Compare IUP to Other Schools in the State

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    (per year) IUP
    (PA Resident)
    State Related
    University *
    Private College*
    Total Direct Costs $24,074 $28,440 $44,280
    Tuition and fees $12,146 $17,514 $32,410
    Room and board* $11,928 $10,926 $11,870

    IUP consistently ranks as an excellent value in cost and quality of education. By evaluating your educational goals and financial situation, you can determine the best choice for you!

    Things to Consider

    By simply looking at grants, loans, and scholarships offered by various schools, it may appear that one school is offering a more favorable financial aid package than another school, but that may not necessarily be true.

    This and other issues, such as the cost of housing, are variables you must consider. In 2014–15, IUP distributed almost $179 million in student aid. More than 88 percent of IUP students received some form of financial aid.

    See how IUP compares to state-related and four-year private schools in Pennsylvania. The table above provides you with the cost to attend IUP and a sample of the cost for one year at a four- year state-related and private college.

    IUP has been recognized as a great value for its high academic standards and competitive costs by the following:

    • The Princeton Review
    • Barron’s Best Buys in College Education
    • Money magazine
    • U.S. News & World Report

    Can I afford college?

    Many students are surprised when they discover how affordable an IUP education can be. Costs for tuition, fees, and room and board are much lower at IUP than at most other schools, particularly for Pennsylvania residents. Add in your financial aid, and your costs could be lower than you might imagine.

    What does it cost to attend IUP?

    When comparing college costs, it is important to consider the total value you will receive. While some schools may offer you more financial aid, you should consider the net cost for the year to attend each school.

    *Figures from the College Board, 2015–16 and institution websites. State-related universities are not included in the 14 schools in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

    †Room and board estimates are based on the two-person shared semi-suite and the most popular meal plan (14 meals/week + $300 Flex). Prices vary based on room type and meal plan. Please check Housing, Residential Living, and Dining for exact costs.