Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be a Penn State alumnus to live at The Village at Penn State?
Absolutely not. You’ll definitely feel a part of the Penn State family, though, with so many friends and connections to the University—sports, events and more! That’s why we say you’ll live like a senior and feel like a freshman.
Q: What does it mean to be a university-based community?
It's more than our close proximity. The Village at Penn State has a special relationship with Penn State University, giving residents exceptional benefits. Just the highlights:
- Advance notice of priority seating to entertainment and cultural events at the Bryce Jordan Center and the Center for the Performing Arts
- Special passes to the Blue and White Golf Course
- Special reservation privileges for indoor, clay and Sarni courts for residents who join the Tennis Club
- Use of the Natatorium for indoor swimming
- Exclusive presentations on fascinating topics by PSU faculty and staff
- Environmental education and nature programs at the Shaver's Creek Environmental Center
When you visit us, we can show you the full list of benefits you can look forward to at Penn State as a resident here.
Q: What is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)?
A CCRC is a particular type of retirement community that offers a maintenance-free lifestyle along with several levels of health care on one campus: Independent Living for residents who don't need personal assistance; Personal Care for people who require a little help with the activities of daily living; and Nursing Care in an on-campus Health Care Center.
Having several levels of care available on campus is an incredible benefit—it provides you with the security of knowing that, if you need Personal Care or Nursing Care at some point in time, it's right onsite.
Q: What is Life Care?
It's a contract that guarantees Independent Living residents lifetime priority access to all our onsite health services at predictable rates. Your costs don't change dramatically, even if your needs do. Life Care is a way to shield your assets from the skyrocketing cost of long-term care.
Q: Is Life Care the only financial option?
No, it is a choice made depending upon your financial goals and your need for health care security. We also have a fee-for-service option.
Q: Why should I move to a senior community now?
The best time to move is while you're active, healthy and able to enjoy everything we have to offer. People who wait until they're facing a health problem have fewer options. They're forced to make a decision in a time of stress. If you want a truly carefree retirement, don't postpone it.
Q: Is it easy to make friends at The Village at Penn State?
Absolutely. Look at our calendar of events you're sure to find activities geared to your interests. That's where you'll meet kindred spirits who quickly become fast friends. Learn from the experience of our residents. Even more than our beautiful setting, they'll tell you that the spirit of friendship is what really defines our way of life.
Q: Are pets allowed?
Yes, dogs and cats are allowed. We only ask that you respect the rights of neighbors and other members who might not have them. Some restrictions do apply, so please consult with the Sales & Marketing Department for details.
Q: What does it cost to live at The Village at Penn State?
Most residents pay a one-time entrance fee and then a monthly service fee, based on the residence and services you select. Another option is to pay a lower entrance fee, but have a higher monthly fee.
Q: What is the one-time entrance fee?
It covers the use of your residence and our community and health care services. We offer several types of entrance fee plans:
- Our 75% or 90% guaranteed repayment option
- Our traditional plan, a declining balance option
- Our fee-for-service option.
Refundable entrance fee plans offer an extra measure of asset preservation. They let you set aside a percentage of your entrance fee for your heirs. Please ask us for the details and then discuss with your financial advisor which plan is right for you. State law requires that entrance fees be completely repayable in the first 90 days, except for a processing fee ($1,500).
Q: Why is there such a wide range in entrance fees?
Entrance fees are based on the features of the residence you choose, including size, foor plan, and general location. Entrance fees also reflect area housing costs. They are guaranteed not to increase once you make an entrance fee deposit.
Q: How can I be sure to get the accommodation I want?
Concerned that you won't be able to obtain a particular residence? Don't give up. Opportunities regularly present themselves. The best way to get your ideal space is first, to call ahead to determine availability. Please contact a Retirement Counselor at 1-877-218-8204 or online here.
Q: Can I afford The Village at Penn State?
First, know that we have options for a wide range of budgets. Don't assume we're out of reach before you talk to one of our sales counselors. We work hard to make our community work for you. Also, consider what you're currently paying for maintenance and repairs, food, property taxes and other home ownership expenses. Total up your monthly expenses, then compare them to the cost of living here. We think you'll be surprised at our affordability.
Q: If I need transportation, what do I do?
We can provide transportation through our Transportation Coordinator.
Q: What is included in the monthly service fee?
Services vary per accommodation and include:
- Linen services
- Free wifi
- The wellness program
- Emergency medical support
- Maintenance and landscaping
- Use of all interior and exterior common spaces
- Educational, social, and recreational programs
Q: What is the policy for visitors and overnight guests?
Your children, grandchildren, family and friends are always welcome. Overnight guests can stay in your personal residence, or you can reserve gracious guest suites located within the community for a nominal fee.
Q: If I decide to live at The Village at Penn State, how soon could I move in?
It's based on the availability of the type of residence you prefer, but we will work with you to help you move smoothly, promptly, on a schedule that is comfortable for you.
Q: What are the entrance requirements?
To become a member of The Village at Penn State, you must be at least age 62 and able to live independently. Entrance fees vary according to the residence you select, but most members use the proceeds from the sale of their home to provide the entrance fee. Contact one of our Retirement Counselors for details.
Click here to contact us online or call 1-877-218-8204 to learn more.