Students
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All Students are eligible to have a PennCard.

There is no charge for your initial PennCard for new students; there is a $30 fee for all others.





Currently enrolled or returning students

All currently enrolled and returning students of the University of Pennsylvania are eligible to have a PennCard. Please use the following procedure to obtain your Student PennCard.

  • Bring a valid, government issued photo I.D. to the PennCard Center.
  • You will then be issued a PennCard good for the length of your course of study as determined by your school.
  • There is no charge for your initial PennCard.

New Students

  • If you are a new student you may pick up your PennCard at the Campus Express Center in Houston Hall during New Student Orientation.
  • Law and Wharton MBA candidates should obtain their PennCards through the process communicated by their Student Affairs office.
  • All other students may obtain their PennCards from the PennCard Center. Important: A valid, government issued photo I.D. will be required in order to pick up your PennCard.

Students on Leave of Absence

Students of the University of Pennsylvania who are not currently enrolled but have not yet completed their course of study are eligible to have a PennCard. Please use the following procedure to obtain your Student-on-Leave PennCard:

  • Contact the person or office in your School responsible for updating Student Account Adjustments (SAJ), and ask to be billed the Special Services Fee for students on leave. The fee is billed per semester.
  • Wait 24 hours.
  • Go to Student Financial Service (SFS), located in Room 100 of the Franklin Building, and ask for a copy of your bill showing the most recent transactions. This bill should show the Special Services Fee as a pending charge for the current semester. If this charge does not appear on the statement that you receive from SFS, please give your School office another few days, or contact them to see when your account will be updated.
  • Go to the Cashier's Office located in Room 110 of the Franklin Building to pay the Special Services Fee. Remember to get a receipt.
  • Bring your receipt and a valid, government issued photo I.D. to the PennCard Center and you will be issued a Student-o- Leave card good for the number of semesters for which you have paid the Special Services Fee.
  • There is a $25 charge for this card ($30 as of Aug. 1, 2014). When you are once again an enrolled student you may turn in your Student-on-Leave card and a new Student PennCard will be issued at no cost to you if you turn in your unexpired Student-on-Leave card.

 

English Language Program Students

All currently enrolled English Language Program students are eligible to have a PennCard. Please use the following procedure to obtain your English Language Program PennCard:

  • Bring your embossed English Language Program letter of enrollment to the PennCard Center along with a valid, government issued photo I.D.
  • You will then be issued a PennCard that will be valid until the end of your program.
  • There is no charge for your initial PennCard.