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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Wright State University Main Campus tuition is $8,730 per year for in-state residents. This is 24% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 55% cheaper than the average Ohio tuition of $19,236 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 30th in Ohio amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 75th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $17,098 which represents a 96% premium.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,376 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Dayton should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,248.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,784 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,784 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Ohio residents to go to Wright State University-Main Campus is $24,138 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Ohio residence can expect a one year cost of $32,506.

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

Costs and Tuition for Wright State University Main Campus
Estimated Budgets
Ohio Resident Total Budget $24,138
   In-State Tuition$8,730
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$11,376
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,784
   Books and Supplies$1,248
Non-Resident Total Budget $32,506
   Out-of-State Tuition$17,098
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$11,376
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,784
   Books and Supplies$1,248

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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 $24,138 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 Wright State University-Main Campus net price for in-state students is $13,868* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

80% of Wright State University Main Campus students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $6,044. 40 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 $4,482. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Wright State University Main Campus, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Wright State University Main Campus
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$13,868*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid80%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,044
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants40%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,482

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$11,908
$30,001 to $48,000$13,346
$48,001 to $75,000$15,753
$75,001 to $110,000$17,614
$110,000+$17,985

Average Financial Aid Mix - $24,138 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $24,138. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

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30%
42%

Grants and Scholarships

 28% - $6,044

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

Federal Loans

 30% - $6,336

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

Out of Pocket

 42% -  $8,974

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. Wright State University Main Campus
Central State University55% less expensive
Indiana University East24.4% less expensive
Northern Kentucky University7.2% more expensive
Morehead State University2.5% more expensive
Kentucky State University10.7% 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 Wright State University Main Campus.

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 Wright State University-Main Campus is $96,552 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 $15,886 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $63,544**

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 $120,690 or $79,430 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

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 Wright State University Main Campus 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 Wright State University Main Campus
Price per credit hour for Ohio residents$394
Cost for one class for Ohio residents (3 credit hours)$1,182
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$803
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,409
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,212

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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. 62% of Wright State University Main Campus students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,336. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $30,884.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Wright State University Main Campus? 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 $63,544, 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 $78,843.53. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Wright State University Main Campus. 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 $15,886. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Wright State University Main Campus 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.

Wright State University Main Campus Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$657.03
Amount Borrowed$63,544.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$15,299.53
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$78,843.53

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Wright State University-Main Campus? 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 Wright State University Main Campus, 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 $78,843.53 would be needed to afford a $657.03 monthly payment in the example $63,544.00 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 Wright State University Main Campus in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $8,354 to $8,730. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 0.9%. 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 $96,552.00. 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 Wright State University Main Campus.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$33,195$132,782
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$42,367$169,467
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $54,072$216,287
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $62,595$250,379

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Wright State University Main Campus 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 266 6% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 236 9% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 175 20% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 105 13% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 100 20% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 84 11% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 84 19% cheaper
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 70 5% cheaper
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 60 14% cheaper
Criminology Bachelor's Degree 58 20% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 56 6% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 52 13% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 49 12% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 49 11% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 47 23% cheaper
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor Bachelor's Degree 42 3% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 42 21% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 38 22% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 32 23% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 30 17% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 30 10% cheaper
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 30 7% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other Bachelor's Degree 28 23% cheaper
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 26 36% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 17 21% cheaper
Acting Bachelor's Degree 17 26% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 16 7% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 14 18% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 14 22% cheaper
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 14 23% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 14 22% cheaper
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 14 31% cheaper
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 13 18% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 12 21% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 12 14% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 11 27% cheaper
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 11 10% cheaper
Engineering Science Bachelor's Degree 9 32% cheaper
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 36% cheaper
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 9 21% cheaper
Urban Studies/Affairs Bachelor's Degree 8 30% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 8 25% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 8 28% cheaper
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Bachelor's Degree 8 11% cheaper
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 8 19% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 7 28% cheaper
Materials Engineering Bachelor's Degree 6 32% cheaper
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology Bachelor's Degree 5 25% cheaper
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 5 9% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 4 12% cheaper
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Bachelor's Degree 4 10% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 31% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 4 34% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 4 19% cheaper
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics Bachelor's Degree 4 34% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 4 23% cheaper
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Bachelor's Degree 4 18% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 4 21% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 30% cheaper
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 3 28% cheaper
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 5% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 26% cheaper
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 31% cheaper
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 32% cheaper
Technical Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 0% costlier
Latin Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 38% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 32% cheaper
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 39% cheaper

Calculators

Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for Wright State University Main Campus or model a student loan.

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Plan and Save for College

Discover how much will you need to start saving now to afford Wright State University Main Campus in the future.

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Estimate Loan Payments

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About Wright State University Main Campus

Wright State University Main Campus is a four year public college located in Dayton, Ohio.  Full time enrollment is 11,208 and part time is 5,447.  Wright State University Main Campus has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes.

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

Address
Wright State University Main Campus
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, Ohio
45435-0001

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Wright State University Main Campus 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.

Wright State University Main Campus cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=206604 IPEDS survey data.