Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Humboldt State University tuition is $5,472 per year for in-state residents. This is 20% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $6,841. The cost is 76% cheaper than the average California tuition of $22,874 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 17th in California amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 128th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $16,632 which represents a 204% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,737 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $7,209.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $12,638 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Arcata should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,660.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,444 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,444 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state California residents to go to Humboldt State University is $23,951 for the 2015/2016 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have California residence can expect a one year cost of $35,111.

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

Costs and Tuition for Humboldt State University
Estimated Budgets
California Resident Total Budget $23,951
   In-State Tuition$5,472
   Other Fees$1,737
   Room and Board$12,638
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,444
   Books and Supplies$1,660
Non-Resident Total Budget $35,111
   Out-of-State Tuition$16,632
   Other Fees$1,737
   Room and Board$12,638
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,444
   Books and Supplies$1,660


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 $23,951 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 Humboldt State University net price for in-state students is $11,836* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

63% of Humboldt State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $10,370. 53 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 $4,765. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Humboldt State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Humboldt State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$11,836*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid63%
Average Total Grant Aid$10,370
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants53%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,765

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$9,785
$30,001 to $48,000$11,243
$48,001 to $75,000$14,945
$75,001 to $110,000$20,156

Average Financial Aid Mix - $23,951 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $23,951. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 48% - $10,370

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

Federal Loans

 24% - $5,092

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

Out of Pocket

 28% -  $6,045

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. Humboldt State University
Southern Oregon University24.5% more expensive
California State University Sacramento0% less expensive
Portland State University28.3% more expensive
Boise State University11% less expensive
University of Washington Bothell Campus77.2% more 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 Humboldt 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 Humboldt State University is $95,804 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 $11,149 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $44,596**

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 $119,755 or $55,745 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 Humboldt State University.

California Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,736
California Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,976
Non-California Resident Tuition Per Semester$8,316
Non-California Resident Total Cost Per Semester$17,556

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. 61% of Humboldt State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,092. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $23,078.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Humboldt 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 $44,596, 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 $55,333.41. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Humboldt State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 63% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $11,149. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Humboldt 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.

Humboldt State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$461.11
Amount Borrowed$44,596.00
Interest Rate4.4%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$10,737.41
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$55,333.41

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Humboldt 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 Humboldt 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 $55,333.41 would be needed to afford a $461.11 monthly payment in the example $44,596.00 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 Humboldt State University in the future? 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 $95,804.00. 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 Humboldt State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2023$32,938$131,753
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2028$42,038$168,154
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2033 $53,653$214,612
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2036 $62,110$248,440

Tuition History

What was tuition at Humboldt 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 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$5,472$16,632 0%
2010$5,171$16,331 24.7%
2009$4,148$14,318 7.9%
2008$3,843$14,013 21%
2007$3,175$13,345 0.3%
2006$3,167$13,337 10.6%
2005$2,863$13,033 12.8%
2004$2,539$10,802 34.3%
2003$1,891$10,182 1.6%
2002$1,861$9,143 0%
2001$1,861$9,266 0.5%
2000$1,851$9,231 -2.8%
1999$1,905$9,285 -0.9%
1998$1,923$9,303 -0.6%
1997$1,935$9,315 2.3%
1996$1,891$9,271 2.1%
1995$1,853$9,233 10.7%
1994$1,674$9,054 14.1%
1993$1,467$7,539 56.7%
1992$936$5,904 -0.3%
1991$939$6,150 8.3%
1990$867$5,670 2.5%
1989$846$4,680 7.5%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Humboldt 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
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 56 4% costlier
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management Bachelor's Degree 50 11% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 35 3% costlier
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering Bachelor's Degree 30 21% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 30 9% cheaper
Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other Bachelor's Degree 29 1% cheaper
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 29 13% cheaper
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management Bachelor's Degree 24 3% costlier
Rhetoric and Composition Bachelor's Degree 23 1% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 23 9% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 20 3% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 19 12% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 16 10% cheaper
Range Science and Management Bachelor's Degree 12 14% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 11 10% cheaper
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical Bachelor's Degree 11 4% costlier
Information Technology Bachelor's Degree 11 9% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 10 17% cheaper
American Indian/Native American Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 2% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 9 5% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 7 11% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 7 13% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 7 15% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 6 11% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 5 10% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 4 8% cheaper
Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree 4 5% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 9% cheaper
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 21% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 3 1% costlier
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 3 3% cheaper
Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 3 8% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 2 9% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 2 7% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 7% cheaper
Botany/Plant Biology Bachelor's Degree 2 7% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 21% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 2 10% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 1 17% cheaper
Forestry, General Bachelor's Degree 1 1% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 19% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 1 7% cheaper
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 19% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 17% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 1 4% cheaper


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About Humboldt State University

Humboldt State University is a four year public college located in Arcata, California.  Full time enrollment is 7,885 and part time is 618.

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

Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, California

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Humboldt 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.

Humboldt State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=115755 IPEDS survey data.