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 Undergraduates: Breakout of Expenses

Full-Time Tuition and Fees Estimates

1st & 2nd Year Students $36,800
Upper Division Business, Science, IST & Engineering Programs  $40,800
Upper Division Nursing $43,100
All Other Upper Division Programs $38,600

Tuition estimates include $2,500 in undergraduate fees.  These fees include: Information Technology, Student Fees, and International.

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.

The upper division tuition rate will apply to bills of undergraduate students with a minimum of 59.1 credits, regardless of how earned.  For initial visa eligibility documents, only the 1st & 2nd year student rates will apply.

Tuition charges are set each July by The Bursar's Office immediately preceding the academic year.

Living Expenses

We estimate 12 months of living expenses to be $21,000 for an undergraduate student.  This includes approximately $1,600 for books and supplies.

The estimated $1,600 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 $21,000 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).

Mandatory Medical Insurance

The estimated insurance rate of $2,700 for the Spring 2019-Fall 2019 academic year was provided by the Student Insurance Office, using actual amounts as possible. 

More information about the Insurance Mandate

Bringing a Spouse or Child

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

Additional Spouse Expenses $6,000 Living $2,700 Mandatory Insurance $8,700 Total Additional Funds
Additional First Child Expenses $3,500 Living $2,700 Mandatory Insurance $6,200 Total Additional Funds
Additional Second Child Expenses $3,500 Living $2,700 Mandatory Insurance $6,200 Total Additional Funds
Each Additional Child  $3,500 Living     $3,500 Total for each additional child