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Penn State Tuition & Cost Guide


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Cost to Attend

In State

$35,068

Pennsylvania Residents

  • Tuition: $16,572
  • Books and Supplies: $1,840
  • Other Fees: $942
  • Room and Board: $10,926

Out of State

$48,900

Non Residents

  • Tuition: $30,404
  • Books and Supplies: $1,840
  • Other Fees: $942
  • Room and Board: $10,926

*All tuition data is sourced from the 2015/2016 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Annual Prices

Residents of Pennsylvania pay an annual total price of $35,068 to attend Penn State Main Campus on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $16,572 for tuition, $10,926 room and board, $1,840 for books and supplies and $942 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $48,900 which is 39.4% higher than Pennsylvania residents. The tuition charge is $30,404 while room and board is $10,926, books and supplies are $1,840 and other fees come in at $942.



Financial Aid and Student Loans - What does it really cost to attend?

The average reported annual net price for Penn State Main Campus for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $24,220 in 2014/2015.

Aid Amount Percent Receiving Aid
Average Annual Total Grant Aid $8,945 42%
Average Pell Grant $4,145 13%
Average Annual Federal Student Loan $5,625 46%

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to Penn State Main Campus, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $85,368. The loan balance of $85,368 is a four year multiple of the $21,342 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $891 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 4.7%.

Example Loan $85,368
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.7%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $891.34
Total Interest Paid $21,592.72
Sum of All Loan Payments $106,960.72

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current published cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree at Penn State Main Campus to be $140,272 - assuming graduation in normal time. Our estimation assumes a 2.4% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Pennsylvania Residents $35,068 $35,907 $36,767 $37,647
Non Residents $48,900 $50,070 $51,269 $52,496

Per Credit Hour and Per Class Prices

We estimate the cost for a class at Penn State Main Campus as follows based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at Penn State Main Campus versus other colleges.

Cost Per Credit Hour Cost Per Class (3 credit hr) Cost Per Class (4 credit hr)
Pennsylvania Residents $691 $2,073 $2,764
Out of State Residents $1,267 $3,801 $5,068

Historical Tuition Prices

The cost to attend college is continually rising. The table below will provide perspective as to the historical tuition increases reported for Penn State Main Campus and what it has cost to attend in past years.

Pennsylvania Resident Out of State Annual Percent Change
2010 $14,416 $25,946 5.2%
2009 $13,706 $24,940 6.7%
2008 $12,844 $23,712 5.6%
2007 $12,164 $22,712 5.7%
2006 $11,508 $21,744 6%
2005 $10,856 $20,784 17.9%
2004 $9,206 $18,828 9.8%
2003 $8,382 $17,610 13.3%
2002 $7,396 $15,522 7.9%
2001 $6,852 $14,394 6.5%
2000 $6,436 $13,552 5.6%
1999 $6,092 $12,908 4.5%
1998 $5,832 $12,406 3.7%
1997 $5,624 $11,964 7%
1996 $5,258 $11,310 4.4%
1995 $5,036 $10,724 4.4%
1994 $4,822 $10,170 4.4%
1993 $4,618 $9,644 4.9%
1992 $4,402 $9,188 10.5%
1991 $3,983 $8,275 6.1%
1990 $3,754 $7,900 4%
1989 $3,610 $7,248 9.7%
1988 $3,292 $6,400 9.9%
1987 $2,996 $6,018 0%

Tuition Payments

Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan Yes
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=214777 IPEDS survey data for Penn State Main Campus.




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