Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Akron Main Campus tuition is $9,213 per year for in-state residents. This is 28% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 53% cheaper than the average Ohio tuition of $19,795 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 30th in Ohio amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 75th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $13,250 which represents a 44% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,250 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $11,463.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $12,296 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Akron should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,000.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,520 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,120 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Ohio residents to go to University of Akron Main Campus is $27,279 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Ohio residence can expect a one year cost of $31,316.

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

Costs and Tuition for University of Akron Main Campus
Estimated Budgets
Ohio Resident Total Budget $27,279
   In-State Tuition$9,213
   Other Fees$2,250
   Room and Board$12,296
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,520
   Books and Supplies$1,000
Non-Resident Total Budget $31,316
   Out-of-State Tuition$13,250
   Other Fees$2,250
   Room and Board$12,296
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,520
   Books and Supplies$1,000


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 $27,279 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 Akron Main Campus net price for in-state students is $16,863* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

85% of University of Akron Main Campus students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $7,816. 42 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 $4,205. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Akron Main Campus, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Akron Main Campus
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$16,863*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid85%
Average Total Grant Aid$7,816
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants42%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,205

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$15,603
$30,001 to $48,000$16,581
$48,001 to $75,000$18,972
$75,001 to $110,000$20,090

Average Financial Aid Mix - $27,279 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $27,279. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 32% - $7,816

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

Federal Loans

 23% - $5,795

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

Out of Pocket

 45% -  $11,148

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 Akron Main Campus
Penn State Beaver38% more expensive
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania16.2% less expensive
Penn State Greater Allegheny38% more expensive
Bowling Green State University Main Campus1.3% less expensive
Wayne State University25.3% 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 Akron 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 University of Akron Main Campus is $109,116 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 $14,601 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $58,404**

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 $136,395 or $73,005 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 Akron Main Campus.

Ohio Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,606
Ohio Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,640
Non-Ohio Resident Tuition Per Semester$6,625
Non-Ohio Resident Total Cost Per Semester$15,658

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 Akron 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 University of Akron Main Campus
Price per credit hour for Ohio residents$359
Cost for one class for Ohio residents (3 credit hours)$1,077
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$715
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,145
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,860


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. 61% of University of Akron Main Campus students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,795. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $23,392.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Akron 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 $58,404, 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 $72,465.97. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Akron Main Campus. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 85% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $14,601. 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 Akron 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.

University of Akron Main Campus Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$603.88
Amount Borrowed$58,404.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$14,061.97
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$72,465.97

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend University of Akron 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 University of Akron 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 $72,465.97 would be needed to afford a $603.88 monthly payment in the example $58,404.00 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 Akron Main Campus in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $8,284 to $9,213. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2.2%. 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 $109,116.00. 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 Akron Main Campus.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$37,515$150,060
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$47,880$191,519
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $61,108$244,432
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $70,740$282,960

