Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Pittsburg State University tuition is $5,548 per year for in-state residents. This is 21% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 70% cheaper than the average Kansas tuition of $18,200 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 3rd in Kansas amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 28th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $16,600 which represents a 199% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,552 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $7,100.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $7,700 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Pittsburg should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,000.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,766 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,342 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Kansas residents to go to Pitt State is $19,566 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Kansas residence can expect a one year cost of $30,618.

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

Costs and Tuition for Pittsburg State University
Estimated Budgets
Kansas Resident Total Budget $19,566
   In-State Tuition$5,548
   Other Fees$1,552
   Room and Board$7,700
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,766
   Books and Supplies$1,000
Non-Resident Total Budget $30,618
   Out-of-State Tuition$16,600
   Other Fees$1,552
   Room and Board$7,700
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,766
   Books and Supplies$1,000


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 $19,566 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 Pitt State net price for in-state students is $12,046* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

77% of Pittsburg State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,010. 40 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 $4,131. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Pittsburg State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Pittsburg State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$12,046*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid77%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,010
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants40%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,131

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$9,301
$30,001 to $48,000$10,468
$48,001 to $75,000$13,070
$75,001 to $110,000$14,766

Average Financial Aid Mix - $19,566 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $19,566. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 25% - $4,010

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

Federal Loans

 34% - $5,397

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

Out of Pocket

 40% -  $6,393

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. Pittsburg State University
Emporia State University9.4% less expensive
University of Central Oklahoma11% more expensive
Southern Arkansas University Main Campus23.3% more expensive
Midwestern State University6% less expensive
Delta State University21.5% 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 Pittsburg 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 Pitt State is $78,264 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 $10,072 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $40,288**

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 $97,830 or $50,360 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 Pittsburg State University.

Kansas Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,774
Kansas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,783
Non-Kansas Resident Tuition Per Semester$8,300
Non-Kansas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$15,309

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 Pittsburg 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 Pittsburg State University
Price per credit hour for Kansas residents$251
Cost for one class for Kansas residents (3 credit hours)$753
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$620
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,860
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,480


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 Pittsburg State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,397. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $23,273.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Pittsburg 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 $40,288, 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 $49,988.17. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Pittsburg State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 77% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $10,072. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Pittsburg 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.

Pittsburg State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$416.57
Amount Borrowed$40,288.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$9,700.17
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$49,988.17

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Pitt State? 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 Pittsburg 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 $49,988.17 would be needed to afford a $416.57 monthly payment in the example $40,288.00 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 Pittsburg State University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $4,386 to $5,548. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5.3%. 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 $78,264.00. 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 Pittsburg State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$26,908$107,631
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$34,342$137,368
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $43,830$175,320
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $50,739$202,955

Tuition History

What was tuition at Pitt State 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$4,132$13,136 6.8%
2011$3,868$12,608 -15.8%
2010$4,592$13,116 6.2%
2009$4,322$12,576 6.5%
2008$4,060$11,866 7.1%
2007$3,790$11,120 6.4%
2006$3,562$10,444 8.1%
2005$3,294$9,652 11.2%
2004$2,962$8,784 16.9%
2003$2,534$7,946 8.4%
2002$2,338$7,192 3.5%
2001$2,260$6,982 5.5%
2000$2,142$6,608 2%
1999$2,100$6,464 4.2%
1998$2,016$6,280 7.5%
1997$1,876$5,976 3.9%
1996$1,806$5,788 3%
1995$1,754$5,426 5.4%
1994$1,664$4,798 6.4%
1993$1,564$4,444 7.9%
1992$1,450$3,964 6.8%
1991$1,358$3,480 7.4%
1990$1,264$3,158 6.9%
1989$1,182$2,862 4.4%
1988$1,132$2,608 2.7%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Pittsburg 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
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 123 14% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 80 15% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 72 23% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 62 24% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 60 19% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 58 24% cheaper
Construction Management Bachelor's Degree 55 14% cheaper
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 39 4% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 38 16% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 37 24% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 36 18% cheaper
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 32 24% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 28 13% cheaper
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other Bachelor's Degree 27 2% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 24 18% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 23 4% cheaper
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Bachelor's Degree 20 12% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 20 15% cheaper
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 19 68% costlier
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 17 3% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 16 11% cheaper
Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 15 1% cheaper
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 15 2% cheaper
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General Associate's Degree 15 60% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 14 10% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 13 19% cheaper
History Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 13 12% cheaper
Industrial Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 13 2% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 13 24% cheaper
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 13 1% cheaper
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 13 9% cheaper
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 12 14% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 11 26% cheaper
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 10 5% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 10 26% cheaper
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst Bachelor's Degree 9 7% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 8 22% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 8 25% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 8 25% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 7 17% cheaper
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 6 26% cheaper
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 6 13% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 6 17% cheaper
Psychology Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 20% cheaper
Engineering/Industrial Management Bachelor's Degree 5 22% cheaper
Printing Management Bachelor's Degree 5 4% costlier
Biology Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 9% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 32% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 3 26% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 29% cheaper
Chemistry Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 14% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 3 23% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 27% cheaper
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 2 14% cheaper
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 19% cheaper
Spanish Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 16% cheaper


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About Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg State University is a four year public college located in Pittsburg, Kansas.  Full time enrollment is 5,709 and part time is 1,393.

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

Pittsburg State University
1701 S Broadway
Pittsburg, Kansas

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Pittsburg 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.

Pittsburg State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=155681 IPEDS survey data.