Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Arizona State University tuition is $10,104 per year for in-state residents. This is 40% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 30% cheaper than the average Arizona tuition of $14,482 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 6th in Arizona amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 20th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $26,684 which represents a 164% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $688 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $10,792.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $12,209 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Tempe should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,125.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,404 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,708 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Arizona residents to go to ASU is $27,530 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Arizona residence can expect a one year cost of $44,110.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for Arizona State University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Arizona State University
Estimated Budgets
Arizona Resident Total Budget $27,530
   In-State Tuition$10,104
   Other Fees$688
   Room and Board$12,209
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,404
   Books and Supplies$1,125
Non-Resident Total Budget $44,110
   Out-of-State Tuition$26,684
   Other Fees$688
   Room and Board$12,209
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,404
   Books and Supplies$1,125


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 $27,530 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 ASU net price for in-state students is $12,191* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

87% of Arizona State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $10,452. 26 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 $4,447. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Arizona State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Arizona State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$12,191*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid87%
Average Total Grant Aid$10,452
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants26%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,447

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$7,195
$30,001 to $48,000$7,702
$48,001 to $75,000$12,407
$75,001 to $110,000$14,527

Average Financial Aid Mix - $27,530 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $27,530. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 43% - $10,452

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

Federal Loans

 22% - $5,247

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

Out of Pocket

 35% -  $8,427

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. Arizona State University
San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus45.8% less expensive
University of New Mexico Main Campus41% less expensive
California State University Fullerton43.2% 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 Arizona 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 ASU is $110,120 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 $10,599 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $42,396**

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 $137,650 or $52,995 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 Arizona State University.

Arizona Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,052
Arizona Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,765
Non-Arizona Resident Tuition Per Semester$13,342
Non-Arizona Resident Total Cost Per Semester$22,055

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 Arizona 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 Arizona State University
Price per credit hour for Arizona residents$702
Cost for one class for Arizona residents (3 credit hours)$2,106
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$1,112
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$3,336
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$4,448


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. 40% of Arizona State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,247. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $18,615.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Arizona 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 $42,396, 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 $52,603.71. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Arizona State 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 $10,599. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Arizona 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.

Arizona State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$438.36
Amount Borrowed$42,396.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$10,207.71
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$52,603.71

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend ASU? 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 Arizona 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 $52,603.71 would be needed to afford a $438.36 monthly payment in the example $42,396.00 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 Arizona State University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $9,208 to $10,104. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 1.9%. 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 $110,120.00. 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 Arizona State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$37,860$151,441
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$48,320$193,281
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $61,670$246,681
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $71,391$285,564

