Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

College of Southern Nevada tuition is $2,850 per year for in-state residents. This is 58% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 68% cheaper than the average Nevada tuition of $9,425 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 3rd in Nevada amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 9th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $9,628 which represents a 238% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $435 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $3,285.

Housing Costs

College of Southern Nevada doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Las Vegas area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $7,766.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,061.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $5,371 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Nevada residents to go to CSN is $17,483 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Nevada residence can expect a one year cost of $24,261. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $9,717.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for College of Southern Nevada and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for College of Southern Nevada
Estimated Budgets
Nevada Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$17,483
   In-State Tuition$2,850
   Other Fees$435
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$7,766
   Off-Campus Other Budget$5,371
   Books and Supplies$1,061
Nevada Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$9,717
   In-State Tuition$2,850
   Other Fees$435
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$5,371
   Books and Supplies$1,061
Non-Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$24,261
   Out-of-State Tuition$9,628
   Other Fees$435
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$7,766
   Off-Campus Other Budget$5,371
   Books and Supplies$1,061


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 $17,483 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 CSN net price for in-state students is $7,618* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

67% of College of Southern Nevada students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,221. 53 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 $4,199. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend College of Southern Nevada, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for College of Southern Nevada
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$7,618*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid67%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,221
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants53%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,199

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$6,606
$30,001 to $48,000$7,198
$48,001 to $75,000$9,329
$75,001 to $110,000$11,470

Average Financial Aid Mix - $17,483 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $17,483. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 35% - $4,221

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

Federal Loans

 45% - $5,475

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

Out of Pocket

 20% -  $2,416

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.

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 College of Southern Nevada.

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 CSN is $69,932 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 $6,246 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $24,984**

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 $87,415 or $31,230 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 College of Southern Nevada.

Nevada Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,425
Nevada Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,742
Non-Nevada Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,814
Non-Nevada Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,130

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 College of Southern Nevada 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 College of Southern Nevada
Price per credit hour for Nevada residents$110
Cost for one class for Nevada residents (3 credit hours)$330
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$214
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$642
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$856


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. 23% of College of Southern Nevada students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,475.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for College of Southern Nevada? 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 $24,984, 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 $30,999.41. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at College of Southern Nevada. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 67% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $6,246. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our College of Southern Nevada 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.

College of Southern Nevada Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$258.33
Amount Borrowed$24,984.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$6,015.41
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$30,999.41

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend CSN? 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 College of Southern Nevada, 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 $30,999.41 would be needed to afford a $258.33 monthly payment in the example $24,984.00 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 College of Southern Nevada in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $2,265 to $2,850. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5.2%. 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 $69,932.00. 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 College of Southern Nevada.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$24,043$96,173
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$30,686$122,744
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $39,164$156,655
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $45,337$181,348

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at College of Southern Nevada 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 Associate's Degree 306 12% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 280 9% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 185 20% costlier
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 162 15% costlier
General Studies Associate's Degree 158 15% costlier
Psychology, General Associate's Degree 69 23% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Associate's Degree 66 22% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 58 26% costlier
Secondary Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 57 40% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 54 35% costlier
Information Science/Studies Associate's Degree 45 10% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 28 24% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 26 24% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Associate's Degree 23 16% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Associate's Degree 22 28% costlier
Commercial Photography Associate's Degree 22 32% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 22 20% costlier
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician Associate's Degree 22 24% costlier
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree 17 32% costlier
Pre-Veterinary Studies Associate's Degree 16 66% costlier
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Associate's Degree 16 30% costlier
Journalism Associate's Degree 14 24% costlier
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 14 19% costlier
Social Sciences, General Associate's Degree 14 17% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Associate's Degree 14 22% costlier
Occupational Therapist Assistant Associate's Degree 14 20% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 12 25% costlier
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 11 26% costlier
Surgical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 11 25% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 11 33% costlier
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager Associate's Degree 10 15% costlier
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 10 21% costlier
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Associate's Degree 10 15% costlier
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 10 25% costlier
Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 27% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 24% costlier
Ophthalmic Technician/Technologist Associate's Degree 9 13% cheaper
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 9 22% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Associate's Degree 8 24% costlier
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Associate's Degree 8 15% costlier
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 8 31% costlier
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 7 34% costlier
Graphic Design Associate's Degree 7 9% costlier
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design Associate's Degree 7 21% costlier
Ornamental Horticulture Associate's Degree 6 11% costlier
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Associate's Degree 6 10% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Associate's Degree 6 18% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Associate's Degree 6 25% costlier
Electrician Associate's Degree 5 36% costlier
Tourism and Travel Services Management Associate's Degree 5 15% costlier
Music, General Associate's Degree 5 25% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Associate's Degree 5 23% cheaper
Juvenile Corrections Associate's Degree 5 14% costlier
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology Associate's Degree 5 44% costlier
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 5 23% costlier
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 10% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Associate's Degree 4 26% costlier
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 38% costlier
Sociology Associate's Degree 4 25% costlier
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 27% costlier
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness Associate's Degree 4 15% costlier
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General Associate's Degree 4 31% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 3 30% costlier
Chemistry, General Associate's Degree 3 24% costlier
Anthropology Associate's Degree 3 10% costlier
Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer, General Associate's Degree 3 37% costlier
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector Associate's Degree 3 18% costlier
Surveying Technology/Surveying Associate's Degree 3 17% costlier
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects Associate's Degree 3 21% costlier
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 3 30% costlier
Banking and Financial Support Services Associate's Degree 3 24% costlier
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician Associate's Degree 2 35% costlier
Interior Design Associate's Degree 2 15% costlier
Child Care and Support Services Management Associate's Degree 2 33% costlier
Restaurant/Food Services Management Associate's Degree 2 1% cheaper
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew Associate's Degree 2 18% costlier
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Associate's Degree 2 25% costlier
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 2 33% costlier
Women's Studies Associate's Degree 1 13% costlier
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 1 16% costlier
Real Estate Associate's Degree 1 21% costlier
Creative Writing Associate's Degree 1 19% costlier
Engineering/Industrial Management Associate's Degree 1 51% costlier
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 34% costlier
History, General Associate's Degree 1 25% costlier
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 1 24% costlier
Philosophy Associate's Degree 1 14% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Associate's Degree 1 33% costlier
Pipefitting/Pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter Associate's Degree 1 73% costlier
Carpentry/Carpenter Associate's Degree 1 29% costlier


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About College of Southern Nevada

College of Southern Nevada is a four year public college located in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Full time enrollment is 9,137 and part time is 24,419.  College of Southern Nevada 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 College of Southern Nevada at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

College of Southern Nevada
6375 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

College of Southern Nevada 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.

College of Southern Nevada cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=182005 IPEDS survey data.