Fees & Charges
In this section you will find information about:
- Tuition Assessment
- Information Technology Fee
- Student Fee (Student Initiated Fee)
- International Undergraduate Student Fee
- Other Charges
Criteria when determining tuition
The following criteria are used to determine the amount of tuition a Penn State student is assessed per semester:
- Semester Classification
- Credit load
Semester Classification is determined by the following:
|Total Credits Earned Term||Semester Classification|
|29 or fewer credits||Freshman|
|29.1 to 59 credits||Sophomore|
|59.1 to 89 credits||Junior|
|89.1 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.
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 may not reduce the fee charged.
The Student Fee (Student Initiated Fee) combines the previous Student Activities Fee and Student Facilities Fee. The Student Fee supports student-centered activities, services, facilities and recreation to improve student life and is the result of a student-led initiative to be more involved in the creation and allocation of student fees. The Student Fee is calculated in the same way as the previously separate fees, based on the campus and the number of credits in which a student is enrolled. The Student Fee is mandatory, just as the previous fees. For questions regarding the Student Fee, go to www.studentfee.psu.edu.
Calculation of the Student Fee
The non-refundable Student 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 may not reduce the fee charged. For more information about the Student Fee, go to www.studentfee.psu.edu.
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.
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.
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). To authorize Federal aid funds please follow these steps:
- Student will need to log in to their Student Center on LionPATH
- Click on "Permission to Use Federal Aid"
- Click on "Grant Permission"
- Follow instructions to submit request
You have the right to rescind your approval by contacting the Bursar's Office. If you rescind your approval, you will not be able to grant permission again for the same semester.