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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus tuition is $6,840 per year for in-state residents. This is 3% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 48% cheaper than the average Arkansas tuition of $13,232 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 9th in Arkansas amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 16th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $10,650 which represents a 56% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,506 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $8,346.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $7,066 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Magnolia should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

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

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $5,557 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $7,094 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Arkansas residents to go to Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is $22,569 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Arkansas residence can expect a one year cost of $26,379.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for Southern Arkansas University Main Campus and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
Estimated Budgets
Arkansas Resident Total Budget $22,569
   In-State Tuition$6,840
   Other Fees$1,506
   Room and Board$7,066
   On-Campus Other Budget$5,557
   Books and Supplies$1,600
Non-Resident Total Budget $26,379
   Out-of-State Tuition$10,650
   Other Fees$1,506
   Room and Board$7,066
   On-Campus Other Budget$5,557
   Books and Supplies$1,600

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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 $22,569 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 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus net price for in-state students is $10,087* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

97% of Southern Arkansas University Main Campus students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $8,715. 59 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 $4,524. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Southern Arkansas University Main Campus, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$10,087*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid97%
Average Total Grant Aid$8,715
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants59%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,524

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$9,354
$30,001 to $48,000$9,514
$48,001 to $75,000$10,745
$75,001 to $110,000$12,961
$110,000+$13,474

Average Financial Aid Mix - $22,569 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $22,569. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

51%
32%
16%

Grants and Scholarships

 51% - $8,715

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

Federal Loans

 32% - $5,505

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

Out of Pocket

 16% -  $2,792

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. Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
Grambling State University24.9% less expensive
University of Central Arkansas4.6% less expensive
Jackson State University9.7% more expensive
East Central University22.5% less expensive
Nicholls State University28% 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 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus.

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 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is $90,276 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 $6,828 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $27,312**

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 $112,845 or $34,140 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 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus.

Arkansas Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,420
Arkansas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,284
Non-Arkansas Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,325
Non-Arkansas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,190

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 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus 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 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
Price per credit hour for Arkansas residents$228
Cost for one class for Arkansas residents (3 credit hours)$684
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$355
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,065
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,420

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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. 48% of Southern Arkansas University Main Campus students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,505.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Southern Arkansas University Main Campus? 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 $27,312, 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 $33,887.93. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 97% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $6,828. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Southern Arkansas University Main Campus 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.

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$282.40
Amount Borrowed$27,312.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$6,575.93
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$33,887.93

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Southern Arkansas University Main Campus? 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 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus, 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 $33,887.93 would be needed to afford a $282.40 monthly payment in the example $27,312.00 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 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $5,880 to $6,840. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.3%. 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 $90,276.00. 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 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$31,038$124,151
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$39,613$158,451
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $50,557$202,228
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $58,526$234,104

Tuition History

What was tuition at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus 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$5,580$8,460 4.5%
2011$5,340$8,100 -12%
2010$6,066$8,706 7.4%
2009$5,646$8,106 8.1%
2008$5,224$7,534 6.8%
2007$4,890$7,080 15.9%
2006$4,218$6,228 11.1%
2005$3,798$5,618 8.6%
2004$3,496$5,186 16.3%
2003$3,006$4,494 12.6%
2002$2,670$4,014 8.8%
2001$2,454$3,702 10.7%
2000$2,216$3,344 11.2%
1999$1,992$3,048 7.8%
1998$1,848$2,856 5.5%
1997$1,752$2,712 4.3%
1996$1,680$2,616 2.9%
1995$1,632$2,544 8.8%
1994$1,500$2,340 8.7%
1993$1,380$2,150 6.8%
1992$1,292$2,000 19.6%
1991$1,080$1,710 0%
1990$1,080$1,710 0%
1989$1,080$1,710 105.7%
1988$525$688 16.7%
1987$450$715

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus 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
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 64 30% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 54 31% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 49 24% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 25 29% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 23 35% cheaper
Agricultural Business and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 21 23% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 14 35% cheaper
Agricultural Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 12 20% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 11 22% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 11 25% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 10 27% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 10 34% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 9 39% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 8 32% cheaper
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 8 31% cheaper
Physics, Other Bachelor's Degree 7 44% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 7 36% cheaper
General Studies Associate's Degree 6 25% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 30% cheaper
Industrial Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 5 12% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 5 28% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 4 37% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 36% cheaper
Community Organization and Advocacy Bachelor's Degree 3 33% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 39% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 2 38% cheaper
Chemistry, General Associate's Degree 2 35% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 2 30% cheaper
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations Associate's Degree 1 48% costlier

Calculators

Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for Southern Arkansas University Main Campus or model a student loan.

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Plan and Save for College

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Estimate Loan Payments

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About Southern Arkansas University Main Campus

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is a four year public college located in Magnolia, Arkansas.  Full time enrollment is 3,439 and part time is 1,332.

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

Address
Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
100 E. University
Magnolia, Arkansas
71753

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus 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.

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=107983 IPEDS survey data.