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.
Payment of Semester Bill
The Office of the Bursar is responsible for maintenance of student accounts pertaining to tuition billing, acceptance fees, charges, payments, posting of financial aid, and refunds of excess funds, when available.
An email from the Bursar's Office will be sent to your official Penn State email account when the semester bill is available to view and/or pay on LionPATH. No paper bills will be mailed. First semester student bills are generated only after classes are scheduled.
Receiving Tuition Support from Penn State
Refer to "Anticipated Student Financial Aid Detail" on your tuition bill. This section shows the most current known aid available. The total amount will be shown as a deduction (credit) on your tuition bill. Refer to Financial Aid and Your Bill for more information.
Graduate Students: If you have an approved graduate assistantship, fellowship, or traineeship that has not been applied to your bill, you will need to contact the Bursar’s Office via LionPATH through the appropriate semester bill.
Students Sponsored by Home Government or Outside Agency
The Sponsor Relations Office serves sponsored students and can help with meeting both your needs and the needs of your sponsor. All sponsored students must file a "release of information" form with the Sponsor Relations Office. Certain information cannot be released due to University or Government privacy policies.
Receiving funds from Banks Outside the United States
Penn State has partnered with Flywire to offer a streamlined and cost-effective payment method to send international payments. As Penn State's preferred international payment method, Flywire can save you money compared to traditional banks by offering excellent foreign exchange rates - allowing you to pay in your home currency (in most cases).
Pay your tuition in a few easy steps with FLYWIRE
Bringing and Sending Money from Outside the United States
We recommend you bring or send money from any country outside the U.S. in the form of travelers' checks, payable in U.S. dollars.
If you send money out of the U.S. or receive money in the U.S. in any form over $10,000, you must file a report (Customs Form 4790) with U.S. Customs (Currency & Foreign Transactions Reporting Act, 31 U.S.C. 1101, et seq.). Reporting transportation of funds above $10,000 should not incur additional tax penalties or cause other significant costs. Failure to report funds in an amount of more than $10,000 is likely to result in the seizure of the unreported funds as well as imposition of civil and criminal penalties.
International Student Fee
All new international undergraduate students (Fall 2018 and after) will be assessed a per semester fee while they are enrolled at Penn State. Refer to The Bursar's Website for additioanl information.
The resources generated by this fee are used to support comprehensive academic and student support services unique to international students. In part, these fees are used to meet increased reporting requirements by the U.S. federal government and other services needed to support the legal residence of international students. These resources are also used to fund services designed to enhance the academic experience of international undergraduate students, including programs focused on promoting the academic and social success of students adjusting to life in the United States.
Why do I have to pay this fee?
Since the fall of 2008, there has been a nearly 200 percent increase in the number of international undergraduate students who have chosen to further their education at Penn State. Penn State is committed to providing international students with comprehensive programs and services designed to help them thrive, and to get the most out of their investment in a world-class education. This fee will be used to support that commitment as Penn State’s international undergraduate student population continues to grow. All proceeds from the fee will be used to directly support international student programs and services at Penn State.