Tuition and Cost to Attend PVAMU

Annual Total Cost

The total list price for in-state Texas residents to go to PVAMU is $18,496 for the 2014/2015 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't possess Texas residence can expect a one year cost of $29,963.

Undergraduate Tuition

Prairie View A & M University tuition is $5,898 per year for in-state residents. This is 8% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $6,429. The cost is $8,668 and 60% cheaper than the average Texas tuition of $14,566 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 30th in Texas amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 79th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $17,365 which represents a 194% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $3,563 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $9,461.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $7,735 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.

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 Prairie View A & M University
Expenditure Price
Texas Resident Total Cost $18,496
   In-State Tuition$5,898
   Other Fees$3,563
   Room and Board$7,735
   Books and Supplies$1,300
Non-Resident Total Cost $29,963
   Out-of-State Tuition$17,365
   Other Fees$3,563
   Room and Board$7,735
   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 $18,496 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 $8,576* for the 2013/2014 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 2013/2014. The average total aid amount was $8,550. 74 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 $4,495. 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$8,576*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid87%
Average Total Grant Aid$8,550
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants74%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,495

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$7,829
$30,001 to $48,000$9,163
$48,001 to $75,000$12,340
$75,001 to $110,000$14,476

Average Financial Aid Mix - $18,496 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $18,496. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 46% - $8,550

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

 35% - $6,566

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

Out of Pocket

 18% -  $3,380

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. Prairie View A & M University
The University of Texas at Tyler9% less expensive
Tarleton State University37.3% less expensive
Grambling State University17% less expensive
Texas A & M University Texarkana22.5% less expensive
Texas A & M International University35% 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 $73,984 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 $92,480 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 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

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$2,949
Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,248
Non-Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$8,682
Non-Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$14,982

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$169
Cost for one class for Texas residents (3 credit hours)$507
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$482
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,446
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,928

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. 86% of Prairie View A & M University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,566. 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 $42,276.62. 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$352.31
Amount Borrowed$34,328.00
Interest Rate4.3%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$7,948.62
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$42,276.62

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 $42,276.62 would be needed to afford a $352.31 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 five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $5,461 to $6,132. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2.5%. 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 $73,984.00. 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 2021$25,436$101,745
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2026$32,464$129,856
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2031 $41,433$165,732
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2034 $47,964$191,856

Tuition History

What was tuition at PVAMU 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$6,763$15,073 7.4%
2009$6,299$14,729 4.2%
2008$6,046$15,406 10.7%
2007$5,461$13,710 11.3%
2006$4,906$13,186 17.5%
2005$4,174$11,914 16.2%
2004$3,592$10,672 11.1%
2003$3,232$9,772 1.9%
2002$3,172$9,482 15.3%
2001$2,752$9,202 4.1%
2000$2,644$9,124 5.9%
1999$2,496$8,886 2.5%
1998$2,436$8,856 13.5%
1997$2,146$8,566 11.4%
1996$1,926$7,686 14.4%
1995$1,684$5,974 9.6%
1994$1,537$5,617 16.8%
1993$1,316$5,456 14.6%
1992$1,148$4,388 46.4%
1991$784$3,644 81.5%
1990$432$2,928 -50.3%
1989$870$3,990 81.2%
1988$480$3,600 -44.6%

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 7% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 78 1% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 58 19% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 57 16% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 47 2% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 37 15% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 34 7% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 31 16% cheaper
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 26 28% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 26 9% cheaper
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 26 6% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 26 20% cheaper
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 25 25% cheaper
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other Bachelor's Degree 22 1% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 20 20% cheaper
Agriculture, General Bachelor's Degree 18 3% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 18 8% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 17 8% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 16 10% cheaper
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 16 0% costlier
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 16 9% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 13 20% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 12 18% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 11 19% cheaper
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 10 2% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 9 8% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 8 17% cheaper
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 7 20% cheaper
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 6 4% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 6 16% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 5 20% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 4 8% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 4 19% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 17% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 4 18% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 21% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 15% 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 6,879 and part time is 1,547.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 10,354 applicants. 4,057 were admitted and 1,632 enrolled.

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.

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