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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign tuition is $12,036 per year for in-state residents. This is 76% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,841. The cost is 50% cheaper than the average Illinois tuition of $24,105 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 17th 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 $27,658 which represents a 130% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $3,022 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $15,058.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,306 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Champaign 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 $2,500 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $0 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Illinois residents to go to Illinois is $30,064 for the 2015/2016 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Illinois residence can expect a one year cost of $45,686.

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

Costs and Tuition for University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Estimated Budgets
Illinois Resident Total Budget $30,064
   In-State Tuition$12,036
   Other Fees$3,022
   Room and Board$11,306
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,500
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Non-Resident Total Budget $45,686
   Out-of-State Tuition$27,658
   Other Fees$3,022
   Room and Board$11,306
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,500
   Books and Supplies$1,200

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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 $30,064 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 Illinois net price for in-state students is $16,249* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

45% of University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $13,089. 22 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 $4,516. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$16,249*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid45%
Average Total Grant Aid$13,089
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants22%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,516

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$7,801
$30,001 to $48,000$12,231
$48,001 to $75,000$17,934
$75,001 to $110,000$24,625
$110,000+$27,070

Average Financial Aid Mix - $30,064 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $30,064. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

47%
20%
32%

Grants and Scholarships

 47% - $13,089

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

Federal Loans

 20% - $5,548

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

Out of Pocket

 32% -  $8,927

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.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if Illinois is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 84/100 for University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Considering an average net price paid of $15,610, this leads to an overall value ranking of 80/100. This places the school 36th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Purdue University Main Campus23.5% less expensive
University of Wisconsin Madison23% less expensive
Ohio State University23.8% less expensive
University of Minnesota Twin Cities4.2% more expensive
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus47% 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 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

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 Illinois is $120,256 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 $15,610 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $62,440**

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 $150,320 or $78,050 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 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Illinois Resident Tuition Per Semester$6,018
Illinois Resident Total Cost Per Semester$15,032
Non-Illinois Resident Tuition Per Semester$13,829
Non-Illinois Resident Total Cost Per Semester$22,843

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 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 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 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Price per credit hour for Illinois residents$653
Cost for one class for Illinois residents (3 credit hours)$1,959
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$1,247
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$3,741
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$4,988

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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. 39% of University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,548. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $24,657.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign? 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 $62,440, 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 $77,473.72. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 45% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $15,610. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 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.

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$645.61
Amount Borrowed$62,440.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$15,033.72
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$77,473.72

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Illinois? 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 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 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 $77,473.72 would be needed to afford a $645.61 monthly payment in the example $62,440.00 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 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $11,104 to $12,036. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 1.7%. 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 $120,256.00. 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 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2023$41,345$165,380
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2028$52,768$211,072
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2033 $67,347$269,387
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2036 $77,962$311,849

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 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
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 369 31% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 236 30% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 201 15% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 184 15% costlier
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 178 28% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 177 15% costlier
Community Health and Preventive Medicine Bachelor's Degree 176 40% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 153 26% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 153 16% costlier
Agricultural Economics Bachelor's Degree 149 29% costlier
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 136 33% costlier
Architecture and Related Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 130 1% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 128 36% costlier
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Bachelor's Degree 122 38% costlier
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 112 11% costlier
Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 111 7% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 110 6% costlier
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 91 24% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 88 15% costlier
Food Science Bachelor's Degree 80 24% costlier
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree 78 7% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 75 21% costlier
Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 75 18% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 58 25% costlier
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 57 31% costlier
Materials Engineering Bachelor's Degree 56 2% costlier
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 53 28% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 40 28% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 39 14% costlier
Industrial and Product Design Bachelor's Degree 38 13% costlier
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other Bachelor's Degree 37 42% costlier
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics Bachelor's Degree 35 0% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 33 13% costlier
Rhetoric and Composition Bachelor's Degree 33 31% costlier
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 33 20% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 32 17% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 32 21% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 30 10% costlier
Industrial and Organizational Psychology Bachelor's Degree 30 8% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 30 33% costlier
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 30 19% costlier
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning Bachelor's Degree 30 19% costlier
Agronomy and Crop Science Bachelor's Degree 29 35% costlier
Agricultural Communication/Journalism Bachelor's Degree 29 40% costlier
Broadcast Journalism Bachelor's Degree 28 25% costlier
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 27 5% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 27 19% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 26 9% costlier
Nuclear Engineering Bachelor's Degree 25 13% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 25 35% costlier
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 23 26% costlier
Communication, General Bachelor's Degree 23 25% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 22 14% costlier
Engineering Mechanics Bachelor's Degree 22 24% costlier
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 19 33% costlier
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General Bachelor's Degree 18 21% costlier
Horticultural Science Bachelor's Degree 18 32% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 17 22% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 16 17% costlier
East Asian Studies Bachelor's Degree 16 14% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 15 39% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 15 28% costlier
Painting Bachelor's Degree 14 10% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 14 8% costlier
Mathematics and Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 14 1% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 12 18% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 11 8% costlier
Photography Bachelor's Degree 10 9% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 9 4% costlier
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 9 7% costlier
Systems Science and Theory Bachelor's Degree 8 5% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 8 42% costlier
Operations Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree 8 48% costlier
Spanish Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 8 33% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 8 16% costlier
Area Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 7 4% cheaper
Intermedia/Multimedia Bachelor's Degree 7 3% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 7 18% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 7 18% costlier
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 6 1% cheaper
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 1% costlier
Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry Bachelor's Degree 6 6% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 6 6% costlier
Jazz/Jazz Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 3% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 5 3% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 5 20% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 5 32% costlier
Voice and Opera Bachelor's Degree 5 10% costlier
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 8% costlier
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Bachelor's Degree 4 31% costlier
Statistics, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 36% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 4 1% cheaper
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 7% cheaper
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree 3 7% costlier
Music History, Literature, and Theory Bachelor's Degree 3 6% costlier
French Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 39% costlier
Russian Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 13% cheaper
German Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 29% costlier
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 2 2% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 15% costlier
HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS Bachelor's Degree 2 26% costlier
Actuarial Science Bachelor's Degree 2 15% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 2 8% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 2 31% costlier
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 2 4% costlier
Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 8% cheaper
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 2% costlier
Sculpture Bachelor's Degree 1 3% costlier
Astronomy Bachelor's Degree 1 6% cheaper
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 3% costlier
Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 12% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 21% costlier

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About University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is a four year public college located in Champaign, Illinois.  Full time enrollment is 42,453 and part time is 4,498.

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

Address
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
601 E John Street
Champaign, Illinois
61820-5711

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 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.

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=145637 IPEDS survey data.

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