Frequently Asked Questions about the Per-Credit Tuition Model

Undergraduate Pennsylvania Residents

What financial assistance is available to students in this new model?

There are three new initiatives:

  1. Three years of a discounted tuition rate:
    • 7 percent discount in the first academic year,
    • 4 percent discount in the second academic year, and
    • 1 percent discount in the third academic year;
  2. the Academic Success Initiative; and
  3. a Need-Based Grant

Will the per-credit tuition rates for the summer and winter terms be discounted?

Yes, per-credit tuition for summer and winter terms will follow the same discount (7 percent, 4 percent, and 1 percent).

What is the Need-Based Grant? Who qualifies for it?

The Need-Based Grant is available to continuing undergraduate students who domicile in Pennsylvania, who are financially qualified, and who have been enrolled full-time for at least one semester in either of the previous two academic years.

Do I need to apply for the Need-Based Grant?

No, you do not need to apply. However, you must submit a FAFSA each academic year in order to be considered and must meet the qualifications, including maintaining satisfactory academic progress. As always, contact the Office of Financial Aid(724-357-2218) for any questions or concerns about your educational funding.

To qualify for the Need-Based Grant, how does the university define "satisfactory academic progress"?

Students receiving federal student aid must pass at least 67 percent of the credits for which they originally registered within the time frame for degree completion, and have a 2.00 cumulative grade point average to be considered to be maintaining successful academic progress. This is a cumulative measurement and is performed annually. Students who do not meet this requirement are permitted to appeal to the Financial Aid Appeals Committee. Complete details of IUP's academic progress requirements are available in the Title IV Financial Aid Sufficient Progress Policy.

Who qualifies for the Academic Success Initiative?

The Academic Success Initiative scholarship is available to continuing undergraduate students who domicile in Pennsylvania, who successfully complete 15 credit hours (earn 15 credits) at IUP in each of the two prior semesters (or 30 credits in the previous year), who have no withdrawals on their record for the previous two semesters, and who have not yet completed 120 credit hours. Students who meet these qualifications and who have a grade point average between 3.0 and 3.49 are eligible for a scholarship equal to the tuition cost of one credit hour; students who meet these qualifications and who have a grade point average of 3.5 or above are eligible for a scholarship equal to the tuition cost of two credit hours.

Do I need to apply for the Academic Success Initiative?

No, students do not need to apply for this funding. A student's official university records will be used to automatically determine whether a student is eligible for this award; students need not do anything but work hard and do well.

If I qualify for the Need-Based Grant and/or the Academic Success Initiative, will I receive funding each semester?

No. Under each of these programs, the Need-Based Grant and the Academic Success Initiative, a student may receive awards up to the value of two credit hours of tuition under each program in one academic year. It is not an award for each semester. However, a student may qualify for both programs and can receive funding through both programs in one academic year.

How much can a student qualify to receive in one annual year?

In addition to the discounted tuition rate for the first three years, a student may receive awards up to the value of two2 credits of tuition under each program in one academic year. It is not an award for each semester.

What terms will be included for calculation of the "successfully completed 15 hours at IUP in each of the two prior semesters (30 hours in a year)"?

This calculation is based on credit hours that a student has earned in fall, winter, and spring terms. Credit hours earned during summer sessions are not included in this calculation.

I am a Pennsylvania resident (domicile in Pennsylvania) undergraduate student entering my senior year of college. Will this tuition plan affect me?

Yes, this tuition pricing flexibility program will be for all resident undergraduate students who domicile in Pennsylvania, including incoming freshmen and continuing students.

When will we know the actual per-credit tuition rate?

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors sets the tuition rate for all 14 member schools at its July meeting.

I am an out-of-state undergraduate student who receives a reduced tuition rate because I live in Maryland. Will this per-credit tuition plan affect me?

No, this per-credit tuition plan affects only undergraduate students who domicile in Pennsylvania.

Currently, the full-time undergraduate tuition rate stayed the same if I was taking 12 or 15 credit hours. What will the tuition cost increase be under this program if I take 15 credits?

