Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Louisville tuition is $11,068 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 38% cheaper than the average Kentucky tuition of $17,847 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 14th in Kentucky amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 31st most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $26,090 which represents a 136% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $196 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $11,264.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $8,374 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Louisville 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 $5,612 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $6,672 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Kentucky residents to go to University of Louisville is $26,450 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Kentucky residence can expect a one year cost of $41,472.

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

Costs and Tuition for University of Louisville
Estimated Budgets
Kentucky Resident Total Budget $26,450
   In-State Tuition$11,068
   Other Fees$196
   Room and Board$8,374
   On-Campus Other Budget$5,612
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Non-Resident Total Budget $41,472
   Out-of-State Tuition$26,090
   Other Fees$196
   Room and Board$8,374
   On-Campus Other Budget$5,612
   Books and Supplies$1,200


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 $26,450 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 University of Louisville net price for in-state students is $14,635* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

93% of University of Louisville students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $8,618. 30 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 $4,180. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Louisville, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Louisville
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$14,635*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid93%
Average Total Grant Aid$8,618
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants30%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,180

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$10,479
$30,001 to $48,000$11,382
$48,001 to $75,000$14,880
$75,001 to $110,000$17,652

Average Financial Aid Mix - $26,450 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $26,450. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 41% - $8,618

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

Federal Loans

 26% - $5,369

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

Out of Pocket

 33% -  $6,851

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. University of Louisville
University of Cincinnati Main Campus15.8% less expensive
Ball State University17.7% less expensive
Tennessee Technological University34.1% less expensive
Eastern Illinois University20.9% less expensive
The University of Tennessee0.4% 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 Louisville.

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 University of Louisville is $105,800 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 $12,169 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $48,676**

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 $132,250 or $60,845 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 Louisville.

Kentucky Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,534
Kentucky Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,225
Non-Kentucky Resident Tuition Per Semester$13,045
Non-Kentucky Resident Total Cost Per Semester$20,736

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 Louisville 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 Louisville
Price per credit hour for Kentucky residents$462
Cost for one class for Kentucky residents (3 credit hours)$1,386
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$1,088
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$3,264
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$4,352


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. 45% of University of Louisville students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,369. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $19,886.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Louisville? 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 $48,676, 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 $60,395.75. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Louisville. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 93% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $12,169. 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 Louisville 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 Louisville Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$503.30
Amount Borrowed$48,676.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$11,719.75
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$60,395.75

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend University of Louisville? 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 Louisville, 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 $60,395.75 would be needed to afford a $503.30 monthly payment in the example $48,676.00 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 Louisville in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $9,466 to $11,068. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.4%. 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 $105,800.00. 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 Louisville.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$36,375$145,500
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$46,425$185,699
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $59,251$237,004
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $68,590$274,361

Tuition History

What was tuition at University of Louisville 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$8,930$21,650 6%
2011$8,424$20,424 6%
2010$7,944$19,272 5%
2009$7,564$18,354 9%
2008$6,940$17,734 9.8%
2007$6,322$16,142 14.3%
2006$5,532$15,092 9.8%
2005$5,040$13,752 13.3%
2004$4,450$12,166 9%
2003$4,082$11,162 7.6%
2002$3,794$10,472 10.1%
2001$3,447$9,746 6.2%
2000$3,246$9,166 11.2%
1999$2,920$8,280 11%
1998$2,630$7,430 2.3%
1997$2,570$7,250 4%
1996$2,470$6,990 3.3%
1995$2,390$6,750 10.1%
1994$2,170$6,090 15.4%
1993$1,880$5,240 8%
1992$1,740$4,980 7.4%
1991$1,620$4,620 8.9%
1990$1,488$4,248 1.4%
1989$1,468$4,188 2.8%
1988$1,428$4,064 6.6%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Louisville 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
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 190 4% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 166 16% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 133 3% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Bachelor's Degree 125 30% costlier
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 118 33% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 87 12% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 66 17% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 65 2% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 51 2% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 34 0% cheaper
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 32 2% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 31 2% cheaper
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 30 3% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Bachelor's Degree 29 11% costlier
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 24 19% cheaper
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels Bachelor's Degree 23 9% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 23 9% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 20 15% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 19 105% costlier
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 19 3% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 18 1% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 16 3% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 16 9% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 14 12% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 13 3% costlier
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 10 3% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 8 0% cheaper
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other Bachelor's Degree 8 22% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 12% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 7 7% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 7 2% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 6 14% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 5 4% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 4 1% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 4 11% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 4 8% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 4 1% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 4 4% cheaper
Music Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 3 2% cheaper
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 3 15% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 2 20% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 10% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 1 13% costlier
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General Bachelor's Degree 1 3% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 6% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 1 16% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 1 8% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 13% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 1 3% costlier
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 1 10% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 1 0% costlier


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About University of Louisville

University of Louisville is a four year public college located in Louisville, Kentucky.  Full time enrollment is 16,521 and part time is 5,057.

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

University of Louisville
2301 S 3rd St
Louisville, Kentucky

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Louisville 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 Louisville cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=157289 IPEDS survey data.