Cost to Attend Ohio University Main Campus

Ohio University Main Campus
Athens, Ohio

Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Ohio University Main Campus tuition is $12,840 per year for in-state residents. This is 69% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,601. The cost is 39% cheaper than the average Ohio tuition of $21,171 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 44th in Ohio amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 61st most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $22,810 which represents a 78% premium.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,862 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Athens should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $918.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,996 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,996 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Ohio residents to go to Ohio University is $28,616 for the 2021/2022 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Ohio residence can expect a one year cost of $38,586.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2022 IPEDS survey response for Ohio University Main Campus and represent reported costs for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Costs and Tuition for Ohio University Main Campus
Estimated Budgets
Ohio Resident Total Budget $28,616
   In-State Tuition$12,840
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$11,862
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,996
   Books and Supplies$918
Non-Resident Total Budget $38,586
   Out-of-State Tuition$22,810
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$11,862
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,996
   Books and Supplies$918
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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 $28,616 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 Ohio University net price for in-state students is $23,307* for the 2019/2020 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

94% of Ohio University Main Campus students received grant aid in 2019/2020. The average total aid amount was $7,134. 25 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2019/2020 was $4,488. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Ohio University Main Campus, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Ohio University Main Campus
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$23,307*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid94%
Average Total Grant Aid$7,134
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants25%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,488

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 2019/2020 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$17,614
$30,001 to $48,000$18,991
$48,001 to $75,000$23,509
$75,001 to $110,000$26,039

Average Financial Aid Mix - $28,616 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $28,616. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

Grants and Scholarships
28% - $7,134

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

Federal Loans
21% - $5,307

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

Out of Pocket
51% -  $13,179

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 2019/2020 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.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if Ohio University is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 56/100 for Ohio University Main Campus. Considering an average net price paid of $18,142, this leads to an overall value ranking of 48/100. This places the school 525th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Ohio University Main Campus
West Virginia University30.1% less expensive
University of Cincinnati Main Campus15% less expensive
Ball State University25% less expensive
University of Michigan Dearborn4.5% more expensive
Wayne State University3.6% less 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 Ohio 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 Ohio University is $114,464 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 $18,142 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $72,568**

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 $143,080 or $90,710 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 2019/2020 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

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 Ohio 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 Ohio University Main Campus
Price per credit hour for Ohio residents$606
Cost for one class for Ohio residents (3 credit hours)$1,818
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$1,096
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$3,288
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$4,384

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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. 62% of Ohio University Main Campus students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,307.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Ohio 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 $72,568, 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 $92,320.99. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Ohio University Main Campus. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 94% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $18,142. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Ohio 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.

Ohio University Main Campus Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$769.34
Amount Borrowed$72,568.00
Interest Rate4.99%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$19,752.99
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$92,320.99

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Ohio University? 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 Ohio 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 $92,320.99 would be needed to afford a $769.34 monthly payment in the example $72,568.00 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 Ohio University Main Campus in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $11,744 to $12,840. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 1.9%. 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 $114,464.00. 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 Ohio University Main Campus.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2028$39,354$157,415
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2033$50,226$200,905
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2038 $64,103$256,412
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2041 $74,207$296,829


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About Ohio University Main Campus

Ohio University Main Campus is a four year public college located in Athens, Ohio.  Full time enrollment is 17,552 and part time is 7,245. Learn more about getting accepted at Ohio University Main Campus at CollegeSimply.

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

Ohio University Main Campus
020 Chubb Hall
Athens, Ohio

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Ohio 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.

Ohio University Main Campus cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education IPEDS survey data. Data last updated February 2023 and reflects academic year 2021/2022 costs reported by the school.