Reduce Costs at Youngstown State University

When considering the next steps in your educational journey, should your college choice be based on the price tag? The simple answer should be “no”, but legitimate concerns about student debt represent a major point of consideration for anyone faced with the decision of pursuing higher education, and whether that is a realistic, attainable goal.


The next question is, where will you find the best value?

With tuition on the rise at many universities, potential students may find themselves facing a difficult choice – pay an exorbitant amount and go into debt to cover the cost of college, or decide on a community college for two years and miss out on freshman and sophomore year at a four-year institution. Concerns about student debt have always represented a major factor for anyone faced with the decision of whether to attend college, but there is an affordable option for quality education – Youngstown State University (YSU).


Located in northeast Ohio and only an hour’s drive from Downtown Pittsburgh, Youngstown State has developed strategies to address the rising cost of tuition.


Two of those strategies include the Penguin Tuition Promise, and a reduction to out-of-state tuition. YSU’s out-of-state tuition surcharge has been drastically cut to just $360 per academic year. This dramatic savings makes YSU one of the best values for higher education around! With its current in-state tuition at $9,953, YSU’s costs are among the lowest in the region and third lowest among Ohio’s state universities.


In addition to the out-of-state tuition reduction, our Penguin Tuition Promise offers a fixed tuition rate that stays unchanged for four consecutive academic years, assuring students and parents a set price, including room and board, for the pursuit of an undergraduate degree. It is designed to make the cost of college both predictable and affordable, encouraging students to complete degree programs within four consecutive academic years. Those are just some of the ways Youngstown State University works diligently to meet the educational and financial expectations of its students and their families.


In addition to the Penguin Tuition Promise and reduction to out-of-state tuition, YSU further offers ways to reduce costs and time to degree completion.

  • Taking college-level examination program tests (CLEP) gives you the opportunity to earn college credit for what you already know with qualifying scores. These exams test your knowledge of introductory college-level subjects and save you time and money.

  • Earning college credit in high school. YSU offers and accepts classes taken while in high school AND taken for college credit at the same time.

  • Advanced placement courses taken in high school where students who receive a passing score on an exam earn college credit.

  • Apply for admission to be considered for YSU scholarships upon acceptance if you are a high school senior (ysu.edu/admissions/apply-to-ysu).

  • YSU offers merit-based scholarships to incoming freshmen and transfer students that recognizes academic achievements (ysu.edu/financial-aid-and-scholarships/scholarships) and encourages completion of the YSU Foundation Scholarship Application (ysu.edu/ysufapp).

  • YSU’s Sokolov Honors College also offers tuition and housing scholarships that can be combined and stacked https://ysu.edu/academics/sokolov-honors-college.

  • YSU offers payment plan options that make it easier for students and families to manage tuition & fee payments.



The significance of the academic experiences Youngstown State has to offer are second to none. When it comes to assessing the out-of-pocket cost to attend, and the value of a degree earned, the quality of the higher education YSU provides is difficult to outperform.


Whether you have financial need or affluence, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa) is necessary to receive a complete financial aid offer. The Expected Family Contribution, or EFC figure from the FAFSA, is used to determine eligibility for scholarships, grants, work-study, & loans once compared against the cost of attendance.


Founded in 1908, YSU offers over 150 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. With nearly 12,000 students, a 14:1 student to faculty ratio is maintained, with an average class size of 21.


If you have not applied for the Fall 2022 semester, there is still time. The Youngstown State University Office of Admissions is standing by to answer any questions and help guide you through the enrollment process.

Call 330-941-2000 or email enroll@ysu.edu to get started today.