With the in-residence portion of the spring semester beginning on Feb. 15, will room and board rates be adjusted accordingly?

Yes. The Penn State Board of Trustees has approved a proposal that adjusts room and board rates for the spring 2021 semester in recognition of the University’s decision to delay the start of in-person classes until Feb. 15.

For the spring 2021 semester, the cost of a standard double room has been adjusted down by $673 to a total cost of $2,754, and the cost of the mid-level meal plan has been adjusted down by $284 to a total cost of $2,165. The meal plan adjustment is to the meal plan base only; dining dollar amounts remain the same.

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%.

More details and revised room and board rates for all campuses and room types are available on the Penn State Housing website.

Students’ spring room and board charges will be adjusted and reflected in the spring bill.

Note: If a student is currently residing in campus housing, their existing winter break contract will be extended until the official start of the spring semester; a student’s spring semester bill will also reflect the full spring semester room and board rate. Students not currently residing in campus housing who have extenuating circumstances regarding the spring semester must contact their campus Housing assignment office.