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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Southern University and A & M College tuition is $4,973 per year for in-state residents. This is 30% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 59% cheaper than the average Louisiana tuition of $12,271 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 4th in Louisiana amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 25th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $4,973 which represents a 0% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $3,693 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $8,666.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,440 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Baton Rouge should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,300.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,971 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,100 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Louisiana residents to go to Southern University and A & M College is $23,377 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Louisiana residence can expect a one year cost of $23,377.

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

Costs and Tuition for Southern University and A & M College
Estimated Budgets
Louisiana Resident Total Budget $23,377
   In-State Tuition$4,973
   Other Fees$3,693
   Room and Board$9,440
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,971
   Books and Supplies$1,300
Non-Resident Total Budget $23,377
   Out-of-State Tuition$4,973
   Other Fees$3,693
   Room and Board$9,440
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,971
   Books and Supplies$1,300

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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 $23,377 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 Southern University and A & M College net price for in-state students is $11,495* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

91% of Southern University and A & M College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $7,373. 78 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 $5,095. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Southern University and A & M College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Southern University and A & M College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$11,495*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid91%
Average Total Grant Aid$7,373
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants78%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$5,095

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$10,849
$30,001 to $48,000$12,738
$48,001 to $75,000$14,993
$75,001 to $110,000$16,155
$110,000+$14,990

Average Financial Aid Mix - $23,377 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $23,377. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

38%
35%
27%

Grants and Scholarships

 38% - $7,373

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

Federal Loans

 35% - $6,832

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

Out of Pocket

 27% -  $5,201

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. Southern University and A & M College
Nicholls State University1% less expensive
University of South Alabama51.1% more expensive
Louisiana State University Shreveport13.7% more expensive
Delta State University35.5% more expensive
Texas Southern University49.5% 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 Southern University and A & M College.

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 Southern University and A & M College is $93,508 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 $10,272 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $41,088**

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 $116,885 or $51,360 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 Southern University and A & M College.

Louisiana Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,486
Louisiana Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,688
Non-Louisiana Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,486
Non-Louisiana Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,688

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 Southern University and A & M College 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 Southern University and A & M College
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$336
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,008
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,344

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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. 84% of Southern University and A & M College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,832.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Southern University and A & M College? 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 $41,088, 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 $50,980.79. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Southern University and A & M College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 91% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $10,272. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Southern University and A & M College 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.

Southern University and A & M College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$424.84
Amount Borrowed$41,088.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$9,892.79
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$50,980.79

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Southern University and A & M College? 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 Southern University and A & M College, 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 $50,980.79 would be needed to afford a $424.84 monthly payment in the example $41,088.00 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 Southern University and A & M College 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 $93,508.00. 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 Southern University and A & M College.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$32,149$128,595
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$41,031$164,124
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $52,367$209,468
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $60,621$242,486

Tuition History

What was tuition at Southern University and A & M College 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$5,074$5,074 10.7%
2011$4,584$4,584 11.8%
2010$4,100$9,892 5%
2009$3,906$9,698 6.5%
2008$3,666$9,458 1.8%
2007$3,602$9,394 0.3%
2006$3,592$9,384 4.4%
2005$3,440$9,232 12.2%
2004$3,066$8,858 13.5%
2003$2,702$8,494 0.7%
2002$2,682$8,474 21.5%
1999$2,208$6,996 6.8%
1998$2,068$5,852 2%
1997$2,028$4,808 0%
1996$2,028$4,808 0%
1995$2,028$4,350 0%
1994$2,028$3,950 27.7%
1993$1,588$3,110 0.5%
1992$1,580$3,102 0.3%
1991$1,576$3,098 5.9%
1990$1,488$3,010 9.9%
1989$1,354$1,522 19.8%
1988$1,130$2,640 0.5%
1987$1,124$2,646

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Southern University and A & M College 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 116 35% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 71 31% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 58 32% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 48 42% cheaper
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 46 39% cheaper
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 38 26% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 34 37% cheaper
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor Bachelor's Degree 33 26% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 27 45% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 26 42% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 25 45% cheaper
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy Bachelor's Degree 25 30% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 25 44% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 25 44% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 20 45% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 20 43% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 20 36% cheaper
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 18 39% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 16 34% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 14 35% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 14 43% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 14 44% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 11 37% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 11 27% cheaper
Agriculture, General Bachelor's Degree 7 29% cheaper
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 6 37% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 6 38% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 43% cheaper
Urban Forestry Bachelor's Degree 5 45% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 5 41% cheaper
Agricultural Economics Bachelor's Degree 5 38% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 5 42% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 4 46% cheaper
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 32% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 3 33% cheaper
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 3 51% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 2 45% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 2 41% cheaper
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 33% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 1 32% cheaper
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 1 42% cheaper
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 34% cheaper
Information Resources Management Bachelor's Degree 1 34% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 49% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 46% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 1 34% cheaper

Calculators

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About Southern University and A & M College

Southern University and A & M College is a four year public college located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Full time enrollment is 4,845 and part time is 1,032.

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

Address
Southern University and A & M College
Southern Branch Post Office
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
70813

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Southern University and A & M College 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.

Southern University and A & M College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=160621 IPEDS survey data.