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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 (2024-2025)


The following tables highlight the total yearly cost for undergraduate 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

 BloomsburgLock Haven MansfieldClearfield
Tuition$7,716$7,716$7,716$7,716
Fees$3,453$3,453$3,453$3,453
Housing (Double)$7,432$7,106$7,240$5,750**
Food (19 meals/week + flex)$3,894$4,848$4,114N/A
Total per year$22,495$23,123$22,523$16,919

Note that the per credit rate for PA Residents is $322
** 2 bedroom apartment, 12-month, one payment option

Out-of-State and International

 BloomsburgLock Haven MansfieldClearfield
Tuition$19,869$19,869$19,869$19,869
Fees$3,711$3,711$3,711$3,711
Housing (Double)$7,432$7,106$7,240$5,750**
Food (19 meals/week + flex)$3,894$4,848$4,114N/A
Total per year$34,906$35,534$34,934$29,330

Note that the per credit rate for Out-of-State and International Students is $805
** 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. These numbers are subject to change when 2024-2025 rates are finalized in July 2024. 

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First-Year Scholarships for Fall 2024

Commonwealth University continues to evaluate the potential to provide merit scholarships to prospective students who complete their application for Fall 2024 admission after the 12/15/23 scholarship deadline. Deadline for deposit is 6/1/24*. (Scholarship funding is limited.)

Please note: Scholarship values are reviewed annually and subject to change.

Deadline Extended to June 1, 2024 due to FAFSA delays for most majors*
*Nursing BSN, Medical Imaging, and RadiologicTechnology remained May 1, 2024

Merit Based Scholarships for First-Year Students that are 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 3.8-4.0 95%-100% $5,000 $20,000
President's Scholarship 3.5-3.79 90%-94% $3,000 $12,000
Trustees' Scholarship 3.0-3.49 85%-89% $2,000 $8,000
Provost's Scholarship 
Awarded *Only at Mansfield
2.5-2.99 80%-84% $1,750 $7,000
Dean's Scholarship
Awarded *Only at Mansfield
2.01-2.49 75%-79% $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, First-Year Students

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

The agreement guarantees scholarships 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 before December 15th of the student’s senior year and pay your deposit by May 1st
  • Graduate from a Community Scholars program participating school district.
  • Students must be admissible to Commonwealth University. Certain majors, including many in the health sciences, have additional admission requirements that must be met as part of the admission review.
  • Qualified students are eligible for four tiers of academic merit scholarships according to the table below. Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis until available scholarship funding is exhausted.
 
Tier   Name4pt. GPA% GPAPer Year4-Year Total
Tier 1 Community Scholars3.8-4.095%-100%$7,000$28,000
Tier 2Community Scholars3.5-3.7990%-94%$6,000$24,000
Tier 3Community Scholars3.0-3.4985%-89%$4,000$16,000
Tier 4Community Scholars2.5-2.9980%-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, Clearfield 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.

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

Name4 pt. GPA% GPAOut-of-State per YearOut-of-State 4-Year Total
Chancellor's Scholarship3.8-4.095%-100%$10,500$42,000
President's Scholarship3.5-3.7990%-94%$9,500$38,000
Trustees' Scholarship3.0-3.4985%-89%$8,500$34,000
Provost's Scholarship 2.5-2.9980%-84%$7,750$31,000
Dean's Scholarship2.01-2.4975%-79%$7,250$29,000

For military-affiliated students whose affiliation qualifies them for in-state tuition, any merit scholarship will also change to the in-state award amount.

New, first-year students residing in six New York Southern Tier counties* that enroll and remain at the Mansfield location for 4 years, will pay in-state PASSHE tuition and receive eligible in-state merit awards (non-local).

  • *Eligible counties: Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins
  • Costs and Scholarships will convert to out-of-state rates if a student transfers from the Mansfield location to Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, or Clearfield at any point before degree completion.

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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Transfer Scholarships for Fall 2024

To guarantee scholarship eligibility for Fall 2024, be sure to complete your application and submit your transcript by 3/15/24 and pay your deposit by 7/1/24. (Scholarship funding is limited.) Scholarships will be awarded based on cumulative GPA at the time of application.

Please note: Scholarship values are reviewed annually and subject to change.

New Transfer Merit Scholarships: In-State

GPA Range Amount
3.5-4.0 $2,500
3.0-3.49 $2,000
2.5-2.99 $1,500
2.0-2.49 $1,000

Students can only receive an In-State Transfer Scholarship or Community College Partner Transfer Scholarship – 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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New Transfer Merit Scholarships: Out-of-State

GPA Range Amount
3.5-4.0 $9,500
3.0-3.49 $7,500
2.5-2.99 $6,000
2.0-2.49 $4,500

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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New Transfer Merit Scholarships: Community College Partners

Commonwealth University’s transfer agreements with Bucks County Community College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Luzerne County Community College, Northern Pennsylvania Regional College, and Reading Area Community College means a seamless pathway for graduates to continue their education at one of our Commonwealth U campuses. Renewable transfer scholarships from $2,000 - $5,000 are guaranteed for qualified graduates, along with on-campus housing. 

 

GPA Range Amount
3.5-4.0 $5,000
3.0-3.49 $4,000
2.5-2.99 $3,000
2.0-2.49 $2,000

Students can only receive a Community College Partner Transfer Scholarship or an In-State Transfer Scholarship  – 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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Scholarship Renewal Criteria for Transfer Students 

  • Transfer scholarships are good at any CU campus for up to 7 consecutive Fall and Spring semesters, or completion of an undergrad degree – whichever comes first.

  • These funds are available for all new full-time transfer students and will be disbursed equally between the fall and spring semesters. 

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)

 

Want to prepare for completing the FAFSA? Get the answers you need here.
 

FAFSA 2024-2025 Simplified Financial Aid Virtual Assistant

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. 

 

Financial Aid Counselors

Counselors are assigned to students by last name.  You may contact them directly with any questions you may have regarding your aid.

Student Last NameCounselorPhone - Email - Calendly Link
A-CPhillip Hutnick-Kenenitz 570-389-4499
phutnick@commonwealthu.edu
calendly.com/phutnick-fao
D-GAmy Bowman570-484-2031
alb946@commonwealthu.edu
calendly.com/alb946
H-LRachel Green570-662-4854
rgreen3@commonwealthu.edu
calendly.com/rgreencu
M-QTristan Dzoch570-389-4496
tdzoch@commonwealthu.edu
calendly.com/tdzoch
R-SStephanie Weaver 570-484-2306
sweaver4@commonwealthu.edu
calendly.com/sweaverfinancialaid
T-ZEdward Mooney570-389-4494
emooney@commonwealthu.edu
calendly.com/emooney-commonwealthu-finaid
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Please list your first choice campus on the FAFSA.

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

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