Tuition increase is modest $47 for campus; lowest percentage since 1967

On July 12, Penn State's Board of Trustees approved an average tuition increase for 2013-14 of $47 for undergraduate students at Penn State New Kensington, representing the lowest tuition increase at the campus since 1967.

“The trustees' decision keeps Penn State affordable for students who are fighting to achieve their dreams and transform their lives,” said Kevin Snider, chancellor of the New Kensington campus.  “We will have to be more creative and efficient in providing the Alle-Kiski valley with the high-quality Penn State education that the community has come to expect.”

Students at the western Pennsylvania campuses of Penn State Beaver, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny and New Kensington, along with Penn State Mont Alto and Wilkes-Barre, will see an increase of 0.75 percent per semester, for resident students. Tuition costs for students at Penn State Shenango will remain the same.

“We continue to acknowledge the impact of adverse demographics of high school-age students particularly in western Pennsylvania, while recognizing that adult students in Pennsylvania may find Penn State of interest to them as they consider changing careers or furthering their education,” President Rodney Erickson said. “With this in mind, we offered lower rate increases at those campuses, and no increase at Penn State Shenango, to make access to a Penn State education available to as many prospective and current students in those regions as possible.”

Erickson also said intense competition in the western part of the state among higher education institutions also played a role in the tuition differential.

The University budget sets an aggregate tuition increase of 2.76 percent, which represents four levels of increases across Penn State’s 19 undergraduate campuses. Four campuses -- Altoona, Berks, Erie and Harrisburg -- will see an increase of 2.45 percent, or $160 per semester for Pennsylvania residents. At Penn State Abington, Brandywine, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Schuylkill, Worthington Scranton and York, tuition will increase 1.85 percent, or $116 per semester for Pennsylvania resident students. For lower division Pennsylvania resident students attending the University Park campus, the tuition increase will be 3.39 percent, or $264 per semester, and for nonresident students the increase will be 2.87 percent, or $400 per semester.

At all campuses, the information technology fee will increase $4 a semester, to $248. Among all campuses, the student activities fee and student facilities fee will most commonly rise by $2 to $87 per semester, and by $4, to $116 per semester, respectively.

A complete listing of Penn State's tuition rate schedules and fees can be found at

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Last Updated July 16, 2013