Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Kean University tuition is $7,909 per year for in-state residents. This is 35% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 56% cheaper than the average New Jersey tuition of $22,122 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 4th in New Jersey amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 36th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $14,811 which represents a 87% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $4,198 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $12,107.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $13,513 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Union should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,384.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,257 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,616 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state New Jersey residents to go to Kean is $29,261 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have New Jersey residence can expect a one year cost of $36,163.

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

Costs and Tuition for Kean University
Estimated Budgets
New Jersey Resident Total Budget $29,261
   In-State Tuition$7,909
   Other Fees$4,198
   Room and Board$13,513
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,257
   Books and Supplies$1,384
Non-Resident Total Budget $36,163
   Out-of-State Tuition$14,811
   Other Fees$4,198
   Room and Board$13,513
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,257
   Books and Supplies$1,384


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 $29,261 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 Kean net price for in-state students is $15,110* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

61% of Kean University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $8,068. 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 $4,607. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Kean University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Kean University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$15,110*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid61%
Average Total Grant Aid$8,068
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants53%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,607

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$13,287
$30,001 to $48,000$14,847
$48,001 to $75,000$19,096
$75,001 to $110,000$22,747

Average Financial Aid Mix - $29,261 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $29,261. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 30% - $8,068

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

Federal Loans

 21% - $5,799

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

Out of Pocket

 49% -  $13,137

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. Kean University
William Paterson University of New Jersey58.4% more expensive
CUNY York College17.4% less expensive
Penn State Brandywine70.5% more expensive
Penn State Worthington Scranton70.5% more expensive
Penn State Wilkes Barre60.8% 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 Kean 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 Kean is $117,044 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 $16,431 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $65,724**

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 $146,305 or $82,155 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 Kean University.

New Jersey Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,954
New Jersey Resident Total Cost Per Semester$14,630
Non-New Jersey Resident Tuition Per Semester$7,406
Non-New Jersey Resident Total Cost Per Semester$18,082

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 Kean 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 Kean University
Price per credit hour for New Jersey residents$308
Cost for one class for New Jersey residents (3 credit hours)$924
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$523
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,569
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,092


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. 64% of Kean University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,799. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $29,667.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Kean 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 $65,724, 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 $81,548.41. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Kean University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 61% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $16,431. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Kean 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.

Kean University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$679.57
Amount Borrowed$65,724.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$15,824.41
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$81,548.41

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Kean? 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 Kean 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 $81,548.41 would be needed to afford a $679.57 monthly payment in the example $65,724.00 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 Kean University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $6,925 to $7,909. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2.8%. 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 $117,044.00. 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 Kean University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$40,241$160,963
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$51,358$205,434
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $65,548$262,191
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $75,880$303,519

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Kean 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
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 284 11% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 229 5% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 164 3% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 136 2% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Bachelor's Degree 132 13% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 116 3% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 106 2% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 104 10% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 102 12% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 100 1% cheaper
Nursing Science Bachelor's Degree 94 3% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 90 12% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 78 11% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 71 3% cheaper
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 71 14% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 64 9% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 61 0% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 55 16% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 50 12% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, Other Bachelor's Degree 45 1% costlier
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 43 29% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 39 13% cheaper
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 35 7% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 24 8% cheaper
Design and Visual Communications, General Bachelor's Degree 23 8% cheaper
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 21 7% costlier
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other Bachelor's Degree 21 4% cheaper
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 21 6% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 14 2% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 13 19% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 13 13% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 12 13% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 11 15% cheaper
Printing Management Bachelor's Degree 11 23% costlier
Psychology, Other Bachelor's Degree 10 22% cheaper
Industrial and Product Design Bachelor's Degree 9 19% cheaper
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator Bachelor's Degree 9 13% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 8 16% cheaper
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 7 1% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 6 4% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 4 12% cheaper
Philosophy and Religious Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 3 19% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 3 26% cheaper
Acting Bachelor's Degree 2 18% cheaper
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Bachelor's Degree 2 34% costlier
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology Bachelor's Degree 1 16% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 5% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 1 13% costlier


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About Kean University

Kean University is a four year public college located in Union, New Jersey.  Full time enrollment is 10,161 and part time is 3,909. Learn more about getting accepted at Kean University at CollegeSimply.

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

Kean University
1000 Morris Ave
Union, New Jersey

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Kean 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.

Kean University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=185262 IPEDS survey data.