Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Arizona tuition is $11,077 per year for in-state residents. This is 54% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 24% cheaper than the average Arizona tuition of $14,482 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 10th in Arizona amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 16th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $34,976 which represents a 216% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,390 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $12,467.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $12,550 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Tucson should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $800.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,400 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $5,700 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Arizona residents to go to U of A is $29,217 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Arizona residence can expect a one year cost of $53,116.

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

Costs and Tuition for University of Arizona
Estimated Budgets
Arizona Resident Total Budget $29,217
   In-State Tuition$11,077
   Other Fees$1,390
   Room and Board$12,550
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,400
   Books and Supplies$800
Non-Resident Total Budget $53,116
   Out-of-State Tuition$34,976
   Other Fees$1,390
   Room and Board$12,550
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,400
   Books and Supplies$800


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 $29,217 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 U of A net price for in-state students is $15,758* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

83% of University of Arizona students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $11,272. 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 $4,478. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Arizona, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Arizona
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$15,758*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid83%
Average Total Grant Aid$11,272
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants26%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,478

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$11,278
$30,001 to $48,000$11,961
$48,001 to $75,000$15,513
$75,001 to $110,000$18,143

Average Financial Aid Mix - $29,217 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $29,217. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 44% - $11,272

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

Federal Loans

 20% - $5,170

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

Out of Pocket

 36% -  $9,375

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. University of Arizona
Arizona State University8.8% less expensive
San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus50.6% less expensive
University of New Mexico Main Campus44.8% 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 University of Arizona.

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 U of A is $116,868 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 $12,185 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $48,740**

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 $146,085 or $60,925 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 University of Arizona.

Arizona Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,538
Arizona Resident Total Cost Per Semester$14,608
Non-Arizona Resident Tuition Per Semester$17,488
Non-Arizona Resident Total Cost Per Semester$26,558

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 University of Arizona 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 University of Arizona
Price per credit hour for Arizona residents$748
Cost for one class for Arizona residents (3 credit hours)$2,244
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$1,320
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$3,960
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$5,280


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. 35% of University of Arizona students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,170. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $22,269.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Arizona? 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 $48,740, 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 $60,475.16. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Arizona. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 83% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $12,185. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our University of Arizona 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.

University of Arizona Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$503.96
Amount Borrowed$48,740.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$11,735.16
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$60,475.16

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend U of A? 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 University of Arizona, 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 $60,475.16 would be needed to afford a $503.96 monthly payment in the example $48,740.00 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 University of Arizona in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $9,114 to $11,077. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.3%. 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 $116,868.00. 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 University of Arizona.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$40,180$160,721
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$51,281$205,125
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $65,449$261,797
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $75,766$303,063

