Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

College of Southern Idaho tuition is $3,120 per year for in-district residents. This is 10% more expensive than the national average public two year in-district tuition of $3,046. The cost is 13% more expensive than the average Idaho in-district tuition of $2,964 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 3rd in Idaho amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the most expensive 2 year college in the state.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $4,900 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Twin Falls should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $990.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $4,448 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,448 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to College of Southern Idaho is $13,458 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $14,458. Out-of-state students who don't possess Idaho residence can expect a one year cost of $17,058.

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

Costs and Tuition for College of Southern Idaho
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget $13,458
   In-District Tuition$3,120
   Other Fees$0
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,448
   Books and Supplies$990
   Room and Board$4,900
Idaho Out of District Total Budget $14,458
   In-State Tuition$4,120
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$4,900
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,448
   Books and Supplies$990


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 $14,458 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 College of Southern Idaho net price for in-state students is $6,438* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

81% of College of Southern Idaho students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,942. 59 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 $4,139. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend College of Southern Idaho, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for College of Southern Idaho
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$6,438*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid81%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,942
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants59%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,139

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$5,056
$30,001 to $48,000$5,688
$48,001 to $75,000$7,328
$75,001 to $110,000$9,607

Average Financial Aid Mix - $14,458 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $14,458. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 49% - $4,942

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

Federal Loans

 48% - $4,775

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

Out of Pocket

 3% -  $293

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 Community Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. College of Southern Idaho
Eastern Idaho Technical College40.2% less expensive
Treasure Valley Community College8.1% more expensive
Salt Lake Community College19.4% less expensive
Montana Tech College of Technology41.6% less expensive
Snow College20.5% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at College of Southern Idaho.

Estimated 2 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at College of Southern Idaho is $28,916 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 2 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 $5,993 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $11,986**

**Based on a 2 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 College of Southern Idaho.

Idaho Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,060
Idaho Resident Total Cost Per Semester$7,229
Non-Idaho Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,360
Non-Idaho Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,529

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 College of Southern Idaho 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 College of Southern Idaho
Price per credit hour for Idaho residents$130
Cost for one class for Idaho residents (3 credit hours)$390
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$280
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$840
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,120


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. 27% of College of Southern Idaho students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,775.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for College of Southern Idaho? 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 $11,986, 100% of the estimated average net price for a two year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $14,871.88. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at College of Southern Idaho. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 81% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $5,993. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our College of Southern Idaho 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.

College of Southern Idaho Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$123.93
Amount Borrowed$11,986.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,885.88
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$14,871.88

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend College of Southern Idaho? 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 College of Southern Idaho, 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 $14,871.88 would be needed to afford a $123.93 monthly payment in the example $11,986.00 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 College of Southern Idaho in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,640 to $4,120. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2.6%. 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 2 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 2 year cost of $28,916.00. 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 College of Southern Idaho.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$18,914$37,828
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$24,139$48,279
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $30,809$61,617
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $35,665$71,330

Tuition History

What was tuition at College of Southern Idaho 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$3,640$6,720 3.4%
2011$3,520$6,720 3.5%
2010$3,400$6,720 3.7%
2009$3,280$6,360 5.8%
2008$3,100$5,900 3.3%
2007$3,000$5,600 3.4%
2006$2,900$5,300 3.6%
2005$2,800$5,000 5.7%
2004$2,650$4,600 3.9%
2003$2,550$4,300 5.8%
2002$2,410$3,910 3.4%
2001$2,330$3,730 1.8%
2000$2,289$3,498 2.6%
1999$2,230$3,230 11.5%
1998$2,000$3,150 -4.8%
1997$2,100$2,700 5%
1996$2,000$2,400 0%
1995$2,000$2,400 5.3%
1994$1,900$2,100 0%
1993$1,900$2,100 3.3%
1992$1,840$1,840 2.2%
1991$1,800$1,800 4%
1990$1,730$1,800 4.8%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at College of Southern Idaho 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
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 193 23% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 86 15% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 30 21% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 28 11% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 24 5% cheaper
Child Care and Support Services Management Associate's Degree 16 6% cheaper
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 15 9% cheaper
Social Sciences, General Associate's Degree 13 18% cheaper
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 12 5% cheaper
Secondary Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 12 1% cheaper
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Associate's Degree 11 16% cheaper
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design Associate's Degree 11 15% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Associate's Degree 9 10% cheaper
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 7% cheaper
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Associate's Degree 8 19% cheaper
Equestrian/Equine Studies Associate's Degree 7 25% cheaper
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 7 7% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Associate's Degree 7 17% cheaper
Accounting Associate's Degree 7 16% cheaper
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 7 9% cheaper
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 6 9% cheaper
Photography Associate's Degree 6 22% cheaper
Psychology, General Associate's Degree 6 13% cheaper
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician Associate's Degree 5 5% cheaper
Library and Information Science Associate's Degree 5 11% costlier
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 7% cheaper
Cabinetmaking and Millwork Associate's Degree 5 5% costlier
Sociology Associate's Degree 5 12% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Associate's Degree 4 14% cheaper
Pre-Law Studies Associate's Degree 4 2% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 4 12% cheaper
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Associate's Degree 4 22% cheaper
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 11% cheaper
Pre-Pharmacy Studies Associate's Degree 4 4% cheaper
Institutional Food Workers Associate's Degree 3 0% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering Associate's Degree 3 20% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Associate's Degree 3 14% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Associate's Degree 3 32% cheaper
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 6% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Associate's Degree 3 19% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Associate's Degree 3 6% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Associate's Degree 2 11% cheaper
Agricultural Business and Management, Other Associate's Degree 2 35% cheaper
Physics, General Associate's Degree 2 14% cheaper
Animal Sciences, General Associate's Degree 2 15% cheaper
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 4% cheaper
Teacher Assistant/Aide Associate's Degree 2 9% cheaper
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 2 12% cheaper
Building/Construction Finishing, Management, and Inspection, Other Associate's Degree 2 11% cheaper
Aquaculture Associate's Degree 2 2% costlier
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Associate's Degree 2 14% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Associate's Degree 1 12% cheaper
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 3% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 1 13% cheaper
Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 11% cheaper
History, General Associate's Degree 1 12% cheaper
Surgical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 1 12% cheaper
Dance, General Associate's Degree 1 22% cheaper
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Associate's Degree 1 9% cheaper
Pre-Physical Therapy Studies Associate's Degree 1 16% costlier
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other Associate's Degree 1 22% cheaper
Bilingual and Multilingual Education Associate's Degree 1 0% costlier
Geography Associate's Degree 1 20% cheaper
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology Associate's Degree 1 1% costlier
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other Associate's Degree 1 13% cheaper


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About College of Southern Idaho

College of Southern Idaho is a two year community college located in Twin Falls, Idaho.  Full time enrollment is 1,975 and part time is 5,078.  College of Southern Idaho has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes. Learn more about College of Southern Idaho at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

College of Southern Idaho
315 Falls Ave.
Twin Falls, Idaho

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

College of Southern Idaho 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.

College of Southern Idaho cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=142559 IPEDS survey data.