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Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Financial Aid

A Penn State Altoona education is a smart investment in your future.

A smart investment yields a good return, which is what our students get when they choose Penn State Altoona. The investment students and their families make in tuition helps them receive the education they need to find a career they will love.

Employers hire our graduates because they trust a Penn State education. In fact, the Wall Street Journal named Penn State as the number one overall institution in the nation for producing the best prepared and well-rounded graduates, who are most able to succeed once hired. In addition, completion of a four-year degree increases an individual’s life-long earnings.

How much does it cost to attend Penn State Altoona?

The estimated direct costs at right are for a full-time, first- or second-year student studying during the 2016-17 academic year. Tuition, fees, and room and board are billed by semester; bills are due in August for the fall semester and December for the spring semester.

Penn State Altoona Annual Costs
Cost Type Pennsylvania Resident Non-Pennsylvania Resident
Tuition $13,868 $21,874
Information Technology $504 $504
Activities Fee $204 $204
Facilities Fee $252 $252
Room and Board*
Room $5,940 $5,940
Meal Plan (level 3) $4,520 $4,520
Avg. Total Cost
Living on Campus $25,288 $33,294
Commuting $14,828  
Avg. Book Cost $1,840 $1,840
Tuition Differential Savings
versus University Park
$3,084 $9,560

All costs shown are on an annual basis.

Learn more about Penn State's tuition and cost structure on the Academic Year Costs page.

We’re happy to help our students and their families explore their financial options when deciding how to fund college costs, whether it be personal savings, tuition savings plans, student employment, Penn State’s payment plan, student financial aid, or a combination of these options. Contact the Office of Student Aid at 814-949-5055 or email to speak with a financial aid counselor.