Penn State Behrend is part of a public university that’s committed to affordability. That means our tuition is considerably lower than the tuition of most private institutions.
The chart below shows estimated direct costs for a full-time first- or second-year student during the 2022-23 academic year. Final tuition and fees for each coming academic year are determined by the Board of Trustees each July. For more scenarios, use the College Cost Calculator.
What Will It Cost to Attend Penn State Behrend?
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Tuition, fees, room, and meals are billed by semester. Room and meal rates may vary depending on the type of room and meal plan chosen.
There are a variety of options to help fund your education. Contact our Financial Aid office to walk through those options.
You can also visit Penn State's Office of Student Aid for more information on costs and financing strategies.
The Behrend Advantage: Lower Cost, Higher Value
Some schools use tuition discounting to try to match Penn State Behrend's lower tuition. They may refer to this effort to reduce their tuition as a scholarship. The chart below shows one possible cost comparison between Penn State Behrend and a typical private school in the region. You'll note that Penn State Behrend remains the more affordable option even after tuition discounting by the sample private school.
A Cost Comparison: One Example
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This comparison illustrates one possible scenario. Your actual package may differ based on your specific financial need and level of merit-based aid. Rates for Penn State Behrend represent in-state tuition.
A Value Proposition
In addition to the lower base tuition, consider these benefits of Penn State Behrend:
- The Power of Penn State: Behrend students earn degrees from a University ranked in the top 100 worldwide, according to 2022 QS World University rankings. As graduates, they become part of one of the country's largest alumni networks. Penn State is a name that opens doors—anywhere you go.
- Time to Graduation: The single biggest factor in managing the cost of your education is managing the time it takes to complete it. Penn State focuses on sustained advising to help students stay on track to graduate on time.
- Behrend Is a Best Value: Penn State Behrend is in the top 10 percent of all colleges and universities in Pennsylvania for greatest return on investment and best value, measured by the cost of attendance against the median salary of graduates, according to Payscale.com (2022) and SmartAsset.com (2019).