Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Saint Louis University Main Campus is $41,540 for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is 50% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $27,755. The cost is 148% more expensive than the average Missouri tuition of $16,783 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 67th in Missouri amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 2nd most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $626 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $42,166.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,996 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Saint Louis should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,000.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,052 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,052 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Saint Louis University-Main Campus was $57,214 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Missouri residence status as there is no in-state discount.

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

Costs and Tuition for Saint Louis University Main Campus
Estimated Budgets
Missouri Resident Total Budget $57,214
   In-State Tuition$41,540
   Other Fees$626
   Room and Board$10,996
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,052
   Books and Supplies$1,000
Non-Resident Total Budget $57,214
   Out-of-State Tuition$41,540
   Other Fees$626
   Room and Board$10,996
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,052
   Books and Supplies$1,000


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 $57,214 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 Saint Louis University-Main Campus net price for in-state students is $33,812* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

93% of Saint Louis University Main Campus students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $18,817. 18 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 $4,100. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Saint Louis University Main Campus, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Saint Louis University Main Campus
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$33,812*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid93%
Average Total Grant Aid$18,817
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants18%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,100

Average Net Price 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$25,531
$30,001 to $48,000$24,348
$48,001 to $75,000$27,596
$75,001 to $110,000$29,931

Average Financial Aid Mix - $57,214 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $57,214. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 35% - $18,817

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

Federal Loans

 11% - $5,861

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

Out of Pocket

 54% -  $29,484

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for 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 Private Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Saint Louis University Main Campus
Webster University35.2% less expensive
Central Christian College of the Bible81.9% less expensive
Bradley University21.7% less expensive
DePauw University13.2% more expensive
College of the Ozarks55% 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 Saint Louis University Main Campus.

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 Saint Louis University-Main Campus is $228,856 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 $32,430 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $129,720**

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 $286,070 or $162,150 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for 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 Saint Louis University Main Campus.

Missouri Resident Tuition Per Semester$20,770
Missouri Resident Total Cost Per Semester$28,607

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 Saint Louis University Main Campus 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 Saint Louis University Main Campus
Price per credit hour$1,450
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$4,350
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$5,800


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. 53% of Saint Louis University Main Campus students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,861. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $36,797.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Saint Louis University Main Campus? 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 $129,720, 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 $160,952.77. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Saint Louis University Main Campus. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 93% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $32,430. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Saint Louis University Main Campus 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.

Saint Louis University Main Campus Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,341.27
Amount Borrowed$129,720.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$31,232.77
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$160,952.77

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Saint Louis University-Main Campus? 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 Saint Louis University Main Campus, 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 $160,952.77 would be needed to afford a $1,341.27 monthly payment in the example $129,720.00 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 Saint Louis University Main Campus in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $34,740 to $41,540. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.9%. 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 4 year cost of $228,856.00. 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 Saint Louis University Main Campus.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$78,683$314,730
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$100,421$401,685
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $128,166$512,663
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $148,368$593,471

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Saint Louis University Main Campus 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
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 384 66% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 216 59% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 65 49% costlier
Education, General Bachelor's Degree 43 34% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 36 22% costlier
Occupational Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 36 35% costlier
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree 34 26% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 26 59% costlier
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator Bachelor's Degree 25 79% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 19 35% costlier
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 18 54% costlier
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 17 12% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 16 33% costlier
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other Bachelor's Degree 13 17% costlier
Organizational Behavior Studies Bachelor's Degree 13 35% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 11 34% costlier
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 11 60% costlier
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew Bachelor's Degree 11 69% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 10 23% costlier
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 10 50% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 10 39% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 9 42% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 9 40% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 8 38% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 8 42% costlier
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Bachelor's Degree 7 56% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 7 35% costlier
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General Bachelor's Degree 6 42% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 6 43% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 6 36% costlier
General Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 69% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 5 52% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 5 44% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 24% costlier
Urban Studies/Affairs Bachelor's Degree 4 22% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 4 27% costlier
Public Health, General Bachelor's Degree 3 40% costlier
Theology/Theological Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 47% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 21% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 3 42% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 30% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 3 35% costlier
Corrections Bachelor's Degree 3 91% costlier
Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist Bachelor's Degree 3 49% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 2 38% costlier
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations Bachelor's Degree 2 69% costlier
Security and Loss Prevention Services Bachelor's Degree 2 62% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 2 39% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 21% costlier
Knowledge Management Bachelor's Degree 2 32% costlier
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 9% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 1 16% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 36% costlier
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels Bachelor's Degree 1 51% costlier
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 1 48% costlier
Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 8% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 21% costlier
Organizational Communication, General Bachelor's Degree 1 44% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 33% costlier
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 34% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 1 39% costlier
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 1 10% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 1 37% costlier
LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES Bachelor's Degree 1 42% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree 1 58% costlier
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics Bachelor's Degree 1 17% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 55% costlier


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About Saint Louis University Main Campus

Saint Louis University Main Campus is a four year private college located in Saint Louis, Missouri.  The school is affiliated with the Roman Catholic faith.  Full time enrollment is 10,871 and part time is 5,720.

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

Saint Louis University Main Campus
One Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, Missouri

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Saint Louis University Main Campus is a private not for profit institution.

Saint Louis University Main Campus cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=179159 IPEDS survey data.