Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Georgia State University tuition is $6,846 per year for in-state residents. This is 0% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,841. The cost is 50% cheaper than the average Georgia tuition of $13,685 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 25th in Georgia amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 45th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $21,414 which represents a 213% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,128 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $8,974.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $14,084 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Atlanta 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 $2,430 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,400 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Georgia residents to go to Georgia State University is $27,088 for the 2015/2016 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Georgia residence can expect a one year cost of $41,656.

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

Costs and Tuition for Georgia State University
Estimated Budgets
Georgia Resident Total Budget $27,088
   In-State Tuition$6,846
   Other Fees$2,128
   Room and Board$14,084
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,430
   Books and Supplies$1,600
Non-Resident Total Budget $41,656
   Out-of-State Tuition$21,414
   Other Fees$2,128
   Room and Board$14,084
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,430
   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 $27,088 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 Georgia State University net price for in-state students is $15,609* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

85% of Georgia State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $8,568. 57 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 $4,613. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Georgia State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Georgia State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$15,609*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid85%
Average Total Grant Aid$8,568
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants57%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,613

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$13,854
$30,001 to $48,000$14,943
$48,001 to $75,000$17,233
$75,001 to $110,000$18,772

Average Financial Aid Mix - $27,088 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $27,088. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 35% - $8,568

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

Federal Loans

 23% - $5,589

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

Out of Pocket

 43% -  $10,501

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. Georgia State University
Jacksonville State University5.2% more expensive
Auburn University32.5% more expensive
Western Carolina University43.1% less expensive
University of Alabama at Huntsville31.4% more expensive
University of North Carolina at Asheville41% 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 Georgia 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 Georgia State University is $108,352 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 $11,537 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $46,148**

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 $135,440 or $57,685 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 Georgia State University.

Georgia Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,423
Georgia Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,544
Non-Georgia Resident Tuition Per Semester$10,707
Non-Georgia Resident Total Cost Per Semester$20,828

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 Georgia 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 Georgia State University
Price per credit hour for Georgia residents$285
Cost for one class for Georgia residents (3 credit hours)$855
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$892
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,676
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,568


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. 55% of Georgia State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,589.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Georgia 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 $46,148, 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 $57,259.09. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Georgia State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 85% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $11,537. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Georgia 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.

Georgia State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$477.16
Amount Borrowed$46,148.00
Interest Rate4.4%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$11,111.09
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$57,259.09

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Georgia 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 Georgia 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 $57,259.09 would be needed to afford a $477.16 monthly payment in the example $46,148.00 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 Georgia 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 $108,352.00. 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 Georgia State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2023$37,252$149,009
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2028$47,544$190,178
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2033 $60,680$242,720
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2036 $70,245$280,979

Tuition History

What was tuition at Georgia 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$5,826$20,393 -17.6%
2011$7,070$25,280 -5.7%
2010$7,498$25,708 23.8%
2009$6,056$20,624 17.7%
2008$5,147$17,623 7.6%
2007$4,782$16,351 7.1%
2006$4,464$15,378 7.5%
2005$4,154$14,260 6%
2004$3,920$13,544 12.9%
2003$3,472$11,842 5.5%
2002$3,292$11,188 5.1%
2001$3,132$10,650 8.5%
2000$2,886$10,128 3.9%
1999$2,778$9,784 3.9%
1998$2,673$9,423 12.1%
1997$2,385$8,640 6%
1996$2,249$7,424 4.4%
1995$2,154$6,744 6.7%
1994$2,019$6,452 3.4%
1993$1,952$6,258 3.6%
1992$1,884$6,024 4%
1991$1,812$5,790 8.8%
1990$1,665$5,490 5%
1989$1,585$5,276 4.4%
1988$1,518$4,864 7%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Georgia 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
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 320 10% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 256 19% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 246 29% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 237 18% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 225 10% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 218 21% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 195 7% costlier
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 184 38% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 177 14% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 173 6% costlier
Drawing Bachelor's Degree 146 4% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 144 10% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 124 23% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 122 31% costlier
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 115 12% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 106 20% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 91 26% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 80 8% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 79 22% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 72 1% cheaper
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree 67 21% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 58 11% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 47 10% costlier
Public Policy Analysis, General Bachelor's Degree 46 20% cheaper
Insurance Bachelor's Degree 42 12% costlier
Real Estate Bachelor's Degree 42 6% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 41 3% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 40 2% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 38 6% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 37 11% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 33 2% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 32 6% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 28 6% costlier
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 26 10% cheaper
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 26 29% costlier
Actuarial Science Bachelor's Degree 26 5% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 23 8% costlier
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 23 21% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 18 4% cheaper
International Economics Bachelor's Degree 16 14% cheaper
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 16 20% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 14 7% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 13 19% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 11 7% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 11 1% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 10 6% cheaper
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 8 6% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 7% cheaper
Urban Studies/Affairs Bachelor's Degree 5 6% cheaper
General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 17% costlier
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 1 26% costlier


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About Georgia State University

Georgia State University is a four year public college located in Atlanta, Georgia.  Full time enrollment is 24,458 and part time is 7,779.

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

Georgia State University
33 gilmer st
Atlanta, Georgia

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Georgia 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.

Georgia State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=139940 IPEDS survey data.