Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Louisiana at Lafayette tuition is $5,407 per year for in-state residents. This is 23% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 56% cheaper than the average Louisiana tuition of $12,271 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 8th in Louisiana amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 21st most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $19,135 which represents a 254% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $4,481 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $9,888.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,294 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Lafayette should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,220.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,373 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,958 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Louisiana residents to go to UL Lafayette is $24,775 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Louisiana residence can expect a one year cost of $38,503.

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

Costs and Tuition for University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Estimated Budgets
Louisiana Resident Total Budget $24,775
   In-State Tuition$5,407
   Other Fees$4,481
   Room and Board$10,294
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,373
   Books and Supplies$1,220
Non-Resident Total Budget $38,503
   Out-of-State Tuition$19,135
   Other Fees$4,481
   Room and Board$10,294
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,373
   Books and Supplies$1,220


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 $24,775 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 UL Lafayette net price for in-state students is $8,463* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

92% of University of Louisiana at Lafayette students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $6,988. 37 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 $4,373. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$8,463*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid92%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,988
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants37%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,373

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$6,841
$30,001 to $48,000$8,052
$48,001 to $75,000$10,357
$75,001 to $110,000$11,351

Average Financial Aid Mix - $24,775 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $24,775. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 33% - $6,988

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

Federal Loans

 23% - $4,885

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

Out of Pocket

 45% -  $9,529

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 Louisiana at Lafayette
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College48.7% more expensive
University of New Orleans12.6% more expensive
Louisiana Tech University18.4% more expensive
University of Southern Mississippi50% more expensive
University of Houston61.3% 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 Louisiana at Lafayette.

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 UL Lafayette is $99,100 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 $5,233 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $20,932**

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 $123,875 or $26,165 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 Louisiana at Lafayette.

Louisiana Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,704
Louisiana Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,388
Non-Louisiana Resident Tuition Per Semester$9,568
Non-Louisiana Resident Total Cost Per Semester$19,252

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 Louisiana at Lafayette 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 Louisiana at Lafayette
Price per credit hour for Louisiana residents$412
Cost for one class for Louisiana residents (3 credit hours)$1,236
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$984
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,952
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,936


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. 32% of University of Louisiana at Lafayette students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,885.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Louisiana at Lafayette? 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 $20,932, 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 $25,971.81. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 92% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $5,233. 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 Louisiana at Lafayette 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 Louisiana at Lafayette Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$216.43
Amount Borrowed$20,932.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$5,039.81
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$25,971.81

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend UL Lafayette? 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 Louisiana at Lafayette, 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 $25,971.81 would be needed to afford a $216.43 monthly payment in the example $20,932.00 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 Louisiana at Lafayette in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,926 to $5,407. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 7.5%. 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 $99,100.00. 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 Louisiana at Lafayette.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$34,071$136,286
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$43,485$173,939
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $55,499$221,995
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $64,247$256,987

Tuition History

What was tuition at UL Lafayette 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$4,864$13,486 9.9%
2011$4,426$12,998 10.2%
2010$4,016$12,588 12.4%
2009$3,574$9,754 5.1%
2008$3,402$9,582 0.6%
2007$3,382$9,562 1.7%
2006$3,324$9,504 3%
2005$3,228$9,408 19.6%
2004$2,700$8,960 13.2%
2003$2,386$8,566 3.1%
2002$2,314$9,264 15.1%
1999$2,010$7,242 6.6%
1998$1,885$6,485 0%
1997$1,885$5,485 -0.6%
1996$1,897$5,497 0%
1995$1,897$4,897 0%
1994$1,897$4,297 18.8%
1993$1,597$3,397 1.8%
1992$1,568$3,318 -0.4%
1991$1,575$3,325 4%
1990$1,515$3,265 15.4%
1989$1,313$2,963 6.7%
1988$1,231$2,880 8.1%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Louisiana at Lafayette 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
General Studies Bachelor's Degree 335 14% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 139 7% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 84 5% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 81 6% costlier
Industrial Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 76 29% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 73 4% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 71 5% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 53 9% costlier
Petroleum Engineering Bachelor's Degree 52 1% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 48 11% costlier
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 43 1% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 41 2% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 40 7% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 39 4% cheaper
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 38 4% costlier
Architecture and Related Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 38 20% cheaper
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 34 0% cheaper
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 29 2% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 29 5% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 26 9% cheaper
Fashion Merchandising Bachelor's Degree 25 3% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 24 8% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 21 9% cheaper
Agriculture, General Bachelor's Degree 20 17% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 20 9% cheaper
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 20 6% costlier
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 19 3% cheaper
Interior Architecture Bachelor's Degree 17 2% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 17 7% cheaper
Natural Resources and Conservation, Other Bachelor's Degree 17 4% cheaper
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree 16 7% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 14 3% cheaper
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 14 16% cheaper
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator Bachelor's Degree 13 21% costlier
Industrial and Product Design Bachelor's Degree 11 14% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 11 3% cheaper
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 9 4% cheaper
Visual and Performing Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 9 5% cheaper
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 8 13% costlier
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 8 3% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 8 6% cheaper
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 8 2% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 6 1% costlier
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 6 2% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 6 3% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Bachelor's Degree 6 3% costlier
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 6 10% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 5 9% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 13% cheaper
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 6% costlier
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 9% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 4 8% costlier
Conservation Biology Bachelor's Degree 3 14% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 2 12% costlier
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs Bachelor's Degree 2 0% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 2 15% cheaper
Biology Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 15% costlier
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Bachelor's Degree 2 3% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 2 8% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 1 10% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 13% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 1 7% cheaper
Chemistry Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 8% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 1 15% cheaper
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 24% costlier
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 24% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 1 6% cheaper
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 12% costlier
Insurance Bachelor's Degree 1 2% cheaper


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About University of Louisiana at Lafayette

University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a four year public college located in Lafayette, Louisiana.  Full time enrollment is 13,809 and part time is 3,710.

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

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
104 University Circle
Lafayette, Louisiana

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Louisiana at Lafayette 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 Louisiana at Lafayette cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=160658 IPEDS survey data.