In 2021, tuition for full-time students at Penn State Wilkes-Barre was $13,552 a year for in-state students and $22,414 a year for out-of-state students. On average, colleges raise tuition about 3 percent each year.
If these numbers sound high, 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 Wilkes-Barre is $22,414 per year.
Penn State Wilkes-Barre is a public, state institution, so it offers a reduced tuition rate of $13,552 for in-state students who attend full-time. For students who are not considered Pennsylvania-residents, out-of-state tuition is $22,414 a year.
Public colleges and universities receive funding from the state government. Public, state schools can offer lower tuition for students who meet the requirements for in-state residency.
Attending a school where you qualify for in-state tuition can save significant money on the overall cost of college. Each state has different requirements to qualify as in-state resident. The most common requirement is that students must have lived in the state for a full year before starting school.
Penn State Wilkes Barre has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.
International students at Penn State Wilkes-Barre can expect to pay around $22,414 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.
In addition to tuition, there are other costs associated with college, like room and board, facility fees, and books and supplies.
Penn State Wilkes Barre 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.
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.
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 Wilkes Barre pay $382 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.
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 Wilkes-Barre campus is in a rural setting in Pennsylvania.
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.
|2021 Total Tuition and Expenses|
|Total Estimated Costs|
Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.
Penn State Wilkes Barre’s tuition and fees change based on: B Academic program for both full and part-time students Course load for part-time students Course level for both full and part-time students
The majority of Penn State Wilkes-Barre undergrads use financial aid to finance their education. In 2021, 263 of the 361 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Penn State Wilkes Barre meets 64 percent of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.
The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $10,673 a year. Around 82 percent of Penn State Wilkes Barre undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Penn State Wilkes Barre graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $34,928 of student loan debt.
The average debt for each loan type varies.
|Average Debt By Loan Type|
|Penn State Wilkes Barre-Specific Loans||$4,890|
|Most Common Loans for Penn State Wilkes Barre Students|
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 Wilkes Barre financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.
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 Wilkes Barre awarded 177 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $2,124,396 to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $120,508 in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.
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 Wilkes Barre 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 Wilkes Barre was $10,673 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 Wilkes Barre seem more manageable.
|Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students|
|Net In-state, Off-campus||$11,947|
What will attending Penn State Wilkes Barre 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 make more informed decisions about the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Penn State Wilkes Barre's net cost calculator on their website.
Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.
Penn State Wilkes Barre does not have guaranteed tuition.
The school offers a Prepaid Tuition Plan, which is a type of college savings plan that enables people to purchase future credits for their children at today's rate. It is best for people who are sure they or their child will attend a public school in their state.
Penn State Wilkes Barre offers an Installment Payment Plan, which allows students to pay tuition in a series of smaller chunks instead of one lump sum.
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
Penn State Wilkes Barre has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: Employees or Children of Employees
Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.