Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Abilene Christian University is $32,020 for the 2015/2016 academic year. This is 19% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $26,919. The cost is 116% more expensive than the average Texas tuition of $14,824 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 83rd in Texas amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 10th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $50 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $32,070.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,310 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Abilene should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,250.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,350 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,350 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Abilene Christian University was $45,980 for the 2015/2016 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Texas residence status as there is no in-state discount.

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

Costs and Tuition for Abilene Christian University
Estimated Budgets
Texas Resident Total Budget $45,980
   In-State Tuition$32,020
   Other Fees$50
   Room and Board$9,310
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,350
   Books and Supplies$1,250
Non-Resident Total Budget $45,980
   Out-of-State Tuition$32,020
   Other Fees$50
   Room and Board$9,310
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,350
   Books and Supplies$1,250


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 $45,980 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 Abilene Christian University net price for in-state students is $23,949* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

100% of Abilene Christian University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $17,668. 32 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 $4,222. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Abilene Christian University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Abilene Christian University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$23,949*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid100%
Average Total Grant Aid$17,668
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants32%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,222

Average Net Price 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$19,356
$30,001 to $48,000$19,996
$48,001 to $75,000$21,339
$75,001 to $110,000$24,399

Average Financial Aid Mix - $45,980 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $45,980. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 41% - $17,668

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

Federal Loans

 14% - $5,962

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

Out of Pocket

 45% -  $19,000

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for 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 Private Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Abilene Christian University
Dallas Baptist University20.7% less expensive
LeTourneau University12.8% less expensive
Hendrix College31.4% more expensive
College of the Ozarks42.2% 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 Abilene Christian 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 Abilene Christian University is $183,920 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 $24,444 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $97,776**

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 $229,900 or $122,220 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for 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 Abilene Christian University.

Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$16,010
Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$22,990

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 Abilene Christian 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 Abilene Christian University
Price per credit hour$1,334
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$4,002
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$5,336


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. 59% of Abilene Christian University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,962. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $42,585.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Abilene Christian 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 $97,776, 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 $121,317.59. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Abilene Christian University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 100% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $24,444. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Abilene Christian 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.

Abilene Christian University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,010.98
Amount Borrowed$97,776.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$23,541.59
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$121,317.59

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Abilene Christian 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 Abilene Christian 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 $121,317.59 would be needed to afford a $1,010.98 monthly payment in the example $97,776.00 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 Abilene Christian University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $23,610 to $32,020. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 7.1%. 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 4 year cost of $183,920.00. 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 Abilene Christian University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2023$63,233$252,933
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2028$80,703$322,814
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2033 $103,000$412,001
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2036 $119,236$476,943

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Abilene Christian 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
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 60 43% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 44 17% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 34 22% costlier
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 27 32% costlier
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 25 34% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 24 21% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 23 36% costlier
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 23 30% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 22 22% costlier
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other Bachelor's Degree 21 18% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 20 5% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 19 13% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 16 37% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 16 35% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 15 17% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 13 23% costlier
Information Technology Bachelor's Degree 12 43% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 12 15% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 12 31% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Bachelor's Degree 10 56% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 9 11% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 9 26% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 9 19% costlier
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 8 32% costlier
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 8 34% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 8 19% costlier
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 11% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 7 14% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 6 35% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 6 19% costlier
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 6 34% costlier
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 6 37% costlier
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 6 24% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 5 39% costlier
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia Bachelor's Degree 5 14% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 5 17% costlier
Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 54% costlier
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations Bachelor's Degree 3 64% costlier
Biology Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 44% costlier
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 3 33% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 3 33% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 3 31% costlier
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 3 42% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 28% costlier
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 30% costlier
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 55% costlier
Architecture and Related Services, Other Associate's Degree 2 125% costlier
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology Bachelor's Degree 2 60% costlier
Voice and Opera Bachelor's Degree 1 11% costlier
Bible/Biblical Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 62% costlier
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 31% costlier
Youth Ministry Bachelor's Degree 1 43% costlier
Social Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 4% costlier
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 1 27% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 14% costlier
Information Resources Management Bachelor's Degree 1 35% costlier


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About Abilene Christian University

Abilene Christian University is a four year private college located in Abilene, Texas.  The school is affiliated with the Churches of Christ faith.  Full time enrollment is 3,896 and part time is 1,014.

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

Abilene Christian University
1600 Campus Court
Abilene, Texas

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Abilene Christian University is a private not for profit institution.

Abilene Christian University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=222178 IPEDS survey data.