Using the current 2016-17 undergraduate tuition rates, students who domicile in Pennsylvania and take 12 to 15 credits would pay the full-time tuition rate of $3,624. Under the per-credit tuition pricing pilot, 2017-18 tuition for 12 credits for undergraduate students who domicile in Pennsylvania would be $3,480 (4 percent discount), and tuition for 15 credits would be $4,350. This does not include any additional support a student receives from the Need-Based Grant or Academic Success Initiative, should you qualify for these program. The Board of Governors will set new tuition rates for 2017-18 in July 2017, and these numbers will be updated appropriately.

I am a Pennsylvania resident (domicile in Pennsylvania) student taking a combination of undergraduate and graduate course work. How will my tuition costs be calculated?

Tuition is assessed based on each student's level. If a student is still an undergraduate student and has not yet received his or her first degree, that student will be charged tuition based on the undergraduate per-credit rate. If a student has received his or her undergraduate degree and achieved graduate status, all tuition costs will be charged on the graduate per-credit basis.

Does this new per-credit pricing change the way I'm billed for fees?

Most fees will be charged as they have been in the past. For example, the technology fee and instructional fees will be capped at the full-time undergraduate rate, regardless of whether a student is taking 12 credits or 18 credits.

I'm a dual enrollment student. Will this tuition charge per credit hour affect what I pay for tuition?

Yes. Your tuition charge will reflect the new per-credit tuition charge.

What if I already receive a tuition waiver because my parent works at IUP? Will I be eligible for the Need-Based Grant or the Academic Success Incentive?

You will be eligible for the Academic Success Initiative award if you meet the criteria for that award. You will not be eligible for the Need-Based Grant.

When will I know if I'm going to receive one of the awards?

You will receive notification of the award(s) from the Office of Financial Aid around mid-June.

If I want to repeat a class because I received a "D" or "F" grade, will I have to pay for it again?

Yes, if you are an undergraduate student who domiciles in Pennsylvania, you will be assessed the per-credit tuition rate for the course in the term for which you repeat the class.

If I have been advised to take a Developmental Studies (DVST) or a course in addition to my regular course schedule, will I pay extra for that course?

Yes, if you are an undergraduate student who domiciles in Pennsylvania, you will be assessed the per-credit tuition rate for the course.

I am part of the Pennsylvania TAP program. What will happen to my TAP dollars?

The Pennsylvania TAP Commission will do a conversion based on IUP's per-credit tuition rate.

What office do I call for more information about my bill?

Students and families can contact theOffice of Student Billing via email at bursars-office@iup.edu or by telephone at 724-357-2207.

Students who are required (music majors) or choose to take music ensemble credits will have to pay morecorrect?

Not necessarily. The Music Department may, at their discretion, allow students to enroll in zero-credit ensembles should the student's credit load for the semester be 12 credits or greater. If there is no credit earned with the ensemble, the student does not pay, but will be recognized as participating in the ensemble in terms of academic requirements for the major.

I am an incoming resident freshman. Will I qualify for the IUP Grant?

Not at this time, but you are encouraged to do well and remain registered so that you meet the requirements and may be considered for the awards in your sophomore year.

  • IUP Grant: enrolled full-time for at least one semester in either of the previous two academic years, and maintain satisfactory academic progress.

If you withdraw from a class under the tuition per-credit model, how much money do you get back?

Under the per-credit pilot, if you withdraw from a class within the drop-add period, you will be refunded the actual cost of the class. In other words, if you need to drop a class during the drop-add period, you will not be charged for that class. However, if you withdraw from a class after drop-add (not a total withdrawal), there is no refund.

Does the pilot program, when it restricts credits to 120, mean credits earned and transferred to IUP? Or does it mean only credits earned at IUP count toward the 120 limit?

Credits not earned at IUP count toward meeting the 30-hour credit requirement for the Academic Success Initiative, and they also count toward the 120-credit limit for the Academic Success Initiative.

Undergraduate Students Admitted to one of IUP's Regional Campuses

In-state undergraduate students admitted to the Punxsutawney or Northpointe campuses that have earned 59 or less credits (freshmen or sophomore) will pay a per-credit tuition rate of 80 percent of the IUP in-state undergraduate tuition rate beginning with the fall 2018 semester.

Note: The following charts show the impact of this change based on 2017-18 tuition rates, updated by the per-credit pilot discount (going from 4 percent to 1 percent).

