Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Truman State University tuition is $7,352 per year for in-state residents. This is 4% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 56% cheaper than the average Missouri tuition of $16,783 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 11th in Missouri amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 58th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $14,136 which represents a 92% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $304 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $7,656.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $8,638 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Kirksville 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 $3,800 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,800 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Missouri residents to go to Truman State University is $21,094 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Missouri residence can expect a one year cost of $27,878.

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

Costs and Tuition for Truman State University
Estimated Budgets
Missouri Resident Total Budget $21,094
   In-State Tuition$7,352
   Other Fees$304
   Room and Board$8,638
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,800
   Books and Supplies$1,000
Non-Resident Total Budget $27,878
   Out-of-State Tuition$14,136
   Other Fees$304
   Room and Board$8,638
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,800
   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 $21,094 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 Truman State University net price for in-state students is $12,041* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

99% of Truman State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $8,114. 23 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 $3,974. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Truman State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Truman State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$12,041*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid99%
Average Total Grant Aid$8,114
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants23%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,974

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$7,798
$30,001 to $48,000$8,966
$48,001 to $75,000$11,829
$75,001 to $110,000$13,931

Average Financial Aid Mix - $21,094 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $21,094. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 47% - $8,114

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

Federal Loans

 31% - $5,391

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

Out of Pocket

 22% -  $3,789

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.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if Truman State University is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 73/100 for Truman State University. Considering an average net price paid of $12,103, this leads to an overall value ranking of 83/100. This places the school 19th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Truman State University
University of Arkansas0.4% more expensive
University of Minnesota Morris63.4% more expensive
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus34.9% less expensive
Michigan State University96.7% 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 Truman 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 Truman State University is $84,376 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 $12,103 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $48,412**

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 $105,470 or $60,515 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 Truman State University.

Missouri Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,676
Missouri Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,547
Non-Missouri Resident Tuition Per Semester$7,068
Non-Missouri Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,939

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 Truman 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 Truman State University
Price per credit hour for Missouri residents$282
Cost for one class for Missouri residents (3 credit hours)$846
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$513
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,539
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,052


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. 50% of Truman State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,391.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Truman 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 $48,412, 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 $60,068.19. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Truman State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 99% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $12,103. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Truman 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.

Truman State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$500.57
Amount Borrowed$48,412.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$11,656.19
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$60,068.19

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Truman 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 Truman 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 $60,068.19 would be needed to afford a $500.57 monthly payment in the example $48,412.00 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 Truman State University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $6,978 to $7,352. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 1.1%. 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 $84,376.00. 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 Truman State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$29,009$116,037
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$37,024$148,095
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $47,253$189,012
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $54,701$218,804

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Truman 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 41 22% cheaper
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 40 23% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 22 34% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 21 34% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 17 33% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 16 19% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 16 33% cheaper
Agriculture, General Bachelor's Degree 14 15% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 8 31% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 8 30% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 7 33% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 38% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 4 32% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 4 30% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 4 43% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 4 31% cheaper
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 31% cheaper
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 47% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 3 33% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 35% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 3 25% cheaper
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 2 47% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 2 31% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 18% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 32% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 41% cheaper
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 2 26% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 40% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 1 29% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 37% cheaper
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 1 23% cheaper
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 52% cheaper
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 1 28% cheaper
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 44% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 1 32% cheaper


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About Truman State University

Truman State University is a four year public college located in Kirksville, Missouri.  Full time enrollment is 5,426 and part time is 953.

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

Truman State University
100 E Normal
Kirksville, Missouri

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Truman 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.

Truman State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=178615 IPEDS survey data.