Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Oregon State University tuition is $9,075 per year for in-district residents. This is 30% more expensive than the national average public four year in-district tuition of $7,243. The cost is 62% cheaper than the average Oregon in-district tuition of $24,842 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 7th in Oregon amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 21st most expensive 4 year college in the state.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,722 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $10,967.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,445 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Corvallis should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,200.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,604 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,604 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to OSU is $26,046 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $26,216. Out-of-state students who don't possess Oregon residence can expect a one year cost of $44,706.

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

Costs and Tuition for Oregon State University
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget $26,046
   In-District Tuition$9,075
   Other Fees$1,722
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,604
   Books and Supplies$1,200
   Room and Board$11,445
Oregon Out of District Total Budget $26,216
   In-State Tuition$9,245
   Other Fees$1,722
   Room and Board$11,445
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,604
   Books and Supplies$1,200


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 $26,216 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 OSU net price for in-state students is $16,462* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

62% of Oregon State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $6,507. 29 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 $4,105. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Oregon State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Oregon State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$16,462*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid62%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,507
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants29%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,105

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$14,804
$30,001 to $48,000$15,186
$48,001 to $75,000$16,945
$75,001 to $110,000$21,458

Average Financial Aid Mix - $26,216 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $26,216. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 28% - $6,507

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

Federal Loans

 23% - $5,472

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

Out of Pocket

 49% -  $11,633

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. Oregon State University
University of Oregon6.6% more expensive
Western Washington University25.6% less expensive
Washington State University3.1% 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 Oregon State 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 OSU is $104,864 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 $15,520 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $62,080**

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 $131,080 or $77,600 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 Oregon State 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 Oregon State University
Price per credit hour for Oregon residents$195
Cost for one class for Oregon residents (3 credit hours)$585
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$594
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,782
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,376


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. 54% of Oregon State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,472. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $22,831.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Oregon State 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 $62,080, 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 $77,027.04. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Oregon State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 62% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $15,520. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Oregon State 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.

Oregon State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$641.89
Amount Borrowed$62,080.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$14,947.04
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$77,027.04

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend OSU? 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 Oregon State 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 $77,027.04 would be needed to afford a $641.89 monthly payment in the example $62,080.00 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 Oregon State University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $6,660 to $9,245. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 7.8%. 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 $104,864.00. 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 Oregon State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$36,053$144,212
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$46,014$184,056
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $58,727$234,907
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $67,984$271,934

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Oregon State 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
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 220 21% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 149 24% costlier
Natural Sciences Bachelor's Degree 145 10% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 107 11% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 107 11% costlier
Construction Engineering Bachelor's Degree 105 17% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 94 5% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 90 5% costlier
Natural Resources Management and Policy Bachelor's Degree 85 16% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 75 21% costlier
Education, General Bachelor's Degree 67 4% costlier
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 67 22% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 66 6% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 56 9% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 53 23% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 49 2% cheaper
Visual and Performing Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 49 10% costlier
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management Bachelor's Degree 48 25% costlier
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 42 21% costlier
Public Health, General Bachelor's Degree 37 9% costlier
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 32 11% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 30 7% costlier
Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree 30 13% costlier
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Bachelor's Degree 28 29% costlier
Agricultural Business and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 28 31% costlier
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 26 13% costlier
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management Bachelor's Degree 25 10% costlier
Food Science Bachelor's Degree 25 14% costlier
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 25 36% costlier
Forest Engineering Bachelor's Degree 23 1% cheaper
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 21 13% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 20 9% costlier
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree 19 11% cheaper
Nuclear Engineering Bachelor's Degree 18 4% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 17 8% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 16 1% cheaper
Botany/Plant Biology, Other Bachelor's Degree 15 11% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 13 8% costlier
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 12 2% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 11 29% costlier
Range Science and Management Bachelor's Degree 10 36% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 9 20% costlier
Health Physics Bachelor's Degree 9 35% costlier
Agronomy and Crop Science Bachelor's Degree 9 24% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 9 21% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 8 2% costlier
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 8 4% cheaper
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering Bachelor's Degree 8 6% cheaper
Agricultural Economics Bachelor's Degree 7 18% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 7 14% costlier
Biotechnology Bachelor's Degree 6 19% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 6 3% cheaper
Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology Bachelor's Degree 6 10% costlier
Housing and Human Environments, General Bachelor's Degree 4 28% costlier
Civil Engineering, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 6% cheaper
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 9% cheaper
Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 3 8% costlier
Mathematics and Statistics, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 2% cheaper
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 3 16% costlier
Operations Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree 3 37% costlier
Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree 3 21% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 3 22% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 2 9% costlier
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics Bachelor's Degree 2 9% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 0% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 2 20% costlier
Agriculture, General Bachelor's Degree 1 36% costlier
Manufacturing Engineering Bachelor's Degree 1 17% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 1 11% costlier
Public Health Education and Promotion Bachelor's Degree 1 24% costlier
Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management Bachelor's Degree 1 8% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 6% cheaper
Horticultural Science Bachelor's Degree 1 22% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 1 19% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 1 13% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 1 7% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 1 4% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 1 1% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 5% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 11% costlier
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics Bachelor's Degree 1 17% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 4% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 7% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 1 5% costlier


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About Oregon State University

Oregon State University is a four year public college located in Corvallis, Oregon.  Full time enrollment is 22,443 and part time is 7,911. Learn more about getting accepted at Oregon State University at CollegeSimply.

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

Oregon State University
1500 S.W. Jefferson
Corvallis, Oregon

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Oregon State 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.

Oregon State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=209542 IPEDS survey data.