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) $40,100

Tuition estimates include an additional estimated $400 Graduate Fees.  These include: Information Technology and Student Fee.

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 $23,000 for a graduate student.  This includes approximately $1,600 for books and supplies.

The estimated $1,600 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 $3,600 for the Spring 2018-Fall 2018 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. Beginning August 2015, child insurance expense are have a maximum rate for 3 or more children.

Additional Spouse Expenses $6,000 Living $3,600 Mandatory Insurance $9,600 Total Additional Funds
Additional First Child Expenses $3,500 Living $3,600 Mandatory Insurance $7,100 Total Additional Funds
Additional Second Child Expenses $3,500 Living $3,600 Mandatory Insurance $7,100 Total Additional Funds
Each Additional Child $3,500 Living   $3,500 Total for each additional child