Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Arkansas tuition is $7,384 per year for in-state residents. This is 3% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 45% cheaper than the average Arkansas tuition of $13,508 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 10th in Arkansas amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 15th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $23,422 which represents a 217% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,746 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $9,130.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,020 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Fayetteville should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,046.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $4,304 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,304 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Arkansas residents to go to Arkansas is $25,500 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Arkansas residence can expect a one year cost of $41,538.

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

Costs and Tuition for University of Arkansas
Estimated Budgets
Arkansas Resident Total Budget $25,500
   In-State Tuition$7,384
   Other Fees$1,746
   Room and Board$11,020
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,304
   Books and Supplies$1,046
Non-Resident Total Budget $41,538
   Out-of-State Tuition$23,422
   Other Fees$1,746
   Room and Board$11,020
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,304
   Books and Supplies$1,046


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 $25,500 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 Arkansas net price for in-state students is $15,966* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

57% of University of Arkansas students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $6,629. 20 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 $4,235. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Arkansas, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Arkansas
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$15,966*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid57%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,629
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants20%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,235

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$12,424
$30,001 to $48,000$13,220
$48,001 to $75,000$16,710
$75,001 to $110,000$18,450

Average Financial Aid Mix - $25,500 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $25,500. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 31% - $6,629

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

Federal Loans

 27% - $5,693

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

Out of Pocket

 42% -  $8,874

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
Oklahoma State University Main Campus27.5% less expensive
Missouri University of Science and Technology9.2% more expensive
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus35.2% less expensive
University of Missouri Kansas City7.8% less expensive
University of Missouri Columbia17% more 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.

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 Arkansas is $102,000 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 $9,987 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $39,948**

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 $127,500 or $49,935 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.

Arkansas Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,692
Arkansas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,750
Non-Arkansas Resident Tuition Per Semester$11,711
Non-Arkansas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$20,769

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 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
Price per credit hour for Arkansas residents$246
Cost for one class for Arkansas residents (3 credit hours)$738
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$781
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,343
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,124


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. 43% of University of Arkansas students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,693. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $24,647.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Arkansas? 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 $39,948, 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 $49,566.31. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Arkansas. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 57% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $9,987. 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 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 Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$413.05
Amount Borrowed$39,948.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$9,618.31
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$49,566.31

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Arkansas? 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, 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 $49,566.31 would be needed to afford a $413.05 monthly payment in the example $39,948.00 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 in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $6,142 to $7,384. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 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 $102,000.00. 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.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$35,068$140,274
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$44,757$179,029
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $57,123$228,491
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $66,127$264,507

Tuition History

What was tuition at Arkansas 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$5,888$16,320 13%
2011$5,211$14,443 -19.3%
2010$6,459$15,337 0.9%
2009$6,400$15,278 6%
2008$6,038$14,492 4%
2007$5,808$13,942 5.7%
2006$5,494$13,222 7%
2005$5,135$12,425 7.7%
2004$4,768$11,518 7%
2003$4,456$10,828 14.8%
2002$3,880$9,438 8.5%
2001$3,575$8,867 7.3%
2000$3,333$8,317 6.9%
1999$3,119$7,599 7.7%
1998$2,896$6,844 9.7%
1997$2,639$6,201 23.9%
1996$2,130$5,322 6.8%
1995$1,994$5,090 2.5%
1994$1,946$4,970 5.9%
1993$1,838$4,718 6.1%
1992$1,732$4,468 8.4%
1991$1,598$3,950 5%
1990$1,522$3,810 21.8%
1989$1,250$3,150 1.6%
1988$1,230$3,040 19.4%

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 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
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 148 3% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 105 15% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 92 16% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 81 17% costlier
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 77 12% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 68 2% cheaper
Human Resources Development Bachelor's Degree 58 20% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 54 2% cheaper
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 52 8% costlier
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 46 12% costlier
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 46 13% cheaper
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 46 3% costlier
Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree 43 12% costlier
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 43 31% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 43 9% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 36 1% cheaper
Public Health Education and Promotion Bachelor's Degree 33 15% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 30 15% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 29 1% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 27 1% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 27 1% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 25 3% cheaper
Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 22 0% costlier
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Bachelor's Degree 21 20% costlier
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 20 2% costlier
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 20 7% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 19 2% cheaper
Agricultural and Extension Education Services Bachelor's Degree 18 17% costlier
Technical Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 17 28% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 15 4% cheaper
Poultry Science Bachelor's Degree 15 8% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 14 22% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 14 8% cheaper
Ornamental Horticulture Bachelor's Degree 12 10% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 10 12% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 10 12% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 8 0% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 8 2% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 8 12% costlier
Food Science Bachelor's Degree 8 6% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 6 14% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 5 12% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 4 3% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 10% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 7% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 3 10% costlier
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 3 22% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 3 4% costlier
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations Bachelor's Degree 2 38% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 2 12% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 6% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 2 13% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 2 20% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 2 5% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 2 8% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 2 6% costlier
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Bachelor's Degree 2 14% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 2 8% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 2 22% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 2 0% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 13% costlier
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 31% costlier
Agronomy and Crop Science Bachelor's Degree 1 16% costlier
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 1 22% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 1 0% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 1 3% costlier
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 1 20% cheaper
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 14% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 2% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 4% costlier


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About University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas is a four year public college located in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Full time enrollment is 22,602 and part time is 5,176. Learn more about getting accepted at University of Arkansas at CollegeSimply.

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

University of Arkansas
Administration Bldg 425
Fayetteville, Arkansas

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Arkansas 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 cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=106397 IPEDS survey data.