Tuition and Cost to Attend Alabama State University

Annual Total Cost

The total list price for in-state Alabama residents to go to Alabama State University is $15,742 for the 2014/2015 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't possess Alabama residence can expect a one year cost of $22,678.

Undergraduate Tuition

Alabama State University tuition is $6,936 per year for in-state residents. This is 8% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,429. The cost is $5,616 and 45% cheaper than the average Alabama tuition of $12,552 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 10th in Alabama amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 32nd most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $13,872 which represents a 100% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,784 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $8,720.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $5,422 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Montgomery should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,600.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 and 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2014-2015 and 2013-2014 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Alabama State University
Expenditure Price
Alabama Resident Total Cost $15,742
   In-State Tuition$6,936
   Other Fees$1,784
   Room and Board$5,422
   Books and Supplies$1,600
Non-Resident Total Cost $22,678
   Out-of-State Tuition$13,872
   Other Fees$1,784
   Room and Board$5,422
   Books and Supplies$1,600


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $15,742 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Alabama State University net price for in-state students $10,607* for the 2013/2014 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

87% of Alabama State University students received grant aid in 2013/2014. The average total aid amount was $8,096. 76 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2013/2014 was $4,739. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Alabama State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Alabama State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$10,607*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid87%
Average Total Grant Aid$8,096
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants76%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,739

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last reported for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$12,342
$30,001 to $48,000$10,811
$48,001 to $75,000$11,362
$75,001 to $110,000$13,079

Average Financial Aid Mix - $15,742 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $15,742. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 51% - $8,096

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Alabama State University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 46% - $7,299

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 2% -  $347

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Alabama State University
Auburn University at Montgomery21.5% more expensive
Jacksonville State University2.1% less expensive
Georgia Southwestern State University45.3% less expensive
Gordon College65.3% less expensive
Macon State College67.2% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Alabama State University.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Alabama State University is $62,968 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $9,294 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $37,176**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $78,710 or $46,470 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Alabama State University.

Alabama Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,468
Alabama Resident Total Cost Per Semester$7,871
Non-Alabama Resident Tuition Per Semester$6,936
Non-Alabama Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,339

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Alabama State University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Alabama State University
Price per credit hour for Alabama residents$263
Cost for one class for Alabama residents (3 credit hours)$789
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$526
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,578
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,104

Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 81% of Alabama State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $7,299. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $32,629.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Alabama State University? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $37,176, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $45,784.07. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Alabama State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 87% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $9,294. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Alabama State University student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Alabama State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$381.53
Amount Borrowed$37,176.00
Interest Rate4.3%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$8,608.07
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$45,784.07

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Alabama State University? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Alabama State University, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $45,784.07 would be needed to afford a $381.53 monthly payment in the example $37,176.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Alabama State University in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $4,008 to $8,082. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 20.3%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $62,968.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Alabama State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2021$21,649$86,596
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2026$27,630$110,520
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2031 $35,264$141,055
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2034 $40,822$163,289

Tuition History

What was tuition at Alabama State University five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2010$6,468$12,084 18.5%
2009$5,460$10,068 21.1%
2008$4,508$8,516 12.5%
2007$4,008$8,016 0%
2006$4,008$8,016 0%
2005$4,008$8,016 11.3%
2004$3,600$7,200 24%
2003$2,904$5,808 0%
2002$2,904$5,808 15.2%
2001$2,520$5,040 0%
2000$2,520$5,040 20.6%
1999$2,090$3,890 0%
1998$2,090$3,890 0%
1997$2,090$3,890 19.3%
1996$1,752$3,504 9%
1995$1,608$3,138 -1.8%
1994$1,638$3,138 1.9%
1993$1,608$3,108 26.8%
1992$1,268$2,428 0%
1991$1,268$2,428 18.1%
1990$1,074$2,034 0%
1989$1,074$2,034 2.9%
1988$1,044$2,000 7.7%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Alabama State University to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 61 37% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 60 25% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 47 29% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 47 36% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 46 28% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 40 36% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 35 26% cheaper
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 32 33% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 21 27% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 20 30% cheaper
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator Bachelor's Degree 19 21% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 18 31% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 17 40% cheaper
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 15 30% cheaper
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 14 25% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 12 39% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 10 27% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 9 38% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 7 32% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 7 38% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 6 35% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 5 36% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 33% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 4 29% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 4 38% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 3 38% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 3 38% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 1 37% cheaper


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About Alabama State University

Alabama State University is a four year public college located in Montgomery, Alabama.  Full time enrollment is 4,613 and part time is 816.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 7,592 applicants. 3,495 were admitted and 1,106 enrolled.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Alabama State University
915 S Jackson Street
Montgomery, Alabama

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Alabama State University is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

Alabama State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=100724 IPEDS survey data.

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