Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Southern Utah University tuition is $6,006 per year for in-state residents. This is 17% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 54% cheaper than the average Utah tuition of $13,087 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 5th in Utah amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 18th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $19,822 which represents a 230% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $764 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $6,770.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $7,250 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Cedar City should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,600.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $4,800 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,800 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Utah residents to go to Southern Utah University is $20,420 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Utah residence can expect a one year cost of $34,236.

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

Costs and Tuition for Southern Utah University
Estimated Budgets
Utah Resident Total Budget $20,420
   In-State Tuition$6,006
   Other Fees$764
   Room and Board$7,250
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,800
   Books and Supplies$1,600
Non-Resident Total Budget $34,236
   Out-of-State Tuition$19,822
   Other Fees$764
   Room and Board$7,250
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,800
   Books and Supplies$1,600


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 $20,420 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 Southern Utah University net price for in-state students is $14,451* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

90% of Southern Utah University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $7,029. 32 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 $4,315. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Southern Utah University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Southern Utah University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$14,451*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid90%
Average Total Grant Aid$7,029
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants32%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,315

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$12,762
$30,001 to $48,000$12,391
$48,001 to $75,000$14,184
$75,001 to $110,000$15,730

Average Financial Aid Mix - $20,420 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $20,420. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 45% - $7,029

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

Federal Loans

 24% - $3,802

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

Out of Pocket

 31% -  $4,789

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. Southern Utah University
University of Nevada Las Vegas19.4% more expensive
California State University San Bernardino4.4% less expensive
California State University Fresno4.4% less expensive
California State University Los Angeles4.4% less expensive
California State University Northridge4.4% 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 Southern Utah 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 Southern Utah University is $81,680 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 $10,874 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $43,496**

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 $102,100 or $54,370 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 Southern Utah University.

Utah Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,003
Utah Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,210
Non-Utah Resident Tuition Per Semester$9,911
Non-Utah Resident Total Cost Per Semester$17,118

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 Southern Utah 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 Southern Utah University
Price per credit hour for Utah residents$282
Cost for one class for Utah residents (3 credit hours)$846
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$933
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,799
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,732


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. 64% of Southern Utah University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $3,802. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $15,727.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Southern Utah 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 $43,496, 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 $53,968.56. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Southern Utah University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 90% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $10,874. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Southern Utah 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.

Southern Utah University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$449.74
Amount Borrowed$43,496.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$10,472.56
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$53,968.56

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Southern Utah 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 Southern Utah 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 $53,968.56 would be needed to afford a $449.74 monthly payment in the example $43,496.00 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 Southern Utah University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $4,960 to $6,006. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.2%. 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 $81,680.00. 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 Southern Utah University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$28,082$112,329
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$35,841$143,363
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $45,743$182,972
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $52,953$211,813

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Southern Utah 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
General Studies Associate's Degree 340 62% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 99 4% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 69 5% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 59 14% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 50 8% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 43 1% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 29 8% cheaper
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 19 8% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 19 18% cheaper
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 18 15% cheaper
Human Nutrition Bachelor's Degree 18 18% cheaper
Agriculture Bachelor's Degree 15 4% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 14 21% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 13 19% cheaper
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree 13 5% cheaper
Engineering Technologies Bachelor's Degree 12 4% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 12 17% cheaper
Engineering Science Bachelor's Degree 12 29% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 10 6% cheaper
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Bachelor's Degree 10 1% cheaper
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager Bachelor's Degree 10 30% costlier
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 78% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 7 9% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 7 7% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 6 18% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 6 18% cheaper
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 2% cheaper
Business Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 12% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 4 2% cheaper
Spanish Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 6% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 10% cheaper
Biology Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 2% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 17% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 3 30% cheaper
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 91% costlier
Drama and Dance Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 7% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 3 16% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 3 15% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 21% cheaper
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 3 24% cheaper
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 6% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 2 18% cheaper
Child Development Associate's Degree 2 93% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 2 15% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 2 4% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 26% cheaper
History Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 1% cheaper
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 3% cheaper
Carpentry/Carpenter Associate's Degree 1 83% costlier
Engineering, General Associate's Degree 1 82% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 1 15% cheaper
Social Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 8% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 24% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 27% cheaper
Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production Associate's Degree 1 61% costlier
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 10% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 1 17% cheaper
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 0% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 1 69% costlier
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 1 77% costlier


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About Southern Utah University

Southern Utah University is a four year public college located in Cedar City, Utah.  Full time enrollment is 7,034 and part time is 3,162. Learn more about getting accepted at Southern Utah University at CollegeSimply.

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

Southern Utah University
351 West University Blvd
Cedar City, Utah

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Southern Utah 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.

Southern Utah University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=230603 IPEDS survey data.