Penn State ranks among least affordable "flagship" universities in the U.S.

11.11.19 | Terry Diener

The term flagship refers to public universities built with significant government and taxpayer help with the goal of helping people from working and otherwise financially-modest backgrounds become contributors to a well-educated workforce.

However, according to the Institute for Higher Education Policy, not only Penn State, but the vast majority of such schools -- sometimes called “land grant” institutions -- are outside the reach of financially disadvantaged students.

They found that only four of the 50 flagship universities are affordable to low-income students.