Tuition and Cost to Attend Portland State University

Annual Total Cost

The total list price for in-state Oregon residents to go to Portland State University is $19,993 for the 2014/2015 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't possess Oregon residence can expect a one year cost of $35,518.

Undergraduate Tuition

Portland State University tuition is $6,525 per year for in-state residents. This is 1% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,429. The cost is $14,800 and 69% cheaper than the average Oregon tuition of $21,325 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 $22,050 which represents a 238% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,269 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $7,794.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,119 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Portland should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $2,080.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 and 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2014-2015 and 2013-2014 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Portland State University
Expenditure Price
Oregon Resident Total Cost $19,993
   In-State Tuition$6,525
   Other Fees$1,269
   Room and Board$10,119
   Books and Supplies$2,080
Non-Resident Total Cost $35,518
   Out-of-State Tuition$22,050
   Other Fees$1,269
   Room and Board$10,119
   Books and Supplies$2,080


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 $19,993 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 Portland State University net price for in-state students $12,717* for the 2013/2014 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

61% of Portland State University students received grant aid in 2013/2014. The average total aid amount was $7,115. 39 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2013/2014 was $4,292. 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).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Portland State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$12,717*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid61%
Average Total Grant Aid$7,115
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants39%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,292

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 reported for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$11,306
$30,001 to $48,000$12,329
$48,001 to $75,000$16,242
$75,001 to $110,000$18,671

Average Financial Aid Mix - $19,993 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $19,993. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 36% - $7,115

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

Federal Loans

 26% - $5,167

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

Out of Pocket

 39% -  $7,711

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 2013-2014 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. Portland State University
The Evergreen State College20.2% more expensive
Oregon Institute of Technology6.9% more expensive
California State University Chico16.1% less expensive
University of Nevada Reno12% 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 Portland 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 Portland State University is $79,972 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 $99,965 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 2013-2014 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 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.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Portland State University
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

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. 47% of Portland State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,167.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

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 $59,941.97. 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 61% 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.

Portland State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$499.52
Amount Borrowed$48,672.00
Interest Rate4.3%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$11,269.97
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$59,941.97

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

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 $59,941.97 would be needed to afford a $499.52 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.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

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 $79,972.00. 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.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2021$27,495$109,980
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2026$35,091$140,366
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2031 $44,787$179,146
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2034 $51,846$207,384

Tuition History

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.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2010$6,764$21,198 10%
2009$6,147$18,837 6.7%
2008$5,763$17,829 10.6%
2007$5,210$17,435 5%
2006$4,960$17,125 4.2%
2005$4,761$16,866 11.3%
2004$4,278$13,674 10.1%
2003$3,885$13,266 4.4%
2002$3,720$12,828 5.5%
2001$3,525$12,291 1.6%
2000$3,468$11,661 0.9%
1999$3,438$11,313 2.4%
1998$3,357$10,923 0.4%
1997$3,342$10,608 5%
1996$3,183$9,816 4%
1995$3,060$9,108 8.3%
1994$2,826$7,923 6.3%
1993$2,658$6,939 4.7%
1992$2,538$6,549 20.3%
1991$2,109$5,702 21.8%
1990$1,731$4,992 8.9%
1989$1,590$4,458 2.9%
1988$1,545$4,096 4.7%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

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 16% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 50 5% cheaper
Audiology/Audiologist Bachelor's Degree 39 3% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 38 11% costlier
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 35 15% cheaper
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 31 14% costlier
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 30 18% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 28 0% cheaper
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 26 5% costlier
Community Health and Preventive Medicine Bachelor's Degree 25 16% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 22 5% cheaper
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 21 3% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 20 6% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 19 9% 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 8% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 15 7% costlier
Public Health, Other Bachelor's Degree 14 14% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 14 1% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 14 3% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 13 0% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 13 4% cheaper
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering Bachelor's Degree 12 15% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 10 9% costlier
Biological and Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 9 1% cheaper
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 9 5% cheaper
Sculpture Bachelor's Degree 7 14% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 7 11% cheaper
Visual and Performing Arts, Other Bachelor's Degree 7 17% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 7 8% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 5 8% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 5 2% costlier
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 5 14% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 10% 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 24% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 4 4% cheaper
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 15% cheaper
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 17% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 15% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 3 18% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 2% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 12% cheaper
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 9% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 3 14% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 14% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 2 2% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 2 0% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 2 8% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 2 1% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 2 1% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 2 7% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 18% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 1 11% cheaper
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 8% costlier
Voice and Opera Bachelor's Degree 1 9% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 1 4% 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 3% costlier
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 20% cheaper
Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 22% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 1 5% cheaper
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 1 22% costlier


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About Portland State University

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.

Portland State University
724 SW Harrison
Portland, Oregon

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

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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