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Tuition and Financial Aid

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees can be calculated for our programs using the World Campus Tuition Estimator. In 2023-2024, the cost per credit hour for our courses is $1,017, regardless of residency.

Federal Financial Aid

All of our certificate and degree programs are eligible for federal financial aid. Graduate students can apply for unsubsidized Stafford Loans and the Graduate PLUS program. For more information, please contact a Distance Education advisor at 800-252-3592 or visit World Campus Student Aid.

Applying for Federal Financial Aid

Once you have been accepted to a certificate or degree program, you can begin the process of applying for student aid.

Eligibility Considerations

To be eligible, students must be registered for 5 credits in one semester. For our programs, that is one 3-credit course per 10-week session (e.g., a course in Fall 1, and a course in Fall 2).

Additional Ways to Pay for Your Education

There are several other options for paying for your education, including payment plans, scholarships, and working with your employer. We are happy to discuss these options in more detail; just email us at

Payment Plan
Payment Plans

You can pay your tuition in installments if you sign up for a payment plan. The Penn State Bursar’s Office can provide more information about this option.

Third Party Payment
Third Party Tuition Payment

An outside party, such as your employer, may also pay for all or part of your tuition. To learn more about this process and necessary documentation, go to World Campus Student Resources.

Military Payment

Penn State is proud to work with current and former members of the United States military to help them continue their education.

If the military is paying for your tuition and fees, please send a Tuition Authorization form to the Penn State World Campus Military Educational Benefits Office. You can fax it to 814-863-1385 or email it to If you have questions, please call the office at 814-863-6638.

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