Tuition and Cost to Attend Pennsylvania State University Main Campus

Annual Total Cost

The total cost for in-state Pennsylvania residents to go to Pennsylvania State University Main Campus is $28,804 for the 2013/2014 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't possess Pennsylvania residence can expect a one year cost of $41,378. The components to this cost are detailed below.

Undergraduate Tuition

Pennsylvania State University Main Campus tuition is $16,090 per year for in-state residents. This is 157% more expensive than the national average pubic four yearr tuition of $6,256. The fee is $7,205 and 31% cheaper than the average Pennsylvania tuition of $23,295 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 51st in Pennsylvania amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 85th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If you're attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $28,664 which represents a 78% premium.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,116 per year. If you elect to live off campus elsewhere in University Park, you should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,696.

Other Fees

There is an additional fee of $902 which is charged in addition to tuition.

Cost Itemization

Costs and Tuition Detail for Pennsylvania State University Main Campus
Expenditure Price
Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost$28,804
Non-Resident Total Cost$41,378
   In-State Tuition$16,090
   Out-of-State Tution$28,664
   Room and Board$10,116
   Books and Supplies$1,696
   Other Fees$902

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 academic years.

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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 $28,804 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out of pocket price you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Pennsylvania State University Main Campus net price for in-state students receiving aid was $21,342* for the 2010/2011 academic year.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

72% of Pennsylvania State University Main Campus students recieved grant aid in 2010/2011 to help defray the cost of tuition. The average total aid amount was $5,702. 19 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2010/2011 was $3,883. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Pennsylvania State University Main Campus, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Pennsylvania State University Main Campus
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$21,342*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid72%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,702
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants19%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,883

Average Financial Aid Mix - $28,804 In-State Total Cost

Estimated coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $28,804. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

5702
6837
16265

 20% - $5,702

Grants and Scholarships

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education or Pennsylvania State University Main Campus. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

 24% - $6,837

Federal Loans

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

 56% -  $16,265

Out of Pocket

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 2011-2012 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.


Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if Pennsylvania State University Main Campus is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 86/100 for Pennsylvania State University Main Campus. Considering an average net price paid of $21,342, this leads to an overall value ranking of 75/100. This places the school 89th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Cost of a Degree

When considering the cost to go to Pennsylvania State University Main Campus, 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 Pennsylvania State University Main Campus.

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 Pennsylvania State University Main Campus is $115,216 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 $21,342 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $85,368**

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 $144,020 or $106,710 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 2011-2012 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 Pennsylvania State University Main Campus.

Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$8,045
Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$14,402
Non-Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$14,332
Non-Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$20,689

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 Pennsylvania State University Main Campus 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 Pennsylvania State University Main Campus
Price per credit hour for Pennsylvania residents$630
Cost for one class for Pennsylvania residents (3 credit hours)$1,890
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$1,134
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$3,402
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$4,536

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Student Loans

The secondry consideration after understanding the cost of college is figuring out how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assitance, but student loans end up financing a singificant portion of higher education in the U.S. 55% of Pennsylvania State University Main Campus students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average Federal Loan aid amount of $6,837.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Pennsylvania State University Main Campus? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting finacial aid you receieve, 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 $85,368, 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 $106,960.72. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Pennsylvania State University Main Campus. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 72% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $21,342. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Pennsylvania State University Main Campus 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.

Pennsylvania State University Main Campus Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$891.34
Amount Borrowed$85,368.00
Interest Rate4.7%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$21,592.72
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$106,960.72

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Pennsylvania State University Main Campus? 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 condidering attending Pennsylvania State University Main Campus, 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 $106,960.72 would be needed to afford a $891.34 monthly payment in the example $85,368.00 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.

