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Penn State Lehigh Valley Tuition Information

In 2021, tuition for full-time students at Penn State Lehigh Valley was $14,338 a year for in-state students and $23,610 a year for out-of-state students. On average, colleges raise tuition about 3 percent each year.

If these numbers feel scary, remember, the "sticker price" of tuition doesn't give you enough information to determine the actual cost. Many students pay far less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts kick in. Plus, student loans can make the amount you do have to pay for college more manageable.

Tuition for international students at Penn State Lehigh Valley is $23,610 per year.

In-state vs. Out-of-state Tuition at Penn State Lehigh Valley

Penn State Lehigh Valley is a public, state institution, so it offers a reduced tuition rate of $14,338 for in-state students who attend full-time. For students who are not considered Pennsylvania-residents, out-of-state tuition is $23,610 a year.

Public colleges and universities receive funding from the state government. These institutions offer reduced tuition for students who are residents of that state.

Choosing a college where you qualify for in-state can cut the cost of college tuition. Each state has different requirements to qualify as in-state resident. In many states, students must have lived in the state for 12 months before starting school to qualify for in-state tuition

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Penn State Lehigh Valley International Student Tuition

Penn State Lehigh Valley has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.

International students at Penn State Lehigh Valley can expect to pay around $23,610 per year, before any scholarships or financial aid.

International students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but may be eligible for school-specific aid and scholarships.

Penn State Lehigh Valley Living Expenses and Other Costs

In addition to tuition, there are other costs associated with college, like room and board, facility fees, and books and supplies.

Room and Board at Penn State Lehigh Valley

Penn State Lehigh Valley does not offer on-campus housing for students, so there are no charge for dorms. Students who live off campus but still want to use the dining facility can pay for a meal plan. The cost of board-only is $6,854.

Board costs may vary depending on how many meals are included in the meal plan you choose.

Cost of Books at Penn State Lehigh Valley

The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. The actual cost of books depends on the courses you take and the materials required.

Yearly Fees

Most schools also have fees to help cover the cost of facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs. Full-time undergrads at Penn State Lehigh Valley pay $498 in fees each academic year.

There may also be optional fees associated with participating in certain activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or playing on an intramural sports team, may mean additional fees.

Transportation costs

The total cost of transportation in college can really vary. It depends on if you drive or fly to get to school, own a car, or if you prefer to walk or take public transportation to get around campus.

A school's location can impact transportation costs. The Penn State Lehigh Valley campus is in a rural setting in Pennsylvania.

Other College Costs

When creating a budget for college, don’t forget to leave some room in your budget for personal expenses, like entertainment, clothes, furnishings and toiletries.

Let’s look at the breakdown of all expenses, which can add up for both on-campus and off-campus students.

Total Cost of Penn State Lehigh Valley

2021 Total Tuition and Expenses
In-state Tuition $14,338
Out-of-State Tuition $23,610
Board Only $5,464
Yearly Fees $498
Total Estimated Costs

Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.

Financial Aid at Penn State Lehigh Valley

The majority of Penn State Lehigh Valley undergrads use financial aid to help pay for school. In 2021, 525 of the 959 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Penn State Lehigh Valley meets 53.6 percent of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $10,271 a year. Around 72 percent of Penn State Lehigh Valley undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Penn State Lehigh Valley graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $29,444 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $22,949
State Loans $0
Penn State Lehigh Valley-Specific Loans $6,446
Private Loans $30,890
Most Common Loans for Penn State Lehigh Valley Students
Federal Loans 70%
Institutional Loans 4%
Private loans 16%

Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on Penn State Lehigh Valley financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at Penn State Lehigh Valley

Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.

In 2021, Penn State Lehigh Valley awarded 340 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $3,994,997 to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $216,958 in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

Penn State Lehigh Valley Net Cost

The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.

Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for Penn State Lehigh Valley students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.

When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.

The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at Penn State Lehigh Valley was $10,271 in 2021. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Penn State Lehigh Valley seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
Net In-state, Off-campus $13,251
Out-of-State, On-Campus $13,837

What will attending Penn State Lehigh Valley really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.

As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families get a better idea of the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Penn State Lehigh Valley's net cost calculator on their website.

Penn State Lehigh Valley Tuition Payment Plans

Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.

Students cannot pay tuition in installments. Contact the financial aid office to verify this and discuss options.

Penn State Lehigh Valley Tuition Waivers

Schools sometimes offer tuition waivers to certain groups to cover some or all of the cost of tuition. Some schools offer them for employees and their family, underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition waiver, other expenses and fees are the responsibility of the student

Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.

Penn State Lehigh Valley Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$14,836

In State

$24,108

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$14,338
$23,610
Fees
$498
$498
Housing
Unknown
Unknown
Books
Unknown
Unknown

Penn State Lehigh Valley Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

42%

Average Financial Aid Package

$10,355

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

974

Campus Setting

Rural

Acceptance Rate

82%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$14,836

Out-of-State

$24,108

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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