Aid Eligibility webpage.

Last Updated 8/24/23