Tuition History

What was tuition at ASU 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 in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2012$9,208$21,807 18.2%
2011$7,793$20,257 13.9%
2010$6,844$19,629 20.9%
2009$5,661$17,949 13.9%
2008$4,971$17,003 6%
2007$4,688$15,847 6.4%
2006$4,406$15,095 8.4%
2005$4,064$12,919 13%
2004$3,595$12,115 39.1%
2003$2,585$11,105 3.9%
2002$2,488$10,354 6.1%
2001$2,346$9,802 3.8%
2000$2,261$9,413 4.8%
1999$2,158$9,110 4.9%
1998$2,058$8,710 2.4%
1997$2,009$8,377 3%
1996$1,950$7,978 3%
1995$1,894$7,500 2.7%
1994$1,844$7,350 16%
1993$1,590$6,996 4.1%
1992$1,528$6,934 3.4%
1991$1,478$6,484 8.5%
1990$1,362$5,484 6.6%
1989$1,278$4,868 6.9%
1988$1,196$4,608 5.3%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Arizona 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 796 5% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 694 9% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 443 24% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 312 10% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 306 23% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 283 19% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Bachelor's Degree 279 38% costlier
Journalism, Other Bachelor's Degree 270 23% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 262 15% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 198 8% costlier
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 189 21% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 171 10% costlier
LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES Bachelor's Degree 161 9% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 159 1% cheaper
Design and Applied Arts, Other Bachelor's Degree 151 3% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 138 5% cheaper
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 137 19% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 130 20% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 126 22% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other Bachelor's Degree 116 22% costlier
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other Bachelor's Degree 114 15% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 114 4% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 111 27% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 99 5% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 95 2% cheaper
Sustainability Studies Bachelor's Degree 93 9% costlier
Tourism and Travel Services Management Bachelor's Degree 92 17% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 89 5% costlier
Construction Management Bachelor's Degree 89 25% costlier
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning Bachelor's Degree 87 8% costlier
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 85 0% costlier
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 79 22% costlier
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 77 14% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 77 8% costlier
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other Bachelor's Degree 74 17% costlier
Agricultural Business and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 72 29% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 67 19% costlier
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree 43 3% cheaper
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Bachelor's Degree 43 27% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 42 2% cheaper
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 41 4% cheaper
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 41 4% costlier
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 40 9% costlier
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 39 8% cheaper
Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 39 3% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 38 28% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 36 6% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 36 19% costlier
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 35 9% costlier
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management Bachelor's Degree 35 21% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 29 7% cheaper
Education, Other Bachelor's Degree 28 17% costlier
Industrial and Product Design Bachelor's Degree 27 1% cheaper
Interior Architecture Bachelor's Degree 26 12% costlier
Real Estate Bachelor's Degree 26 6% costlier
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management Bachelor's Degree 24 33% costlier
Visual and Performing Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 24 9% costlier
Graphic Communications, General Bachelor's Degree 24 16% costlier
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 24 21% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 22 16% costlier
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 21 8% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 20 0% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 18 21% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 18 4% cheaper
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 18 3% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 16 38% costlier
Applied Psychology Bachelor's Degree 15 19% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 15 7% cheaper
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies Bachelor's Degree 14 9% cheaper
Music Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 14 4% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 14 14% costlier
Conservation Biology Bachelor's Degree 13 2% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 13 13% costlier
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 13 15% costlier
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other Bachelor's Degree 13 8% costlier
Computational Mathematics Bachelor's Degree 13 21% cheaper
Materials Engineering Bachelor's Degree 12 8% cheaper
History, Other Bachelor's Degree 11 1% cheaper
Philosophy and Religious Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 10 1% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 9 6% cheaper
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing Bachelor's Degree 8 14% costlier
Operations Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree 8 35% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 7 7% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 7 24% costlier
American Indian/Native American Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 19% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 7 7% costlier
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 6 38% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 6 6% costlier
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering Bachelor's Degree 6 7% cheaper
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 6% cheaper
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 3% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 5 9% costlier
Urban Studies/Affairs Bachelor's Degree 5 6% cheaper
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 5 37% costlier
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 4 6% cheaper
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 16% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 4 28% costlier
Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 15% cheaper
Science, Technology and Society Bachelor's Degree 3 22% cheaper
Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 2% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 2% costlier
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst Bachelor's Degree 3 54% costlier
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 16% costlier
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 3 15% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 3 7% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 2 11% costlier
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General Bachelor's Degree 2 31% costlier
Applied Mathematics, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 5% cheaper
Botany/Plant Biology Bachelor's Degree 2 9% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 2 7% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 2 4% costlier
Adult Development and Aging Bachelor's Degree 2 30% costlier
Air Traffic Controller Bachelor's Degree 2 16% costlier
Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree 1 9% cheaper
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 1 12% costlier
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 1 24% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 4% costlier
Public Policy Analysis, General Bachelor's Degree 1 20% cheaper
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 1 14% costlier
Ethnic Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 9% cheaper
Industrial Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 1 48% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 11% costlier
Family Resource Management Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 1 22% costlier
Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree 1 11% costlier
Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 1 9% costlier
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 11% costlier


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About Arizona State University

Arizona State University is a four year public college located in Tempe, Arizona.  Full time enrollment is 45,976 and part time is 5,893. Learn more about getting accepted at Arizona State University at CollegeSimply.

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

Arizona State University
University Drive and Mill Avenue
Tempe, Arizona

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Arizona 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.

Arizona State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=104151 IPEDS survey data.