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Penn State University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$28,804 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$16,090 tuition
$10,116 on campus room & board
$1,696 books and supplies
$902 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)

$41,378 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$28,664 tuition
$10,116 on campus room & board
$1,696 books and supplies
$902 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$6,301 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
68% of students receive aid
15% get federal aid ($4,385 avg)
14% get state aid ($3,533 avg)
32% get institn'l aid ($6,301 avg)
49% get loans ($8,767 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 3.67% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 2.93% 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 $8,285 38%
Federal Grant Aid $4,385 15%
Pell Grants $3,894 14%
Other Federal Grants $1,809 4%
Institution Grant Aid $6,301 32%
State Grant Aid $3,533 14%
Student Loans $8,767 49%
Federal Loans $5,552 48%
Other Loans $17,796 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
(814) 865-5471
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $670
Out of State $1,194


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 4
  • Kylie from Swarthmore, PA
  • Aug-26-2015 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Although it is expensive, I think it seems like you're really paying for a true college experience. The education is great, and you will have a fun time getting it as well!

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  • Alexandra from MD
  • Dec-31-2014 I am a current student here

    Penn State nickel and dimes us for silly things like ice skate rentals and some of the bus fares, but other than that the academics, dorms, and food are pretty comparable for the price we're forking up.

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  • 5
  • Kristina from Greensburg, PA
  • Dec-23-2014 I am a current student here

    There is a reason that everyone who goes to Penn State says, Penn State is the best school on earth. Not only will you earn a degree from one of the most highly-regarded schools in the world, but you'll also be provided with thousands of other opportunities to branch out beyond academics. Moreover, the facilities, libraries, and housing are all excellent for what you pay.

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