Comparison of per-credit tuition rates based on 80%
Number of Credits 80% In-State Rate ($255/credit) 100% In-State Rate ($319/Credit)+FT Rate Difference
3 $765 $957 $-192
6 $1,530 $1,914 $ -384
9 $2,295 $2,871 $-576
12 $3,060 $3,828 $-768
13 $3,315 $4,147 $-832
14 $3,570 $4,466 $-896
15 $3,825 $4,785 $ -960
16 $4,080 $5,104 $-1,024
17 $4,335 $5,423 $-1,088
18 $4,590 $5,742 $-1,152

I was admitted to the Northpointe campus for the Fall 2016 term. I have currently earned only 48 credits. Will I receive the 80% discounted rate until I have earned 59 credits?

Yes. The criteria to receive this discount is that you were admitted initially to one of IUP's regional campuses and that you have earned less than 60 credits toward your degree.

I am an out-of-state student who lives with extended family in the Punxsutawney area while attending IUP at Punxsutawney. What rate would I pay?

The reduced per-credit rate is for in-state students only. You will be charged the out-of-state per credit rate of 145% of IUP's in-state undergraduate tuition rate, or $463 per credit.

I was admitted to the IUP Indiana campus, but would like to take one class at the Punxsutawney campus. Will I receive this reduced rate for that one class?

No, the reduced per-credit rate is applicable only to students who are admitted to Punxsutawney or Northpointe.

I take classes at the East Pittsburgh site, will the discounted rate apply to me?

No, the reduced per-credit rate is applicable only to students who are initially admitted to Punxsutawney or Northpointe.

I am a resident of New York and was admitted to the Punxsutawney campus, will the discounted rate apply to me?

No, you will be assessed based on the per-credit out-of-state undergraduate rate of 145% of the IUP in-state undergraduate rate.

Degree completion programs such as BS in Marketing and BS in Communications. If I am admitted to Northpointe for one of these programs, will I receive the 80% per-credit rate for all four years?

The 80% per-credit rate applies only to in-state resident students and only until you earn up to and including 59 credits, achieving Junior status. If you are an in-state resident, you will pay 80% of the per-credit in-state undergraduate rate for your first earned 59 credits. You will then pay 100% for the remainder of your credits earned. If your primary state of residency is not Pennsylvania, but is within the United States, the per-credit out-of-state undergraduate rate of 145% or $463 per credit will apply for all credits earned.

I am enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy program and will complete the final two years of the program at the Northpointe campus. Will the discounted rate apply to me in my last two years?

No, the discounted rate is for students initially admitted to the regional campuses and only applies to the first 59 credits earned.

I was admitted to the Northpointe campus and have earned only 12 credits.In the fall, I plan to take 9 credits at Northpointe and 3 credits on-line. How will this per-credit rate discount affect me?

You will be charged the 80% discount for all 12 credits.

I was admitted to the Punxsutawney campus for the Fall 2017 semester. I plan to move to the Indiana campus for the Fall 2018 semester. Will I receive the 80% per-credit rate?

No. Your student enrollment record will be updated to show that you are 100% enrolled at the Indiana campus and you will be charged the regular per-credit in-state undergraduate rate.

Domestic Out-of-State Undergraduate Students

Beginning with the Fall 2018 term, domestic out-of-state undergraduate students, (US students that do not live in Pennsylvania) will be charged for tuition on a per-credit basis. This per-credit tuition rate will be 145% of IUP ‘s in-state undergraduate tuition rate (currently the BOG approved in-state undergraduate rate discounted by 1%).

Currently, domestic out-of-state undergraduate students pay tuition rates of 170% or 250% of the in-state undergraduate rate, but paid a flat full-time rate as established by the Board of Governors when they registered for 12-18 credits.

