Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Clayton State University tuition is $3,965 per year for in-state residents. This is 44% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 72% cheaper than the average Georgia tuition of $13,938 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 10th in Georgia amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 56th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $14,426 which represents a 264% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,454 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $5,419.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,490 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Morrow should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,222.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,500 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,500 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Georgia residents to go to Clayton State University is $19,631 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Georgia residence can expect a one year cost of $30,092.

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

Costs and Tuition for Clayton State University
Estimated Budgets
Georgia Resident Total Budget $19,631
   In-State Tuition$3,965
   Other Fees$1,454
   Room and Board$10,490
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,500
   Books and Supplies$1,222
Non-Resident Total Budget $30,092
   Out-of-State Tuition$14,426
   Other Fees$1,454
   Room and Board$10,490
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,500
   Books and Supplies$1,222


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 $19,631 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 Clayton State University net price for in-state students is $10,898* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

86% of Clayton State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $6,158. 72 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 $4,823. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Clayton State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Clayton State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$10,898*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid86%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,158
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants72%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,823

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$10,600
$30,001 to $48,000$11,020
$48,001 to $75,000$13,178
$75,001 to $110,000$15,366

Average Financial Aid Mix - $19,631 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $19,631. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 36% - $6,158

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

Federal Loans

 42% - $7,205

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

Out of Pocket

 22% -  $3,768

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.

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 Clayton 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 Clayton State University is $78,524 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 $10,058 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $40,232**

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 $98,155 or $50,290 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 Clayton State University.

Georgia Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,982
Georgia Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,816
Non-Georgia Resident Tuition Per Semester$7,213
Non-Georgia Resident Total Cost Per Semester$15,046

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 Clayton 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 Clayton State University
Price per credit hour for Georgia residents$165
Cost for one class for Georgia residents (3 credit hours)$495
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$601
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,803
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,404


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. 70% of Clayton State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $7,205.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Clayton 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 $40,232, 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 $49,918.69. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Clayton State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 86% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $10,058. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Clayton 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.

Clayton State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$415.99
Amount Borrowed$40,232.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$9,686.69
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$49,918.69

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Clayton State University? 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 Clayton 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 $49,918.69 would be needed to afford a $415.99 monthly payment in the example $40,232.00 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 Clayton State University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,610 to $3,965. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2%. 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 $78,524.00. 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 Clayton State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$26,997$107,989
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$34,456$137,824
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $43,976$175,902
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $50,907$203,629

Tuition History

What was tuition at Clayton State University 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$3,522$12,813 7.5%
2011$3,276$12,564 -15.9%
2010$3,896$12,611 8.5%
2009$3,592$12,103 5%
2008$3,420$11,537 9.9%
2007$3,112$10,757 5.1%
2006$2,962$10,278 5.7%
2005$2,802$9,770 4.9%
2004$2,670$9,306 20.1%
2003$2,223$8,253 -4.3%
2002$2,322$8,118 -16.2%
2001$2,770$8,400 2.5%
2000$2,702$8,126 3%
1999$2,624$7,844 33.3%
1998$1,968$6,429 6.8%
1997$1,842$5,721 8.9%
1996$1,692$4,902 9.3%
1995$1,548$4,392 3.5%
1994$1,495$4,258 3.8%
1993$1,440$4,122 3.7%
1992$1,389$3,969 3.8%
1991$1,338$3,816 12.3%
1990$1,191$3,573 3.9%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Clayton 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
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 125 16% cheaper
Community Psychology Bachelor's Degree 120 23% cheaper
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 105 31% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 59 13% cheaper
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 48 12% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 48 11% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 37 19% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 31 26% cheaper
Information Technology Bachelor's Degree 29 12% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 27 36% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 26 17% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Bachelor's Degree 25 19% cheaper
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other Bachelor's Degree 24 11% cheaper
Information Science/Studies Associate's Degree 22 36% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 21 20% cheaper
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Bachelor's Degree 15 17% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 14 27% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 13 25% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 11 26% cheaper
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 10 60% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 9 24% cheaper
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 9 61% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 9 29% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 9 48% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 7 27% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 6 27% cheaper
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 6 20% cheaper
Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree 4 48% costlier
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General Associate's Degree 3 63% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 1 28% cheaper
Office Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree 1 6% cheaper


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About Clayton State University

Clayton State University is a four year public college located in Morrow, Georgia.  Full time enrollment is 3,811 and part time is 3,185.

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

Clayton State University
2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, Georgia

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Clayton 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.

Clayton State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=139311 IPEDS survey data.