Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tarleton State University tuition is $4,032 per year for in-state residents. This is 44% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 75% cheaper than the average Texas tuition of $15,819 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 6th in Texas amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 87th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $13,992 which represents a 247% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $3,260 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $7,292.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,480 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Stephenville should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $966.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,057 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,057 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Texas residents to go to Tarleton is $21,795 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Texas residence can expect a one year cost of $31,755.

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

Costs and Tuition for Tarleton State University
Estimated Budgets
Texas Resident Total Budget $21,795
   In-State Tuition$4,032
   Other Fees$3,260
   Room and Board$10,480
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,057
   Books and Supplies$966
Non-Resident Total Budget $31,755
   Out-of-State Tuition$13,992
   Other Fees$3,260
   Room and Board$10,480
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,057
   Books and Supplies$966


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 $21,795 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 Tarleton net price for in-state students is $12,831* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

68% of Tarleton State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $7,220. 40 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 $4,491. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Tarleton State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Tarleton State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$12,831*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid68%
Average Total Grant Aid$7,220
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants40%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,491

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$14,634
$30,001 to $48,000$15,852
$48,001 to $75,000$18,431
$75,001 to $110,000$19,940

Average Financial Aid Mix - $21,795 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $21,795. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 39% - $7,220

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

Federal Loans

 40% - $7,525

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

Out of Pocket

 21% -  $3,993

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. Tarleton State University
The University of Texas at Arlington100.4% more expensive
The University of Texas at Tyler51.8% more expensive
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma49.6% more expensive
Stephen F Austin State University44% more expensive
West Texas A & M University33.3% 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 Tarleton 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 Tarleton is $87,180 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 $15,250 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $61,000**

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 $108,975 or $76,250 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 Tarleton State University.

Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,016
Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,898
Non-Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$6,996
Non-Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$15,878

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 Tarleton 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 Tarleton State University
Price per credit hour for Texas residents$168
Cost for one class for Texas residents (3 credit hours)$504
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$583
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,749
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,332


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 Tarleton State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $7,525.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Tarleton 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 $61,000, 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 $75,687.01. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Tarleton State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 68% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $15,250. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Tarleton 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.

Tarleton State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$630.73
Amount Borrowed$61,000.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$14,687.01
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$75,687.01

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Tarleton? 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 Tarleton 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 $75,687.01 would be needed to afford a $630.73 monthly payment in the example $61,000.00 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 Tarleton State University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,696 to $4,032. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 1.8%. 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 $87,180.00. 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 Tarleton State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$29,973$119,893
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$38,254$153,017
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $48,823$195,293
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $56,519$226,076


Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for Tarleton State University or model a student loan.

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About Tarleton State University

Tarleton State University is a four year public college located in Stephenville, Texas.  Full time enrollment is 8,735 and part time is 4,374. Learn more about getting accepted at Tarleton State University at CollegeSimply.

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

Tarleton State University
1333 W. Washington
Stephenville, Texas

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Tarleton 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.

Tarleton State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=228529 IPEDS survey data.