Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Idaho State University tuition is $5,645 per year for in-state residents. This is 22% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 56% cheaper than the average Idaho tuition of $12,894 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 3rd in Idaho amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 11th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $21,165 which represents a 275% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,775 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $7,420.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $7,207 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Pocatello should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,000.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $5,921 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $5,921 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Idaho residents to go to ISU is $21,548 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Idaho residence can expect a one year cost of $37,068.

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

Costs and Tuition for Idaho State University
Estimated Budgets
Idaho Resident Total Budget $21,548
   In-State Tuition$5,645
   Other Fees$1,775
   Room and Board$7,207
   On-Campus Other Budget$5,921
   Books and Supplies$1,000
Non-Resident Total Budget $37,068
   Out-of-State Tuition$21,165
   Other Fees$1,775
   Room and Board$7,207
   On-Campus Other Budget$5,921
   Books and Supplies$1,000


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 $21,548 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 ISU net price for in-state students is $12,637* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

86% of Idaho State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $6,931. 43 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 $4,211. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Idaho State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Idaho State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$12,637*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid86%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,931
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants43%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,211

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$14,507
$30,001 to $48,000$15,428
$48,001 to $75,000$17,674
$75,001 to $110,000$19,358

Average Financial Aid Mix - $21,548 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $21,548. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 44% - $6,931

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

Federal Loans

 37% - $5,720

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

Out of Pocket

 19% -  $2,976

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 Idaho 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 ISU is $86,192 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 $11,440 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $45,760**

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 $107,740 or $57,200 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 Idaho State University.

Idaho Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,822
Idaho Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,774
Non-Idaho Resident Tuition Per Semester$10,582
Non-Idaho Resident Total Cost Per Semester$18,534

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 Idaho 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 Idaho State University
Price per credit hour for Idaho residents$372
Cost for one class for Idaho residents (3 credit hours)$1,116
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$624
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,872
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,496


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. 48% of Idaho State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,720. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $24,602.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Idaho 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 $45,760, 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 $56,777.67. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Idaho 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 $11,440. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Idaho 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.

Idaho State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$473.15
Amount Borrowed$45,760.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$11,017.67
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$56,777.67

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend ISU? 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 Idaho 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 $56,777.67 would be needed to afford a $473.15 monthly payment in the example $45,760.00 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 Idaho State University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $4,418 to $5,645. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5.6%. 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 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 $86,192.00. 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 Idaho State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$29,634$118,534
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$37,821$151,283
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $48,270$193,080
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $55,878$223,514

Tuition History

What was tuition at ISU 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$4,180$15,416 10%
2011$3,800$14,300 -23.5%
2010$4,968$14,770 6.5%
2009$4,664$13,868 6%
2008$4,400$13,084 5%
2007$4,190$12,460 4.8%
2006$4,000$11,700 8.1%
2005$3,700$10,780 7.3%
2004$3,448$10,048 9.9%
2003$3,136$9,376 -5.7%
2002$3,324$9,564 8.3%
2001$3,068$9,308 8.6%
2000$2,824$9,064 9%
1999$2,590$8,830 6.8%
1998$2,424$8,404 14.1%
1997$2,125$7,799 35.4%
1996$1,570$5,810 4.7%
1995$1,500$6,000 -6.4%
1994$1,602$5,216 10.2%
1993$1,454$4,104 18.2%
1992$1,230$3,350 6%
1991$1,160$3,160 6.8%
1990$1,086$2,986 8.6%
1989$1,000$2,900 0%
1988$1,000$2,896 0%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Idaho 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
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 51 4% costlier
Human Resources Development Bachelor's Degree 48 7% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 45 6% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 35 8% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 30 84% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 30 3% costlier
General Studies Associate's Degree 28 76% costlier
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 28 4% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 28 8% cheaper
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 26 4% cheaper
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 26 2% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Bachelor's Degree 26 0% cheaper
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 22 98% costlier
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 20 85% costlier
Robotics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 18 72% costlier
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 17 6% cheaper
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 17 2% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 16 13% cheaper
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 16 94% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 15 13% cheaper
Laser and Optical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 15 93% costlier
Health Professions Bachelor's Degree 15 3% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 14 12% cheaper
American Sign Language (ASL) Associate's Degree 14 73% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 10 10% cheaper
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 10 91% costlier
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage Associate's Degree 10 78% costlier
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 10 97% costlier
Child Care and Support Services Management Associate's Degree 10 104% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 10 7% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 9 68% costlier
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 9 13% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 9 7% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 8 83% costlier
Surveying Technology/Surveying Bachelor's Degree 8 22% costlier
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 8 87% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 8 20% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 8 7% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 7 17% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 7 2% cheaper
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design Associate's Degree 6 98% costlier
Computer Programming, Specific Applications Associate's Degree 6 97% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 6 99% costlier
Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree 6 82% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 5 21% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 5 0% costlier
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary Associate's Degree 5 113% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 12% cheaper
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Bachelor's Degree 5 3% costlier
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 91% costlier
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 93% costlier
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 4 17% costlier
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist Associate's Degree 4 107% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 4 13% cheaper
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 4 98% costlier
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 105% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 4 2% costlier
Regional Studies (US, Canadian, Foreign) Bachelor's Degree 3 22% cheaper
Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree 3 7% cheaper
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 68% costlier
Physics, General Associate's Degree 3 86% costlier
Electrician Associate's Degree 3 108% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 3 93% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 3 10% cheaper
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 103% costlier
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree 3 102% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 3 11% cheaper
Ecology Bachelor's Degree 3 14% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 68% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 3 0% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 89% costlier
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 3 92% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 3 18% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 2 7% costlier
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 2 82% costlier
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 2 92% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 14% cheaper
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 5% cheaper
Chemistry, General Associate's Degree 2 90% costlier
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Associate's Degree 2 75% costlier
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 2 103% costlier
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 18% cheaper
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 101% costlier
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design Associate's Degree 2 84% costlier
Instrumentation Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 119% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 1 10% cheaper
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 1 90% costlier
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 1 1% costlier
Public Health Education and Promotion Bachelor's Degree 1 3% costlier
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 19% costlier
History, General Associate's Degree 1 91% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 1 18% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 1 0% cheaper
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 21% cheaper
Carpentry/Carpenter Associate's Degree 1 98% costlier
Nuclear Engineering Bachelor's Degree 1 14% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Associate's Degree 1 90% costlier
Botany/Plant Biology Bachelor's Degree 1 8% cheaper
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 1 105% costlier


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About Idaho State University

Idaho State University is a four year public college located in Pocatello, Idaho.  Full time enrollment is 7,445 and part time is 4,918.  Idaho State University 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 Idaho State University at CollegeSimply.

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

Idaho State University
921 S 8th Ave
Pocatello, Idaho

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Idaho 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.

Idaho State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=142276 IPEDS survey data.