Financial

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.

Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies: Breakout of Expenses

Full-Time Tuition and Fees Estimate:

All Programs (12 credits) $42,400

Tuition estimates include an additional estimated $1,000 for annual student initiated fees.

Tuition charges are set mid-July preceding each academic year. Current rates can be seen on the Bursar's Web Site.

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.

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).

Mandatory Medical Insurance:

The estimated insurance rate of $3,500 for the Fall 2020-Spring 2021 academic year was provided by the Student Insurance Office using current figures as possible. 

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.  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. Child insurance expense are have a maximum rate for 3 or more children.

Additional Spouse Expenses $6,000 Living $3,500 Mandatory Insurance $9,500 Total Additional Funds
Additional First Child Expenses $3,500 Living $3,500 Mandatory Insurance $7,000 Total Additional Funds
Additional Second Child Expenses $3,500 Living $3,500 Mandatory Insurance $7,000 Total Additional Funds
Each Additional Child $3,500 Living   $3,500 Total for each additional child