Tuition and Living Cost Comparison between State-Owned Universities in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, 14 universities are state-owned. These schools are members of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) which is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a large public university system in the United States. [source: wiki] It is the tenth-largest university system in the United States and 43rd largest in the world.

These schools are, of course, all public schools and 4 years or high level universities. They offer BS degree and MS degree but no schools have doctorate program. Some of them has associate degree or certificate program. They commonly have campus housing (dormitory) and offer online class (distance of learning).


Locations of the State-Owned Universities in PA


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General Information and Comparison
Next table shows general information of each school and compare basic characteristics such as location and school size.

LocationSchool TypeDegree OfferCampus SettingCompus Housing Distance Learning
Bloomsburg University of PennsylvaniaBloomsburg, PAPublic, 4-year or High1 Year Cert, BS, Post BS, MS, Post MSTown - DistantYesYes
California University of PennsylvaniaCalifornia, PAPublic, 4-year or HighAS, BS, Post BS, MS, Post MSTown - FringeYesYes
Cheyney University of PennsylvaniaCheyney, PAPublic, 4-year or HighBS, Post BS, MSSub-urban - Large YesYes
Clarion University of PennsylvaniaClarion, PAPublic, 4-year or HighAS, BS, MS, Post MSTown - RemoteYesYes
East Stroudsburg University of PennsylvaniaEast Stroudsburg, PAPublic, 4-year or HighAS, BS, MSTown - DistantYesYes
Edinboro University of PennsylvaniaEdinboro, PAPublic, 4-year or HighAS, BS, Post BS, MS, Post MSTown - DistantYesYes
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main CampusIndiana, PAPublic, 4-year or High2 Year Cert, AS, BS, Post BS, MS, Post MS, OtherTown - DistantYesYes
Kutztown University of PennsylvaniaKutztown, PAPublic, 4-year or HighBS, Post BS, MSTown - FringeYesYes
Lock Haven UniversityLock Haven, PAPublic, 4-year or HighAS, BS, MSTown - DistantYesYes
Mansfield University of PennsylvaniaMansfield, PAPublic, 4-year or HighAS, BS, Post BS, MS, Post MSTown - DistantYesYes
Millersville University of PennsylvaniaMillersville, PAPublic, 4-year or HighAS, BS, Post BS, MS, Post MSSub-urban - Large YesYes
Shippensburg University of PennsylvaniaShippensburg, PAPublic, 4-year or HighBS, Post BS, MS, Post MSTown - DistantYesYes
Slippery Rock University of PennsylvaniaSlippery Rock, PAPublic, 4-year or High2 Year Cert, BS, Post BS, MSTown - DistantYesYes
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaWest Chester, PAPublic, 4-year or High2 Year Cert, BS, Post BS, MS, Post MSSub-urban - LargeYesYes



Tuition and Living Cost Comparison
Since 2009, the in-state tuition rates of the school is same and out-of-state tuition rates varies by schools. And living costs also vary depending on the city in where the school is located. Average on campus living costs of the state-owned schools is around $11,500 per year and off-campus (without family) living costs is higher as about $1,000.


PA State-Owned Universities 2012 College Tuition Comparison Summary Table
School NameTuitionFeesBooks & Supplies Living Costs
In-StateOut-of-State On CampusOff Campus
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania $ 6,240$ 15,600$ 1,842$ 1,200$ 12,068$ 12,068
California University of Pennsylvania $ 6,240$ 9,984$ 2,672$ 1,000$ 12,910$ 13,693
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania $ 6,240$ 15,600$ 2,164$ 2,000$ 11,410$ 11,488
Clarion University of Pennsylvania $ 6,240$ 12,480$ 2,100$ 950$ 11,875$ 12,200
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania $ 6,240$ 15,600$ 2,111$ 1,200$ 11,512$ 12,302
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania $ 6,240$ 9,360$ 2,120$ 1,000$ 10,526N/A
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus $ 6,240$ 15,600$ 2,122$ 1,100$ 12,921N/A
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania $ 6,240$ 15,600$ 2,119$ 1,100$ 10,630$ 10,630
Lock Haven University $ 6,240$ 13,600$ 1,999$ 1,260$ 9,701N/A
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania $ 6,240$ 15,600$ 2,414$ 1,500$ 12,301$ 12,545
Millersville University of Pennsylvania $ 6,240$ 15,600$ 2,121$ 1,000$ 10,620N/A
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania $ 6,240$ 15,600$ 2,616$ 1,200$ 11,014$ 11,014
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania $ 6,240$ 9,360$ 2,266$ 1,425$ 11,469N/A
West Chester University of Pennsylvania $ 6,240$ 15,600$ 2,035$ 1,464$ 11,784$ 15,636
Average$ 6,240$ 13,942$ 2,193$ 1,243$ 11,482$ 12,397

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