Costs

Tuition and Other Costs

To see specific tuition and other cost information, please see the tuition and fees table.

There are many payment options available for Penn State students. Visit the paying for your education section for information about financial aid, scholarship opportunities, and other payment options.

Payment Options

There are several payment options available to you:

  1. Personal Payment: There are many options for payment including a deferred payment plan. Please see paying for your education for more information.
  2. Payment Plan: The Office of the Bursar's Web site has a complete listing of payment plan options available.
  3. Authorization to Bill Employer: If your employer has a program or budget for employee education, you may be able to pay for your education this way. To do so, a formal, written authorization to bill your employer must be submitted prior to registration. Your employer must then pay your tuition bill within 60 days.
  4. Financial Aid: There are many grants, loans, and scholarships available to students pursuing higher education. To learn more about which options might be available to you, visit our financial aid page.
  5. Military Options: A wide variety of educational funding programs is offered by the U.S. armed forces. To discuss which programs are suitable for your specific situation, contact Penn State's Office of Veterans Programs.

For detailed information about how to pay for your online courses, contact Student Services.

The Value of a Penn State Education

Gain a Nationally Recognized Education

According to a Gallup poll, Penn State has been ranked as the 11th best college or university in the United States. In the eastern United States, Penn State ranked 4th, behind Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.

This means your education will be easily recognized and held in high regard anywhere in the nation.

Connect with Your Peers

You will interact with dedicated, goal-oriented learners, creating an atmosphere of high expectations and great cooperation and allowing you to build a network of contacts in your field. You'll also gain insights that you can apply to your job immediately as you communicate daily with your instructor and other students.

Experience That Counts

Penn State has more than 100 years of distance education experience in catering to the needs of adult students. Our support systems are designed for students who are geographically removed from campus, and our offerings have always received high satisfaction ratings in terms of course content and student services.

Support at Your Fingertips

Since many adult students must balance work and study, we provide extended hours for the support services you need, and you do not have to set foot on campus. Student advising and help with course scheduling and registration are available from World Campus Student Services. World Campus HelpDesk personnel are available to give you technical support when you need it most.

Convenient Access to Library Resources

You will be able to access one of the leading university research libraries in North America — Penn State's University Libraries system, which holds nearly 5 million volumes and more than 58,000 serial subscriptions. You can easily search the online catalog and review the databases of any library in the Penn State system.