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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

$6,234 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
69% of students receive aid
16% get federal aid ($4,997 avg)
16% get state aid ($2,700 avg)
29% get institn'l aid ($6,234 avg)
53% get loans ($7,680 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 $8,250 37%
Federal Grant Aid $4,997 16%
Pell Grants $3,916 16%
Other Federal Grants $1,419 15%
Institution Grant Aid $6,234 29%
State Grant Aid $2,700 16%
Student Loans $7,680 53%
Federal Loans $5,489 52%
Other Loans $16,168 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
  • 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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  • 3
  • 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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  • Collin from Pittsburgh, PA
  • Jan-28-2014 I am a current student here

    All this considered, $28k/year in-state isn't too bad for a top-notch education you get, along with all the extra benefits, networking, and resources that State provides.

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  • Hayly from Dillsburg, PA
  • Jan-21-2014 I am a current student here

    I do not think there is any other school I would have adapted to so perfectly. Already as a freshman, I have research opportunities and clubs associated with my major to enhance my education.

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