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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Bowling Green State University Main Campus tuition is $9,096 per year for in-state residents. This is 29% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 53% cheaper than the average Ohio tuition of $19,236 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 31st in Ohio amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 74th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $16,632 which represents a 83% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,961 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $11,057.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $8,898 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Bowling Green should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,010.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,604 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,790 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Ohio residents to go to BGSU is $24,569 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Ohio residence can expect a one year cost of $32,105.

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

Costs and Tuition for Bowling Green State University Main Campus
Estimated Budgets
Ohio Resident Total Budget $24,569
   In-State Tuition$9,096
   Other Fees$1,961
   Room and Board$8,898
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,604
   Books and Supplies$1,010
Non-Resident Total Budget $32,105
   Out-of-State Tuition$16,632
   Other Fees$1,961
   Room and Board$8,898
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,604
   Books and Supplies$1,010

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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 $24,569 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 BGSU net price for in-state students is $17,042* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

83% of Bowling Green State University Main Campus students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $6,809. 34 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 $4,073. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Bowling Green State University Main Campus, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Bowling Green State University Main Campus
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$17,042*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid83%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,809
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants34%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,073

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$14,949
$30,001 to $48,000$15,328
$48,001 to $75,000$18,009
$75,001 to $110,000$19,728
$110,000+$20,237

Average Financial Aid Mix - $24,569 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $24,569. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

32%
29%
39%

Grants and Scholarships

 32% - $6,809

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

Federal Loans

 29% - $5,996

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

Out of Pocket

 39% -  $8,160

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. Bowling Green State University Main Campus
University of Michigan Flint14.4% more expensive
Grand Valley State University31.9% more expensive
Central Michigan University37.5% more expensive
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania17.6% less expensive
Penn State Erie Behrend College56.3% 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 Bowling Green State University Main Campus.

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 BGSU is $98,276 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 $16,184 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $64,736**

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 $122,845 or $80,920 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 Bowling Green State University Main Campus.

Ohio Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,548
Ohio Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,284
Non-Ohio Resident Tuition Per Semester$8,316
Non-Ohio Resident Total Cost Per Semester$16,052

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 Bowling Green State University Main Campus 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 Bowling Green State University Main Campus
Price per credit hour for Ohio residents$379
Cost for one class for Ohio residents (3 credit hours)$1,137
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$693
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,079
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,772

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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. 68% of Bowling Green State University Main Campus students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,996. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $30,057.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Bowling Green State University Main Campus? 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 $64,736, 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 $80,322.53. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Bowling Green State University Main Campus. 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 $16,184. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Bowling Green State University Main Campus 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.

Bowling Green State University Main Campus Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$669.35
Amount Borrowed$64,736.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$15,586.53
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$80,322.53

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend BGSU? 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 Bowling Green State University Main Campus, 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 $80,322.53 would be needed to afford a $669.35 monthly payment in the example $64,736.00 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 Bowling Green State University Main Campus in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $8,914 to $9,096. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 0.4%. 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 $98,276.00. 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 Bowling Green State University Main Campus.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$33,788$135,152
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$43,123$172,493
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $55,037$220,149
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $63,713$254,850

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Bowling Green State University Main Campus 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
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 124 20% cheaper
Design and Visual Communications, General Bachelor's Degree 107 19% cheaper
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 107 15% cheaper
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels Bachelor's Degree 103 15% cheaper
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 101 1% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 99 21% cheaper
Education, Other Bachelor's Degree 73 15% cheaper
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 72 6% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 71 10% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 69 11% cheaper
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 64 13% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 54 5% cheaper
Tourism and Travel Services Management Bachelor's Degree 51 15% cheaper
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 50 5% cheaper
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other Bachelor's Degree 46 11% cheaper
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 45 17% cheaper
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 39 11% cheaper
Fashion Merchandising Bachelor's Degree 37 15% cheaper
Technical Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 36 1% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 35 11% cheaper
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 30 37% cheaper
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 25 2% cheaper
Interior Architecture Bachelor's Degree 25 19% cheaper
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 25 12% cheaper
Environmental Design/Architecture Bachelor's Degree 25 23% cheaper
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 23 10% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 22 15% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 20 17% cheaper
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 19 12% cheaper
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 18 19% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 17 0% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 16 15% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 15 24% cheaper
Gerontology Bachelor's Degree 13 10% cheaper
Broadcast Journalism Bachelor's Degree 12 17% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 11 21% cheaper
Creative Writing Bachelor's Degree 10 30% cheaper
Tourism Promotion Operations Bachelor's Degree 10 12% cheaper
Foreign Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 9 16% cheaper
Environmental Health Bachelor's Degree 9 11% cheaper
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 9 10% cheaper
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Bachelor's Degree 8 12% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 8 8% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 7 23% cheaper
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology Bachelor's Degree 7 7% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 7 14% cheaper
Neuroscience Bachelor's Degree 6 44% cheaper
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 6 6% cheaper
Community Health and Preventive Medicine Bachelor's Degree 6 7% cheaper
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 2% costlier
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness Bachelor's Degree 5 14% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 5 14% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 4 22% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 23% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 4 22% cheaper
Drama and Dance Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 13% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 27% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 4 22% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 28% cheaper
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 29% cheaper
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing Bachelor's Degree 3 17% cheaper
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 3 31% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 32% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 3 23% cheaper
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 3 32% cheaper
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 39% cheaper
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 7% cheaper
Music, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 27% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 2 7% cheaper
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 2 22% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 32% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 15% cheaper
Applied Economics Bachelor's Degree 2 29% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 2 7% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 2 22% cheaper
Marketing, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 19% cheaper
Asian Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 2 39% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 30% cheaper
Rhetoric and Composition Bachelor's Degree 2 14% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 1 29% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 1 18% cheaper
Natural Resources Management and Policy Bachelor's Degree 1 17% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 1 13% cheaper
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 30% cheaper
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 21% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 1 20% cheaper
Management Information Systems and Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 12% cheaper
Music History, Literature, and Theory Bachelor's Degree 1 30% cheaper
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 1 38% cheaper
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology Bachelor's Degree 1 6% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 25% cheaper
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 1 20% cheaper
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 1 13% cheaper
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 14% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 1 35% cheaper
Pre-Law Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 18% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 1 13% cheaper
Business Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 5% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 22% cheaper
African Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 44% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 13% cheaper
Sales and Marketing Operations/Marketing and Distribution Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 12% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 20% cheaper
Industrial Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 1 7% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 39% cheaper
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 35% cheaper

Calculators

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About Bowling Green State University Main Campus

Bowling Green State University Main Campus is a four year public college located in Bowling Green, Ohio.  Full time enrollment is 14,573 and part time is 3,071.

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

Address
Bowling Green State University Main Campus
220 McFall Ctr
Bowling Green, Ohio
43403

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Bowling Green State University Main Campus 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.

Bowling Green State University Main Campus cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=201441 IPEDS survey data.