Tuition and Cost to Attend University of Memphis

Annual Total Cost

The total list price for in-state Tennessee residents to go to University of Memphis is $18,423 for the 2013/2014 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't possess Tennessee residence can expect a one year cost of $33,135.

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Memphis tuition is $7,056 per year for in-state residents. This is 13% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,256. The cost is $9,909 and 58% cheaper than the average Tennessee tuition of $16,965 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 8th in Tennessee amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 61st most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $21,768 which represents a 209% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,256 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $8,312.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $8,716 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Memphis should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,395.

Costs and Tuition for University of Memphis
Expenditure Price
Tennessee Resident Total Cost $18,423
   In-State Tuition$7,056
   Other Fees$1,256
   Room and Board$8,716
   Books and Supplies$1,395
Non-Resident Total Cost $33,135
   Out-of-State Tuition$21,768
   Other Fees$1,256
   Room and Board$8,716
   Books and Supplies$1,395

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.


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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 $18,423 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 University of Memphis net price for in-state students $11,237* for the 2011/2012 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

72% of University of Memphis students received grant aid in 2010/2011. The average total aid amount was $6,434. 49 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 $4,256. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Memphis, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Memphis
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$11,237*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid72%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,434
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants49%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,256

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 2011-2012 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$8,960
$30,001 to $48,000$10,969
$48,001 to $75,000$14,276
$75,001 to $110,000$15,389

Average Financial Aid Mix - $18,423 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $18,423. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 35% - $6,434

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

Federal Loans

 42% - $7,741

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

Out of Pocket

 23% -  $4,248

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 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.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. University of Memphis
Southern Illinois University Carbondale19.3% more expensive
University of Alabama at Huntsville30.3% more expensive
Jackson State University10% less expensive
Missouri State University Springfield13.3% less expensive
University of Arkansas Fort Smith54.8% 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 University of Memphis.

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 University of Memphis is $73,692 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 $10,111 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $40,444**

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 $92,115 or $50,555 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.

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 University of Memphis.

Tennessee Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,528
Tennessee Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,212
Non-Tennessee Resident Tuition Per Semester$10,884
Non-Tennessee Resident Total Cost Per Semester$16,568

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 University of Memphis 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 University of Memphis
Price per credit hour for Tennessee residents$256
Cost for one class for Tennessee residents (3 credit hours)$768
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$869
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,607
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,476

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. 61% of University of Memphis students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $7,741. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $23,601.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Memphis? 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 $40,444, 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 $50,673.78. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Memphis. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 72% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $10,111. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our University of Memphis 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.

University of Memphis Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$422.28
Amount Borrowed$40,444.00
Interest Rate4.7%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$10,229.78
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$50,673.78

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend University of Memphis? 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 University of Memphis, 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 $50,673.78 would be needed to afford a $422.28 monthly payment in the example $40,444.00 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 University of Memphis in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $5,256 to $7,390. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 8.1%. 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 $73,692.00. 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 University of Memphis.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2020$25,336$101,344
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2025$32,336$129,343
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2030 $41,270$165,078
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2033 $47,775$191,099

Tuition History

What was tuition at University of Memphis 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$6,458$19,178 5.4%
2009$6,128$17,714 5.6%
2008$5,802$16,630 10.4%
2007$5,256$15,722 3.4%
2006$5,084$14,898 13.5%
2005$4,480$13,204 5.8%
2004$4,234$12,388 14.3%
2003$3,704$10,858 6.7%
2002$3,470$10,124 12.4%
2001$3,087$8,873 9.5%
2000$2,818$8,078 7.1%
1999$2,630$7,502 9%
1998$2,412$7,008 7.8%
1997$2,238$6,642 10.5%
1996$2,026$6,156 -0.8%
1995$2,042$5,976 11.7%
1994$1,828$5,610 4.6%
1993$1,748$5,350 6.8%
1992$1,636$5,000 8.6%
1991$1,507$4,596 3.8%
1990$1,452$4,406 7.2%
1989$1,354$4,090 8.1%
1988$1,252$3,856 2.6%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Memphis 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
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 302 10% cheaper
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels Bachelor's Degree 174 4% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 169 3% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 140 7% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 115 0% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 103 8% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 81 7% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 69 3% cheaper
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 54 3% cheaper
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 51 1% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 49 5% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 39 4% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 30 3% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 29 9% cheaper
General Studies Bachelor's Degree 26 10% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 23 7% cheaper
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Bachelor's Degree 22 1% costlier
Music, Other Bachelor's Degree 19 14% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 17 12% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 16 11% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 15 12% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 14 6% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 13 11% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 13 16% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 13 8% cheaper
Environmental Design/Architecture Bachelor's Degree 12 9% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 12 11% cheaper
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 12 12% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 11 9% cheaper
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 21% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 8 24% cheaper
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 8 0% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 7 10% cheaper
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 7 26% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 7 7% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 6 10% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 5 17% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 5 1% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 5 2% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 5 10% cheaper
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 4 20% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 3 17% cheaper
Selling Skills and Sales Operations Bachelor's Degree 3 3% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 3 9% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 3 2% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Bachelor's Degree 3 18% costlier
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 3 15% costlier
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Bachelor's Degree 2 6% cheaper
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 2 5% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 2 7% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 15% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 2 9% cheaper
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 2% cheaper
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 1 13% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 0% cheaper


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About University of Memphis

University of Memphis is a four year public college located in Memphis, Tennessee.  Full time enrollment is 15,377 and part time is 7,348.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 6,798 applicants. 4,243 were admitted and 2,252 enrolled.

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

University of Memphis
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Memphis, Tennessee

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Memphis 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.

University of Memphis cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education IPEDS survey data.


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