Coronavirus Information

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Vaccine Information

Penn State is strongly encouraging all students, faculty and staff to sign up to receive the first COVID-19 vaccine available to them.
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Learn how and where to get tested; how and where to quarantine and isolate; and more about contact tracing at Penn State.

Updated two times a week, visit Penn State's COVID-19 dashboard for trends in testing results for all campus locations.

Find the information you will need to have a successful summer 2021 semester and learn more about future semesters.

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Penn State was allotted nearly $85 million from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II as part of the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), which was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. As prescribed by law, $27.5 million of Penn State’s allocation was awarded to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants, matching the dollar amount Penn State students received last year under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Penn State distributed the CRRSAA student grants via two rounds of funding. In the first round, the University awarded grants totaling nearly $25.6 million to approximately 23,000 students. These first-round grants prioritized students with exceptional financial need, as required by the CRRSAA, based on data from the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who are Pell Grant-eligible were each offered $1,200, and all other students identified for an award were offered $1,000 each. Students who were offered grants in the first round had until 5 p.m. on June 1 to accept or decline the aid.

The University opened an application-based second round of funding on June 7 to disburse the remaining $1.9 million to students in need who were not identified to receive funding during the first round. As of June 10, all CRRSAA student grant funds have been awarded and the application has closed.

​Penn State's Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund reporting information is available here. 

Detailed information and guidance for in-person meetings, events and gatherings is available on the campus visitors, meetings and events, and tours page

Detailed information and guidance on inviting visitors to campus is available on the campus visitors, meetings and events, and tours page.

For now, we are strongly encouraging everyone in our community to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible and a dose is available. We are continuing to monitor developments and vaccine availability carefully and may alter our approach in the future if it is determined to be in the best interest of our community or called for by public policy. More information will be forthcoming through the Pennsylvania Department of Health (which is overseeing the vaccine distribution) and the University, and as we weigh the pandemic’s continuing impact on our communities. To learn more, visit the Vaccine Information page.

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