Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Cleveland State University tuition is $9,636 per year for in-state residents. This is 37% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 50% cheaper than the average Ohio tuition of $19,236 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 34th in Ohio amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 71st most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $13,687 which represents a 42% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $142 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $9,778.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $12,500 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Cleveland should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $800.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,696 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,696 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Ohio residents to go to Cleveland State University is $26,774 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Ohio residence can expect a one year cost of $30,825.

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

Costs and Tuition for Cleveland State University
Estimated Budgets
Ohio Resident Total Budget $26,774
   In-State Tuition$9,636
   Other Fees$142
   Room and Board$12,500
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,696
   Books and Supplies$800
Non-Resident Total Budget $30,825
   Out-of-State Tuition$13,687
   Other Fees$142
   Room and Board$12,500
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,696
   Books and Supplies$800


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 $26,774 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 Cleveland State University net price for in-state students is $15,377* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

73% of Cleveland State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $6,670. 50 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 $4,444. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Cleveland State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Cleveland State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$15,377*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid73%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,670
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants50%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,444

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$14,284
$30,001 to $48,000$15,247
$48,001 to $75,000$17,904
$75,001 to $110,000$19,112

Average Financial Aid Mix - $26,774 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $26,774. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 29% - $6,670

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

Federal Loans

 25% - $5,814

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

Out of Pocket

 46% -  $10,594

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. Cleveland State University
University of Akron Main Campus10.6% less expensive
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania22.2% less expensive
West Liberty University23.4% less expensive
Penn State New Kensington32% more expensive
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Main Campus6.6% 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 Cleveland 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 Cleveland State University is $107,096 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 $12,768 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $51,072**

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 $133,870 or $63,840 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 Cleveland State University.

Ohio Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,818
Ohio Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,387
Non-Ohio Resident Tuition Per Semester$6,844
Non-Ohio Resident Total Cost Per Semester$15,412

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 Cleveland 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 Cleveland State University
Price per credit hour for Ohio residents$402
Cost for one class for Ohio residents (3 credit hours)$1,206
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$570
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,710
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,280


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. 69% of Cleveland State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,814. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $23,436.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Cleveland 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 $51,072, 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 $63,368.64. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Cleveland State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 73% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $12,768. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Cleveland 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.

Cleveland State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$528.07
Amount Borrowed$51,072.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$12,296.64
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$63,368.64

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Cleveland 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 Cleveland 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 $63,368.64 would be needed to afford a $528.07 monthly payment in the example $51,072.00 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 Cleveland State University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $9,264 to $9,636. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 0.8%. 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 $107,096.00. 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 Cleveland State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$36,820$147,282
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$46,993$187,973
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $59,977$239,907
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $69,431$277,722

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Cleveland 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
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 81 14% cheaper
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other Bachelor's Degree 79 25% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 63 11% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 61 17% cheaper
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 61 20% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 58 14% cheaper
Urban Studies/Affairs Bachelor's Degree 54 34% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 47 24% cheaper
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision Bachelor's Degree 42 14% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 31 27% cheaper
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other Bachelor's Degree 29 19% cheaper
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 28 9% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 25 31% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 25 27% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 23 16% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 18 25% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 16 12% cheaper
Criminology Bachelor's Degree 16 24% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 16 25% cheaper
Organizational Communication, General Bachelor's Degree 15 23% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 14 27% cheaper
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 13 37% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 13 23% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other Bachelor's Degree 10 8% cheaper
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 10 34% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 10 28% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 10 25% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 9 27% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 8 22% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 8 24% cheaper
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 7 10% cheaper
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 7 22% cheaper
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 7 25% cheaper
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 7 33% cheaper
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 7 27% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 5 15% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 35% cheaper
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Bachelor's Degree 5 28% cheaper
Physician Assistant Bachelor's Degree 4 31% cheaper
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 4 18% cheaper
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 3 20% cheaper
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 3 24% cheaper
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 35% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 3 25% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 3 26% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 33% cheaper
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Bachelor's Degree 2 31% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 2 16% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 2 23% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 2 21% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 30% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 2 11% cheaper
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 2 23% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 2 26% cheaper
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Bachelor's Degree 2 29% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 2 17% cheaper
Labor and Industrial Relations Bachelor's Degree 1 28% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 1 32% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 1 26% cheaper
Audiology/Audiologist Bachelor's Degree 1 19% cheaper
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 38% cheaper
Social Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 34% cheaper
Business Statistics Bachelor's Degree 1 25% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 1 32% cheaper


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About Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University is a four year public college located in Cleveland, Ohio.  Full time enrollment is 11,342 and part time is 5,522.

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

Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Cleveland 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.

Cleveland State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=202134 IPEDS survey data.