Penn State: Freshman can skip main campus, save up to $15k

A Penn State student walks in the rain past Old Main on the Penn State main campus in State College, Pa., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State University has a popularity problem.

The school expects a record 8,600 freshmen at University Park this fall. So Penn State hopes a few hundred students will accept tuition breaks to study at its 18 other campuses instead.

They would save about $10,000 on in-state tuition and $15,000 off of out-of-state tuition.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the savings reflect the lower tuition there and special scholarships being offered.

Students can save another $5,000 if they live at a campus offering housing.

Joanny Rodriquez of Charlotte, North Carolina, says the discount was enough to steer her toward the Altoona campus.

Penn State has sent the offer to about 2,800 freshmen with higher tuition bills. Some students could save more than half the cost of attendance.

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