Tuition for American Public University System is $6,480 for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is 55% cheaper than the national average private for-profit four year college tuition of $14,395. The cost is 52% cheaper than the average West Virginia tuition of $13,640 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 6th in West Virginia amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 17th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.
The school charges an additional fees of $400 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $6,880.
American Public University System doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Charles Town area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $7,152.
The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $0.
Off-campus students should budget for $2,248 in other miscellaneous living expenses.
The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to American Public University System was $16,280 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of West Virginia residence status as there is no in-state discount. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $9,128.
Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for American Public University System and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.
|West Virginia Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)||$16,280|
|Off-Campus Housing Budget||$7,152|
|Off-Campus Other Budget||$2,248|
|Books and Supplies||$0|
|West Virginia Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)||$9,128|
|Family Provided Room and Board||$0|
|With-Family Other Living Budget||$2,248|
|Books and Supplies||$0|
|Non-Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)||$16,280|
|Off-Campus Housing Budget||$7,152|
|Off-Campus Other Budget||$2,248|
|Books and Supplies||$0|
Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $16,280 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.
The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported American Public University System net price for in-state students is $9,572* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.
85% of American Public University System students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,992. 84 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 $5,005. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend American Public University System, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
|Financial Aid Summary|
|Average Annual Net Price||$9,572*|
|Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid||85%|
|Average Total Grant Aid||$4,992|
|Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants||84%|
|Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid||$5,005|
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||$9,568|
|$30,001 to $48,000||$9,979|
|$48,001 to $75,000||$11,423|
|$75,001 to $110,000||$13,812|
CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $16,280. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.
Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, American Public University System or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.
Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.
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.
|School||Cost vs. American Public University System|
|Purdue Global Hagerstown Campus||106.1% more expensive|
|Potomac College Herndon||100.4% more expensive|
|University of Phoenix Northern Virginia Campus||46.3% more expensive|
|Stratford University||131.2% more expensive|
|DeVry University Maryland||144.4% more expensive|
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 American Public University System.
At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at American Public University System is $65,120 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 $8,782 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $35,128**
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 $81,400 or $43,910 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.
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 American Public University System are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.
|Price per credit hour||$270|
|Cost for one class (3 credit hours)||$810|
|Cost for one class (4 credit hours)||$1,080|
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. 89% of American Public University System students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $8,720. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $16,635.
How much are student loan payments for American Public University System? 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 $35,128, 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 $43,585.79. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at American Public University System. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 85% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $8,782. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our American Public University System 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.
|Monthly Loan Payment||$363.21|
|Number of Monthly Payments||120|
|Total Interest Cost||$8,457.79|
|Sum of All Payments over 10 years||$43,585.79|
Can I afford to attend American Public University System? 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 American Public University System, 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 $43,585.79 would be needed to afford a $363.21 monthly payment in the example $35,128.00 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.
What will it cost to send your child to American Public University System in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $6,000 to $6,480. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 1.6%. 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 4 year cost of $65,120.00. 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 American Public University System.
|Annual||4 Year Degree|
|Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024||$22,389||$89,555|
|Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029||$28,574||$114,298|
|Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034||$36,469||$145,876|
|Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037||$42,217||$168,870|
We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at American Public University System 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|
|General Studies Associate's Degree||492||23% cheaper|
|Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree||363||53% cheaper|
|International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree||329||63% cheaper|
|Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Bachelor's Degree||314||49% cheaper|
|Homeland Security Bachelor's Degree||181||48% cheaper|
|Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster Bachelor's Degree||148||35% cheaper|
|Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree||125||58% cheaper|
|Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Bachelor's Degree||101||55% cheaper|
|Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management Bachelor's Degree||96||44% cheaper|
|International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree||72||65% cheaper|
|Securities Services Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree||64||42% cheaper|
|Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree||59||60% cheaper|
|Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree||54||61% cheaper|
|Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree||53||62% cheaper|
|Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other Bachelor's Degree||45||54% cheaper|
|LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES Bachelor's Degree||43||60% cheaper|
|Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance Bachelor's Degree||41||35% cheaper|
|Sociology Bachelor's Degree||40||60% cheaper|
|Terrorism and Counterterrorism Operations Associate's Degree||32||16% costlier|
|Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree||30||17% cheaper|
|English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree||29||59% cheaper|
|Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General Bachelor's Degree||28||51% cheaper|
|Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree||26||26% cheaper|
|Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis Bachelor's Degree||24||64% cheaper|
|Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree||22||66% cheaper|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree||16||55% cheaper|
|Real Estate Associate's Degree||13||19% cheaper|
|Fire Services Administration Associate's Degree||13||17% cheaper|
|Computer Software and Media Applications, Other Associate's Degree||12||8% cheaper|
|Public Health, General Associate's Degree||10||29% cheaper|
|History, General Associate's Degree||10||16% cheaper|
|Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree||10||55% cheaper|
|Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree||9||18% cheaper|
|Explosive Ordinance/Bomb Disposal Associate's Degree||9||16% costlier|
|Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree||7||20% cheaper|
|Philosophy Bachelor's Degree||7||64% cheaper|
|Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration Associate's Degree||5||6% cheaper|
|Human Resources Management and Services, Other Associate's Degree||4||0% costlier|
|Speech Communication and Rhetoric Associate's Degree||3||22% cheaper|
|Military Technologies and Applied Sciences, Other Associate's Degree||3||8% cheaper|
|Military History Associate's Degree||3||16% costlier|
|Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree||2||61% cheaper|
|Forensic Science and Technology Bachelor's Degree||2||57% cheaper|
|Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree||1||66% cheaper|
|Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree||1||56% cheaper|
Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for American Public University System or model a student loan.
American Public University System is a four year private college located in Charles Town, West Virginia. Full time enrollment is 2,829 and part time is 45,794. American Public University System has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes.
Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.Address
American Public University System is a private, for profit school.
American Public University System cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=449339 IPEDS survey data.