Cost to Attend Mountain State College

Mountain State College
Parkersburg, West Virginia

Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Mountain State College is $8,550 for the 2021/2022 academic year. This is 37% cheaper than the national average private for-profit two year college tuition of $13,476. The cost is 15% more expensive than the average West Virginia tuition of $7,463 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 10th in West Virginia amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 8th most expensive 2 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $115 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $8,665.

Housing Costs

Mountain State College doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Parkersburg area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $4,950.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,630.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $4,315 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Mountain State College was $19,560 for the 2021/2022 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of West Virginia residence status as there is no in-state discount. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $14,560.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2022 IPEDS survey response for Mountain State College and represent reported costs for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Costs and Tuition for Mountain State College
Estimated Budgets
West Virginia Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$19,560
   In-State Tuition$8,550
   Other Fees$115
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$4,950
   Off-Campus Other Budget$4,315
   Books and Supplies$1,630
West Virginia Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$14,560
   In-State Tuition$8,550
   Other Fees$115
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$4,265
   Books and Supplies$1,630
Non-Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$19,560
   Out-of-State Tuition$8,550
   Other Fees$115
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$4,950
   Off-Campus Other Budget$4,315
   Books and Supplies$1,630
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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 $19,560 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 Mountain State College net price for in-state students is $12,915* for the 2019/2020 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

83% of Mountain State College students received grant aid in 2019/2020. The average total aid amount was $6,195. 67 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2019/2020 was $6,195. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Mountain State College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Mountain State College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$12,915*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid83%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,195
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants67%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$6,195

Average Net Price 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 2019/2020 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$14,154
$30,001 to $48,000n/a
$48,001 to $75,000n/a
$75,001 to $110,000n/a

Average Financial Aid Mix - $19,560 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $19,560. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

Grants and Scholarships
41% - $6,195

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

Federal Loans
69% - $10,500

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

Out of Pocket
-10% -  ($1,450)

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2019/2020 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 Private Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Mountain State College
Gallipolis Career College46% more expensive
Daymar College Jackson98.8% more expensive
West Virginia Junior College Charleston49.2% more expensive
Daymar College Lancaster137.2% more expensive
West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport50.1% more expensive

Cost of a Degree

Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at Mountain State College.

Estimated 2 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at Mountain State College is $39,120 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 2 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 $13,359 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $26,718**

**Based on a 2 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2019/2020 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

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 Mountain State College 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 Mountain State College
Price per credit hour$225
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$675
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$900

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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. 83% of Mountain State College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $10,500.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Mountain State College? 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 $26,718, 100% of the estimated average net price for a two year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $33,990.63. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Mountain State College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 83% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $13,359. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Mountain State College 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.

Mountain State College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$283.26
Amount Borrowed$26,718.00
Interest Rate4.99%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$7,272.63
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$33,990.63

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Mountain State College? 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 Mountain State College, 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 $33,990.63 would be needed to afford a $283.26 monthly payment in the example $26,718.00 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 Mountain State College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $8,100 to $8,550. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 1.1%. 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 2 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current 2 year cost of $39,120.00. 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 Mountain State College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2028$25,588$51,176
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2033$32,658$65,315
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2038 $41,680$83,361
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2041 $48,250$96,501


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About Mountain State College

Mountain State College is a two year private college located in Parkersburg, West Virginia.  Full time enrollment is 20 and part time is 0.  Mountain State College 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 Mountain State College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Mountain State College
1508 Spring St
Parkersburg, West Virginia

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Mountain State College is a private, for profit school.

Mountain State College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education IPEDS survey data. Data last updated February 2023 and reflects academic year 2021/2022 costs reported by the school.