The following charts show the impact of this change based on approved tuition rates updated by the per-credit pilot discount (going from 4% to 1%):

Comparison of per-credit tuition rates based on 145% and 250%
Number of Credits 145% Out-of-State Rate ($463/credit) 250% Out-of-State Rate ($798/Credit)+FT Rate Difference
3 $1,389 $2,394 $-1,005
6 $2,778 $4,788 $-2,010
9 $4,167 $7,182 $-3,015
12 $5,556 $9,645 $-4,089
13 $6,019 $9,645 $-3,626
14 $6,482 $9,645 $-3,163
15 $6,945 $9,645 $-2,700
16 $7,708 $9,645 $-2,237
17 $7,871 $9,645 $-1,774
18 $8,334 $9,645 $-1,311
Comparison of per-credit tuition rates based on 145% and 170%
Number of Credits 145% Out-of-State Rate ($463/credit) 170% Out-of-State Rate ($542/Credit)+FT Rate Difference
3 $1,389 $1,626 $-237
6 $2,778 $3,252 $-474
9 $4,167 $4,878 $-711
12 $5,556 $6,559 $-1,003
13 $6,019 $6,559 $-540
14 $6,482 $6,559 $-77
15 $6,945 $6,559 $386
16 $7,408 $6,559 $849
17 $7,871 $6,559 $1,312
18 $8,334 $6,559 $1,775

When would this plan go into effect?

Fall 2018

When will we know the tuition rate for 2018-2019?

The Pennsylvania State System Board of Governors set the tuition rates for 2018-2019 on July 12, 2018, granting a 2.99% increase. The rates above reflect these new rates.

What does domestic out-of-state student mean?

This means that your primary state of residency is a state within the United States, but not Pennsylvania.

I am an international student, does this change affect me?

No, this alternative pricing plan affects only students with a primary residence within the United States, but not in Pennsylvania.

Last semester I took 17 credits as a Reciprocity B student (170%) and paid the flat full-time rate of $6,368. With the per-credit model, I will pay $7,871, an increase of $1,503 or 23.6%. Why am I paying a 23.6% increase in tuition when the Board of Governors approved a 2.99% tuition increase?

The rationale of setting the per-credit rate at 145% of the IUP in-state undergraduate rate was to hold the average domestic out-of-state harmless to any price increase. Currently the average out-of-state reciprocity state student takes 14.2 credits per semester which results in an overall decrease of $16.00 per semester.

Will IUP be offering any type of scholarship (i.e. ASI) for students who will experience an increase in tuition due to moving to per-credit?

Not at this time, however we have many programs in place to help students to finance their education. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid to find out what programs you may qualify for.

Will these rates also apply to summer and winter sessions?

The new rate goes into effect with the fall 2018 term. Tuition for subsequent winter and summer sessions will also be charged at the per-credit rate of 145% of IUP's in-state undergraduate rate.

I am an out-of-state student paying the 145% per-credit rate. Will I pay the out-of-state rate for fees or will they be at a reduced rate also?

Fees are not included in the alternate rate tuition plan. Fees charged based on a percentage of the tuition will be charged utilizing the BOG approved out-of-state undergraduate tuition rate, not the 145% discounted rate.

I am an out-of-state undergraduate student, but plan to take all of my classes on-line. What rate will I be charged?

You will be charged the per-credit rate of 115% of the BOG approved in-state undergraduate rate or $370 per credit.

International Undergraduate Students

Beginning with the Fall 2018 term, international students will be charged tuition on a per-credit basis for all registered credits. The Board of Governors granted authority of the President to negotiate per-credit international undergraduate rates that range from 145% to 250% of the IUP per-credit in-state undergraduate rate. The President may negotiate current and future agreements made with international entities with the purpose of creating strategic partnerships to benefit both the student and IUP.

Due to existing contracts and agreements, this plan will be phased-in over a period of time for current students in order to honor the terms of existing contracts and agreements and to reduce the impact on individual students to a minimum level.

Why are there so many possible rates for international students? I might be paying 200% and my friend might be paying only 145%?


IUP holds several contracts or agreements with international agencies that define different tuition rates and terms of what the international students coming to IUP will pay.  So it could very well be the case that your friend may pay more or less than you.  It is all based on the negotiated agreement between the institutions.  This approved range of rates that the President may use when negotiating with international institutions provides flexibility to enter into agreements that benefit the student as well as create strategic partnerships for IUP.

 

I am an international student attending IUP and am not part of a contract or negotiated agreement. I pay 250% of the BOG approved in-state undergraduate rate up to 12 credits, then I pay the flat full-time rate until I exceed 18 credits. Will I now pay a per credit rate of 250% of the in-state rate from 1-18+ credits?

Yes.