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Pennsylvania State University Main Campus 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.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Pennsylvania State University Main Campus in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $12,164 to $15,984. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 6.3%. 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 $115,216.00. 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 Pennsylvania State University Main Campus.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2019$39,612$158,449
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2024$50,556$202,225
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2029 $64,524$258,097
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2032 $74,695$298,779

Tuition History

What was tuition at Pennsylvania State University Main Campus five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
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

Cost for Popular Majors

Below are the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Pennsylvania State University Main Campus ranked by degrees conferred during the 2010/2011 academic year along with their estimated total program cost. Please consult the school's website for further information as actual costs for specific program may vary. Price estimates assume graduation in normal time. Our methodology for estimating these costs is a two or four year multiple of the current one year tuition and living cost of $28,804. Associates degrees are assumed to be completed in two years and bachelors degrees are assumed to take four years.

Area of Study Graduates Estimated Degree + Living Expense Cost
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 462 $115,216
4 year estimate
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 438 $115,216
4 year estimate
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 322 $115,216
4 year estimate
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 320 $115,216
4 year estimate
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 311 $115,216
4 year estimate
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 311 $115,216
4 year estimate
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 284 $115,216
4 year estimate
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 283 $115,216
4 year estimate
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 276 $115,216
4 year estimate
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Bachelor's Degree 254 $115,216
4 year estimate
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 253 $115,216
4 year estimate
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 229 $115,216
4 year estimate
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 225 $115,216
4 year estimate
Organizational Behavior Studies Bachelor's Degree 224 $115,216
4 year estimate
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 222 $115,216
4 year estimate
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 209 $115,216
4 year estimate
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 179 $115,216
4 year estimate
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 177 $115,216
4 year estimate
Biological and Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 174 $115,216
4 year estimate
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 171 $115,216
4 year estimate
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 158 $115,216
4 year estimate
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 156 $115,216
4 year estimate
History, General Bachelor's Degree 152 $115,216
4 year estimate
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 150 $115,216
4 year estimate
Human Nutrition Bachelor's Degree 142 $115,216
4 year estimate
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 142 $115,216
4 year estimate
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other Bachelor's Degree 136 $115,216
4 year estimate
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 135 $115,216
4 year estimate
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 132 $115,216
4 year estimate
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 129 $115,216
4 year estimate
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 127 $115,216
4 year estimate
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 125 $115,216
4 year estimate
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 121 $115,216
4 year estimate
Architectural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 109 $115,216
4 year estimate
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 104 $115,216
4 year estimate
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree 103 $115,216
4 year estimate
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 98 $115,216
4 year estimate
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 85 $115,216
4 year estimate
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 72 $115,216
4 year estimate
Labor and Industrial Relations Bachelor's Degree 67 $115,216
4 year estimate
Visual and Performing Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 63 $115,216
4 year estimate
Nuclear Engineering Bachelor's Degree 62 $115,216
4 year estimate
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other Bachelor's Degree 62 $115,216
4 year estimate
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 60 $57,608
2 year estimate
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 58 $115,216
4 year estimate
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 58 $115,216
4 year estimate
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 58 $115,216
4 year estimate
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 57 $115,216
4 year estimate
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 56 $115,216
4 year estimate
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations Bachelor's Degree 56 $115,216
4 year estimate
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General Bachelor's Degree 52 $115,216
4 year estimate
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 51 $115,216
4 year estimate
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Bachelor's Degree 51 $115,216
4 year estimate
Actuarial Science Bachelor's Degree 50 $115,216
4 year estimate
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 50 $115,216
4 year estimate
Natural Resources and Conservation, Other Bachelor's Degree 49 $115,216
4 year estimate
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 48 $115,216
4 year estimate
Pre-Veterinary Studies Bachelor's Degree 45 $115,216
4 year estimate
