Penn State is a public university that receives some funding from the government and from taxpayers. There is, at this time, essentially no financial aid available for international undergraduate students.  U.S. Citizenship or legal permanent residency is a requirement for federal funds; Pennsylvania residency is a further requirement for state funds.

Altoona, Berks, Erie and Harrisburg: Breakout of Undergraduate Expenses

Full-Time Undergraduate Tuition Estimates

1st & 2nd Year Students $26,900
Upper Division Business, Science, IST & Engineering Programs $30,500
All Other Upper Division Programs $28,500

Tuition estimates include an additional $2,500 for annual cost of student initiated fees, and International fees.

The tuition estimates listed above are based on the minimum number of credits required by the Department of Homeland Security to maintain full-time student status (12 Credits). Scheduling more than the minimum number of credits may increase your tuition charges. The figures provided here are estimates only. Tuition charges are set each July by the Bursar's Office immediately preceding the academic year.

The upper division tuition rate will apply to bills of undergraduate students with a minimum of 59.1 credits, regardless of how earned. For visa eligibility documents, only the 1st & 2nd year student rates will apply, as this office is not able to determine the amount of acceptable transfer credits a student will have on record at the time of issuing the initial document.

Living Expenses

We estimate 12 months of living expenses to be $21,300 for an undergraduate student. This includes approximately $1,900 for books and supplies.

The estimated $1,900 cost for books and the estimated $19,400 for living expenses are based on figures provided to us by the Student Aid Office for the current academic year. The figures include estimated amounts for room, board, clothing, laundry, personal care items, local transportation, and so on. To obtain a Visa Eligibility Document to apply for an F-1 or J-1 Student Visa, we must receive proof of support for 12 months (federal regulation).

Mandatory Medical Insurance

The estimated insurance rate of $2,500 for the Fall 2021-Spring 2022 academic years was provided to us by the Student Insurance Office, using actual amounts as possible. Actual rates will be posted on the Student Health Insurance website closer to the start of the fall semester.

More information about the Insurance Mandate

Bringing a Spouse or Child

If you will be accompanied by dependents, you will be fully responsible for their support and additional funds are required. Medical insurance is mandatory for all accompanying dependents. University Assistantship stipends are not sufficient to cover dependents' expenses and are not intended to do so. The high cost of child care for pre-school children (ages 0-6 years) is not included in the child expenses figures. Beginning August 2015, child insurance expenses have a maximum rate for 3 or more children.

Additional Spouse Expenses $6,000 Living $3,400 Mandatory Insurance $9,400 Total Additional Funds
Additional First Child Expenses $3,500 Living $3,400 Mandatory Insurance $6,900 Total Additional Funds
Additional Second Child Expenses $3,500 Living $3,400 Mandatory Insurance $6,900 Total Additional Funds
Each Additional Child $3,500 Living   $3,500 Total for each additional child

This information is subject to change, and includes estimates only for the purpose of visa eligibility documents. Please contact for the most accurate information.