Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Southern University at Shreveport tuition is $2,618 per year for in-state residents. This is 26% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,532. The cost is 66% cheaper than the average Louisiana tuition of $7,610 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 5th in Louisiana amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 28th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $2,618 which represents a 0% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,566 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $4,184.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,330 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Shreveport should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,600.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,842 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,842 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Louisiana residents to go to Southern University at Shreveport is $20,956 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Louisiana residence can expect a one year cost of $20,956.

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

Costs and Tuition for Southern University at Shreveport
Estimated Budgets
Louisiana Resident Total Budget $20,956
   In-State Tuition$2,618
   Other Fees$1,566
   Room and Board$11,330
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,842
   Books and Supplies$1,600


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 $20,956 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 at Shreveport net price for in-state students is $8,690* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

82% of Southern University at Shreveport students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,896. 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 $4,526. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Southern University at Shreveport, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Southern University at Shreveport
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$8,690*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid82%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,896
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants78%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,526

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$8,476
$30,001 to $48,000$9,083
$48,001 to $75,000$12,125
$75,001 to $110,000$10,822

Average Financial Aid Mix - $20,956 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $20,956. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 29% - $4,896

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

Federal Loans

 36% - $6,175

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

Out of Pocket

 35% -  $6,043

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 Community Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Southern University at Shreveport
Bossier Parish Community College27.4% more expensive
Texas State Technical College Marshall28.2% more expensive
Northwest Louisiana Technical College15.9% less expensive
Panola College75.2% less expensive
Kilgore College5.4% more expensive

Cost of a Degree

Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at Southern University at Shreveport.

Estimated 2 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at Southern University at Shreveport is $41,912 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 2 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 $6,467 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $12,934**

**Based on a 2 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 at Shreveport.

Louisiana Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,309
Louisiana Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,478
Non-Louisiana Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,309
Non-Louisiana Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,478

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 at Shreveport 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 at Shreveport
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$660
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,980
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,640


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. 59% of Southern University at Shreveport students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,175.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Southern University at Shreveport? 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 $12,934, 100% of the estimated average net price for a two year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $16,048.13. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Southern University at Shreveport. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 82% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $6,467. 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 at Shreveport 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 at Shreveport Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$133.73
Amount Borrowed$12,934.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$3,114.13
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$16,048.13

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Southern University at Shreveport? 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 at Shreveport, 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 $16,048.13 would be needed to afford a $133.73 monthly payment in the example $12,934.00 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 at Shreveport in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $2,324 to $2,618. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2.5%. 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 2 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 2 year cost of $41,912.00. 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 at Shreveport.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$27,414$54,829
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$34,988$69,977
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $44,655$89,310
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $51,694$103,388

Tuition History

What was tuition at Southern University at Shreveport 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$2,024$3,154 13.8%
2011$1,778$2,908 -27.8%
2010$2,464$3,594 6.3%
2009$2,318$3,448 2.9%
2008$2,252$3,382 0%
2007$2,252$3,382 0%
2006$2,252$3,382 2.9%
2005$2,188$3,318 11.4%
2004$1,964$3,094 16.8%
2003$1,681$2,811 0.8%
2002$1,667$2,797 31.8%
2001$1,265$2,395 5%
2000$1,205$2,345 0.4%
1999$1,200$2,330 8.1%
1998$1,110$2,240 0%
1997$1,110$2,240 0%
1996$1,110$2,240 0%
1995$1,110$2,240 22%
1994$910$2,140 0%
1993$910$2,140 9.6%
1992$830$1,860 0%
1991$830$1,860 3.8%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Southern University at Shreveport 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 Associate's Degree 50 4% costlier
General Studies Associate's Degree 49 1% cheaper
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 24 7% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Associate's Degree 22 1% cheaper
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 19 10% costlier
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 17 8% costlier
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Associate's Degree 15 11% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 13 8% costlier
Surgical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 12 8% costlier
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 11 0% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 11 7% costlier
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 9 13% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 7 7% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 6 5% cheaper
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General Associate's Degree 4 3% costlier
Computer Science Associate's Degree 2 1% costlier
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 2 8% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 1 13% costlier


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About Southern University at Shreveport

Southern University at Shreveport is a two year community college located in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Full time enrollment is 1,762 and part time is 1,478.  Southern University at Shreveport has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Southern University at Shreveport
3050 Martin Luther King Dr
Shreveport, Louisiana

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Southern University at Shreveport 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 at Shreveport cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=160649 IPEDS survey data.