Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Sam Houston State University tuition is $5,472 per year for in-state residents. This is 22% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 64% cheaper than the average Texas tuition of $15,399 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 21st in Texas amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 72nd most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $15,432 which represents a 182% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,590 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $8,062.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,178 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Huntsville should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,096.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,488 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,796 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Texas residents to go to Sam Houston State University is $21,824 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Texas residence can expect a one year cost of $31,784.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for Sam Houston State University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Sam Houston State University
Estimated Budgets
Texas Resident Total Budget $21,824
   In-State Tuition$5,472
   Other Fees$2,590
   Room and Board$9,178
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,488
   Books and Supplies$1,096
Non-Resident Total Budget $31,784
   Out-of-State Tuition$15,432
   Other Fees$2,590
   Room and Board$9,178
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,488
   Books and Supplies$1,096


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 $21,824 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 Sam Houston State University net price for in-state students is $11,260* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

71% of Sam Houston State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $8,583. 48 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 $4,563. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Sam Houston State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Sam Houston State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$11,260*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid71%
Average Total Grant Aid$8,583
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants48%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,563

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$10,651
$30,001 to $48,000$10,093
$48,001 to $75,000$13,934
$75,001 to $110,000$17,473

Average Financial Aid Mix - $21,824 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $21,824. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 47% - $8,583

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

Federal Loans

 34% - $6,159

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

Out of Pocket

 20% -  $3,594

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. Sam Houston State University
Stephen F Austin State University6.1% more expensive
The University of Texas at Tyler7.5% more expensive
McNeese State University5.9% less expensive
Northwestern State University of Louisiana5.3% less expensive
Tarleton State University26.8% 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 Sam Houston 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 Sam Houston State University is $87,296 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 $7,736 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $30,944**

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 $109,120 or $38,680 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 Sam Houston State University.

Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,736
Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,912
Non-Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$7,716
Non-Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$15,892

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 Sam Houston 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 Sam Houston State University
Price per credit hour for Texas residents$228
Cost for one class for Texas residents (3 credit hours)$684
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$643
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,929
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,572


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 Sam Houston State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,159. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $27,689.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Sam Houston 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 $30,944, 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 $38,394.41. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Sam Houston State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 71% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $7,736. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Sam Houston 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.

Sam Houston State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$319.95
Amount Borrowed$30,944.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$7,450.41
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$38,394.41

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Sam Houston 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 Sam Houston 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 $38,394.41 would be needed to afford a $319.95 monthly payment in the example $30,944.00 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 Sam Houston State University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $4,488 to $5,472. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.4%. 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 $87,296.00. 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 Sam Houston State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$30,013$120,052
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$38,305$153,221
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $48,888$195,553
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $56,594$226,377

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Sam Houston 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
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 393 24% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 302 16% cheaper
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 143 12% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 143 18% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 82 15% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 80 21% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 73 21% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 63 8% cheaper
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations Bachelor's Degree 53 6% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 53 23% cheaper
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 44 13% cheaper
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 43 6% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 33 6% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 32 25% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 29 20% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 28 14% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 28 13% cheaper
Agriculture, General Bachelor's Degree 23 3% cheaper
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 21 9% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 20 20% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 18 24% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 18 23% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 17 14% cheaper
Commercial and Advertising Art Bachelor's Degree 17 16% cheaper
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 16 14% cheaper
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Bachelor's Degree 15 11% costlier
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other Bachelor's Degree 15 3% cheaper
Photography Bachelor's Degree 13 29% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 12 26% cheaper
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects Bachelor's Degree 12 22% cheaper
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 11 21% cheaper
Chemistry, Other Bachelor's Degree 11 24% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 11 28% cheaper
Horticultural Science Bachelor's Degree 9 14% cheaper
Music Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 9 25% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 8 23% cheaper
Interior Architecture Bachelor's Degree 8 19% cheaper
Agricultural Mechanization, General Bachelor's Degree 7 3% cheaper
Banking and Financial Support Services Bachelor's Degree 7 8% cheaper
Operations Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree 6 3% cheaper
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 6 18% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 5 13% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 26% cheaper
Biological and Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 3 21% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 2 22% cheaper
Fashion Merchandising Bachelor's Degree 2 15% cheaper
Industrial Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 2 6% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 2 21% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 2 15% cheaper
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 1 18% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 1 23% cheaper
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 1 23% cheaper
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 0% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 1 30% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 1 24% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 1 1% cheaper
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 1 26% cheaper
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 30% cheaper


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About Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State University is a four year public college located in Huntsville, Texas.  Full time enrollment is 15,117 and part time is 5,360.

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

Sam Houston State University
1806 Ave J
Huntsville, Texas

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Sam Houston 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.

Sam Houston State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=227881 IPEDS survey data.