The programs within Achieve Penn State are designed to meet students where they are and to remove barriers students may face along the path to a Penn State degree, so that students can succeed academically, graduate on time, and reduce their educational debt.


Students enrolled at specific Pennsylvania high schools serving low-income areas or those enrolled in the federal free lunch program, regardless of high school, can earn micro-scholarships toward their Penn State education by meeting goals that will lay a strong foundation for their future studies.

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Pathway to Success: Summer Start (PaSSS)

PaSSS provides an on-ramp to college for students at Penn State’s Commonwealth Campuses. In the summer before their first semester students learn about Penn State resources, establish connections, and earn credits that can help them graduate on time.

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Smart Track to Success

For entering students in Penn State World Campus, Smart Track to Success offers scholarships, mentoring, instruction on academic and life skills, and assistance in becoming engaged members of the Penn State community.

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Student Transitional Experiences Program (STEP)

The Student Transitional Experiences Program (STEP) supports students who are making the junior-year transition from a Commonwealth Campus to the University Park campus.

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Complete Penn State

Complete Penn State provides Penn State seniors across all campuses with academic and financial support in their final one or two semesters. The program’s goal is to help students overcome obstacles and complete their degrees.

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Sokolov-Miller Family Financial and Life Skills Center Mentoring Program

The Sokolov-Miller Family Financial and Life Skills Center Mentoring Program pairs undergraduates seeking support in financial literacy and life skills with experienced mentors who are affiliated with the University as alumni, faculty, or staff.

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More than 73 percent of all Penn State undergraduates receive some type of financial assistance.
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Summer success programs give new Penn State Lehigh Valley students a jump-start

Two summer success programs — Pathway to Success: Summer Start (PaSSS) and the STEM Inclusion and Innovation Program — give new Penn State Lehigh Valley students a jump-start on their college journey.

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PaSSS program primes Behrend students for academic success

The six-week Pathways to Success Summer Start program provides tools and resources that help Penn State students transition to college. At Penn State Behrend, students in the program also are eligible for Excelerate scholarships.

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Eligible students invited to apply for aid through Complete Penn State

Students who are one or two semesters from graduation and who are experiencing barriers to completion are encouraged to apply.

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