Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Marshall University tuition is $6,676 per year for in-state residents. This is 5% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 51% cheaper than the average West Virginia tuition of $13,640 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 7th in West Virginia amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 16th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $16,734 which represents a 151% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,122 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $7,798.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,126 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Huntington should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,100.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,366 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,978 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state West Virginia residents to go to Marshall University is $21,390 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have West Virginia residence can expect a one year cost of $31,448.

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

Costs and Tuition for Marshall University
Estimated Budgets
West Virginia Resident Total Budget $21,390
   In-State Tuition$6,676
   Other Fees$1,122
   Room and Board$10,126
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,366
   Books and Supplies$1,100
Non-Resident Total Budget $31,448
   Out-of-State Tuition$16,734
   Other Fees$1,122
   Room and Board$10,126
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,366
   Books and Supplies$1,100


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 $21,390 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 Marshall University net price for in-state students is $8,738* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

84% of Marshall University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $8,530. 45 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 $4,845. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Marshall University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Marshall University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$8,738*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid84%
Average Total Grant Aid$8,530
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants45%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,845

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$6,260
$30,001 to $48,000$7,258
$48,001 to $75,000$10,233
$75,001 to $110,000$13,240

Average Financial Aid Mix - $21,390 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $21,390. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 45% - $8,530

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

Federal Loans

 29% - $5,560

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

Out of Pocket

 26% -  $4,934

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. Marshall University
Morehead State University34.1% more expensive
Eastern Kentucky University34.8% more expensive
Northern Kentucky University40.2% more expensive
Central State University41.2% less expensive
Wright State University Main Campus30.8% 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 Marshall 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 Marshall University is $85,560 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 $7,822 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $31,288**

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 $106,950 or $39,110 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 Marshall University.

West Virginia Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,338
West Virginia Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,695
Non-West Virginia Resident Tuition Per Semester$8,367
Non-West Virginia Resident Total Cost Per Semester$15,724

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 Marshall 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 Marshall University
Price per credit hour for West Virginia residents$325
Cost for one class for West Virginia residents (3 credit hours)$975
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$745
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,235
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,980


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. 58% of Marshall University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,560. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $28,340.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Marshall 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 $31,288, 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 $38,821.23. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Marshall University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 84% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $7,822. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Marshall 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.

Marshall University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$323.51
Amount Borrowed$31,288.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$7,533.23
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$38,821.23

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Marshall 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 Marshall 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 $38,821.23 would be needed to afford a $323.51 monthly payment in the example $31,288.00 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 Marshall University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $4,860 to $6,676. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 7.5%. 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 $85,560.00. 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 Marshall University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$29,416$117,665
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$37,543$150,174
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $47,916$191,664
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $55,469$221,875

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Marshall 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 Bachelor's Degree 231 7% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 106 22% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 87 22% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 85 56% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 78 11% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 76 9% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 65 7% cheaper
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 58 14% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 49 19% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 49 15% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 43 14% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 38 15% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 37 20% cheaper
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 26 18% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 26 10% cheaper
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 25 13% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 24 23% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 21 24% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 20 24% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 20 22% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 19 15% cheaper
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 15 1% costlier
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services Bachelor's Degree 15 8% costlier
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Bachelor's Degree 15 21% cheaper
Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 13 31% cheaper
Systems Science and Theory Bachelor's Degree 13 30% cheaper
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 12 13% cheaper
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 12 22% cheaper
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 11 8% cheaper
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 9 27% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 9 14% cheaper
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 9 33% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 8 24% cheaper
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 7 7% cheaper
Rhetoric and Composition Bachelor's Degree 6 16% cheaper
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 26% cheaper
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 6 70% costlier
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 5 1% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 5 13% cheaper
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Bachelor's Degree 5 5% cheaper
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 5 17% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 25% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 23% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 4 15% cheaper
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 4 12% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 29% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 30% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 2 24% cheaper
Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist Bachelor's Degree 1 18% cheaper
Adult and Continuing Education Administration Bachelor's Degree 1 17% cheaper


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About Marshall University

Marshall University is a four year public college located in Huntington, West Virginia.  Full time enrollment is 10,178 and part time is 3,469.

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

Marshall University
1 John Marshall Dr
Huntington, West Virginia

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Marshall 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.

Marshall University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=237525 IPEDS survey data.