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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Arkansas at Little Rock tuition is $6,600 per year for in-state residents. This is 6% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 50% cheaper than the average Arkansas tuition of $13,232 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 7th in Arkansas amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 18th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $18,810 which represents a 185% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,398 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $8,998.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,218 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Little Rock should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,500.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,540 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,824 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Arkansas residents to go to UALR is $23,256 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Arkansas residence can expect a one year cost of $35,466.

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

Costs and Tuition for University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Estimated Budgets
Arkansas Resident Total Budget $23,256
   In-State Tuition$6,600
   Other Fees$2,398
   Room and Board$9,218
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,540
   Books and Supplies$1,500
Non-Resident Total Budget $35,466
   Out-of-State Tuition$18,810
   Other Fees$2,398
   Room and Board$9,218
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,540
   Books and Supplies$1,500

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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 $23,256 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 UALR net price for in-state students is $12,780* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

91% of University of Arkansas at Little Rock students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $9,567. 56 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 $4,576. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$12,780*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid91%
Average Total Grant Aid$9,567
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants56%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,576

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$12,616
$30,001 to $48,000$12,829
$48,001 to $75,000$15,165
$75,001 to $110,000$16,459
$110,000+$15,858

Average Financial Aid Mix - $23,256 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $23,256. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

49%
29%
23%

Grants and Scholarships

 49% - $9,567

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

Federal Loans

 29% - $5,635

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

Out of Pocket

 23% -  $4,514

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 Arkansas at Little Rock
Delta State University2.1% more expensive
Louisiana State University Shreveport14.3% less expensive
Missouri Southern State University16.7% less expensive
Southeastern Oklahoma State University5.5% less expensive
Mississippi University for Women1.3% 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 Arkansas at Little Rock.

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 UALR is $93,024 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 $7,134 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $28,536**

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 $116,280 or $35,670 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 Arkansas at Little Rock.

Arkansas Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,300
Arkansas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,628
Non-Arkansas Resident Tuition Per Semester$9,405
Non-Arkansas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$17,733

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 Arkansas at Little Rock 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 Arkansas at Little Rock
Price per credit hour for Arkansas residents$217
Cost for one class for Arkansas residents (3 credit hours)$651
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$625
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,875
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,500

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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. 57% of University of Arkansas at Little Rock students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,635. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $5,020.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Arkansas at Little Rock? 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 $28,536, 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 $35,406.63. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 91% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $7,134. 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 Arkansas at Little Rock 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 Arkansas at Little Rock Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$295.06
Amount Borrowed$28,536.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$6,870.63
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$35,406.63

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend UALR? 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 Arkansas at Little Rock, 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 $35,406.63 would be needed to afford a $295.06 monthly payment in the example $28,536.00 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 Arkansas at Little Rock in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $5,348 to $6,600. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.7%. 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 $93,024.00. 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 Arkansas at Little Rock.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$31,982$127,930
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$40,819$163,274
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $52,096$208,384
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $60,308$241,231

Tuition History

What was tuition at UALR 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$5,490$15,000 5%
2011$5,228$14,175 -17.5%
2010$6,338$14,798 3.5%
2009$6,121$14,304 6.9%
2008$5,724$13,217 47.2%
2007$3,889$9,661 5%
2006$3,705$9,201 15.2%
2005$3,216$8,400 -9.4%
2004$3,549$8,285 5.2%
2003$3,375$7,869 7.6%
2002$3,138$7,338 7.9%
2001$2,907$6,915 6.7%
2000$2,724$6,540 4.1%
1999$2,616$6,288 3.1%
1998$2,538$6,108 0%
1997$2,538$6,108 7.2%
1996$2,368$5,836 2.9%
1995$2,302$5,518 9.7%
1994$2,098$5,074 10.3%
1993$1,902$4,636 5.3%
1992$1,806$4,356 15.8%
1991$1,560$3,900 5.8%
1990$1,475$3,705 18%
1989$1,250$3,150 4.2%
1988$1,200$3,008 20%
1987$1,000$2,520

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Arkansas at Little Rock 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 Associate's Degree 117 76% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 101 4% costlier
Public Health, Other Bachelor's Degree 77 24% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 69 12% cheaper
General Studies Associate's Degree 66 68% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 63 3% costlier
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 56 5% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 55 12% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 52 12% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 47 13% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 47 5% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 36 12% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 33 2% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 31 5% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 31 2% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 31 3% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 28 3% cheaper
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 25 8% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 25 8% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 23 18% cheaper
Systems Engineering Bachelor's Degree 23 9% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 19 11% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 19 4% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 19 9% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 18 14% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 15 83% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 15 22% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 13 15% cheaper
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 13 9% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 13 15% cheaper
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 11 17% cheaper
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing Bachelor's Degree 11 8% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 10 14% cheaper
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 10 4% costlier
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 9 11% costlier
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 8 8% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 6 21% cheaper
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 6 12% cheaper
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 6 9% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 6 14% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 61% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 14% cheaper
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 5 14% cheaper
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 3 81% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 3 16% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 19% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 23% cheaper
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 8% cheaper
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 2 91% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 15% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 81% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 25% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 1 28% cheaper

Calculators

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About University of Arkansas at Little Rock

University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a four year public college located in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Full time enrollment is 5,950 and part time is 5,796. Learn more about getting accepted at University of Arkansas at Little Rock at CollegeSimply.

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

Address
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 S University Ave
Little Rock, Arkansas
72204

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University of Arkansas at Little Rock 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 Arkansas at Little Rock cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=106245 IPEDS survey data.