Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Illinois State University tuition is $11,108 per year for in-state residents. This is 57% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 55% cheaper than the average Illinois tuition of $24,843 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 16th in Illinois amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 56th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $22,215 which represents a 100% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,953 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $14,061.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,850 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Normal should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $952.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $4,066 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $6,222 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Illinois residents to go to ISU is $28,929 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Illinois residence can expect a one year cost of $40,036.

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

Costs and Tuition for Illinois State University
Estimated Budgets
Illinois Resident Total Budget $28,929
   In-State Tuition$11,108
   Other Fees$2,953
   Room and Board$9,850
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,066
   Books and Supplies$952
Non-Resident Total Budget $40,036
   Out-of-State Tuition$22,215
   Other Fees$2,953
   Room and Board$9,850
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,066
   Books and Supplies$952


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 $28,929 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 ISU net price for in-state students is $16,337* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

50% of Illinois State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $9,966. 29 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 $4,327. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Illinois State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Illinois State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$16,337*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid50%
Average Total Grant Aid$9,966
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants29%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,327

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$11,958
$30,001 to $48,000$13,432
$48,001 to $75,000$19,923
$75,001 to $110,000$24,165

Average Financial Aid Mix - $28,929 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $28,929. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 40% - $9,966

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

Federal Loans

 23% - $5,765

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

Out of Pocket

 37% -  $9,132

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. Illinois State University
Western Illinois University23.1% less expensive
University of Wisconsin Whitewater41.3% less expensive
University of Wisconsin Platteville42.2% less expensive
Grand Valley State University8% more expensive
Murray State University31.1% 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 Illinois 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 ISU is $115,716 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 $13,722 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $54,888**

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 $144,645 or $68,610 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 Illinois State University.

Illinois Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,554
Illinois Resident Total Cost Per Semester$14,464
Non-Illinois Resident Tuition Per Semester$11,108
Non-Illinois Resident Total Cost Per Semester$20,018

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 Illinois 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 Illinois State University
Price per credit hour for Illinois residents$370
Cost for one class for Illinois residents (3 credit hours)$1,110
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$741
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,223
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,964


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. 65% of Illinois State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,765. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $27,910.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Illinois 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 $54,888, 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 $68,103.42. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Illinois State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 50% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $13,722. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Illinois 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.

Illinois State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$567.53
Amount Borrowed$54,888.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$13,215.42
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$68,103.42

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend ISU? 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 Illinois 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 $68,103.42 would be needed to afford a $567.53 monthly payment in the example $54,888.00 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 Illinois State University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $10,050 to $11,108. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2.1%. 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 $115,716.00. 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 Illinois State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$39,784$159,136
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$50,776$203,103
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $64,804$259,217
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $75,019$300,076

Tuition History

What was tuition at ISU 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$8,711$15,153 8.2%
2011$8,051$14,633 -23.5%
2010$10,531$16,561 7.3%
2009$9,814$16,444 8.7%
2008$9,028$16,339 12.3%
2007$8,040$14,730 13.4%
2006$7,091$12,971 12.1%
2005$6,328$11,548 25.4%
2004$5,047$9,237 0.2%
2003$5,037$9,227 12.5%
2002$4,478$8,421 3.3%
2001$4,336$10,774 3%
2000$4,209$10,464 3%
1999$4,085$10,160 2.9%
1998$3,969$9,873 6.7%
1997$3,720$9,411 5%
1996$3,544$8,926 3.8%
1995$3,415$8,615 5%
1994$3,253$8,203 13.3%
1993$2,871$6,673 18.1%
1992$2,430$6,030 5.4%
1991$2,306$5,738 3%
1990$2,239$5,671 15.6%
1989$1,937$4,865 9%
1988$1,777$4,352 16.4%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Illinois 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 122 12% costlier
Industrial Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 117 34% costlier
General Studies Bachelor's Degree 90 18% costlier
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 83 26% costlier
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 83 1% costlier
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 73 4% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 63 3% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 59 11% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 59 4% costlier
Information Technology Bachelor's Degree 52 18% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 49 14% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 41 4% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 38 8% costlier
Management Science Bachelor's Degree 37 3% cheaper
Health Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 30 13% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 28 0% cheaper
Insurance Bachelor's Degree 25 2% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 23 6% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 23 5% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 21 4% cheaper
Business Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 20 31% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 19 2% costlier
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Bachelor's Degree 19 49% costlier
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 19 12% costlier
Agriculture, General Bachelor's Degree 17 22% costlier
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 14 29% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 11 8% costlier
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 11 18% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 11 7% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 11 11% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 11 10% costlier
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator Bachelor's Degree 9 25% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 8 7% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 8 2% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 7 4% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 5 0% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 5 3% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 5 1% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 4 11% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 2% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 4 3% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 4 0% cheaper
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 4 14% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 3 11% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 3 1% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 15% cheaper
Environmental Health Bachelor's Degree 3 11% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 3 16% costlier
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 3 7% costlier
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 2 18% costlier
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 7% costlier
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations Bachelor's Degree 2 33% costlier
Visual and Performing Arts, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 16% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 2 6% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 18% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 6% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 1 13% costlier
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 26% costlier
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene Bachelor's Degree 1 21% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 1 1% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 1 8% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 1 3% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 1 13% costlier
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 5% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 1 9% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 9% cheaper
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Bachelor's Degree 1 0% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 13% cheaper


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About Illinois State University

Illinois State University is a four year public college located in Normal, Illinois.  Full time enrollment is 18,694 and part time is 2,345.

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

Illinois State University
North and School Streets
Normal, Illinois

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Illinois 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.

Illinois State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=145813 IPEDS survey data.