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Akron 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
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 248 13% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 117 16% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 91 23% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 85 10% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 80 16% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 78 62% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 77 13% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 70 8% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 64 26% cheaper
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst Associate's Degree 59 71% costlier
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 58 13% cheaper
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 56 17% cheaper
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Associate's Degree 51 48% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 48 26% cheaper
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 44 22% cheaper
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 44 8% cheaper
Criminology Bachelor's Degree 37 23% cheaper
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 36 14% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 33 41% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 33 11% cheaper
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 30 56% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 30 26% cheaper
Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree 28 54% costlier
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 28 16% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 27 42% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 25 12% cheaper
Physical Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 25 23% cheaper
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 23 8% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 23 25% cheaper
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies Bachelor's Degree 23 27% cheaper
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 22 11% cheaper
Organizational Communication, General Bachelor's Degree 22 21% cheaper
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 22 59% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 21 17% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 21 27% cheaper
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 20 39% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 20 23% cheaper
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 20 32% cheaper
Housing and Human Environments, General Bachelor's Degree 18 10% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 18 15% cheaper
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 16 14% cheaper
Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree 16 16% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 16 45% costlier
Surgical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 16 61% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 15 59% costlier
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 15 21% cheaper
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 14 53% costlier
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs Bachelor's Degree 14 18% cheaper
Family Systems Bachelor's Degree 14 6% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 13 31% cheaper
Technical Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 13 3% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 13 54% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 12 21% cheaper
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Associate's Degree 11 43% costlier
Journalism, Other Bachelor's Degree 11 13% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 11 22% cheaper
Community Organization and Advocacy Associate's Degree 11 40% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 11 24% cheaper
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 10 26% cheaper
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 10 61% costlier
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 10 10% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 10 24% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 10 24% cheaper
Geographic Information Science and Cartography Associate's Degree 8 89% costlier
Surveying Technology/Surveying Associate's Degree 8 51% costlier
Photography Bachelor's Degree 7 30% cheaper
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning Bachelor's Degree 7 23% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 7 17% cheaper
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 7 31% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 7 26% cheaper
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 7 12% cheaper
Fire Protection, Other Associate's Degree 6 44% costlier
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree 6 83% costlier
Education, Other Associate's Degree 6 38% costlier
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Associate's Degree 6 65% costlier
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 6 9% cheaper
Small Business Administration/Management Associate's Degree 5 57% costlier
Spanish Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 14% cheaper
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 5 66% costlier
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 30% cheaper
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 5 18% cheaper
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 76% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 5 25% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 4 22% cheaper
Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 30% cheaper
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 31% cheaper
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General Bachelor's Degree 4 27% cheaper
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 4 19% cheaper
Polymer/Plastics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 4 24% cheaper
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 4 16% cheaper
Applied Economics Bachelor's Degree 4 31% cheaper
Animal Physiology Bachelor's Degree 3 32% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 3 36% cheaper
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 24% cheaper
Financial Planning and Services Bachelor's Degree 3 13% cheaper
Marketing, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 21% cheaper
Restaurant/Food Services Management Associate's Degree 3 28% costlier
Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 3 31% cheaper
Stringed Instruments Bachelor's Degree 3 40% cheaper
Metal and Jewelry Arts Bachelor's Degree 3 30% cheaper
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 13% cheaper
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce Bachelor's Degree 2 4% cheaper
Ecology Bachelor's Degree 2 28% cheaper
Real Estate Bachelor's Degree 2 25% cheaper
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 2 33% cheaper
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 1% costlier
American Government and Politics (United States) Bachelor's Degree 2 14% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 27% cheaper
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 27% cheaper
Fashion Merchandising Associate's Degree 2 10% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 2 31% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 2 23% cheaper
Selling Skills and Sales Operations Associate's Degree 2 62% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Bachelor's Degree 2 2% cheaper
Operations Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree 1 4% cheaper
French Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 8% cheaper
Geophysics and Seismology Bachelor's Degree 1 36% cheaper
Merchandising and Buying Operations Associate's Degree 1 30% costlier
Corrections Bachelor's Degree 1 4% costlier
Jazz/Jazz Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 33% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Associate's Degree 1 69% costlier
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics Bachelor's Degree 1 33% cheaper
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 1 33% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 30% cheaper
Child Development Bachelor's Degree 1 7% cheaper
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Associate's Degree 1 57% costlier
Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree 1 21% cheaper
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General Associate's Degree 1 51% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 1 15% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 24% cheaper
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 1 33% cheaper
Voice and Opera Bachelor's Degree 1 29% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 32% cheaper
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 1 67% costlier
Sculpture Bachelor's Degree 1 34% cheaper
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 1 24% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Associate's Degree 1 61% costlier
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 1 21% cheaper


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About University of Akron Main Campus

University of Akron Main Campus is a four year public college located in Akron, Ohio.  Full time enrollment is 14,245 and part time is 4,486.  University of Akron Main Campus has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes. Learn more about University of Akron Main Campus at CollegeSimply.

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

University of Akron Main Campus
302 Buchtel Common
Akron, Ohio

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Akron 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.

University of Akron Main Campus cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=200800 IPEDS survey data.