Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Prairie View A & M University tuition is $6,216 per year for in-state residents. This is 9% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $6,841. The cost is 58% cheaper than the average Texas tuition of $14,824 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 33rd in Texas amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 60th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $19,535 which represents a 214% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $3,843 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $10,059.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $8,754 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Prairie View should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,300.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,556 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,556 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Texas residents to go to PVAMU is $22,669 for the 2015/2016 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Texas residence can expect a one year cost of $35,988.

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

Costs and Tuition for Prairie View A & M University
Estimated Budgets
Texas Resident Total Budget $22,669
   In-State Tuition$6,216
   Other Fees$3,843
   Room and Board$8,754
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,556
   Books and Supplies$1,300
Non-Resident Total Budget $35,988
   Out-of-State Tuition$19,535
   Other Fees$3,843
   Room and Board$8,754
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,556
   Books and Supplies$1,300


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 $22,669 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 PVAMU net price for in-state students is $8,628* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

87% of Prairie View A & M University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $9,082. 73 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 $4,666. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Prairie View A & M University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Prairie View A & M University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$8,628*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid87%
Average Total Grant Aid$9,082
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants73%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,666

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$7,524
$30,001 to $48,000$9,029
$48,001 to $75,000$12,282
$75,001 to $110,000$15,308

Average Financial Aid Mix - $22,669 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $22,669. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 45% - $9,082

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

Federal Loans

 30% - $6,066

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

Out of Pocket

 25% -  $4,965

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. Prairie View A & M University
University of Houston Downtown22.6% less expensive
Mississippi Valley State University1.9% 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 Prairie View A & M 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 PVAMU is $90,676 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 $8,582 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $34,328**

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 $113,345 or $42,910 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

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 Prairie View A & M University.

Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,108
Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,334
Non-Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$9,768
Non-Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$17,994

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 Prairie View A & M 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 Prairie View A & M University
Price per credit hour for Texas residents$241
Cost for one class for Texas residents (3 credit hours)$723
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$684
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,052
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,736


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. 84% of Prairie View A & M University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,066. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $27,500.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Prairie View A & M 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 $34,328, 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 $42,593.18. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Prairie View A & M University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 87% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $8,582. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Prairie View A & M 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.

Prairie View A & M University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$354.94
Amount Borrowed$34,328.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$8,265.18
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$42,593.18

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend PVAMU? 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 Prairie View A & M 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 $42,593.18 would be needed to afford a $354.94 monthly payment in the example $34,328.00 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 Prairie View A & M University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $4,062 to $6,216. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 10.6%. 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 $90,676.00. 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 Prairie View A & M University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2023$31,175$124,701
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2028$39,788$159,153
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2033 $50,781$203,124
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2036 $58,785$235,142

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Prairie View A & M 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
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 138 6% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 78 13% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 58 8% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 57 5% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 47 12% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 37 4% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 34 6% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 31 5% cheaper
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 26 20% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 26 3% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 26 6% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 26 9% cheaper
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 25 16% cheaper
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other Bachelor's Degree 22 14% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 20 10% cheaper
Agriculture, General Bachelor's Degree 18 15% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 18 4% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 17 4% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 16 2% costlier
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 16 13% costlier
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 16 3% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 13 10% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 12 7% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 11 8% cheaper
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 10 16% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 9 4% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 8 7% cheaper
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 7 10% cheaper
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 6 19% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 6 5% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 5 10% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 4 25% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 4 8% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 7% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 4 7% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 11% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 4% cheaper


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About Prairie View A & M University

Prairie View A & M University is a four year public college located in Prairie View, Texas.  Full time enrollment is 7,443 and part time is 1,339.

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

Prairie View A & M University
FM 1098 Road & University Drive
Prairie View, Texas

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Prairie View A & M 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.

Prairie View A & M University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=227526 IPEDS survey data.