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Cost, Scholarships, & Aid

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A Faster Route to Independence

When choosing the college that's right for you, it's important to consider the return on your investment. As the largest comprehensive university in north central and northeastern Pennsylvania, CommonwealthU works hard to provide a world-class education that consistently rates among the best values in the nation.

Cost (2022-2023)


The following tables highlight the total yearly cost for in-state and out-of-state/international students. Cost is subject to change for future terms and is based on 12-18 credits per semester (fall/spring).

In-State

  Bloomsburg Lock Haven  Mansfield Clearfield
Tuition $7,716 $7,716 $7,716 $7,716
Fees $3,266 $3,162 $2,966 $2,098*
Housing (Double) $7,108 $6,540 $6,600 $5,750**
Food (19 meals/week) $3,610 $4,356 $3,972 N/A
Total per year $21,700 $21,774 $21,254 $15,519

*Based on 15 credits per semester (fall and spring)
** 2 bedroom apartment, 12-month, one payment option

Out-of-State and International

  Bloomsburg Lock Haven  Mansfield Clearfield
Tuition $19,290 $19,290 $19,290 $19,290
Fees $3,516 $3,412 $3,216 $2,348*
Housing (Double) $7,108 $6,540 $6,600 $5,750**
Food (19 meals/week) $3,610 $4,356 $3,972 N/A
Total per year $33,524 $33,598 $33,078 $27,388

*Based on 15 credits per semester (fall and spring)
** 2 bedroom apartment, 12-month, one payment option

*Costs are subject to change without notice and are dependent upon the action of the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education and the Commonwealth University Council of Trustees.

Scholarships

Coming Fall 2023 for new first year students

Merit Based Scholarships for Pennsylvania Residents 

We are pleased to announce that Commonwealth University has developed a new merit-based scholarship strategy. Using your weighted GPA, you can determine how much scholarship money you will receive. 
 

Name 4pt. GPA % GPA In-State per Year In-State 4-Year Total
Chancellor's Scholarship 3.51-4.0 90%-100% $5,000 $20,000
President's Scholarship 3.25-3.50 88%-89.9% $3,000 $12,000
Trustees' Scholarship 3.0-3.24 85%-87.9% $2,000 $8,000
Provost's Scholarship 
Awarded Only at Mansfield
2.5-2.99 80%-84.9% $1,750 $7,000
Dean's Scholarship
Awarded Only at Mansfield
2.01-2.49 75%-79.9% $1,500 $6,000

Students can only receive an In-State Scholarship or Community Scholars Award – not both.

Partial tuition waiver employment benefits and other institutional tuition-specific merit awards made through Commonwealth University may be combined, with tuition waiver employment benefits applied first, to cover up to 100% of tuition. Full tuition waiver employment benefits and other institutional tuition-specific waivers or awards may not be stacked with institutional merit awards, and may not be used to cover fees or other costs for Commonwealth University.

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Merit Based Scholarships for Local Students

Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield, together as Commonwealth University have signed an agreement guaranteeing admission, eligibility for merit-based scholarships, and on-campus housing at any of its locations for students in 50 area school districts. 

The agreement guarantees admission for graduates from any high school participating in the Community Scholars program who enroll at a Commonwealth University campus and meet the following criteria:

  • Apply for admission to any location within Commonwealth University no later than December 15 of the student’s senior year.      
  • Graduate from a Community Scholars program participating school district.
  • Qualified students are eligible for four tiers of academic merit scholarships according to the table below.
 
Tier    Name 4pt. GPA % GPA Per Year 4-Year Total
Tier 1  Community Scholars 3.8-4.0 95%-100% $7,000 $28,000
Tier 2 Community Scholars 3.5-3.79 90%-94% $6,000 $24,000
Tier 3 Community Scholars 3.0-3.49 85%-89% $4,000 $16,000
Tier 4 Community Scholars 2.5-2.99 80%-84% $3,000 $12,000

Students can only receive a Community Scholars Award or In-State Scholarship – not both. 

