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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Nevada Reno tuition is $6,465 per year for in-state residents. This is 8% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 30% cheaper than the average Nevada tuition of $9,215 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 6th in Nevada amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 6th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $20,654 which represents a 219% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,134 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $7,599.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,940 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Reno should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,300.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $4,370 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,370 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Nevada residents to go to University of Nevada-Reno is $24,209 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Nevada residence can expect a one year cost of $38,398.

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

Costs and Tuition for University of Nevada Reno
Estimated Budgets
Nevada Resident Total Budget $24,209
   In-State Tuition$6,465
   Other Fees$1,134
   Room and Board$10,940
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,370
   Books and Supplies$1,300
Non-Resident Total Budget $38,398
   Out-of-State Tuition$20,654
   Other Fees$1,134
   Room and Board$10,940
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,370
   Books and Supplies$1,300

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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 $24,209 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 University of Nevada-Reno net price for in-state students is $15,583* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

83% of University of Nevada Reno students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,978. 29 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 $4,022. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Nevada Reno, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Nevada Reno
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$15,583*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid83%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,978
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants29%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,022

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$11,779
$30,001 to $48,000$12,544
$48,001 to $75,000$15,074
$75,001 to $110,000$17,778
$110,000+$17,666

Average Financial Aid Mix - $24,209 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $24,209. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

25%
39%
36%

Grants and Scholarships

 25% - $4,978

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

Federal Loans

 39% - $7,733

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

Out of Pocket

 36% -  $7,128

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 Nevada Reno
University of California Merced77.9% more expensive
Sonoma State University11.2% less expensive
California State University Fresno11.2% less expensive
San Francisco State University11.2% less expensive
Oregon Institute of Technology30.3% 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 Nevada Reno.

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 University of Nevada-Reno is $96,836 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 $14,127 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $56,508**

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 $121,045 or $70,635 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 Nevada Reno.

Nevada Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,232
Nevada Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,104
Non-Nevada Resident Tuition Per Semester$10,327
Non-Nevada Resident Total Cost Per Semester$19,199

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 Nevada Reno 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 Nevada Reno
Price per credit hour for Nevada residents$230
Cost for one class for Nevada residents (3 credit hours)$690
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$474
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,422
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,896

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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. 43% of University of Nevada Reno students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $7,733. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $22,113.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Nevada Reno? 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 $56,508, 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 $70,113.47. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Nevada Reno. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 83% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $14,127. 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 Nevada Reno 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 Nevada Reno Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$584.28
Amount Borrowed$56,508.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$13,605.47
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$70,113.47

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend University of Nevada-Reno? 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 Nevada Reno, 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 $70,113.47 would be needed to afford a $584.28 monthly payment in the example $56,508.00 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 Nevada Reno in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $5,130 to $6,465. 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 $96,836.00. 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 Nevada Reno.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$33,293$133,172
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$42,491$169,965
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $54,231$216,923
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $62,779$251,116

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Nevada Reno 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 144 13% costlier
Criminology Bachelor's Degree 105 5% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 102 7% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 78 1% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 67 9% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 62 8% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 60 7% costlier
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 58 1% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 56 9% cheaper
Nutrition Sciences Bachelor's Degree 47 14% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 45 8% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 34 9% cheaper
HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS Bachelor's Degree 29 1% costlier
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 29 3% costlier
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 29 6% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 25 9% cheaper
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 22 4% cheaper
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 21 9% costlier
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management Bachelor's Degree 20 14% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 18 4% costlier
Geological/Geophysical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 14 9% cheaper
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 14 16% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 13 8% cheaper
Broadcast Journalism Bachelor's Degree 13 0% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 13 10% cheaper
Natural Resources Management and Policy Bachelor's Degree 13 0% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 12 8% cheaper
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other Bachelor's Degree 11 18% cheaper
Forestry, General Bachelor's Degree 11 4% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 10 11% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 10 5% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 9 3% cheaper
Neuroscience Bachelor's Degree 9 33% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 9 17% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 8 7% cheaper
Housing and Human Environments, Other Bachelor's Degree 8 32% costlier
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 8 8% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 8 10% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 7 4% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 7 7% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 7 3% costlier
Foreign Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 6 0% cheaper
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 6 4% costlier
Mining and Mineral Engineering Bachelor's Degree 6 1% costlier
Water Resources Engineering Bachelor's Degree 6 44% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 6 1% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 5 4% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 5 6% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 5 9% cheaper
Agricultural Economics Bachelor's Degree 4 1% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 4 11% costlier
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 12% costlier
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 4 1% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 3 5% cheaper
Agricultural Animal Breeding Bachelor's Degree 3 13% costlier
Metallurgical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 3 3% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 3 3% costlier
Geophysics and Seismology Bachelor's Degree 3 21% cheaper
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 3 4% costlier
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 2 10% costlier
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General Bachelor's Degree 2 5% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 2 2% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 2 7% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 2 6% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 2 15% cheaper
Pre-Veterinary Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 4% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 13% cheaper
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering Bachelor's Degree 1 19% cheaper
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 1% costlier
Health Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 9% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 1 22% cheaper
Child Development Bachelor's Degree 1 14% costlier
Writing, General Bachelor's Degree 1 7% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 19% cheaper
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 1 18% cheaper
Business Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 26% costlier
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 5% costlier
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics Bachelor's Degree 1 21% cheaper
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 23% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 1 18% cheaper
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 1 7% cheaper
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 23% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 1 2% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 6% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 1 15% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 1 4% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 19% cheaper
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Bachelor's Degree 1 5% costlier
German Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 31% cheaper

Calculators

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About University of Nevada Reno

University of Nevada Reno is a four year public college located in Reno, Nevada.  Full time enrollment is 16,832 and part time is 4,521.

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

Address
University of Nevada Reno
North Virginia Street
Reno, Nevada
89557

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Nevada Reno 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 Nevada Reno cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=182290 IPEDS survey data.