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Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$27,898 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$13,868 tuition
$11,230 on campus room & board
$1,840 books and supplies
$960 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$35,904 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$21,874 tuition
$11,230 on campus room & board
$1,840 books and supplies
$960 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$4,118 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
82% of students receive aid
29% get federal aid ($4,652 avg)
28% get state aid ($3,258 avg)
46% get institn'l aid ($4,118 avg)
66% get loans ($8,845 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 1.36% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 2.34% 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 $6,894 60%
Federal Grant Aid $4,652 29%
Pell Grants $4,178 29%
Other Federal Grants $1,743 9%
Institution Grant Aid $4,118 46%
State Grant Aid $3,258 28%
Student Loans $8,845 66%
Federal Loans $5,931 65%
Other Loans $14,276 14%

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 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona offer...
Prepaid Tuition Plan? Yes
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601-3777
(814) 949-5000
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $578
Out of State $911


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Michael
  • Dec-30-2014 I am a current student here

    Its the best situation for an out of state student that can't afford to attend the main campus. Plus you get most of the amenities that the main campus supplies its own students for academics.

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  • 4
  • Karen Cheung
  • Jun-19-2013 I am a current student here

    Before I attended Altoona, I didn't know what to expect. Since Altoona wasn't my first choice, I didn't go in expecting anything at all. But I'm very glad I chose this campus, because I met lots of wonderful people.

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  • 5
  • Zachary from Altoona, PA
  • Jun-19-2013 I am a current student here

    This campus being a smaller campus of Penn State University is cheaper than University Park. The knowledge you will get here will definitely help for a career or for when you may go to University Park for your last two years. Penn State Altoona offers a couple majors all four years here without going to UP. Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology is an amazing program and only offered at this campus.

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  • 4
  • Little Girl from the City
  • Jun-16-2013 I am a current student here

    Included in your tuition is the use of the computer lab where you get about 150 pages of free printing a semester or a school year. There are also clubs and the use of the gym. Take note do not buy books before you attend the class unless you are absolutely sure you need it; I made that mistake my first year (Also do not buy from the book store if you can avoid it so overpriced).

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  • 5
  • Christian from Duncansville, PA
  • May-21-2013 I am a past student here

    Even though it's just a smaller branch campus of Penn State, you're still getting a Penn State degree, and paying just a little less for it.

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