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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Fortis Institute Erie is $12,947 for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is 7% cheaper than the national average private for-profit two year college tuition of $13,857. The cost is 2% more expensive than the average Pennsylvania tuition of $12,735 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 31st in Pennsylvania amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 28th most expensive 2 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $210 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $13,157.

Housing Costs

Fortis Institute Erie doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Erie area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $7,155.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,679.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $5,220 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Fortis Institute-Erie was $27,211 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Pennsylvania residence status as there is no in-state discount. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $19,336.

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

Costs and Tuition for Fortis Institute Erie
Estimated Budgets
Pennsylvania Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$27,211
   In-State Tuition$12,947
   Other Fees$210
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$7,155
   Off-Campus Other Budget$5,220
   Books and Supplies$1,679
Pennsylvania Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$19,336
   In-State Tuition$12,947
   Other Fees$210
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$4,500
   Books and Supplies$1,679
Non-Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$27,211
   Out-of-State Tuition$12,947
   Other Fees$210
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$7,155
   Off-Campus Other Budget$5,220
   Books and Supplies$1,679

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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 $27,211 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 Fortis Institute-Erie net price for in-state students is $18,893* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

88% of Fortis Institute Erie students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $7,335. 81 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 $5,128. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Fortis Institute Erie, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Fortis Institute Erie
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$18,893*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid88%
Average Total Grant Aid$7,335
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants81%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$5,128

Average Net Price 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$18,778
$30,001 to $48,000$19,566
$48,001 to $75,000$17,115
$75,001 to $110,000$25,425
$110,000+$26,074

Average Financial Aid Mix - $27,211 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $27,211. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

33%
52%
14%

Grants and Scholarships

 33% - $7,335

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

Federal Loans

 52% - $11,509

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

Out of Pocket

 14% -  $3,147

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.


*Reported Average Annual Net Price for 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 Private Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Fortis Institute Erie
Erie Institute of Technology Inc10.7% less expensive
Erie Business Center Erie27.7% less expensive
Triangle Tech Inc Erie25.2% more expensive
Laurel Technical Institute27.3% less expensive
ETI Technical College24.5% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at Fortis Institute Erie.

Estimated 2 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at Fortis Institute-Erie is $54,422 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 2 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 $21,779 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $43,558**

**Based on a 2 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for 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 Fortis Institute Erie 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 Fortis Institute Erie
Price per credit hour$186
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$558
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$744

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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. 98% of Fortis Institute Erie students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $11,509.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Fortis Institute Erie? 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 $43,558, 100% of the estimated average net price for a two year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $54,045.49. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Fortis Institute Erie. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 88% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $21,779. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Fortis Institute Erie 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.

Fortis Institute Erie Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$450.38
Amount Borrowed$43,558.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$10,487.49
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$54,045.49

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Fortis Institute-Erie? 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 Fortis Institute Erie, 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 $54,045.49 would be needed to afford a $450.38 monthly payment in the example $43,558.00 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 Fortis Institute Erie in the future? 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 2 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current 2 year cost of $54,422.00. 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 Fortis Institute Erie.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$35,597$71,194
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$45,432$90,864
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $57,984$115,968
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $67,124$134,247

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Fortis Institute Erie 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
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training Associate's Degree 72 34% costlier
Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree 67 34% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Associate's Degree 59 37% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Associate's Degree 35 40% costlier
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 34 49% costlier
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 21 47% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 20 39% costlier
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism Associate's Degree 18 45% costlier
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 17 51% costlier
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 17 45% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 15 42% costlier
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General Associate's Degree 14 49% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 12 34% costlier
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General Associate's Degree 12 42% costlier
Accounting Associate's Degree 11 34% costlier
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 11 42% costlier
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage Associate's Degree 6 30% costlier
Carpentry/Carpenter Associate's Degree 6 45% costlier
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 34% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 4 40% costlier
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist Associate's Degree 3 54% costlier

Calculators

Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for Fortis Institute Erie or model a student loan.

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About Fortis Institute Erie

Fortis Institute Erie is a two year private college located in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Full time enrollment is 524 and part time is 0.  Fortis Institute Erie 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 Fortis Institute Erie at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Address
Fortis Institute Erie
5757 W 26th St
Erie, Pennsylvania
16506-1013

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Fortis Institute Erie is a private, for profit school.

Fortis Institute Erie cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=216418 IPEDS survey data.