Pennsylvania State University Main Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania


Costs to Attend Pennsylvania State University Main Campus

Are you interested in applying to Pennsylvania State University Main Campus yet wondering how much it costs or if you can afford to attend? Use our comprehensive price data and loan calculation tools to assist in determining if this school makes financial sense for you and your intended major of study.

Annual Cost

  • Total One Academic Year Cost
  • Pennsylvania Residents: $27,714
  • Non Pennsylvania Residents: $40,016
  • Cost Itemization
  • Tution for Pennsylvania Residents: $15,562
  • Tution for non-Pennsylvania Residents: $27,864
  • Room and Board or estimated off campus living expense: $9,702
  • Books and Supplies: $1,568
  • Other Fees: $882

The cost per year to attend Pennsylvania State University Main Campus is $27,714 for the 2012/2013 academic year. Residents outside of Pennsylvania have a total one year cost of $40,016. How much may your student loan payments be and can you afford to attend? If you are interested in learning more, request additional information to be sent to you from Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2012-2013 and 2011-2012 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2012-2013 and 2011-2012 academic years. Please consult the school directly for the most up to date price information.

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Estimated 4 Year Cost at Current Tuition

At current published tuition rates, the estimated total tuition and living expense cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree at Pennsylvania State University Main Campus is $110,856 for students graduating in normal time. Our methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a multiple of the most recent reported annual cost and does not factor in tuition increases.

  • 4 Year Total Cost (tuition and living expenses): $110,856
  • 4 Year Out of State Total Cost (tuition and living expenses): $160,064

Estimated Cost Per Semester

  • Pennsylvania Residents Total Cost Per Semester: $13,857
  • Non Pennsylvania Residents Total Cost Per Semester: $20,008

Average Net Price and Financial Aid

  • Average Annual Net Price: $21,342*
  • Estimated Average 4 Year Degree Cost: $85,368**
  • Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid: 72%
  • Average Annual Total Grant Aid Amount: $5,702
  • Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants: 19%
  • Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid: $3,883
  • Percent of Students Receiving Federal Student Loans: 55%
  • Average Amount of Federal Student Loan Aid: $6,837

*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.

**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.

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.

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Pennsylvania State University Main Campus is a not for profit institution.

Example Student Loan Payments and Costs

How much are estimated student loan payments for Pennsylvania State University Main Campus? Below are the costs for an example student loan if you borrowed $85,368, our estimated average net price for a four year degree. Note that this calculation assumes you 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 may 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.

  • Monthly Payment: $858.64
  • Amount Borrowed: $85,368.00
  • Interest Rate: 3.9%
  • Term: 10 years
  • Number of Monthly Payments: 120
  • Total Interest Cost: $17,668.90
  • Total of All Payments of 10 years: $103,036.90

Loan Affordability & Salary

Can I afford to attend Pennsylvania State University Main Campus? To keep student loan payments affordable, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income. When planning how to afford 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 these parameters, a salary of $103,036.90 is recommended to afford a $858.64 monthly payment in the example loan modeled above. 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 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 can expect to pay for a 4 year degree at this school assuming tuition increases along at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $110,856.00. Use our 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.

  • Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2019 - Annual: $38,113, 4 Year Degree: $152,453
  • Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2024 - Annual: $48,643, 4 Year Degree: $194,573
  • Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2029 - Annual: $62,082, 4 Year Degree: $248,330
  • Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2032 - Annual: $71,868, 4 Year Degree: $287,473

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost Per 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.

  • 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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Tuition History

What was tuition at Pennsylvania State University Main Campus for the past five, ten, fifteen or twenty years? Looking at historical tuition increase rates may provide an indication as to expected increases in the future. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

