The total list price for in-state Oregon residents to go to Portland State University is $20,028 for the 2013/2014 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't possess Oregon residence can expect a one year cost of $35,238.
Portland State University tuition is $6,615 per year for in-state residents. This is 6% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,256. The cost is $14,102 and 68% cheaper than the average Oregon tuition of $20,717 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 3rd in Oregon amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 28th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $21,825 which represents a 230% premium.
The school charges an additional fees of $1,263 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $7,878.
On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,050 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Portland should budget at least this amount.
The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $2,100.
|Oregon Resident Total Cost||$20,028|
|Room and Board||$10,050|
|Books and Supplies||$2,100|
|Non-Resident Total Cost||$35,238|
|Room and Board||$10,050|
|Books and Supplies||$2,100|
All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 academic years.
Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $20,028 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.
The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Portland State University net price for in-state students $12,335* for the 2011/2012 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.
45% of Portland State University students received grant aid in 2010/2011. The average total aid amount was $6,130. 39 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2010/2011 was $4,593. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Portland State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
|Financial Aid Summary|
|Average Annual Net Price||$12,335*|
|Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid||45%|
|Average Total Grant Aid||$6,130|
|Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants||39%|
|Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid||$4,593|
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 reported for the 2011-2012 academic year.
|Family Income||Avg. Net Price|
|$0 to $30,000||$10,738|
|$30,001 to $48,000||$12,752|
|$48,001 to $75,000||$15,175|
|$75,001 to $110,000||$17,947|
*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2011-2012 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.
|School||Cost vs. Portland State University|
|The Evergreen State College||18.4% more expensive|
|Oregon Institute of Technology||7% more expensive|
|California State University Chico||17.3% less expensive|
|University of Nevada Reno||13.2% less expensive|
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 Portland State University.
At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Portland State University is $80,112 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 $12,168 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $48,672**
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 $100,140 or $60,840 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 2011-2012 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.
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 Portland State University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.
|Price per credit hour for Oregon residents||$136|
|Cost for one class for Oregon residents (3 credit hours)||$408|
|Price per credit hour for out of state residents||$475|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)||$1,425|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)||$1,900|
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. 53% of Portland State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $8,558.
How much are student loan payments for Portland 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 $48,672, 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 $60,982.95. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Portland State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 45% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $12,168. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Portland 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.
|Monthly Loan Payment||$508.19|
|Number of Monthly Payments||120|
|Total Interest Cost||$12,310.95|
|Sum of All Payments over 10 years||$60,982.95|
Can I afford to attend Portland 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 Portland 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 $60,982.95 would be needed to afford a $508.19 monthly payment in the example $48,672.00 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.
What will it cost to send your child to Portland State University in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $5,210 to $7,764. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 9.8%. 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 $80,112.00. 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 Portland State University.
|Annual||4 Year Degree|
|Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2020||$27,543||$110,173|
|Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2025||$35,153||$140,611|
|Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2030||$44,865||$179,460|
|Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2033||$51,937||$207,747|
What was tuition at Portland 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 the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.
We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Portland 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|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree||70||5% cheaper|
|Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree||61||15% costlier|
|Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||50||6% cheaper|
|Audiology/Audiologist Bachelor's Degree||39||2% costlier|
|Social Work Bachelor's Degree||38||10% costlier|
|Architecture Bachelor's Degree||35||16% cheaper|
|Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree||31||13% costlier|
|Linguistics Bachelor's Degree||30||19% cheaper|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree||28||1% cheaper|
|Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||26||4% costlier|
|Community Health and Preventive Medicine Bachelor's Degree||25||15% costlier|
|Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree||22||6% cheaper|
|Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other Bachelor's Degree||21||2% costlier|
|Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree||20||7% cheaper|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree||19||8% costlier|
|Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree||18||4% cheaper|
|Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree||17||14% cheaper|
|Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Bachelor's Degree||15||7% costlier|
|Finance, General Bachelor's Degree||15||6% costlier|
|Public Health, Other Bachelor's Degree||14||15% cheaper|
|Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree||14||0% cheaper|
|Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree||14||4% cheaper|
|Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree||13||1% cheaper|
|Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree||13||5% cheaper|
|Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering Bachelor's Degree||12||15% cheaper|
|Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree||10||8% costlier|
|Biological and Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree||9||1% cheaper|
|Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree||9||6% cheaper|
|Sculpture Bachelor's Degree||7||15% cheaper|
|Philosophy Bachelor's Degree||7||12% cheaper|
|Visual and Performing Arts, Other Bachelor's Degree||7||17% cheaper|
|Physics, General Bachelor's Degree||7||9% cheaper|
|Accounting Bachelor's Degree||5||7% costlier|
|Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree||5||1% costlier|
|Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree||5||15% cheaper|
|Economics, General Bachelor's Degree||5||11% cheaper|
|Sociology Bachelor's Degree||4||3% cheaper|
|Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||4||7% cheaper|
|Chinese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||4||25% cheaper|
|Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree||4||4% cheaper|
|African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree||4||16% cheaper|
|Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree||3||18% cheaper|
|Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree||3||16% cheaper|
|Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree||3||19% cheaper|
|Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree||3||3% cheaper|
|French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||3||13% cheaper|
|Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other Bachelor's Degree||3||8% costlier|
|International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree||3||15% cheaper|
|German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||2||15% cheaper|
|History, General Bachelor's Degree||2||3% cheaper|
|English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree||2||1% cheaper|
|Geography Bachelor's Degree||2||7% costlier|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||2||2% cheaper|
|Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree||2||0% costlier|
|Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree||2||8% cheaper|
|Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree||1||17% costlier|
|Voice and Opera Bachelor's Degree||1||10% cheaper|
|Finance and Financial Management Services, Other Bachelor's Degree||1||7% costlier|
|Anthropology Bachelor's Degree||1||11% cheaper|
|Computer Science Bachelor's Degree||1||5% cheaper|
|Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||1||23% cheaper|
|Music, General Bachelor's Degree||1||3% cheaper|
|Community Organization and Advocacy Bachelor's Degree||1||1% costlier|
|Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree||1||2% costlier|
|Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree||1||20% cheaper|
|Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||1||23% cheaper|
|Health/Health Care Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree||1||21% costlier|
|Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree||1||6% cheaper|
Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for Portland State University or model a student loan.
Portland State University is a four year public college located in Portland, Oregon. Full time enrollment is 17,378 and part time is 10,268. For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 4,978 applicants. 3,299 were admitted and 1,415 enrolled.
Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.Address
Portland 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.
Portland State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=209807 IPEDS survey data.
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