Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Southern Illinois University Carbondale tuition is $9,638 per year for in-state residents. This is 34% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 62% cheaper than the average Illinois tuition of $25,344 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 10th in Illinois amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 62nd most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $24,094 which represents a 150% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $5,066 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $14,704.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,622 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Carbondale should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,100.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,941 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,941 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Illinois residents to go to Southern Illinois University is $29,367 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Illinois residence can expect a one year cost of $43,823.

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

Costs and Tuition for Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Estimated Budgets
Illinois Resident Total Budget $29,367
   In-State Tuition$9,638
   Other Fees$5,066
   Room and Board$10,622
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,941
   Books and Supplies$1,100
Non-Resident Total Budget $43,823
   Out-of-State Tuition$24,094
   Other Fees$5,066
   Room and Board$10,622
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,941
   Books and Supplies$1,100


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 $29,367 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 Southern Illinois University net price for in-state students is $16,431* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

86% of Southern Illinois University Carbondale students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $10,924. 46 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 $4,712. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$16,431*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid86%
Average Total Grant Aid$10,924
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants46%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,712

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$13,921
$30,001 to $48,000$14,340
$48,001 to $75,000$16,809
$75,001 to $110,000$19,828

Average Financial Aid Mix - $29,367 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $29,367. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 41% - $10,924

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

Federal Loans

 21% - $5,633

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

Out of Pocket

 37% -  $9,869

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. Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville5.3% less expensive
Murray State University18.2% less expensive
The University of Tennessee Martin16.5% less expensive
Eastern Illinois University7.9% less expensive
Arkansas State University Main Campus34.6% less 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 Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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 Southern Illinois University is $117,468 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 $13,399 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $53,596**

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 $146,835 or $66,995 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 Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Illinois Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,819
Illinois Resident Total Cost Per Semester$14,684
Non-Illinois Resident Tuition Per Semester$12,047
Non-Illinois Resident Total Cost Per Semester$21,912

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 Southern Illinois University Carbondale 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 Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Price per credit hour for Illinois residents$309
Cost for one class for Illinois residents (3 credit hours)$927
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$771
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,313
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,084


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. 67% of Southern Illinois University Carbondale students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,633. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $32,652.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Southern Illinois University Carbondale? 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 $53,596, 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 $66,500.35. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 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 $13,399. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Southern Illinois University Carbondale 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.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$554.17
Amount Borrowed$53,596.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$12,904.35
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$66,500.35

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Southern Illinois 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 Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 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 $66,500.35 would be needed to afford a $554.17 monthly payment in the example $53,596.00 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 Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $8,169 to $9,638. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.6%. 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 $117,468.00. 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 Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$40,386$161,546
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$51,545$206,178
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $65,785$263,141
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $76,155$304,619

Tuition History

What was tuition at Southern Illinois 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$7,337$18,342 5.2%
2011$6,975$17,439 -33%
2010$10,411$21,346 6.1%
2009$9,813$20,275 10.3%
2008$8,899$18,421 14.2%
2007$7,795$16,507 14.1%
2006$6,831$14,796 7.7%
2005$6,340$13,720 14.8%
2004$5,521$9,766 33.6%
2003$4,133$7,061 13.7%
2002$3,634$6,115 3.5%
2001$3,511$5,920 -10.8%
2000$3,935$6,800 3%
1999$3,821$9,383 2.8%
1998$3,716$9,116 5.5%
1997$3,522$8,622 5.5%
1996$3,338$8,138 4.9%
1995$3,182$7,817 4.3%
1994$3,052$7,552 19.4%
1993$2,556$6,156 7.3%
1992$2,382$5,658 2.1%
1991$2,332$5,452 7.7%
1990$2,166$5,286 13.8%
1989$1,903$4,541 14.8%
1988$1,658$3,872 3.4%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Southern Illinois University Carbondale 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
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 499 40% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 150 24% costlier
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 143 33% costlier
Industrial Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 118 47% costlier
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations Bachelor's Degree 109 30% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 75 18% costlier
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 70 38% costlier
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other Bachelor's Degree 69 27% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 69 22% costlier
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 67 12% costlier
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 65 14% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 59 2% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 58 8% costlier
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 56 8% cheaper
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Bachelor's Degree 55 20% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 53 3% costlier
Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree 52 10% costlier
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 51 20% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 50 3% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 48 9% costlier
Fire Services Administration Bachelor's Degree 46 50% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 44 27% costlier
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Bachelor's Degree 41 26% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 40 5% costlier
Forestry, General Bachelor's Degree 39 19% costlier
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other Bachelor's Degree 36 21% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 36 23% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 35 4% costlier
Agriculture Bachelor's Degree 34 34% costlier
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 33 21% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Bachelor's Degree 30 18% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 29 14% costlier
Agricultural Economics Bachelor's Degree 27 15% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 26 4% costlier
Nutrition Sciences Bachelor's Degree 25 2% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 24 6% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 23 25% costlier
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 21 28% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other Bachelor's Degree 20 8% costlier
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew Associate's Degree 19 113% costlier
Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree 17 18% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 17 19% costlier
Physiology, General Bachelor's Degree 17 4% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 16 12% costlier
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 16 13% costlier
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 16 119% costlier
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General Bachelor's Degree 13 14% costlier
Mining and Mineral Engineering Bachelor's Degree 13 16% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 13 3% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 12 5% costlier
Health Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 10 24% costlier
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 9 11% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 9 6% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Bachelor's Degree 7 37% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 6 27% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 0% cheaper
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 3% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 4 5% costlier
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 4 12% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 5% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 4 18% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 4 9% costlier
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 3 17% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 3 8% costlier
Engineering Technologies Bachelor's Degree 3 33% costlier
Botany/Plant Biology Bachelor's Degree 3 9% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 2% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 7% costlier
Plant Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 2 10% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 2 7% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 2% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 2 13% costlier
Design and Visual Communications, General Bachelor's Degree 2 11% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 1 3% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 3% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Bachelor's Degree 1 41% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 1 20% costlier
Rhetoric and Composition Bachelor's Degree 1 18% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 1 6% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 7% cheaper
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 17% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 1 3% cheaper
Management Science Bachelor's Degree 1 6% costlier
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Bachelor's Degree 1 3% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 1 126% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 1 9% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 7% cheaper


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About Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a four year public college located in Carbondale, Illinois.  Full time enrollment is 10,386 and part time is 2,431. Learn more about getting accepted at Southern Illinois University Carbondale at CollegeSimply.

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

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, Illinois

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Southern Illinois University Carbondale 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.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=149222 IPEDS survey data.