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.

University Park Graduate Students: Breakout of Expenses

Full-Time Tuition and Fees Estimates:

Masters of Business Administration 12 credits $50,200
Masters of Finance 12 credits $47,400
Masters of Real Estate 12 credits $47,400
Masters of Supply Chain Management 12 credits $47,400
Masters of Accounting Analytics 12 credits $38,000
Business, Science, IST & Engineering 9 credits $35,700
Engineering - One Year Master's Program**  30 credit minimum $56,400
All other programs 9 credits  $34,300
Great Valley Graduate Center 12 credits $47,400

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, (9 Credits), unless otherwise noted. Scheduling more than the minimum number of credits may increase your tuition charges. The figures provided here are estimates only.  Tuition charges are set immediately preceding each academic year by the Bursar's Office.  

**The One Year Engineering Master's program is based on a minimum of 12 credits for the fall and spring semesters, and 6 credits for the summer.  Students are required to register for summer classes.  Please check with the department for the course requirements. Some programs require more than 30 credits, which will increase the annual estimated tuition fees.  

NOTE TO GRADUATE STUDENTS:  If your program requires or if you choose to enroll for more credits than the minimum required for full-time enrollment, you must recalculate the tuition and fees because they may be higher than what is listed here.

Graduate Assistants/Fellows:

If you are awarded an assistantship or fellowship which includes tuition and discounted insurance, ISSA will consider you fully funded ONLY if the stipend combined with any assistantship/fellowship award is greater than your estimated living costs plus your portion, (20%) of the medical insurance, or $24,100.  To calculate your financial guarantee requirement, subtract your annual stipend amount from $24,100.  You are required to show proof of personal funds for any difference.  Summer stipend amounts are only included in your annual stipend award when funding is guaranteed.

 If you are traveling with dependents, stipends are not sufficient to cover dependents' expenses and are not intended to do so. Graduate Assistant spouse dependent expense are $7,100 (including $1,050 for insurance). Graduate Assistant child dependent expenses are $4,600 for the first child, $4,600 for the second child and $3,500 for each additional child. This information is subject to change, and includes estimates only for the purpose of issuing visa eligibility documents. Please contact for the most accurate insurance information.

Living Expenses:

We estimate 12 months of living expenses to be $23,300 for a graduate student.  This includes approximately $1,900 for books and supplies.

The estimated $1,900 cost for books and the estimated $21,400 for living expenses are based on figures provided to us by the Student Aid Office for the current academic year.  The $21,400 figure includes 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) if the program will take more than one year to complete.

Mandatory Health Insurance:

The insurance rate of an estimated $4,200 for the Fall 2024-Spring 2025 academic year was provided to us by the Student Insurance Office, using actual amounts as possible. Actual insurance rates will be available on the Student 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. Health insurance is mandatory for all accompanying dependents. The high cost of child care for preschool children (ages 0-6 years) is not included in the child expenses figures. Child insurance expenses have a maximum fee for 3 or more children.

Additional Spouse Expenses  $6,000 Living $4,200 Mandatory Insurance  $10,200 Total
Additional First Child Expenses $3,500 Living $4,200 Mandatory Insurance $7,700 Total
Additional Second Child Expenses $3,500 Living $4,200 Mandatory Insurance $7,700 Total
Each Additional Child $3,500 Living   $3,500 Total for each additional child