Tuition History

What was tuition at U of A 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$9,114$24,573 19.7%
2011$7,614$23,974 11.1%
2010$6,855$22,264 23.7%
2009$5,542$18,676 9.8%
2008$5,048$16,282 5.9%
2007$4,766$14,972 6%
2006$4,498$13,682 9.8%
2005$4,098$13,078 13.7%
2004$3,603$12,373 39%
2003$2,593$11,113 4.1%
2002$2,490$10,356 6%
2001$2,348$9,728 3.7%
2000$2,264$9,416 4.9%
1999$2,158$9,110 4.9%
1998$2,058$8,710 2.4%
1997$2,009$8,377 6.6%
1996$1,884$7,912 -0.5%
1995$1,894$7,500 6.5%
1994$1,778$7,284 16.4%
1993$1,528$6,934 0%
1992$1,528$6,934 3.4%
1991$1,478$6,484 8.5%
1990$1,362$5,484 6.6%
1989$1,278$4,866 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 University of Arizona 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
Physiology, General Bachelor's Degree 234 26% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 199 50% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 161 48% costlier
Retail Management Bachelor's Degree 131 34% costlier
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 92 47% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 79 25% costlier
Engineering/Industrial Management Bachelor's Degree 67 35% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 64 31% costlier
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 59 11% costlier
Agricultural Business and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 55 55% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 50 49% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 50 66% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 48 25% costlier
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 38 17% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 37 16% costlier
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 31 45% costlier
Natural Resources/Conservation, General Bachelor's Degree 29 32% costlier
Optics/Optical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 29 3% cheaper
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 27 24% costlier
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree 26 17% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 25 23% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 24 30% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 23 28% costlier
Agricultural Business Technology Bachelor's Degree 22 10% costlier
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 22 67% costlier
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 21 66% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 21 52% costlier
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree 20 17% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 20 32% costlier
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology Bachelor's Degree 20 23% costlier
Biological/Biosystems Engineering Bachelor's Degree 19 25% costlier
Systems Engineering Bachelor's Degree 19 36% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 19 28% costlier
Mining and Mineral Engineering Bachelor's Degree 17 40% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 15 40% costlier
Health Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 15 50% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 15 29% costlier
Creative Writing Bachelor's Degree 15 15% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 14 41% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 13 30% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 13 18% costlier
Materials Science Bachelor's Degree 13 5% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 12 31% costlier
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 12 7% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 10 21% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 10 15% costlier
Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree 10 0% costlier
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 10 55% costlier
Operations Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree 10 63% costlier
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 10 32% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 9 19% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 8 45% costlier
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 8 52% costlier
Musical Theatre Bachelor's Degree 7 25% costlier
Jewish/Judaic Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 7% costlier
East Asian Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 7% cheaper
Engineering Science Bachelor's Degree 7 11% costlier
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other Bachelor's Degree 7 41% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 7 18% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 6 34% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 6 43% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 6 13% costlier
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other Bachelor's Degree 6 0% cheaper
Applied Economics Bachelor's Degree 5 17% costlier
Public Health, General Bachelor's Degree 5 30% costlier
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 5 56% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 5 37% costlier
Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 5 2% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 5 0% costlier
Brass Instruments Bachelor's Degree 4 0% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 4 46% costlier
Family Resource Management Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 4 46% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 12% costlier
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Bachelor's Degree 3 25% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 3 8% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 3 32% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 13% costlier
Hydrology and Water Resources Science Bachelor's Degree 3 21% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 27% costlier
Stringed Instruments Bachelor's Degree 3 2% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 3 44% costlier
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 3 35% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 3 26% costlier
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 42% costlier
Agronomy and Crop Science Bachelor's Degree 3 48% costlier
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Bachelor's Degree 3 5% costlier
Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 3 17% costlier
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 10% costlier
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 1% costlier
Health Services Administration Bachelor's Degree 3 58% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 2 14% costlier
Drama and Dance Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 44% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 12% costlier
Geological/Geophysical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 2 25% costlier
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations Bachelor's Degree 2 77% costlier
Woodwind Instruments Bachelor's Degree 2 9% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 2 23% costlier
Near and Middle Eastern Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 11% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Bachelor's Degree 2 66% costlier
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 2 43% costlier
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 32% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 2 25% costlier
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning Bachelor's Degree 1 30% costlier
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics Bachelor's Degree 1 9% costlier
Information Technology Bachelor's Degree 1 56% costlier
Plant Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 33% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 1 28% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 33% costlier
General Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 57% costlier
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 5% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 1 43% costlier
Astronomy Bachelor's Degree 1 2% costlier
Pre-Veterinary Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 33% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 1 29% costlier
Nutrition Sciences Bachelor's Degree 1 18% costlier
Voice and Opera Bachelor's Degree 1 20% costlier
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 46% costlier


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About University of Arizona

University of Arizona is a four year public college located in Tucson, Arizona.  Full time enrollment is 36,213 and part time is 7,884. Learn more about getting accepted at University of Arizona at CollegeSimply.

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

University of Arizona
1401 E University
Tucson, Arizona

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Arizona 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.

University of Arizona cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=104179 IPEDS survey data.