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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Clarion University of Pennsylvania tuition is $7,492 per year for in-state residents. This is 6% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 72% cheaper than the average Pennsylvania tuition of $26,599 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 3rd in Pennsylvania amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 127th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $11,238 which represents a 50% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $3,398 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $10,890.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,520 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Clarion should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,260.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,690 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,350 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Pennsylvania residents to go to Clarion University of Pennsylvania is $27,360 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Pennsylvania residence can expect a one year cost of $31,106.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for Clarion University of Pennsylvania and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Estimated Budgets
Pennsylvania Resident Total Budget $27,360
   In-State Tuition$7,492
   Other Fees$3,398
   Room and Board$11,520
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,690
   Books and Supplies$1,260
Non-Resident Total Budget $31,106
   Out-of-State Tuition$11,238
   Other Fees$3,398
   Room and Board$11,520
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,690
   Books and Supplies$1,260

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What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $27,360 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Clarion University of Pennsylvania net price for in-state students is $15,311* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

62% of Clarion University of Pennsylvania students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $6,369. 45 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,336. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Clarion University of Pennsylvania, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$15,311*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid62%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,369
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants45%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,336

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$13,344
$30,001 to $48,000$13,974
$48,001 to $75,000$17,612
$75,001 to $110,000$20,738
$110,000+$21,485

Average Financial Aid Mix - $27,360 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $27,360. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

27%
26%
47%

Grants and Scholarships

 27% - $6,369

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Clarion University of Pennsylvania or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 26% - $6,180

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 47% -  $11,121

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.


*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Main Campus20.1% more expensive
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania0% less expensive
California University of Pennsylvania0% less expensive
Lock Haven University0% less expensive
Shepherd University28.4% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Clarion University of Pennsylvania is $109,440 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $13,154 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $52,616**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $136,800 or $65,770 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,746
Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,680
Non-Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,619
Non-Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$15,553

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Clarion University of Pennsylvania are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Price per credit hour for Pennsylvania residents$312
Cost for one class for Pennsylvania residents (3 credit hours)$936
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$468
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,404
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,872

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Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 76% of Clarion University of Pennsylvania students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,180. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $29,410.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Clarion University of Pennsylvania? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $52,616, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $65,284.39. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 62% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $13,154. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Clarion University of Pennsylvania student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Clarion University of Pennsylvania Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$544.04
Amount Borrowed$52,616.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$12,668.39
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$65,284.39

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Clarion University of Pennsylvania? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Clarion University of Pennsylvania, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $65,284.39 would be needed to afford a $544.04 monthly payment in the example $52,616.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Clarion University of Pennsylvania in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $6,428 to $7,492. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.3%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $109,440.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$37,626$150,506
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$48,022$192,087
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $61,289$245,158
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $70,950$283,801

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Clarion University of Pennsylvania to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 83 12% cheaper
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 72 18% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 51 23% cheaper
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 50 19% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 46 23% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 40 54% costlier
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 31 63% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 30 23% cheaper
Social Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 27 34% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Associate's Degree 20 47% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 19 21% cheaper
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 17 50% costlier
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Bachelor's Degree 17 15% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 16 27% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 16 24% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 15 16% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 13 24% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 12 63% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 10 16% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 10 25% cheaper
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other Associate's Degree 8 45% costlier
Library and Information Science Bachelor's Degree 6 14% costlier
Labor and Industrial Relations Bachelor's Degree 6 28% cheaper
Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree 6 36% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 6 28% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 6 44% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 6 40% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 6 25% cheaper
Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 31% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 5 16% cheaper
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other Associate's Degree 3 71% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 3 25% cheaper
Real Estate Bachelor's Degree 3 25% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 3 31% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 2 15% cheaper
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Bachelor's Degree 2 19% cheaper
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 2 25% cheaper
Social Psychology Bachelor's Degree 2 5% cheaper
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 21% cheaper
Biological and Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 2 23% cheaper
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 2 22% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 2 25% cheaper
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 1 27% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 1 24% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 1 13% cheaper
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 1 66% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 31% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 29% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 33% cheaper
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary Associate's Degree 1 65% costlier
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs Bachelor's Degree 1 19% cheaper
Rhetoric and Composition Bachelor's Degree 1 17% cheaper
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 1 9% cheaper

Calculators

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About Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Clarion University of Pennsylvania is a four year public college located in Clarion, Pennsylvania.  Full time enrollment is 3,797 and part time is 1,427.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Address
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
840 Wood St
Clarion, Pennsylvania
16214

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Clarion University of Pennsylvania is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

Clarion University of Pennsylvania cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=211644 IPEDS survey data.