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Penn State University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$30,970 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$16,952 tuition
$11,230 on campus room & board
$1,840 books and supplies
$948 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$45,452 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$31,434 tuition
$11,230 on campus room & board
$1,840 books and supplies
$948 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$7,186 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
65% of students receive aid
13% get federal aid ($4,540 avg)
13% get state aid ($3,265 avg)
33% get institn'l aid ($7,186 avg)
47% get loans ($9,130 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 1.76% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 3.08% 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 $9,151 37%
Federal Grant Aid $4,540 13%
Pell Grants $4,117 13%
Other Federal Grants $1,425 4%
Institution Grant Aid $7,186 33%
State Grant Aid $3,265 13%
Student Loans $9,130 47%
Federal Loans $5,639 46%
Other Loans $18,366 9%

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 16802-1503
(814) 865-5471
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $706
Out of State $1,310


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Trae from Philadelphia, PA
  • Jul-14-2017 I am a current student here

    Although there is so much to do at Penn State, the university can be expensive sometimes. However, the activities, resources and areas there are on campus, it's worth the money. Besides studying, you can join any organization that you are interested in. You also can get to classes easier with transportation, especially if you aren't able to drive or walk to class on time.

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  • 5
  • Alvin
  • Jul-11-2017 I am a current student here

    Penn State takes off 65% off your total when dining, so everything is fairly affordable.

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  • 3
  • Jessica from Pittsburgh, PA
  • Jun-05-2017 I am a current student here

    Bang for the buck? Honestly this depends on if you're in-state or out-of-state and your general financial situation.

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  • 4
  • Kathryn - Malvern, PA
  • Dec-21-2016 I am a current student here

    I went here because it was a great school and cheapest of my options because of in-state tuition. Compared to other state schools it is expensive.

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  • 5
  • salvatore from montrose, pa
  • May-10-2016 I am a current student here

    there is no doubt in my mind that i have made the right investment. all of my older friends who graduated from psu were offered multiple jobs before they graduated. our alumni base is the largest of any other school in the nation, and that is key when it comes to networking and getting a job. i am going into my junior year at psu and i have already landed internships through the school, and i am trying to line up an internship for next summer in la... if you put your mind to it you can literally go anywhere in the world through psu!

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