Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Idaho tuition is $5,778 per year for in-state residents. This is 20% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 55% cheaper than the average Idaho tuition of $12,894 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 4th in Idaho amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 10th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $23,414 which represents a 305% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,086 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $7,864.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $8,880 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Moscow should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,236.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,370 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,370 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Idaho residents to go to Idaho is $21,350 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Idaho residence can expect a one year cost of $38,986.

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

Costs and Tuition for University of Idaho
Estimated Budgets
Idaho Resident Total Budget $21,350
   In-State Tuition$5,778
   Other Fees$2,086
   Room and Board$8,880
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,370
   Books and Supplies$1,236
Non-Resident Total Budget $38,986
   Out-of-State Tuition$23,414
   Other Fees$2,086
   Room and Board$8,880
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,370
   Books and Supplies$1,236


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 $21,350 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 Idaho net price for in-state students is $14,997* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

94% of University of Idaho students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $6,993. 39 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 $4,259. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Idaho, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Idaho
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$14,997*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid94%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,993
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants39%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,259

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$12,021
$30,001 to $48,000$12,426
$48,001 to $75,000$15,029
$75,001 to $110,000$17,376

Average Financial Aid Mix - $21,350 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $21,350. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 39% - $6,993

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

Federal Loans

 32% - $5,815

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

Out of Pocket

 29% -  $5,172

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 Idaho
The Evergreen State College17.9% more expensive
Montana State University2.1% less expensive
Utah State University22.1% 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 Idaho.

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 Idaho is $85,400 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 $13,253 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $53,012**

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 $106,750 or $66,265 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 Idaho.

Idaho Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,889
Idaho Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,675
Non-Idaho Resident Tuition Per Semester$11,707
Non-Idaho Resident Total Cost Per Semester$19,493

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 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 University of Idaho
Price per credit hour for Idaho residents$393
Cost for one class for Idaho residents (3 credit hours)$1,179
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$1,275
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$3,825
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$5,100


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. 52% of University of Idaho students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,815. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $25,961.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of 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 $53,012, 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 $65,775.74. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Idaho. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 94% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $13,253. 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 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.

University of Idaho Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$548.13
Amount Borrowed$53,012.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$12,763.74
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$65,775.74

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend 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 University of 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 $65,775.74 would be needed to afford a $548.13 monthly payment in the example $53,012.00 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 Idaho in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $4,230 to $5,778. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 7.3%. 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 $85,400.00. 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 Idaho.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$29,361$117,445
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$37,473$149,893
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $47,826$191,305
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $55,365$221,460

Tuition History

What was tuition at 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$3,874$16,394 0%
2010$4,932$15,012 6.5%
2009$4,632$14,712 5%
2008$4,410$14,490 5%
2007$4,200$13,800 5.8%
2006$3,968$12,738 9.3%
2005$3,632$11,652 8.5%
2004$3,348$10,740 10%
2003$3,044$9,764 11.9%
2002$2,720$8,720 9.9%
2001$2,476$8,476 5.5%
2000$2,348$8,348 9.9%
1999$2,136$8,136 10%
1998$1,942$7,742 9.8%
1997$1,768$7,420 9.1%
1996$1,620$7,000 4.7%
1995$1,548$5,962 8.6%
1994$1,426$5,326 10%
1993$1,296$4,196 4.9%
1992$1,236$3,746 6%
1991$1,166$3,506 6.2%
1990$1,098$3,298 4.8%
1989$1,048$3,048 0.6%
1988$1,042$3,040 0.2%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of 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
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 66 8% cheaper
General Studies Bachelor's Degree 59 15% costlier
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 52 7% costlier
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 44 18% cheaper
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 41 5% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 31 4% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 30 8% cheaper
Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism Bachelor's Degree 28 10% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 25 1% costlier
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management Bachelor's Degree 24 16% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 21 10% cheaper
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 21 9% cheaper
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 21 5% costlier
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 19 4% costlier
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 18 1% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 18 1% costlier
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects Bachelor's Degree 18 4% cheaper
Forest Sciences and Biology Bachelor's Degree 17 8% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 17 6% cheaper
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 16 5% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 15 6% cheaper
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Bachelor's Degree 15 2% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 15 7% cheaper
Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology Bachelor's Degree 15 4% cheaper
Agricultural Business and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 15 14% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 14 8% cheaper
Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree 14 5% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 13 2% cheaper
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 13 15% cheaper
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management Bachelor's Degree 12 4% cheaper
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 12 1% cheaper
Agricultural Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 11 18% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 11 8% cheaper
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 10 15% costlier
Agricultural Mechanization, General Bachelor's Degree 10 19% costlier
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management Bachelor's Degree 10 9% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 9 5% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 9 4% cheaper
Range Science and Management Bachelor's Degree 9 19% costlier
Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree 9 20% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 9 5% cheaper
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 9 12% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 9 0% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 8 5% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 8 13% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 7 5% costlier
Agriculture Bachelor's Degree 6 19% costlier
Food Science Bachelor's Degree 6 1% cheaper
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs Bachelor's Degree 6 3% cheaper
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia Bachelor's Degree 6 9% cheaper
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 6 14% cheaper
Industrial Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 6 30% costlier
Operations Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree 6 19% costlier
Conservation Biology Bachelor's Degree 6 13% cheaper
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 6 17% cheaper
Plant Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 5 3% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 5 5% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 5 6% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 7% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 4 10% costlier
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 25% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 4 6% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 4 14% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 3% costlier
Materials Engineering Bachelor's Degree 4 19% cheaper
Technical Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 20% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 4 16% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 4 7% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 4 14% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 4 2% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 3 10% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 3 5% cheaper
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Bachelor's Degree 3 3% costlier
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 3 7% costlier
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing Bachelor's Degree 2 1% costlier
Musical Theatre Bachelor's Degree 2 8% cheaper
Agricultural Communication/Journalism Bachelor's Degree 2 10% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 2 3% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 2 3% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 15% costlier
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 2 1% cheaper
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 7% costlier
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Bachelor's Degree 2 43% costlier
Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 13% cheaper
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 1 1% costlier
Creative Writing Bachelor's Degree 1 15% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 1 11% costlier
Voice and Opera Bachelor's Degree 1 12% cheaper
Agricultural Economics Bachelor's Degree 1 3% costlier
Organizational Communication, General Bachelor's Degree 1 2% cheaper
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 1 3% costlier
Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production Bachelor's Degree 1 17% costlier
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 1 0% costlier
Entomology Bachelor's Degree 1 14% cheaper
Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 26% cheaper
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 11% costlier
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 1 16% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 11% cheaper
Horticultural Science Bachelor's Degree 1 6% costlier
Music Management Bachelor's Degree 1 2% cheaper
Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 1 6% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 8% cheaper
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 1 25% cheaper
Health Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 10% costlier


Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for University of Idaho or model a student loan.

College Savings Calculator

Plan and Save for College

Discover how much will you need to start saving now to afford University of Idaho in the future.

Student Loan Calculator

Estimate Loan Payments

Modify the loan assumptions to fit your financial situation and likely tuition price. Then calculate your payoff and loan payments for a University of Idaho student loan.

Prepayment Option

About University of Idaho

University of Idaho is a four year public college located in Moscow, Idaho.  Full time enrollment is 8,436 and part time is 3,405. Learn more about getting accepted at University of Idaho at CollegeSimply.

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

University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow, Idaho

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of 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.

University of Idaho cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=142285 IPEDS survey data.