Trustees approve reduction of spring 2021 room and board costs

Pollock Commons on Penn State's University Park campus. Credit: Patrick Mansell / Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State Board of Trustees today (Jan. 6) approved a proposal that adjusts room and board rates for the spring 2021 semester in recognition of the University’s decision that Penn State will delay the start of in-person classes until Feb. 15.  

When rates were originally approved by the Board of Trustees in February 2020, the cost of a standard double room was set at $3,427 per semester, while the cost of the mid-level meal plan was set at $2,449 per semester. Together, this combination of room and board totaled $5,876 per semester. 

Under the new proposal, the cost of a standard double room for the spring 2021 semester has been adjusted down by $673 to a total of cost of $2,754. 

Similarly, the cost of the mid-level meal plan has been adjusted down by $284 to a total cost of $2,165. 

Together, the cost of a standard double room and the mid-level meal plan for the spring 2021 semester comes to $4,919 – a total cost reduction of 16.3%. 

The reduction represents a straight daily proration for both the room fee and the meal plan base component for the number of days in the remote learning period.

Housing rates specific to each campus and various living units reflecting these changes will be available online at

Last Updated January 08, 2021