Cost of Attendance
The Cost of attendance (COA) is a budget for billable and non-billable expenses to attend Penn State for one academic year. Your COA is one determining factor of your financial aid eligibility.
Student aid, including loans, may never exceed a student's COA.
Your COA will vary based on the number of credits you take, the courses you choose, and your living arrangements. You can view your personalized budget on your Student Aid Summary on eLion. Remember that your actual costs will vary as you may spend more or less than the budget allowances.
Expenses included in the Cost of Attendance
- Tuition and fees
- Room and meals (on-campus)
- Room and meals ( off-campus)
- Books and supplies
- Miscellaneous: laundry, clothes, personal care items, student insurance, and recreation*
*You may incur additional costs for transportation and personal expenses, estimated between $3,800 and $4,000 per year.
Estimated vs. Actual Expenses
For planning purposes, your Student Aid Summary on eLion uses estimated expenses. Your actual billable expenses will appear on your tuition bill. Student aid is listed as a credit on the tuition bill.