Tuition and Cost to Attend Auburn University

Annual Total Cost

The total list price for in-state Alabama residents to go to Auburn University is $22,604 for the 2013/2014 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't possess Alabama residence can expect a one year cost of $39,116.

Undergraduate Tuition

Auburn University tuition is $8,256 per year for in-state residents. This is 32% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,256. The cost is $3,795 and 31% cheaper than the average Alabama tuition of $12,051 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 15th in Alabama amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 27th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $24,768 which represents a 200% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,596 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $9,852.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,552 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Auburn University should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,200.

Costs and Tuition for Auburn University
Expenditure Price
Alabama Resident Total Cost $22,604
   In-State Tuition$8,256
   Other Fees$1,596
   Room and Board$11,552
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Non-Resident Total Cost $39,116
   Out-of-State Tuition$24,768
   Other Fees$1,596
   Room and Board$11,552
   Books and Supplies$1,200

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 academic years.


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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 $22,604 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 Auburn University net price for in-state students $15,282* for the 2011/2012 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

52% of Auburn University students received grant aid in 2010/2011. The average total aid amount was $8,787. 18 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2010/2011 was $4,346. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Auburn University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Auburn University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$15,282*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid52%
Average Total Grant Aid$8,787
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants18%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,346

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 2011-2012 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$11,709
$30,001 to $48,000$14,009
$48,001 to $75,000$16,427
$75,001 to $110,000$18,315

Average Financial Aid Mix - $22,604 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $22,604. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 39% - $8,787

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

Federal Loans

 30% - $6,842

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

Out of Pocket

 31% -  $6,975

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 2011-2012 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. Auburn University
Georgia State University24.4% less expensive
Georgia College & State University17.6% less expensive
North Georgia College & State University53% less expensive
Mississippi State University18% less expensive
Georgia Southern University51.8% 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 Auburn 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 Auburn University is $90,416 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 $14,087 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $56,348**

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 $113,020 or $70,435 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 2011-2012 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 Auburn University.

Alabama Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,128
Alabama Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,302
Non-Alabama Resident Tuition Per Semester$12,384
Non-Alabama Resident Total Cost Per Semester$19,558

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 Auburn 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 Auburn University
Price per credit hour for Alabama residents$304
Cost for one class for Alabama residents (3 credit hours)$912
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$912
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,736
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,648

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. 37% of Auburn University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,842. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $26,990.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Auburn 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 $56,348, 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 $70,600.49. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Auburn University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 52% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $14,087. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Auburn 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.

Auburn University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$588.34
Amount Borrowed$56,348.00
Interest Rate4.7%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$14,252.49
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$70,600.49

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Auburn 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 Auburn 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 $70,600.49 would be needed to afford a $588.34 monthly payment in the example $56,348.00 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 Auburn University in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $5,496 to $8,698. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 11.7%. 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 $90,416.00. 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 Auburn University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2020$31,086$124,343
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2025$39,674$158,697
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2030 $50,635$202,542
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2033 $58,617$234,467

Tuition History

What was tuition at Auburn 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$6,972$19,452 7.3%
2009$6,500$18,260 11.4%
2008$5,834$16,334 6.1%
2007$5,496$15,496 4.1%
2006$5,278$14,878 9.3%
2005$4,828$14,048 9.1%
2004$4,426$12,886 17%
2003$3,784$11,084 12%
2002$3,380$9,900 0%
1999$2,760$8,280 7.6%
1998$2,565$7,695 8.9%
1997$2,355$7,065 4.7%
1996$2,250$6,750 7.1%
1995$2,100$6,300 7.7%
1994$1,950$5,850 11.1%
1993$1,755$5,265 10%
1992$1,596$4,788 8.1%
1991$1,476$4,428 0%
1990$1,476$4,428 11.6%
1989$1,323$3,969 0%
1988$1,323$3,968 8.4%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Auburn 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
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 137 26% costlier
Architectural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 123 5% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 113 5% costlier
Communication and Media Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 107 2% cheaper
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 105 20% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 99 4% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 79 22% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 75 24% costlier
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 71 22% costlier
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management Bachelor's Degree 61 17% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 59 26% costlier
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 58 12% costlier
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 53 14% costlier
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 51 28% costlier
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 51 15% costlier
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 49 7% cheaper
Nutrition Sciences Bachelor's Degree 49 0% cheaper
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 48 3% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 48 14% costlier
Industrial and Product Design Bachelor's Degree 48 3% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree 45 20% costlier
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 42 34% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 42 8% costlier
Agricultural Economics Bachelor's Degree 41 19% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 38 2% costlier
Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree 38 12% costlier
Horticultural Science Bachelor's Degree 34 20% costlier
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 34 19% costlier
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management Bachelor's Degree 33 32% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, Other Bachelor's Degree 31 24% costlier
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree 29 2% cheaper
Health Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 29 23% costlier
Design and Visual Communications, General Bachelor's Degree 28 17% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 28 22% costlier
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 28 10% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 27 4% costlier
Forest Sciences and Biology Bachelor's Degree 27 8% costlier
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology Bachelor's Degree 24 25% costlier
Criminology Bachelor's Degree 24 9% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 22 8% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 22 7% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 21 10% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 20 2% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 19 6% costlier
Social Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 19 39% costlier
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 18 25% costlier
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other Bachelor's Degree 18 5% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 17 20% costlier
Interior Architecture Bachelor's Degree 16 12% costlier
Polymer/Plastics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 16 11% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 15 18% costlier
Biological/Biosystems Engineering Bachelor's Degree 14 6% costlier
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 14 24% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 14 8% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 13 19% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 13 2% cheaper
Aquaculture Bachelor's Degree 12 0% costlier
Poultry Science Bachelor's Degree 12 19% costlier
Plant Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 12 32% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 11 9% costlier
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 11 28% costlier
Technical Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 11 33% costlier
Environmental Design/Architecture Bachelor's Degree 11 7% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 11 3% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 10 18% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 10 1% cheaper
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 9 4% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 9 12% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 8 16% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 8 7% costlier
Materials Engineering Bachelor's Degree 7 7% cheaper
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Bachelor's Degree 7 19% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 7 6% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 6 4% cheaper
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Bachelor's Degree 6 5% costlier
Engineering, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 2% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 1% costlier
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 5 23% costlier
Foreign Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 14% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 5 28% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 4 20% costlier
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 3 16% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 3 10% costlier
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 2 26% costlier
Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree 2 9% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 2 7% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 2 5% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 2 10% costlier
Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 1% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 4% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 5% cheaper


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About Auburn University

Auburn University is a four year public college located in Auburn University, Alabama.  Full time enrollment is 21,286 and part time is 4,183.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 17,463 applicants. 13,486 were admitted and 3,852 enrolled.

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

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Auburn 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.

Auburn University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=100858 IPEDS survey data.


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