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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College tuition is $8,038 per year for in-state residents. This is 14% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 34% cheaper than the average Louisiana tuition of $12,271 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 14th in Louisiana amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 15th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $8,038 which represents a 0% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $3,336 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $11,374.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,750 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Baton Rouge should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,160.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $5,420 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $5,420 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Louisiana residents to go to LSU is $29,704 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Louisiana residence can expect a one year cost of $29,704.

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

Costs and Tuition for Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
Estimated Budgets
Louisiana Resident Total Budget $29,704
   In-State Tuition$8,038
   Other Fees$3,336
   Room and Board$11,750
   On-Campus Other Budget$5,420
   Books and Supplies$1,160
Non-Resident Total Budget $29,704
   Out-of-State Tuition$8,038
   Other Fees$3,336
   Room and Board$11,750
   On-Campus Other Budget$5,420
   Books and Supplies$1,160

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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 $29,704 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 LSU net price for in-state students is $13,409* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

89% of Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $8,997. 24 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 $4,433. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$13,409*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid89%
Average Total Grant Aid$8,997
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants24%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,433

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$5,692
$30,001 to $48,000$9,666
$48,001 to $75,000$13,992
$75,001 to $110,000$15,686
$110,000+$15,626

Average Financial Aid Mix - $29,704 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $29,704. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

37%
23%
40%

Grants and Scholarships

 37% - $8,997

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

Federal Loans

 23% - $5,652

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

Out of Pocket

 40% -  $9,635

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. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
University of Louisiana at Lafayette32.7% less expensive
University of New Orleans24.2% less expensive
University of Southern Mississippi0.9% more expensive
Louisiana Tech University20.4% less expensive
University of Houston8.5% 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 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College.

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 LSU is $118,816 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 $10,629 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $42,516**

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 $148,520 or $53,145 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 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College.

Louisiana Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,019
Louisiana Resident Total Cost Per Semester$14,852
Non-Louisiana Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,019
Non-Louisiana Resident Total Cost Per Semester$14,852

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 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College 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 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
Price per credit hour for Louisiana residents$370
Cost for one class for Louisiana residents (3 credit hours)$1,110
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$994
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,982
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,976

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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. 41% of Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,652. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $21,613.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College? 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 $42,516, 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 $52,752.61. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 89% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $10,629. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College 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.

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$439.61
Amount Borrowed$42,516.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$10,236.61
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$52,752.61

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend LSU? 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 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College, 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 $52,752.61 would be needed to afford a $439.61 monthly payment in the example $42,516.00 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 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $5,193 to $8,038. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 11%. 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 $118,816.00. 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 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$40,850$163,400
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$52,136$208,544
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $66,540$266,161
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $77,029$308,115

Tuition History

What was tuition at LSU 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$4,558$4,558 14.9%
2011$3,968$3,968 -24.2%
2010$5,233$14,383 2.9%
2009$5,086$13,800 12%
2008$4,543$12,843 2.1%
2007$4,449$12,749 0.7%
2006$4,419$12,719 4.6%
2005$4,226$11,026 8.1%
2004$3,910$9,210 10.6%
2003$3,536$8,836 1.3%
2002$3,491$8,791 2.8%
2001$3,395$8,695 17.9%
2000$2,880$7,080 0.3%
1999$2,871$6,771 5.9%
1998$2,711$6,311 0.9%
1997$2,687$5,987 0.9%
1996$2,663$5,963 0.7%
1995$2,645$5,945 0.8%
1994$2,625$5,925 20.8%
1993$2,173$5,473 5.6%
1992$2,058$5,258 0.7%
1991$2,043$5,243 1.3%
1990$2,017$5,217 9.8%
1989$1,837$5,037 6.4%
1988$1,727$4,352 0%
1987$1,727$4,127

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College 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
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 283 27% cheaper
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 255 22% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 246 15% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 185 20% cheaper
Construction Management Bachelor's Degree 157 16% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 128 16% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 127 20% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 124 14% cheaper
Agricultural Business and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 123 13% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 121 25% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 95 18% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 89 31% cheaper
Fashion Merchandising Bachelor's Degree 85 21% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 76 30% cheaper
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 74 23% cheaper
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 68 32% cheaper
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 66 35% cheaper
Petroleum Engineering Bachelor's Degree 64 22% cheaper
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 63 21% cheaper
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 63 19% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 44 30% cheaper
Nutrition Sciences Bachelor's Degree 42 34% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 38 29% cheaper
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 36 36% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 35 26% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 34 28% cheaper
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 33 42% cheaper
Interior Architecture Bachelor's Degree 33 25% cheaper
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 33 38% cheaper
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 32 26% cheaper
Management Science Bachelor's Degree 27 28% cheaper
Natural Resources Management and Policy Bachelor's Degree 26 23% cheaper
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 25 27% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 23 22% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 23 28% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 21 29% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 20 30% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 19 14% cheaper
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 19 6% cheaper
Plant Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 19 26% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 18 34% cheaper
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 17 25% cheaper
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 15 26% cheaper
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 15 22% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 14 20% cheaper
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 12 28% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 11 28% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 10 33% cheaper
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering Bachelor's Degree 8 37% cheaper
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 8 31% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 7 27% cheaper
Food Science Bachelor's Degree 4 24% cheaper
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical Bachelor's Degree 4 14% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 4 29% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 36% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 37% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 3 28% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 31% cheaper
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 3 30% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 2 34% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 37% cheaper
Latin Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 43% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 1 26% cheaper
General Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 12% cheaper
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management Bachelor's Degree 1 27% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 1 30% cheaper
Agricultural Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 10% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 1 27% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 26% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 1 34% cheaper

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About Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College is a four year public college located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Full time enrollment is 27,389 and part time is 4,020. Learn more about getting accepted at Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College at CollegeSimply.

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

Address
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
156 Thomas Boyd Hall
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
70803-2750

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College 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.

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=159391 IPEDS survey data.