  • On-campus housing at the Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, or Mansfield campuses, will be guaranteed for up to four (4) years of full-time student enrollment.
  • Nursing, physician assistant, and other health professions programs remain selective and have additional requirements or capacities. For these programs, it is vital that students apply as early as possible to these majors to receive early consideration for admission.

Partial tuition waiver employment benefits and other institutional tuition-specific merit awards made through Commonwealth University may be combined, with tuition waiver employment benefits applied first, to cover up to 100% of tuition. Full tuition waiver employment benefits and other institutional tuition-specific waivers or awards may not be stacked with institutional merit awards, and may not be used to cover fees or other costs for Commonwealth University.

Visit the local scholars website to access more information including a list of partner schools and promotional material toolkit.

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Merit Based Scholarships for Out-of-State and International Students

Name 4 pt. GPA % GPA Out-of-State per Year Out-of-State 4-Year Total
Chancellor's Scholarship 3.51-4.0 90%-100% $12,500 $50,000
President's Scholarship 3.25-3.50 88%-89.9% $11,500 $46,000
Trustees' Scholarship 3.0-3.24 85%-87.9% $10,500 $42,000
Provost's Scholarship  2.5-2.99 80%-84.9% $9,750 $39,000
Dean's Scholarship 2.01-2.49 75%-79.9% $9,250 $37,000

Partial tuition waiver employment benefits and other institutional tuition-specific merit awards made through Commonwealth University may be combined, with tuition waiver employment benefits applied first, to cover up to 100% of tuition. Full tuition waiver employment benefits and other institutional tuition-specific waivers or awards may not be stacked with institutional merit awards, and may not be used to cover fees or other costs for Commonwealth University.

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  • These funds are available for all new first-year full-time students and will be disbursed equally between the fall and spring semesters.
  • These awards will be renewed annually (up to eight semesters total). For the first year, a student must maintain a 2.0 grade point average with 24 credits completed. For years two, three, and four, a student must maintain a 2.50 GPA with 24 credits completed per year.

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Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and families/supporters pay for college. It may consist of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study. The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

PELL 

A federal grant for students who have completed their FAFSA, are pursuing their first bachelor’s degree, and have a low EFC (estimated family contribution). 

PA State Grant 

A Pennsylvania state grant for students who have completed their FAFSA, are pursuing their first bachelor’s degree, and have a low EFC. 

PA National Guard Educational Assistance Program 

EAP provides full-tuition grants to PA State System schools for students who enter a service commitment with the PA National Guard for a six year period. 

FSEOG 

A small federal grant for students who have completed their FAFSA, are pursuing their first bachelor’s degree, and have the lowest EFC *funds are limited. 

Subsidized Loans 

A loan for students who have completed their FAFSA and have a moderate EFC. The federal government pays the interest while the student is enrolled in college and for the six month grace period. 

Unsubsidized Loans 

A loan for students who have completed their FAFSA. Interest accrual begins immediately upon disbursement. 

First-Year Scholarships 
An award provided by Commonwealth University to incoming, first year students. Award criteria includes academic performance in high school and residency. 

Transfer Scholarships
An award provided by Commonwealth University to incoming transfer students. Award criteria includes academic performance at previous college, intended major, and date of admission. 

Athletic Scholarships
An award provided by the Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, or Mansfield Athletic Departments. Prospective student-athletes should work with their coach to determine eligibility. 

External Scholarships
An award provided by your high school, local community, or an outside organization. 

Part-time jobs on campus for students who have completed their FAFSA, interviewed, have been hired and completed the work-study application. Wages are paid in a bi-weekly paycheck (not deducted from tuition). Example: Admissions Tour Guide, Library Assistant, Front Desk Receptionist. 

 

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Remember to file your  FAFSA beginning October 1.

Use our school codes to submit your information to the campus(es) of your choice!

  • Commonwealth University - Bloomsburg: 003315
  • Commonwealth University - Lock Haven: 003323
  • Commonwealth University - Mansfield: 003324

For more information, contact admissions:

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Check our campus websites and learn more about tuition and housing costs.