Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Mississippi State University tuition is $8,208 per year for in-state residents. This is 16% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 26% cheaper than the average Mississippi tuition of $11,150 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 9th in Mississippi amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 9th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $22,248 which represents a 171% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $110 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $8,318.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,614 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Mississippi State 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 $5,238 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $5,238 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Mississippi residents to go to Mississippi State University is $24,370 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Mississippi residence can expect a one year cost of $38,410.

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

Costs and Tuition for Mississippi State University
Estimated Budgets
Mississippi Resident Total Budget $24,370
   In-State Tuition$8,208
   Other Fees$110
   Room and Board$9,614
   On-Campus Other Budget$5,238
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Non-Resident Total Budget $38,410
   Out-of-State Tuition$22,248
   Other Fees$110
   Room and Board$9,614
   On-Campus Other Budget$5,238
   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 $24,370 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 Mississippi State University net price for in-state students is $15,297* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

91% of Mississippi State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $8,808. 33 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 $4,442. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Mississippi State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Mississippi State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$15,297*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid91%
Average Total Grant Aid$8,808
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants33%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,442

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$14,117
$30,001 to $48,000$14,973
$48,001 to $75,000$17,253
$75,001 to $110,000$18,401

Average Financial Aid Mix - $24,370 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $24,370. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 46% - $8,808

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

Federal Loans

 32% - $6,035

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

Out of Pocket

 22% -  $4,289

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. Mississippi State University
University of Arkansas10% less expensive
University of South Carolina Columbia39.6% more expensive
The University of Texas at Dallas40.4% more expensive
Texas A & M University College Station4% less 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 Mississippi 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 Mississippi State University is $97,480 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 $13,270 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $53,080**

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 $121,850 or $66,350 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 Mississippi State University.

Mississippi Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,104
Mississippi Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,185
Non-Mississippi Resident Tuition Per Semester$11,124
Non-Mississippi Resident Total Cost Per Semester$19,205

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 Mississippi 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 Mississippi State University
Price per credit hour for Mississippi residents$347
Cost for one class for Mississippi residents (3 credit hours)$1,041
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$932
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,796
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,728


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. 52% of Mississippi State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,035. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $29,200.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Mississippi 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 $53,080, 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 $65,860.11. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Mississippi State University. 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 $13,270. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Mississippi 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.

Mississippi State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$548.83
Amount Borrowed$53,080.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$12,780.11
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$65,860.11

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Mississippi State University? 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 Mississippi 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 $65,860.11 would be needed to afford a $548.83 monthly payment in the example $53,080.00 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 Mississippi State University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $6,264 to $8,208. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 6.2%. 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 $97,480.00. 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 Mississippi State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$33,514$134,058
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$42,774$171,095
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $54,591$218,366
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $63,196$252,786

Tuition History

What was tuition at Mississippi State University 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$5,805$14,670 6.3%
2011$5,461$13,801 6%
2010$5,151$13,021 0%
2009$5,151$12,503 3.5%
2008$4,978$11,469 8.3%
2007$4,596$10,552 6.6%
2006$4,312$9,772 5%
2005$4,106$9,306 6%
2004$3,874$8,780 0%
2003$3,874$8,780 8%
2002$3,586$8,125 15%
2001$3,117$7,065 3.3%
2000$3,017$6,119 0%
1999$3,017$6,119 10.5%
1998$2,731$5,551 3.8%
1997$2,631$5,451 1.5%
1996$2,591$5,411 1.2%
1995$2,561$5,021 3.5%
1994$2,474$4,933 0%
1993$2,474$4,432 11.3%
1992$2,223$3,685 7.9%
1991$2,061$3,243 3.7%
1990$1,987$3,169 10.8%
1989$1,794$2,976 1%
1988$1,777$2,944 4.5%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Mississippi 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
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 190 11% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 178 10% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 176 8% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 171 8% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 136 3% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 126 6% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 110 5% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 103 3% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 96 5% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 76 9% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 72 7% cheaper
Insurance Bachelor's Degree 66 2% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 59 9% cheaper
Visual and Performing Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 58 5% cheaper
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 54 5% costlier
Educational Psychology Bachelor's Degree 53 11% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 53 3% costlier
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 51 5% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 48 8% cheaper
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 41 16% cheaper
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 39 21% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 38 9% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 34 6% cheaper
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 34 25% cheaper
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Bachelor's Degree 33 4% cheaper
Construction Management Bachelor's Degree 33 8% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 33 7% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 32 5% costlier
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 29 19% cheaper
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management Bachelor's Degree 27 14% costlier
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 26 5% cheaper
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other Bachelor's Degree 26 33% costlier
Business Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 26 26% costlier
Industrial Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 22 28% costlier
Food Science Bachelor's Degree 22 2% cheaper
Forestry, General Bachelor's Degree 22 4% costlier
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 21 6% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 20 4% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 20 7% cheaper
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 19 9% cheaper
Real Estate Bachelor's Degree 19 8% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 19 8% costlier
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree 17 16% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 15 4% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 15 18% cheaper
Poultry Science Bachelor's Degree 15 0% cheaper
Interior Architecture Bachelor's Degree 14 3% cheaper
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations Bachelor's Degree 14 28% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 13 4% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 12 7% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 12 1% costlier
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Bachelor's Degree 12 18% costlier
Agriculture, General Bachelor's Degree 9 17% costlier
Engineering, Other Bachelor's Degree 9 14% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 4% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 8 6% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 8 15% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 8 15% cheaper
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology Bachelor's Degree 8 11% costlier
Agronomy and Crop Science Bachelor's Degree 8 7% costlier
Agricultural Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 7 16% costlier
Horticultural Science Bachelor's Degree 7 4% costlier
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other Bachelor's Degree 6 1% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 6 8% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 14% cheaper
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 4 8% costlier
Criminology Bachelor's Degree 4 5% cheaper
Agricultural Economics Bachelor's Degree 2 1% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 13% cheaper
Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management Bachelor's Degree 1 3% cheaper


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About Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University is a four year public college located in Mississippi State, Mississippi.  Full time enrollment is 18,615 and part time is 3,007.

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

Mississippi State University
Lee Boulevard
Mississippi State, Mississippi

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Mississippi 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.

Mississippi State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=176080 IPEDS survey data.