Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Ohio University Main Campus tuition is $11,896 per year for in-state residents. This is 69% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 38% cheaper than the average Ohio tuition of $19,236 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 43rd in Ohio amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 62nd most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $21,360 which represents a 80% premium.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,598 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 $1,034.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,714 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,714 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Ohio residents to go to Ohio University-Main Campus is $27,242 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Ohio residence can expect a one year cost of $36,706.

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

Costs and Tuition for Ohio University Main Campus
Estimated Budgets
Ohio Resident Total Budget $27,242
   In-State Tuition$11,896
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$11,598
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,714
   Books and Supplies$1,034
Non-Resident Total Budget $36,706
   Out-of-State Tuition$21,360
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$11,598
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,714
   Books and Supplies$1,034


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 $27,242 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-Main Campus net price for in-state students is $19,613* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

70% of Ohio University Main Campus students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,893. 27 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 $3,830. 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$19,613*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid70%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,893
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants27%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,830

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$14,201
$30,001 to $48,000$15,617
$48,001 to $75,000$19,877
$75,001 to $110,000$23,237

Average Financial Aid Mix - $27,242 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $27,242. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 24% - $5,893

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

 22% - $5,467

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

Out of Pocket

 54% -  $13,168

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. Ohio University Main Campus
University of Cincinnati Main Campus21.6% less expensive
Penn State Shenango4.9% more expensive
Ball State University23.4% less expensive
University of Louisville7% less expensive
University of Michigan Dearborn1.5% 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-Main Campus is $108,968 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 $136,210 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 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

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$563
Cost for one class for Ohio residents (3 credit hours)$1,689
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$1,029
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$3,087
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$4,116


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. 63% of Ohio University Main Campus students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,467. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $26,928.

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 $90,040.25. 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 70% 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$750.34
Amount Borrowed$72,568.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$17,472.25
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$90,040.25

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Ohio University-Main Campus? 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 $90,040.25 would be needed to afford a $750.34 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 $10,282 to $11,896. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.1%. 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 $108,968.00. 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 2024$37,464$149,856
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$47,815$191,259
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $61,025$244,100
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $70,644$282,577

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Ohio 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
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 258 8% cheaper
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 218 0% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other Bachelor's Degree 215 13% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 196 5% cheaper
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 179 5% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 147 6% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 131 2% costlier
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 112 5% cheaper
Information Technology Bachelor's Degree 111 8% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 92 5% cheaper
Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree 91 7% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 72 0% cheaper
Industrial Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 50 23% costlier
Criminology Bachelor's Degree 47 10% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 41 13% cheaper
Broadcast Journalism Bachelor's Degree 40 5% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 40 1% cheaper
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Bachelor's Degree 39 36% costlier
Photojournalism Bachelor's Degree 38 6% cheaper
Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree 36 1% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 36 65% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 34 3% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 32 1% costlier
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 31 1% cheaper
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 31 5% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 29 13% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 29 1% cheaper
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 27 20% cheaper
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia Bachelor's Degree 26 15% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 26 6% cheaper
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling Bachelor's Degree 25 4% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 24 8% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 24 13% cheaper
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Bachelor's Degree 22 6% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 21 13% cheaper
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 21 9% cheaper
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 21 3% cheaper
Organizational Communication, General Bachelor's Degree 15 8% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 14 1% cheaper
Acting Bachelor's Degree 14 17% cheaper
Housing and Human Environments, General Bachelor's Degree 14 5% costlier
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 14 9% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 14 14% cheaper
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 13 19% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 11 15% cheaper
Urban Studies/Affairs Bachelor's Degree 11 21% cheaper
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations Bachelor's Degree 11 9% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 11 82% costlier
Wildlife Biology Bachelor's Degree 11 9% costlier
Environmental Health Bachelor's Degree 11 2% costlier
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 11 12% costlier
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Associate's Degree 10 67% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 10 11% cheaper
Printmaking Bachelor's Degree 9 23% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 7 12% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 7 9% cheaper
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene Bachelor's Degree 7 11% costlier
Playwriting and Screenwriting Bachelor's Degree 7 29% cheaper
Photography Bachelor's Degree 6 18% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 6 17% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 6 11% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 6 9% cheaper
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 6 11% cheaper
Actuarial Science Bachelor's Degree 6 13% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 5 22% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 5 10% cheaper
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 5 7% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 18% cheaper
Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 18% cheaper
Child Development Bachelor's Degree 5 9% costlier
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics Bachelor's Degree 4 22% cheaper
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 30% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 20% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 23% cheaper
Spanish Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 1% costlier
African Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 36% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 3 19% cheaper
Painting Bachelor's Degree 3 17% cheaper
Geography, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 15% costlier
Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 31% cheaper
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General Associate's Degree 3 59% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 3 9% cheaper
Astrophysics Bachelor's Degree 3 36% cheaper
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other Associate's Degree 3 67% costlier
Sculpture Bachelor's Degree 2 22% cheaper
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 28% cheaper
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 2 1% cheaper
German Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 2% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 2 70% costlier
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management Bachelor's Degree 2 21% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Associate's Degree 1 98% costlier
European Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 1 33% cheaper
Botany/Plant Biology Bachelor's Degree 1 9% cheaper
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 22% cheaper
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 23% cheaper
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 1 21% cheaper
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 1 5% costlier
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 88% costlier
Creative Writing Bachelor's Degree 1 20% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 15% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 1 12% cheaper
Asian Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 1 30% cheaper
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 1 88% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 1 2% costlier
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Bachelor's Degree 1 14% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 1 19% cheaper
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 31% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 8% cheaper
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree 1 19% cheaper
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 1 1% costlier
Family Resource Management Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 1 1% costlier
French Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 8% costlier
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 26% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 1 25% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 1% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 1 11% cheaper


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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 20,815 and part time is 8,694. 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 https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=204857 IPEDS survey data.