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.

Law Schools: Financial Guarantee Requirements

12-Month Estimated Expenses for International Students

Penn State Law and Dickinson School of Law Chart

The information on the chart linked above is also displayed in the following text.

All figures cited are broad estimates used only for determining the year one financial guarantee requirements for the issuance of visa eligibility documents. Cost of living estimates vary depending on a student's personal situation and campus location. Students should expect these costs to increase each year and plan accordingly. Additional funding from the university is not available or implied.  

Some programs listed only admit for the fall semester.

Dickinson Law - J.D. $84,500
Dickinson Law - S.J.D $58,100
Dickinson Law - LL.M. $79,200
Penn State Law - J.D. $84,900
Penn State Law - S.J.D. $59,700
Penn State Law - LL.M. $79,600

The breakdown of the estimate figures is below.

Tuition and Fees

Dickinson Law (Carlisle) $57,500
Dickinson Law  S.J.D. (Carlisle) $31,100
Penn State Law (University Park) $57,900
Penn State Law S.J.D. (University Park) $32,700

Tuition estimates includes approximately $600 for annual student fees.  Please note:  Fees are different depending on location - Carlisle Campus fees tend to be lower.  Fees for the current academic year can be viewed on the Bursar's website.

The tuition estimates listed above are based on 12 credits which is the minimum number of credits required by the Department of Homeland Security to maintain full-time student status. Scheduling more than the minimum number of credits may increase your tuition charges.  The figures provided here are estimates only.  Tuition charges are set each July immediately preceding each academic year by the Bursar's Office.

Living Expenses

LL.M, Legal Studies 9 month Visa Eligibility Document (August to May) $18,000 Living expense estimate for 9 months
S.J.D. 12 month - 33 month Visa Eligibility Document $23,300 Living expense estimate for 12 months
J.D. 3 year Visa Eligibility Document $23,300 Living expense estimate for 12 months

The estimated living expenses include approximately $1,900 for books and supplies.

The estimated living and book expenses are based on figures provided to us by the Student Aid Office for the current academic year.  The figures include 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) depending on the length of the program.

Mandatory Health Insurance

The estimated insurance rate of $3,700 for the Fall 2023-Spring 2024 academic year was provided by the Student Insurance Office. Actual rates will be posted on the Student Health Insurance website closer to the start of the fall semester.

Read 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 pre-school children (ages 0-6 years) is not included in the child expenses figures.  As of August 2015, child insurance expenses have a maximum for 3 or more children.  The dependent rates will be reduced accordingly for the LL.M. and Legal Study degrees to account for the 9 month period.

Additional Spouse Expenses $6,000 Living $3,700 Mandatory Insurance $9,700 Total Additional Funds
Additional First Child Expenses $3,500 Living $3,700 Mandatory Insurance $7,200 Total Additional Funds
Additional Second Child Expenses $3,500 Living $3,700 Mandatory Insurance $7,200 Total Additional Funds
Each Additional Child $3,500 Living   $3,500 Total for each additional child