Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Morehead State University tuition is $8,950 per year for in-state residents. This is 27% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 50% cheaper than the average Kentucky tuition of $17,847 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 7th in Kentucky amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 38th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $13,426 which represents a 50% premium.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,436 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Morehead should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,440.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,500 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,788 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Kentucky residents to go to Morehead State University is $22,326 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Kentucky residence can expect a one year cost of $26,802.

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

Costs and Tuition for Morehead State University
Estimated Budgets
Kentucky Resident Total Budget $22,326
   In-State Tuition$8,950
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$9,436
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,500
   Books and Supplies$1,440
Non-Resident Total Budget $26,802
   Out-of-State Tuition$13,426
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$9,436
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,500
   Books and Supplies$1,440


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 $22,326 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 Morehead State University net price for in-state students is $11,373* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

97% of Morehead State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $7,962. 52 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 $4,268. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Morehead State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Morehead State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$11,373*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid97%
Average Total Grant Aid$7,962
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants52%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,268

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$8,727
$30,001 to $48,000$8,969
$48,001 to $75,000$11,804
$75,001 to $110,000$13,894

Average Financial Aid Mix - $22,326 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $22,326. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 40% - $7,962

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

Federal Loans

 29% - $5,687

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

Out of Pocket

 31% -  $6,177

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. Morehead State University
Marshall University25.4% less expensive
Kentucky State University12.9% less expensive
Northern Kentucky University4.6% more expensive
Central State University56.1% less expensive
Wright State University Main Campus2.5% 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 Morehead 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 Morehead State University is $89,304 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 $8,989 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $35,956**

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 $111,630 or $44,945 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 Morehead State University.

Kentucky Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,475
Kentucky Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,163
Non-Kentucky Resident Tuition Per Semester$6,713
Non-Kentucky Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,401

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 Morehead 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 Morehead State University
Price per credit hour for Kentucky residents$374
Cost for one class for Kentucky residents (3 credit hours)$1,122
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$561
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,683
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,244


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. 65% of Morehead State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,687. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $26,917.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Morehead 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 $35,956, 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 $44,613.15. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Morehead State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 97% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $8,989. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Morehead 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.

Morehead State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$371.78
Amount Borrowed$35,956.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$8,657.15
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$44,613.15

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Morehead 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 Morehead 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 $44,613.15 would be needed to afford a $371.78 monthly payment in the example $35,956.00 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 Morehead State University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $7,284 to $8,950. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.6%. 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 $89,304.00. 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 Morehead State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$30,703$122,814
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$39,186$156,745
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $50,013$200,051
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $57,896$231,584

Tuition History

What was tuition at Morehead 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$6,942$17,370 6.9%
2011$6,492$16,236 7.6%
2010$6,036$15,096 11.8%
2009$5,400$14,040 2.3%
2008$5,280$13,340 8.4%
2007$4,870$12,950 12.7%
2006$4,320$11,480 12.5%
2005$3,840$10,200 14.1%
2004$3,364$8,948 15%
2003$2,926$7,780 8%
2002$2,710$7,204 5.8%
2001$2,561$6,802 5%
2000$2,440$6,480 7.5%
1999$2,270$6,110 5.6%
1998$2,150$5,750 2.9%
1997$2,090$5,570 4.5%
1996$2,000$5,360 5.3%
1995$1,900$5,060 5.6%
1994$1,800$4,800 10.4%
1993$1,630$4,310 7.9%
1992$1,510$4,110 15.3%
1991$1,310$3,670 10.1%
1990$1,190$3,310 1.7%
1989$1,170$3,250 3.5%
1988$1,130$3,120 5.6%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Morehead 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
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 81 26% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 78 24% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 59 33% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 49 34% cheaper
Agriculture, General Bachelor's Degree 42 18% cheaper
General Studies Associate's Degree 37 27% costlier
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 35 21% cheaper
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Associate's Degree 32 27% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 31 28% cheaper
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 31 30% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 29 22% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 28 38% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 27 35% cheaper
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Associate's Degree 23 32% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 22 25% cheaper
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 18 29% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 15 39% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 13 29% cheaper
Health Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 12 24% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 12 26% cheaper
Engineering/Industrial Management Bachelor's Degree 11 32% cheaper
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 11 30% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 9 28% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 7 35% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 7 35% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 6 36% cheaper
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 6 38% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 5 41% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 5 35% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 5 16% cheaper
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 5 26% cheaper
Creative Writing Bachelor's Degree 4 42% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Associate's Degree 4 24% costlier
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 50% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Bachelor's Degree 3 14% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 3 35% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 38% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 3 23% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 2 33% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 2 32% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 42% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 2 34% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 1 36% cheaper
Real Estate Bachelor's Degree 1 36% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 37% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 1 28% cheaper
Business Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 12% cheaper
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations Associate's Degree 1 51% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 27% cheaper
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 1 33% cheaper


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About Morehead State University

Morehead State University is a four year public college located in Morehead, Kentucky.  Full time enrollment is 6,170 and part time is 4,576. Learn more about getting accepted at Morehead State University at CollegeSimply.

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

Morehead State University
University Blvd
Morehead, Kentucky

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Morehead 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.

Morehead State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=157386 IPEDS survey data.