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Penn State University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$27,714 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$15,562 tuition
$9,702 on campus room & board
$1,568 books
$882 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$40,016 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$27,864 tuition
$9,702 on campus room & board
$1,568 books
$882 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$6,031 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
67% of students receive aid
15% get federal aid ($4,539 avg)
15% get state aid ($3,273 avg)
30% get institn'l aid ($6,031 avg)
51% get loans ($7,869 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 4.49% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 3.48% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $8,168 37%
Federal Grant Aid $4,539 15%
Pell Grants $3,928 15%
Other Federal Grants $1,896 5%
Institution Grant Aid $6,031 30%
State Grant Aid $3,273 15%
Student Loans $7,869 51%
Federal Loans $5,508 50%
Other Loans $16,540 7%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: February 15
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Does Penn State University offer...
Prepaid Tuition Plan? Yes
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802-1589
(814) 865-5471
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $648
Out of State $1,161


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 4
  • Megan from Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Sep-15-2014 I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    From my perspective this school is definitely on the more expensive side. But of course it is sided with an amassing academic experience.

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  • Jennifer
  • Aug-08-2014 I am a current student here

    Being an international student, I am paying quite a bit more money that in-state students are. However, if I had the opportunity to pick the university I went to again, it would still be Penn State. The atmosphere here is lively and the student population is very diverse. The professors are very helpful as well as faculty members. For any international students, the department that takes care of international affairs is very helpful.

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  • Celena from Windsor, NY
  • May-01-2014 I am a current student here

    For an in-state resident of Pennsylvania this school has a very strong bang for the buck. You can receive an exceptional education for under 25,000 dollars a year and also have a huge pool of networks once you graduate.

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  • 3
  • Cassandra from Philadelphia, PA
  • Apr-07-2014 I am a current student here

    -Not gonna lie, kind of pricey here. I'm here on loans and scholarships. I personally think its worth it for my program. But do your research on your program and its merits and whether its worth the price.

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  • Sarah from Boalsburg, PA
  • Mar-08-2014 I am a current student here

    As far a pubic schools go, I haven't really compared it to much, but it seems a little pricey. Although, for the amount of opportunity you have once you get here it is totally worth it - if you plan on taking advantage of those opportunities, that is. If you want to get involved in research and plan to learn and do all that you can, Penn State is definitely worth it. A Penn State degree is highly sought after for employment recruiters so that is a definite plus. However, if you just want to get your piece of paper and be done with it, go to a smaller, less expensive school. Scholarships are seriously lacking here. If you work hard and earn a good GPA, your chances are higher, but even then, you won't get much help from the University.

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