Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Keene State College tuition is $11,188 per year for in-state residents. This is 59% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 53% cheaper than the average New Hampshire tuition of $23,962 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 3rd in New Hampshire amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 16th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $19,934 which represents a 78% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,680 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $13,868.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,666 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Keene should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $900.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $1,850 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,050 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state New Hampshire residents to go to KSC is $27,284 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have New Hampshire residence can expect a one year cost of $36,030.

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

Costs and Tuition for Keene State College
Estimated Budgets
New Hampshire Resident Total Budget $27,284
   In-State Tuition$11,188
   Other Fees$2,680
   Room and Board$10,666
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,850
   Books and Supplies$900
Non-Resident Total Budget $36,030
   Out-of-State Tuition$19,934
   Other Fees$2,680
   Room and Board$10,666
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,850
   Books and Supplies$900


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 $27,284 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 KSC net price for in-state students is $18,899* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

80% of Keene State College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $6,318. 25 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 $3,970. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Keene State College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Keene State College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$18,899*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid80%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,318
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants25%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,970

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$14,053
$30,001 to $48,000$14,703
$48,001 to $75,000$18,703
$75,001 to $110,000$21,827

Average Financial Aid Mix - $27,284 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $27,284. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 25% - $6,318

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

Federal Loans

 23% - $5,838

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

Out of Pocket

 52% -  $13,278

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. Keene State College
Fitchburg State University91.3% less expensive
Westfield State University91.3% less expensive
Salem State University91.9% less expensive
Bridgewater State University91.9% less expensive
Southern Connecticut State University51.5% 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 Keene State 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 KSC is $109,136 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 $15,031 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $60,124**

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 $136,420 or $75,155 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 Keene State College.

New Hampshire Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,594
New Hampshire Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,642
Non-New Hampshire Resident Tuition Per Semester$9,967
Non-New Hampshire Resident Total Cost Per Semester$18,015

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 Keene State 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 Keene State College
Price per credit hour for New Hampshire residents$466
Cost for one class for New Hampshire residents (3 credit hours)$1,398
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$832
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,496
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,328


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. 76% of Keene State College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,838.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Keene State 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 $60,124, 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 $74,600.10. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Keene State College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 80% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $15,031. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Keene State 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.

Keene State College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$621.67
Amount Borrowed$60,124.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$14,476.10
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$74,600.10

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend KSC? 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 Keene State 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 $74,600.10 would be needed to afford a $621.67 monthly payment in the example $60,124.00 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 Keene State College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $10,410 to $11,188. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 1.5%. 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 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 $109,136.00. 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 Keene State College.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$37,522$150,087
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$47,888$191,554
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $61,119$244,477
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $70,753$283,012

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Keene State 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
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 87 16% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 84 2% costlier
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 31 1% cheaper
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Bachelor's Degree 25 15% cheaper
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 25 24% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 22 4% costlier
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 21 26% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 21 11% cheaper
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 21 0% cheaper
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 20 1% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 20 7% cheaper
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Associate's Degree 14 90% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 14 13% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 14 3% costlier
General Studies Associate's Degree 13 71% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 11 4% cheaper
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 11 6% cheaper
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 11 6% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 10 12% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 10 10% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 8 13% cheaper
Health and Wellness, General Bachelor's Degree 8 0% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 8 9% cheaper
Clinical Psychology Bachelor's Degree 8 8% cheaper
Acting Bachelor's Degree 7 18% cheaper
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 29% cheaper
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 3% cheaper
Applied Mathematics, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 23% cheaper
Holocaust and Related Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 5% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 5 22% cheaper
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 2% costlier
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 4 31% cheaper
American History United States Bachelor's Degree 4 2% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 7% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 14% cheaper
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 4 20% cheaper
Directing and Theatrical Production Bachelor's Degree 3 24% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 3 3% cheaper
Counseling Psychology Bachelor's Degree 3 8% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 3 13% cheaper
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology Bachelor's Degree 3 17% cheaper
Chemistry, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 14% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 2 4% costlier
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 3% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 16% cheaper
Music History, Literature, and Theory Bachelor's Degree 2 22% cheaper
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 5% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 19% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 2 13% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 2 12% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 2 10% cheaper
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other Associate's Degree 1 85% costlier
Social Psychology Bachelor's Degree 1 10% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 5% cheaper
Commercial and Advertising Art Bachelor's Degree 1 5% cheaper
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 1 23% cheaper
Biological and Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 1 11% cheaper
Developmental and Child Psychology Bachelor's Degree 1 14% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 17% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Associate's Degree 1 82% costlier
European History Bachelor's Degree 1 22% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 1% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 11% cheaper
Music, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 18% cheaper


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About Keene State College

Keene State College is a four year public college located in Keene, New Hampshire.  Full time enrollment is 4,048 and part time is 234.

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

Keene State College
229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Keene State 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.

Keene State College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=183062 IPEDS survey data.