Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

The University of Alabama tuition is $10,470 per year for in-state residents. This is 53% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,841. The cost is 16% cheaper than the average Alabama tuition of $12,537 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 19th in Alabama amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 19th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $26,950 which represents a 157% premium.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $13,050 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Tuscaloosa should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

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

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $4,116 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,116 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Alabama residents to go to The University of Alabama is $28,836 for the 2015/2016 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Alabama residence can expect a one year cost of $45,316.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 IPEDS survey response for The University of Alabama and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for The University of Alabama
Estimated Budgets
Alabama Resident Total Budget $28,836
   In-State Tuition$10,470
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$13,050
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,116
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Non-Resident Total Budget $45,316
   Out-of-State Tuition$26,950
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$13,050
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,116
   Books and Supplies$1,200


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 $28,836 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 The University of Alabama net price for in-state students is $18,935* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

62% of The University of Alabama students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $12,691. 18 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,210. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend The University of Alabama, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for The University of Alabama
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$18,935*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid62%
Average Total Grant Aid$12,691
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants18%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,210

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 published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$17,957
$30,001 to $48,000$18,895
$48,001 to $75,000$20,583
$75,001 to $110,000$23,359

Average Financial Aid Mix - $28,836 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $28,836. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 51% - $12,691

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

Federal Loans

 23% - $5,769

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

Out of Pocket

 25% -  $6,260

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 2014-2015 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. The University of Alabama
University of Georgia10.6% less expensive
Florida State University55.7% less expensive
Miami University14.7% more expensive
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign15% more expensive
University of Central Florida57.2% 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 The University of Alabama.

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 The University of Alabama is $115,344 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 $16,255 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $65,020**

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 $144,180 or $81,275 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 2014-2015 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 The University of Alabama.

Alabama Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,235
Alabama Resident Total Cost Per Semester$14,418
Non-Alabama Resident Tuition Per Semester$13,475
Non-Alabama Resident Total Cost Per Semester$22,658

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 The University of Alabama 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 The University of Alabama
Price per credit hour for Alabama residents$569
Cost for one class for Alabama residents (3 credit hours)$1,707
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$1,279
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$3,837
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$5,116


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. 39% of The University of Alabama students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,769. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $28,508.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for The University of Alabama? 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 $65,020, 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 $80,674.91. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at The University of Alabama. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 62% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $16,255. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our The University of Alabama 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.

The University of Alabama Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$672.29
Amount Borrowed$65,020.00
Interest Rate4.4%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$15,654.91
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$80,674.91

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend The University of Alabama? 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 The University of Alabama, 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 $80,674.91 would be needed to afford a $672.29 monthly payment in the example $65,020.00 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 The University of Alabama in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $8,600 to $10,470. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.3%. 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 $115,344.00. 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 The University of Alabama.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2023$39,656$158,625
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2028$50,613$202,450
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2033 $64,596$258,383
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2036 $74,778$299,111

Tuition History

What was tuition at The University of Alabama 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 in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2012$8,600$21,900 8.9%
2011$7,900$20,500 12.9%
2010$7,000$19,200 9.4%
2009$6,400$18,000 12.3%
2008$5,700$16,518 8%
2007$5,278$15,294 8.5%
2006$4,864$13,516 5.1%
2005$4,630$12,664 12%
2004$4,134$11,294 16.3%
2003$3,556$9,624 8%
2002$3,292$8,912 9.2%
2001$3,014$8,162 4.9%
2000$2,872$7,722 7%
1999$2,684$7,216 3.5%
1998$2,594$6,808 5%
1997$2,470$6,268 4%
1996$2,374$5,924 5%
1995$2,260$5,642 4.1%
1994$2,172$5,424 5%
1993$2,068$5,166 6.8%
1992$1,936$4,800 7%
1991$1,810$4,486 5%
1990$1,724$4,260 5%
1989$1,642$4,056 4.5%
1988$1,572$3,472 14%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at The University of Alabama 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
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 193 34% costlier
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 140 22% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 114 35% costlier
Restaurant/Food Services Management Bachelor's Degree 105 27% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 98 22% costlier
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 95 50% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 91 37% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 90 14% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 87 14% costlier
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 73 98% costlier
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 67 33% costlier
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 66 30% costlier
Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree 64 28% costlier
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 59 30% costlier
Management Science Bachelor's Degree 53 17% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 52 30% costlier
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 48 31% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 48 33% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 46 14% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 44 5% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 38 34% costlier
Family Resource Management Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 37 33% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 37 16% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 36 18% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 34 30% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 31 20% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 30 19% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 21 29% costlier
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Bachelor's Degree 20 21% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 19 17% costlier
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree 19 6% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 17 27% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 14 17% costlier
Metallurgical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 14 31% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 14 12% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 13 32% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 13 27% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 12 7% costlier
Construction Engineering Bachelor's Degree 11 24% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 9 13% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 9 41% costlier
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 8 6% costlier
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Bachelor's Degree 7 15% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 42% costlier
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 6 32% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 6 20% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 1% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 4 14% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 10% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 3 29% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 3 11% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 3 3% costlier
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 3 19% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 2 7% costlier
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 2 23% costlier
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 2 7% cheaper
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 2 25% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 2 19% costlier
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 2 27% costlier
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 23% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 2% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 1 24% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 1 16% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 31% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 1 21% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 1 2% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 1 16% costlier
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 1 23% costlier


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About The University of Alabama

The University of Alabama is a four year public college located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Full time enrollment is 32,488 and part time is 5,175.

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

The University of Alabama
739 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

The University of Alabama 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.

The University of Alabama cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=100751 IPEDS survey data.