Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Texas State University tuition is $7,779 per year for in-state residents. This is 8% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 51% cheaper than the average Texas tuition of $15,819 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 36th in Texas amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 57th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $19,399 which represents a 149% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,501 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $10,280.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,660 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in San Marcos should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $780.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,410 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,500 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Texas residents to go to Texas State is $23,130 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Texas residence can expect a one year cost of $34,750.

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

Costs and Tuition for Texas State University
Estimated Budgets
Texas Resident Total Budget $23,130
   In-State Tuition$7,779
   Other Fees$2,501
   Room and Board$9,660
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,410
   Books and Supplies$780
Non-Resident Total Budget $34,750
   Out-of-State Tuition$19,399
   Other Fees$2,501
   Room and Board$9,660
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,410
   Books and Supplies$780


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 $23,130 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 Texas State net price for in-state students is $13,579* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

64% of Texas State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $8,129. 38 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 $4,527. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Texas State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Texas State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$13,579*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid64%
Average Total Grant Aid$8,129
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants38%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,527

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$11,029
$30,001 to $48,000$11,867
$48,001 to $75,000$15,161
$75,001 to $110,000$19,617

Average Financial Aid Mix - $23,130 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $23,130. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 39% - $8,129

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

Federal Loans

 25% - $5,267

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

Out of Pocket

 35% -  $7,324

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. Texas State University
The University of Texas at Dallas67.6% more expensive
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus38.4% 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 Texas 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 Texas State is $92,520 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 $8,838 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $35,352**

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 $115,650 or $44,190 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 Texas State University.

Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,890
Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,565
Non-Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$9,700
Non-Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$17,375

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 Texas 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 Texas State University
Price per credit hour for Texas residents$415
Cost for one class for Texas residents (3 credit hours)$1,245
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$830
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,490
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,320


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. 60% of Texas State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,267. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $26,257.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Texas 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 $35,352, 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 $43,863.72. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Texas State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 64% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $8,838. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Texas 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.

Texas State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$365.53
Amount Borrowed$35,352.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$8,511.72
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$43,863.72

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Texas State? 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 Texas 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 $43,863.72 would be needed to afford a $365.53 monthly payment in the example $35,352.00 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 Texas State University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $5,642 to $7,779. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 7.6%. 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 $92,520.00. 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 Texas State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$31,809$127,237
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$40,597$162,390
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $51,814$207,255
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $59,981$239,924

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Texas 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 552 17% cheaper
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 294 10% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 153 7% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 130 2% costlier
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 108 12% cheaper
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 92 11% cheaper
Fashion Merchandising Bachelor's Degree 84 7% cheaper
General Studies Bachelor's Degree 81 2% costlier
Criminal Justice/Police Science Bachelor's Degree 81 3% costlier
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 65 6% cheaper
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 59 3% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 59 18% cheaper
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 56 9% cheaper
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 45 21% cheaper
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 44 10% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 43 4% cheaper
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 42 4% cheaper
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 41 6% costlier
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator Bachelor's Degree 37 9% costlier
Geographic Information Science and Cartography Bachelor's Degree 36 7% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 34 26% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 34 10% cheaper
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 34 3% costlier
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 33 6% cheaper
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 26 2% costlier
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 26 10% costlier
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 26 23% cheaper
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 25 12% cheaper
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 24 8% cheaper
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 23 2% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 22 11% cheaper
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning Bachelor's Degree 22 15% cheaper
Agriculture Bachelor's Degree 19 6% costlier
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations Bachelor's Degree 18 16% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 18 25% cheaper
Public Health Education and Promotion Bachelor's Degree 18 3% cheaper
Wildlife Biology Bachelor's Degree 17 3% costlier
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 16 14% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 15 18% cheaper
Recording Arts Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 15 20% cheaper
Manufacturing Engineering Bachelor's Degree 14 9% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 13 7% cheaper
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 13 3% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 13 16% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 12 13% cheaper
Corrections Bachelor's Degree 12 16% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 12 8% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 11 17% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 11 21% cheaper
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Bachelor's Degree 11 5% cheaper
Engineering Technologies Bachelor's Degree 11 6% costlier
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management Bachelor's Degree 10 5% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 10 13% cheaper
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 10 8% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 9 15% cheaper
Near and Middle Eastern Studies Bachelor's Degree 8 42% cheaper
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 8 5% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 8 19% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 8 19% cheaper
Asian Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 7 34% cheaper
Musical Theatre Bachelor's Degree 6 18% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 5 6% cheaper
Rhetoric and Composition Bachelor's Degree 4 7% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 26% cheaper
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 4 33% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 4 23% cheaper
Photography Bachelor's Degree 4 23% cheaper
Aquatic Biology/Limnology Bachelor's Degree 4 17% cheaper
Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 23% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 3 5% cheaper
Industrial Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 3 16% costlier
Jazz/Jazz Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 25% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 3 1% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 25% cheaper
Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree 3 12% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 2 14% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 2 16% cheaper
European Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 2 37% cheaper
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design Bachelor's Degree 1 9% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 22% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 14% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 1 16% cheaper
Design and Visual Communications, General Bachelor's Degree 1 12% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 1 23% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 15% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 6% cheaper
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 1 13% cheaper
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 1 19% cheaper
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 1 10% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 1 5% cheaper


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About Texas State University

Texas State University is a four year public college located in San Marcos, Texas.  Full time enrollment is 30,584 and part time is 8,060. Learn more about getting accepted at Texas State University at CollegeSimply.

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

Texas State University
601 University Dr
San Marcos, Texas

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Texas 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.

Texas State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=228459 IPEDS survey data.