Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Sul Ross State University tuition is $5,910 per year for in-state residents. This is 16% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 62% cheaper than the average Texas tuition of $15,399 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 27th in Texas amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 66th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $18,360 which represents a 211% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,162 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $8,072.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $8,802 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Alpine should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,366.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $4,042 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,042 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Texas residents to go to Sul Ross State University is $22,282 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Texas residence can expect a one year cost of $34,732.

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

Costs and Tuition for Sul Ross State University
Estimated Budgets
Texas Resident Total Budget $22,282
   In-State Tuition$5,910
   Other Fees$2,162
   Room and Board$8,802
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,042
   Books and Supplies$1,366
Non-Resident Total Budget $34,732
   Out-of-State Tuition$18,360
   Other Fees$2,162
   Room and Board$8,802
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,042
   Books and Supplies$1,366


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 $22,282 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 Sul Ross State University net price for in-state students is $10,212* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

75% of Sul Ross State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $7,074. 64 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 $4,539. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Sul Ross State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Sul Ross State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$10,212*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid75%
Average Total Grant Aid$7,074
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants64%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,539

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$8,906
$30,001 to $48,000$10,845
$48,001 to $75,000$13,374
$75,001 to $110,000$15,643

Average Financial Aid Mix - $22,282 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $22,282. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 39% - $7,074

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

Federal Loans

 33% - $6,048

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

Out of Pocket

 28% -  $5,118

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. Sul Ross State University
University of Houston Downtown10.3% 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 Sul Ross 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 Sul Ross State University is $89,128 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 $7,984 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $31,936**

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 $111,410 or $39,920 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 Sul Ross State University.

Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,955
Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,141
Non-Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$9,180
Non-Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$17,366

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 Sul Ross 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 Sul Ross State University
Price per credit hour for Texas residents$197
Cost for one class for Texas residents (3 credit hours)$591
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$612
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,836
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,448


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. 66% of Sul Ross State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,048.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Sul Ross 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 $31,936, 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 $39,625.25. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Sul Ross State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 75% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $7,984. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Sul Ross 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.

Sul Ross State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$330.21
Amount Borrowed$31,936.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$7,689.25
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$39,625.25

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Sul Ross State 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 Sul Ross 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 $39,625.25 would be needed to afford a $330.21 monthly payment in the example $31,936.00 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 Sul Ross State University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,264 to $5,910. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 16.2%. 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 $89,128.00. 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 Sul Ross State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$30,643$122,572
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$39,109$156,436
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $49,914$199,657
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $57,782$231,127

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Sul Ross 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
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 96 17% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 46 2% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 35 14% cheaper
General Studies Bachelor's Degree 26 2% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 22 15% cheaper
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 19 5% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 18 14% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 16 1% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 15 4% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 15 14% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 12 8% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 8 5% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 8 15% cheaper
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 7 10% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 7 11% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 7 16% cheaper
Rhetoric and Composition Bachelor's Degree 7 7% cheaper
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management Bachelor's Degree 7 3% costlier
Office Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree 6 9% costlier
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Associate's Degree 6 70% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 6 19% cheaper
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations Bachelor's Degree 3 16% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 3 16% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 13% cheaper
Natural Resources Management and Policy Bachelor's Degree 2 10% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 2 17% cheaper
Industrial Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 2 16% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 6% cheaper


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About Sul Ross State University

Sul Ross State University is a four year public college located in Alpine, Texas.  Full time enrollment is 1,538 and part time is 1,406.  Sul Ross State University 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 Sul Ross State University at CollegeSimply.

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

Sul Ross State University
400 North Harrison
Alpine, Texas

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Sul Ross 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.

Sul Ross State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=228501 IPEDS survey data.