Board of Trustees approves tuition rate increase
Penn State’s board of trustees recently approved a tuition rate increase of 6.6% for PA residents for the 2004-2005 academic year. Penn State University’s tuition rates for individual students are influenced by several factors including campus location. This can cause some degree of confusion for local residents, many of whom are not aware that students attending area Penn State campuses enjoy a lower tuition rate that those students attending the University Park campus. Students who are Pennsylvania residents and plan to attend Penn State Wilkes-Barre this fall, for example, will pay $371/credit or $4,590/semester, whereas students attending the University Park campus will pay $434/credit or $5,204/semester. Non-Pennsylvania residents will pay $585/credit or $7,020/semester at the Wilkes-Barre campus, as compared to $847/credit or $10,168 at University Park. Other factors influencing individual tuition rates are residency, student level, and degree program.
According to Wilkes-Barre campus student government president, Scott Finlon, “Penn State as a whole, even with the tuition increases, is a value compared to private colleges and universities where we would be paying double, triple, or even more. Penn State Wilkes-Barre remains a lower cost than the University Park campus, and we also have a lower cost of living.” Dr. Mary E. Hines, campus executive officer at the campus, agrees. “This campus remains the main access point to Penn State for many local students who do not have to pay the higher University Park tuition rates when they choose to attend our campus for their first two years,” said Dr. Hines. “Students who complete their degrees at this campus will be able to achieve their goal with reduced tuition for their entire program. This is truly a bargain for students who choose to earn an internationally recognized Penn State degree!”
Specific tuition rates for the University by campus location, level, residency, and program can be accessed at http://tuition.psu.edu/