Cost to Attend Peru State College

Peru State College
Peru, Nebraska

Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Peru State College is $5,520 for the 2019/2020 academic year. This is 25% cheaper than the national average public four year college tuition of $7,357. The cost is 70% cheaper than the average Nebraska tuition of $18,352 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 2nd in Nebraska amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 24th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,184 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $7,704.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,088 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Peru should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,200.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,944 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,944 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Peru State College was $20,936 for the 2019/2020 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Nebraska residence status as there is no in-state discount.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2020 IPEDS survey response for Peru State College and represent reported costs for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Costs and Tuition for Peru State College
Estimated Budgets
Nebraska Resident Total Budget $20,936
   In-State Tuition$5,520
   Other Fees$2,184
   Room and Board$9,088
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,944
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Non-Resident Total Budget $20,936
   Out-of-State Tuition$5,520
   Other Fees$2,184
   Room and Board$9,088
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,944
   Books and Supplies$1,200
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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 $20,936 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 Peru State College net price for in-state students is $13,902* for the 2018/2019 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

92% of Peru State College students received grant aid in 2018/2019. The average total aid amount was $5,774. 49 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2018/2019 was $4,302. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Peru State College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Peru State College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$13,902*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid92%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,774
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants49%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,302

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 2018/2019 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$12,005
$30,001 to $48,000$12,946
$48,001 to $75,000$13,616
$75,001 to $110,000$15,287

Average Financial Aid Mix - $20,936 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $20,936. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

Grants and Scholarships
32% - $5,774

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

Federal Loans
29% - $5,261

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

Out of Pocket
39% -  $6,957

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 2018/2019 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.

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 Peru State 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 Peru State College is $83,744 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 $9,188 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $36,752**

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 $104,680 or $45,940 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 2018/2019 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 Peru State College.

Nebraska Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,760
Nebraska Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,468

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 Peru State 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 Peru State College
Price per credit hour$182
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$546
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$728

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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. 70% of Peru State College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,261.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Peru State 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 $36,752, 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 $42,078.55. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Peru State College. 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 $9,188. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Peru State 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.

Peru State College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$350.65
Amount Borrowed$36,752.00
Interest Rate2.75%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$5,326.55
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$42,078.55

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Peru State College? 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 Peru State 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 $42,078.55 would be needed to afford a $350.65 monthly payment in the example $36,752.00 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 Peru State College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $4,544 to $5,520. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.3%. 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 $83,744.00. 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 Peru State College.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2026$28,792$115,168
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2031$36,747$146,986
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2036 $46,899$187,596
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2039 $54,291$217,166


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About Peru State College

Peru State College is a four year public college located in Peru, Nebraska.  Full time enrollment is 1,140 and part time is 974.  Peru State College has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes. Learn more about Peru State College at CollegeSimply.

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

Peru State College
600 Hoyt Street
Peru, Nebraska

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Peru State 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.

Peru State College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education IPEDS survey data. Data last updated January 2021 and reflects academic year 2019/2020 costs reported by the school.