Parents & Proud Supporters

Can you believe it? Your son, daughter, or relative is heading to college.

Did you think this day would ever come? Or maybe it came way too fast. Either way, if you’re like most parents and family members, you’re going through a range of emotions, and you probably have a lot of questions. We understand, and we are here for you!

We will help you and your new college student navigate the admissions process and more. First, we want to tell you more about Penn Highlands. And, for even more support, join our Parents & Proud Supporters Facebook Group.

Why Attend Penn Highlands

A great value.

An education from Penn Highlands combines low tuition costs with an outstanding education. On average, students save over $6,400 annually by attending a community college compared to a four-year public college.

An extended family.

With small classes (16:1) and dedicated faculty, all students feel more like family.

Programs for anyone.

With over 35 academic programs in seven unique pathways, we offer something for every aspiring college student.

An unsure future.

Your student may not know what they want to do just yet and that is normal. Choosing a path can be hard and there are many factors to consider. We understand, and we can help you. Our Liberal Arts & Sciences program is designed to help your student explore career paths through easily transferable introductory courses.

The path to a bachelor’s degree starts here.

Many students earn transferable credits from us and then move on to earn a bachelor’s degree. We maintain over 200 transfer agreements with other colleges and universities. No matter what your student decides to study, a bachelor’s degree is not too far away.

Earn college credits while in high school.

Qualified high school students can take advantage of Penn Highlands’ accredited High School Pathways program and earn college credits through one of three distinct pathways: dual enrollment, Academy, or Associate in High School.

Convenience is essential.

With six locations spanning the Southern Alleghenies region, and classes offered in day, evening, online, and blended formats, one of our facilities is easily within reach.

Scholarships are available.

Paying for college is not always easy. Our Foundation awards a number of scholarships each year. In fact, in 2021-2022 alone, the College Foundation awarded over $28,000 in scholarships.

Paying For College

Many parents have similar questions about paying for college, so here are answers to the questions we hear the most.

How much does it cost?

Penn Highlands’ 2022-2023 average tuition and fees for a Pennsylvania resident is $4,545 (per semester). To put that in perspective, the average tuition and fees for a public four-year college or university is $10,740. (Source: College Board)

How am I going to afford it?

Our tuition and fees are reasonable compared to those around us. And to help, Financial Aid can help you navigate the various types of aid.

Visit Penn Highlands

You wouldn’t want to buy a house or a car without checking it out first. Choosing a college should be no different. We encourage you to bring your whole family to one of our facilities, ask questions, look around, talk to professors, and meet with our Admissions team. Come and experience Penn Highlands first-hand with your student, schedule a visit today. While you’re here, we’ll walk you through it all.

Or, if you would prefer, at your request, we can just mail you additional information on Penn Highlands and any program that would interest you.

After Penn Highlands

We know it’s important to you that your student experiences success after Penn Highlands. Whether he or she will be continuing on to a four-year school or starting a career, our Transfer and Career Planning office will help prepare your student for what’s next.

Check out where Penn Highlands has led some of our alumni.