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Fees & Charges

Tuition Assessment

The following criteria are used to determine the amount of tuition a Penn State student is assessed per semester:

  • Campus
  • College
  • Major
  • Semester Classification
  • Residency
  • Credit load
Semester Classification is determined by the following:
Total Credits Earned Semester Classification
27 or fewer credits Freshman
27.1 to 59 credits Sophomore
59.1 to 91 credits Junior
91.1 or more credits Senior

When calculating tuition, a student's semester classification for a future semester is determined by adding total credits to the credits currently enrolled.

Once an undergraduate student completes 59.1 or more total credits (which include credits earned through advanced placement or transferred from another institution), the student is considered to have obtained Junior/Senior status at Penn State.

All advanced placement or transfer credits placed on the Penn State transcript will count towards the total number of credits a student has accumulated, even if some of those credits do not meet the course requirements for graduation. Depending on when the advanced placement or transfer credits are approved, a mid-semester tuition increase may result. A student's tuition will increase as soon as the Penn State transcript reflects 59.1 total credits and will occur during the semester the credits are transferred.

Information Technology Fee

An Information Technology Fee is charged to all undergraduate and graduate students at all campus locations.

Information Technology Fee Services

Computer Access Accounts are made available to all students to provide unrestricted access to Penn State's computing facilities as well as electronic mail, the World Wide Web, and key information services such as encyclopedias and governmental data.

For students who have their own computers, income from the fee provides connections to the University's network and information services.

The funds also provide direct support for computer services at each individual campus location. Examples include the purchase of microcomputers and software for student laboratories, consulting, and work stations.

Calculation of the Information Technology Fee

The non-refundable Information Technology Fee is charged according to the number of credits in which the student is enrolled immediately prior to the first day of the semester. Adding credits on or after the first day of the semester could result in a corresponding increase of the fee. Dropping credits on or after the first day of the semester will not reduce the fee charged.

Student Activities Fee

The purpose of the Student Activities Fee is to improve the out-of-class experience and the educational climate at Penn State.

Student Activities Fee Services

Income from the Student Activities Fee is used to increase the number and quality of activities such as clubs and organizations, recreational and fitness programs, lectures, music and cultural programs, and other campus programs related to the total learning environment. Each campus has established a student-run committee that will allocate these funds.

For more information on the University Park Allocation Committee, please visit the University Park Allocations Committee Web site or 229 HUB-Robeson Center; call 814-863-8951; or e-mail upac@psu.edu.

Calculation of the Student Activities Fee

The non-refundable Student Activities Fee is charged according to campus and the number of credits in which the student is enrolled immediately prior to the first day of the semester. Adding credits on or after the first day of the semester could result in a corresponding increase of the fee. Dropping credits on or after the first day of the semester will not reduce the fee charged.

Student Facilities Fee

The Student Facilities Fee was established to provide a funding source for capital projects designed to enhance student activities, fitness and recreation. Projects to be undertaken at each campus will be identified by the appropriate campus officials. Student input will be obtained in determining priorities and ideas for potential projects through campus advisory groups that represent all constituencies.

Calculation of the Student Facilities Fee

The non-refundable Student Facilities Fee is charged according to the number of credits in which the student is enrolled immediately prior to the first day of the semester. Adding credits on or after the first day of the semester could result in a corresponding increase of the fee. Dropping credits on or after the first day of the semester will not reduce the fee charged.

International Undergraduate Student Fee

To offset additional institutional costs for comprehensive academic and student support services that are unique to international students, all new international undergraduate students will be assessed a $500 per semester fee while they are enrolled at Penn State.

International undergraduate students who have been enrolled during the 2013-14 academic year will be assessed a $250 per semester fee for the remainder of the time they are continuously enrolled at Penn State.

For part-time international undergraduate students the fee will be prorated based on the registered credits. For those students registered for 5 but less than 9 credits, the fee assessment will be 75% of the full fee. For students registered for less than 5 credits, the fee will be 31% of the full fee.

International students are defined as those students who hold temporary non-immigrant visas.

Other Charges

In addition to the tuition, fees, room and board, other miscellaneous charges may be billed through your Bursar Account. For example:

  • individual music lessons
  • change of schedule
  • credit by examination
  • duplicate student identification card
  • student parking
  • other items listed in the current University Bulletin.

If you are a recipient of Federal aid funds, your approval is required to cover charges to your student account (other than tuition, fees, and room and board). You have the right to rescind your approval by contacting the Bursar's Office.