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MONT ALTO (Oct. 26) — Eligible students living in neighboring states can now save up to $26,000 at Penn State Mont Alto. A new Discover Award designed specifically for students from neighboring states was recently introduced by the University.

Through the Penn State Discover Award, qualifying students will save $6,000 per year in their first two years and $7,000 per year in their third and fourth years. To qualify, they must start and finish their degrees at Penn State Mont Alto or at another Commonwealth Campus, but not University Park.

Qualifying students must be first-year undergraduates and reside in one of the following states:

  • Delaware,
  • Maryland,
  • New Jersey,
  • New York,
  • Ohio,
  • Virginia,
  • West Virginia
  • the District of Columbia.

It isn’t just first-year out-of-state students who benefit from PSMA tuition assistance programs.

“Penn State Mont Alto is committed to ensuring that a Penn State education remains accessible and affordable to families with college aspirations,” said Francis K. Achampong, Penn State Mont Alto Chancellor.

Students who transfer from a community college for their junior year to Penn State Mont Alto could get $6,500 a year for three years toward a bachelor’s degree.

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Studies: The value of education

For decades, a college education has been the ticket to the middle class for many Americans but today many students and families are concerned about the cost of that education.

Some even question the value of a college degree.

A recent study by Georgetown’s Center for Education and the Workforce found that people with a college degree have held the best jobs in the economy over the last 25 years. Those with college degrees earn more over their lifetimes and fare better during recessions. They are less likely to lose their jobs during a recession and are more likely to rebound if they do. They are also more engaged in our democracy and live generally healthier lives.

Awards, Scholarships Make Education Affordable

Tuition at Penn State Mont Alto has remained flat for several years. In addition to the new Discover Award, the campus offers several awards and many scholarships to help make a Penn State education affordable. Up to 87% of Penn State Mont Alto students receive some form of financial aid. In 2018, Penn State Mont Alto awarded $553,178 from endowments funded by generous donors to 335 students.

“One of my biggest goals is to succeed in college,” writes Health Policy Administration student Lacey Hykes to her scholarship benefactor, “and because of your generosity and kindness, I am well on my way to achieving my goal,” she said. Hykes is the 2019-20 recipient of the Vernon L. and R. Elaine Shockley Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement.

“Without a doubt, this scholarship will play a key role in achieving my educational dreams. Because of your generosity, the financial burden placed on me to pursue my education will be reduced. That means I can spend more time on my studies, research, and extracurricular activities and less time worrying about my finances,” she said.

Find out how Penn State Mont Alto is making a Penn State degree affordable at Contact the Admissions team at 717-749-6130 or email [email protected]. The priority application date for students enrolling for fall 2020 is November 30, 2019. Students can apply at

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