Recruiting and Registering for PAYS

Timeline of How to Sign-Up for PAYS 



Spring Odd Numbered

Survey questions available by request at

Superintendents receive notice of previous Years Fall PAYS administration

Online registration available at use the link emailed directly from Bach Harrison


Bach Harrison outreach to schools included in state sample

Recruitment outreach to schools from community, prevention, & education supporters of PAYS


PAYS administered in participating schools


Survey Return Deadline

Spring of Even

PAYS Reports released to schools and counties

The PAYS is administered every two years on odd numbered years. 


Administering PAYS 

Since 1989, the Commonwealth has conducted a survey of school students in the 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grades to learn about their behavior, attitudes and knowledge concerning alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and violence. The Pennsylvania Youth Survey, or PAYS, is sponsored and conducted every two years by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Please visit the PCCD website for additional information and all things PAYS.

Here you will find:

  • Resources to Register your School District for the upcoming PAYS
  • Sheet of each School District that is registered for the upcoming PAYS
  • The PAYS FAQ
  • The PAYS Factsheet