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

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 $27,714. 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 $110,856
4 year cost
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 438 $110,856
4 year cost
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 322 $110,856
4 year cost
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 320 $110,856
4 year cost
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 311 $110,856
4 year cost
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 311 $110,856
4 year cost
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 284 $110,856
4 year cost
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 283 $110,856
4 year cost
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 276 $110,856
4 year cost
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Bachelor's Degree 254 $110,856
4 year cost
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 253 $110,856
4 year cost
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 229 $110,856
4 year cost
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 225 $110,856
4 year cost
Organizational Behavior Studies Bachelor's Degree 224 $110,856
4 year cost
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 222 $110,856
4 year cost
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 209 $110,856
4 year cost
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 179 $110,856
4 year cost
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 177 $110,856
4 year cost
Biological and Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 174 $110,856
4 year cost
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 171 $110,856
4 year cost
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 158 $110,856
4 year cost
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 156 $110,856
4 year cost
History, General Bachelor's Degree 152 $110,856
4 year cost
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 150 $110,856
4 year cost
Human Nutrition Bachelor's Degree 142 $110,856
4 year cost
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 142 $110,856
4 year cost
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other Bachelor's Degree 136 $110,856
4 year cost
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 135 $110,856
4 year cost
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 132 $110,856
4 year cost
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 129 $110,856
4 year cost
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 127 $110,856
4 year cost
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 125 $110,856
4 year cost
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 121 $110,856
4 year cost
Architectural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 109 $110,856
4 year cost
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 104 $110,856
4 year cost
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree 103 $110,856
4 year cost
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 98 $110,856
4 year cost
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 85 $110,856
4 year cost
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 72 $110,856
4 year cost
Labor and Industrial Relations Bachelor's Degree 67 $110,856
4 year cost
Visual and Performing Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 63 $110,856
4 year cost
Nuclear Engineering Bachelor's Degree 62 $110,856
4 year cost
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other Bachelor's Degree 62 $110,856
4 year cost
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 58 $110,856
4 year cost
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 58 $110,856
4 year cost
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 58 $110,856
4 year cost
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 57 $110,856
4 year cost
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 56 $110,856
4 year cost
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations Bachelor's Degree 56 $110,856
4 year cost
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General Bachelor's Degree 52 $110,856
4 year cost
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 51 $110,856
4 year cost
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Bachelor's Degree 51 $110,856
4 year cost
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 50 $110,856
4 year cost
Actuarial Science Bachelor's Degree 50 $110,856
4 year cost
Natural Resources and Conservation, Other Bachelor's Degree 49 $110,856
4 year cost
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 48 $110,856
4 year cost
Pre-Veterinary Studies Bachelor's Degree 45 $110,856
4 year cost
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 42 $110,856
4 year cost
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Bachelor's Degree 41 $110,856
4 year cost
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 40 $110,856
4 year cost
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 39 $110,856
4 year cost
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 38 $110,856
4 year cost
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 36 $110,856
4 year cost
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 35 $110,856
4 year cost
Agriculture, General Bachelor's Degree 35 $110,856
4 year cost
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 34 $110,856
4 year cost
Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 34 $110,856
4 year cost
Geography Bachelor's Degree 34 $110,856
4 year cost
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 33 $110,856
4 year cost
Natural Resources/Conservation, General Bachelor's Degree 32 $110,856
4 year cost
Petroleum Engineering Bachelor's Degree 32 $110,856
4 year cost
Materials Science Bachelor's Degree 32 $110,856
4 year cost
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 31 $110,856
4 year cost
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 31 $110,856
4 year cost
Engineering Science Bachelor's Degree 26 $110,856
4 year cost
Acting Bachelor's Degree 26 $110,856
4 year cost
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 26 $110,856
4 year cost
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 26 $110,856
4 year cost
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 26 $110,856
4 year cost
Toxicology Bachelor's Degree 25 $110,856
4 year cost
Forest Sciences and Biology Bachelor's Degree 25 $110,856
4 year cost
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies Bachelor's Degree 25 $110,856
4 year cost
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 25 $110,856
4 year cost
Food Science Bachelor's Degree 25 $110,856
4 year cost
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 24 $110,856
4 year cost
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering Bachelor's Degree 24 $110,856
4 year cost
Forensic Science and Technology Bachelor's Degree 24 $110,856
4 year cost
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 23 $110,856
4 year cost
Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology Bachelor's Degree 22 $110,856
4 year cost
Agricultural Mechanization, General Bachelor's Degree 21 $110,856
4 year cost
Foreign Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 21 $110,856
4 year cost
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology Bachelor's Degree 20 $110,856
4 year cost
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 20 $110,856
4 year cost
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 18 $110,856
4 year cost
Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 18 $110,856
4 year cost
Information Science/Studies Associate's Degree 18 $55,428
2 year cost
Engineering, Other Bachelor's Degree 16 $110,856
4 year cost
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 15 $110,856
4 year cost
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 13 $110,856
4 year cost
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 13 $110,856
4 year cost
Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree 12 $110,856
4 year cost
Dietitian Assistant Associate's Degree 12 $55,428
2 year cost
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology Bachelor's Degree 11 $110,856
4 year cost
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 11 $55,428
2 year cost
Surveying Engineering Bachelor's Degree 10 $110,856
4 year cost
Mining and Mineral Engineering Bachelor's Degree 9 $110,856
4 year cost
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 $110,856
4 year cost
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 $110,856
4 year cost
Horticultural Science Bachelor's Degree 8 $110,856
4 year cost
Human Development and Family Studies, General Associate's Degree 8 $55,428
2 year cost
Forest Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 7 $110,856
4 year cost
East Asian Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 $110,856
4 year cost
Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 7 $110,856
4 year cost
Soil Science and Agronomy, General Bachelor's Degree 6 $110,856
4 year cost
Asian Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 6 $110,856
4 year cost
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other Associate's Degree 6 $55,428
2 year cost
Astronomy Bachelor's Degree 6 $110,856
4 year cost
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 6 $110,856
4 year cost
Agricultural Business and Management, Other Associate's Degree 6 $55,428
2 year cost
Design and Applied Arts, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 $110,856
4 year cost
Archeology Bachelor's Degree 5 $110,856
4 year cost
Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management Bachelor's Degree 4 $110,856
4 year cost
Medieval and Renaissance Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 $110,856
4 year cost
Chinese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 $110,856
4 year cost
Agricultural Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 $110,856
4 year cost
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 $110,856
4 year cost
Jewish/Judaic Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 $110,856
4 year cost
Adult and Continuing Education Administration Bachelor's Degree 3 $110,856
4 year cost
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 $110,856
4 year cost
Turf and Turfgrass Management Associate's Degree 2 $55,428
2 year cost
Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 $110,856
4 year cost
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 $110,856
4 year cost
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 $110,856
4 year cost
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Bachelor's Degree 1 $110,856
4 year cost

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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  • 201 Old Main
  • University Park, Pennsylvania
  • 16802-1589

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