Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and Fees can be calculated for our programs via the World Campus Tuition Calculator. In 2018-19, the cost per credit hour for our classes is $886, regardless of residency. Most classes we offer are 3 credits. Technology fees vary depending on the number of credits attempted in a given semester. For the purposes of calculating the total cost of attendance below, we assume you are taking between 5 and 9 credits in a semester ($189 fee per semester).

At current tuition rates for the 2018-2019 academic year, you can expect the total cost of attendance for each program to be as follows:

  • Postbaccalaureate Certificate in GIS (12 cr) - $11,010
  • Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Applications (13 cr) - $11,896
  • Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Analytics (13 cr) - $11,896
  • Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing and Earth Observation (12 cr) - $11,010
  • Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Programming and Web Map Development (15 cr) - $13,857
  • Master of GIS Degree (36 cr) - $32,652

Applying for Federal Financial Aid

Federal aid is available for eligible graduate students who are registered for at least 5 graduate credits per semester. Graduate students can apply for unsubsidized Stafford Loans and the Graduate PLUS program. For more information, please contact a Distance Education adviser at 800-252-3592 or visit: http://studentaid.psu.edu/

The following programs we offer are eligible for Federal Financial Aid:

  • Postbaccalaureate Certificate in GIS (12 cr)
  • Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Applications (13 cr)
  • Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Analytics (13 cr)
  • Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing and Earth Observation (12 cr)
  • Master of GIS Degree (36 cr)

Eligibility for the Programming and Web Map Development Certificate program will be taken under consideration in 2019.

Once you have joined an eligible program, you can begin the process of applying for student aid.

Federal Aid Eligibility Considerations

Students who apply for Federal Financial Aid should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • You must register for at least 5 credits for a given Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester. You should enroll in two courses at the time of registration (e.g. one course in Fall 1 and one course in Fall 2).
  • Failure to complete one of your courses in a given semester may jeopardize your aid status, and trigger provisions to reduce your aid award accordingly.

Federal Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures can be accessed for each of our eligible Certificate programs at the following links: GIS, GEOINT Applications, GEOINT Analytics, and Remote Sensing.

Managing Financial Aid in LionPath

Your student aid portfolio can be managed using LionPath, including loan counseling, changes to loan amounts and direct deposit, your tuition bill, and other key needs.

Additional Ways to Pay for Your Education

For information about paying your bill, payment options (including deferred payments), etc., please visit the World Campus page: Paying for Your Education.

There may be scholarship opportunities that you can apply for directly through World Campus, as detailed here: http://student.worldcampus.psu.edu/paying-for-your-education/scholarships-available-for-penn-state-world-campus-students

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) offers some scholarship opportunities: http://usgif.org/education/scholarships

Questions Regarding Tuition and Financial Aid

If you have any questions about Financial Aid, please contact the World Campus by email at studentaid@outreach.psu.edu or by phone at 800-252-3592. If you are unable to get the help you need through these contacts, please email us at info@gis.psu.edu so that we can help you make the right contact.