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 42 $115,216
4 year estimate
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Bachelor's Degree 41 $115,216
4 year estimate
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 40 $115,216
4 year estimate
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 39 $115,216
4 year estimate
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 38 $115,216
4 year estimate
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 36 $115,216
4 year estimate
Agriculture, General Bachelor's Degree 35 $115,216
4 year estimate
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 35 $115,216
4 year estimate
Geography Bachelor's Degree 34 $115,216
4 year estimate
Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 34 $115,216
4 year estimate
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 34 $115,216
4 year estimate
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 33 $115,216
4 year estimate
Natural Resources/Conservation, General Bachelor's Degree 32 $115,216
4 year estimate
Petroleum Engineering Bachelor's Degree 32 $115,216
4 year estimate
Materials Science Bachelor's Degree 32 $115,216
4 year estimate
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 31 $115,216
4 year estimate
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 26 $115,216
4 year estimate
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 26 $115,216
4 year estimate
Acting Bachelor's Degree 26 $115,216
4 year estimate
Engineering Science Bachelor's Degree 26 $115,216
4 year estimate
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 26 $115,216
4 year estimate
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 25 $115,216
4 year estimate
Toxicology Bachelor's Degree 25 $115,216
4 year estimate
Forest Sciences and Biology Bachelor's Degree 25 $115,216
4 year estimate
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies Bachelor's Degree 25 $115,216
4 year estimate
Food Science Bachelor's Degree 25 $115,216
4 year estimate
Forensic Science and Technology Bachelor's Degree 24 $115,216
4 year estimate
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 24 $57,608
2 year estimate
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 24 $115,216
4 year estimate
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering Bachelor's Degree 24 $115,216
4 year estimate
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 23 $115,216
4 year estimate
Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology Bachelor's Degree 22 $115,216
4 year estimate
Foreign Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 21 $115,216
4 year estimate
Agricultural Mechanization, General Bachelor's Degree 21 $115,216
4 year estimate
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 20 $115,216
4 year estimate
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology Bachelor's Degree 20 $115,216
4 year estimate
Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 18 $115,216
4 year estimate
Information Science/Studies Associate's Degree 18 $57,608
2 year estimate
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 18 $115,216
4 year estimate
Engineering, Other Bachelor's Degree 16 $115,216
4 year estimate
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 15 $115,216
4 year estimate
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 13 $115,216
4 year estimate
Dietitian Assistant Associate's Degree 12 $57,608
2 year estimate
Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree 12 $115,216
4 year estimate
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 11 $57,608
2 year estimate
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology Bachelor's Degree 11 $115,216
4 year estimate
Surveying Engineering Bachelor's Degree 10 $115,216
4 year estimate
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 $115,216
4 year estimate
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 $115,216
4 year estimate
Mining and Mineral Engineering Bachelor's Degree 9 $115,216
4 year estimate
Horticultural Science Bachelor's Degree 8 $115,216
4 year estimate
Human Development and Family Studies, General Associate's Degree 8 $57,608
2 year estimate
Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 7 $115,216
4 year estimate
East Asian Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 $115,216
4 year estimate
Forest Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 7 $115,216
4 year estimate
Soil Science and Agronomy, General Bachelor's Degree 6 $115,216
4 year estimate
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 6 $115,216
4 year estimate
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other Associate's Degree 6 $57,608
2 year estimate
Asian Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 6 $115,216
4 year estimate
Astronomy Bachelor's Degree 6 $115,216
4 year estimate
Agricultural Business and Management, Other Associate's Degree 6 $57,608
2 year estimate
Archeology Bachelor's Degree 5 $115,216
4 year estimate
Design and Applied Arts, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 $115,216
4 year estimate
Chinese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 $115,216
4 year estimate
Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management Bachelor's Degree 4 $115,216
4 year estimate
Agricultural Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 $115,216
4 year estimate
Medieval and Renaissance Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 $115,216
4 year estimate
Adult and Continuing Education Administration Bachelor's Degree 3 $115,216
4 year estimate
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 $115,216
4 year estimate
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 $115,216
4 year estimate
Jewish/Judaic Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 $115,216
4 year estimate
Turf and Turfgrass Management Associate's Degree 2 $57,608
2 year estimate
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Bachelor's Degree 1 $115,216
4 year estimate
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 $115,216
4 year estimate
Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 $115,216
4 year estimate
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 $115,216
4 year estimate

About Pennsylvania State University Main Campus

Pennsylvania State University Main Campus is a four year public college located in University Park, Pennsylvania.  Full time enrollment is 43,106 and part time is 2,127.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 45,502 applicants. 23,855 were admitted and 7,366 enrolled.

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

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