Cost and Aid

Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) relating to Cost and Aid for students and families interested in joining the Penn State community. 

What is the tuition at Penn State?

Tuition rates may vary year-to-year. Review our current tuition information to update rates and to and explore our tools for estimating cost at Penn State.

How do I apply for financial aid?

To be eligible for financial aid, students must fill out a FAFSA form. Find more information by visiting the Office of Student Aid.

What are the room and board fees?

Room and board fees can be part of the cost of attending Penn State. Please review our Tuition information to find our current rates and explore our tools for estimating the cost of attendance at Penn State. 

Can I apply for a scholarship without being admitted?

Yes! Penn State encourages students to submit the FASFA for various merit and need-based aid opportunities. Students can also apply to additional internal and external scholarship opportunities prior to receiving an admissions decision. Please review our Penn State Scholarship Information

What is the Provost Award?

The Provost Award is a four-year award available to First Year students at Penn State’s 20 undergraduate campuses, excluding World Campus. Both Pennsylvania and non-Pennsylvania residents are considered for this award. Please review our Provost Award Information and eligibility criteria. 

What is the Penn State Discover Award?

The Penn State Discover Award is awarded annually to first-time, first-year domestic students who enroll at a Penn State campus other than Penn State University Park or Penn State World Campus for both the fall and spring semester immediately following their high school graduation. Undergraduate Transfer students who have attempted a minimum of 18 credits after high-school and enroll in a degree program that can be completed at a Penn State campus other than Penn State University Park or Penn State World campus are also eligible to receive a Penn State Discover Award.

Please review our Penn State Discover Award information and eligibility criteria.