Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Nicholls State University tuition is $4,922 per year for in-state residents. This is 30% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 60% cheaper than the average Louisiana tuition of $12,271 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 3rd in Louisiana amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 26th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $6,015 which represents a 22% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,964 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $7,886.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,288 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Thibodaux should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,300.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,446 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,030 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Louisiana residents to go to Nicholls State University is $21,920 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Louisiana residence can expect a one year cost of $23,013.

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

Costs and Tuition for Nicholls State University
Estimated Budgets
Louisiana Resident Total Budget $21,920
   In-State Tuition$4,922
   Other Fees$2,964
   Room and Board$9,288
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,446
   Books and Supplies$1,300
Non-Resident Total Budget $23,013
   Out-of-State Tuition$6,015
   Other Fees$2,964
   Room and Board$9,288
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,446
   Books and Supplies$1,300


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 $21,920 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 Nicholls State University net price for in-state students is $9,369* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

90% of Nicholls State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $7,120. 40 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 $4,387. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Nicholls State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Nicholls State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$9,369*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid90%
Average Total Grant Aid$7,120
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants40%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,387

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$7,938
$30,001 to $48,000$9,687
$48,001 to $75,000$11,346
$75,001 to $110,000$12,915

Average Financial Aid Mix - $21,920 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $21,920. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 39% - $7,120

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

Federal Loans

 27% - $4,964

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

Out of Pocket

 35% -  $6,390

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. Nicholls State University
Southern University at New Orleans8.9% less expensive
Southern University and A & M College1% more expensive
University of South Alabama52.6% more expensive
Jackson State University52.4% more expensive
Grambling State University4.4% 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 Nicholls 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 Nicholls State University is $87,680 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 $6,532 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $26,128**

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 $109,600 or $32,660 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 Nicholls State University.

Louisiana Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,461
Louisiana Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,960
Non-Louisiana Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,008
Non-Louisiana Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,506

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 Nicholls 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 Nicholls State University
Price per credit hour for Louisiana residents$410
Cost for one class for Louisiana residents (3 credit hours)$1,230
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$501
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,503
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,004


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. 51% of Nicholls State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,964. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $30,069.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Nicholls 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 $26,128, 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 $32,418.86. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Nicholls State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 90% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $6,532. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Nicholls 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.

Nicholls State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$270.16
Amount Borrowed$26,128.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$6,290.86
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$32,418.86

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Nicholls 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 Nicholls 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 $32,418.86 would be needed to afford a $270.16 monthly payment in the example $26,128.00 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 Nicholls State University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,924 to $4,922. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5.1%. 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 $87,680.00. 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 Nicholls State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$30,145$120,580
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$38,474$153,895
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $49,103$196,413
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $56,843$227,372

Tuition History

What was tuition at Nicholls 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$3,450$11,400 14.1%
2011$3,024$10,248 -23.7%
2010$3,965$10,433 8.6%
2009$3,651$9,099 1.6%
2008$3,595$9,043 3.6%
2007$3,471$8,919 2.4%
2006$3,390$8,838 4.6%
2005$3,240$8,688 8.3%
2004$2,993$8,441 21.9%
2003$2,455$7,903 0.6%
2002$2,440$7,888 3%
2001$2,368$7,504 11.9%
2000$2,117$6,389 -0.9%
1999$2,136$5,376 0%
1998$2,136$5,376 6%
1997$2,016$4,619 0%
1996$2,016$4,608 1.5%
1995$1,986$4,578 0.3%
1994$1,981$4,573 19.3%
1993$1,661$3,461 4.4%
1992$1,591$3,391 0%
1991$1,591$3,391 5.4%
1990$1,509$3,309 -27.6%
1989$2,085$4,245 68.7%
1988$1,236$1,232 0.7%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Nicholls 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
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 126 36% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 118 33% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 50 38% cheaper
General Studies Associate's Degree 47 9% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 45 43% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 40 37% cheaper
Petroleum Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 37 31% costlier
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 37 13% costlier
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 30 27% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 29 45% cheaper
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 27 39% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 24 37% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 19 35% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 19 43% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 18 38% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 18 43% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 18 34% cheaper
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs Bachelor's Degree 15 40% cheaper
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 15 40% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 14 44% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 12 44% cheaper
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 11 19% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 10 47% cheaper
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 10 17% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 9 45% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 9 19% costlier
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 9 32% cheaper
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 8 32% cheaper
Agricultural Business and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 6 33% cheaper
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 6 38% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 44% cheaper
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 34% cheaper
Surveying Technology/Surveying Bachelor's Degree 5 24% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 4 45% cheaper
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 4 39% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 4 34% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 39% cheaper
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 33% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 2 44% cheaper
Business Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 25% cheaper
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 26% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 1 13% costlier
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 37% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 1 33% cheaper
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 35% cheaper


Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for Nicholls State University 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 Nicholls State University 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 Nicholls State University student loan.

Prepayment Option

About Nicholls State University

Nicholls State University is a four year public college located in Thibodaux, Louisiana.  Full time enrollment is 4,816 and part time is 1,439.

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

Nicholls State University
University Station La Hwy 1
Thibodaux, Louisiana

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Nicholls 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.

Nicholls State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=159966 IPEDS survey data.