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Kearney, Nebraska

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In State Nebraska Resident Sticker Price

$24,300
In State Costs for University of Nebraska at Kearney
Fee Cost
Tuition$6,292
Other Fees$1,694
Books and Supplies$712
Room and Board $11,080
Other Expenses Budget$4,522

Out of State Resident Sticker Price

$30,506
Out of State Costs for University of Nebraska at Kearney
Fee Cost
Tuition$12,498
Other Fees$1,694
Books and Supplies$712
Room and Board $11,080
Other Expenses Budget$4,522

In-State Tuition

In-state tuition at University of Nebraska at Kearney for undergraduate students residing in Nebraska is $6,292. Room and board charges total $11,080 per year. Students will also need to budget for books and supplies, which typically amount to $712 annually. Other administrative or academic fees are $1,694 for the year. Additionally, students should plan an estimated $4,522 for other miscellaneous expenses throughout the year. In sum, residents attending University of Nebraska at Kearney full time should expect a total annual cost of $24,300.

Out-of-State Tuition

Undergraduate tuition at University of Nebraska at Kearney is $12,498 for out-of-state students. Additionally, out-of-state students are charged $11,080 for room and board, $712 for textbooks and educational resources, plus fees of $1,694. Students are advised to budget $4,522 for other expenses. When these costs are combined, annual out-of-state charges total $30,506. This figure is 25.5% higher than what Nebraska residents pay.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,080 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Kearney should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and educational supplies is $712.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $4,522 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,522 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

All price data is sourced from the 2021/2022 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.
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Net Price

The average reported annual net price for University of Nebraska at Kearney for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $16,570* in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price 2019/2020

$16,570

Below is the average net price by student family income.

Net Price by Income University of Nebraska at Kearney
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$14,087
$30,001 to $48,000$14,018
$48,001 to $75,000$16,311
$75,001 to $110,000$19,463
$110,000+$20,741

The net price provides a more realistic estimate of the true cost of attending University of Nebraska at Kearney, once common grants and scholarships have been taken into account. It's important to note that your net price will fluctuate based on factors such as family income, assets and individual financial need. Net price is the out-of-pocket total cost that students end up paying or financing though student loans.

*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.

Financial Aid

91% of full-time undergrad University of Nebraska at Kearney received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $7,080 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back.

Pell Grants

38 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 $4,333. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Nebraska at Kearney, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Student Loans

46% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $4,953 and 4% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $10,316.

Finanical Aid University of Nebraska at Kearney
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $7,080 91%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $5,129 68%
Pell Grants $4,333 38%
Other Federal Grants $987 49%
State and Local Grants $2,668 14%
Federal Student Loans $4,953 46%
Other Student Loans $10,316 4%

Financial Aid Mix - $24,300 In-State Total Cost

CollegeSimply has modeled example payment coverage for the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $24,300. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

36%
25%
39%

Grants and Scholarships

36% - $7,080

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

Federal Student Loans

25% - $4,953

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

Out of Pocket Cost

39% -  $7,745

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

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it really could cost you out of pocket to go to University of Nebraska at Kearney, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $66,280. The loan balance of $66,280 is a four year multiple of the $16,570 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $719 could be required to pay off your student loan. The total of all payments including interest would sum $86,317.46.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 5.5%.

Example Loan $66,280
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 5.5%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $719.31
Total Interest Paid $20,037.46
Sum of All Loan Payments $86,317.46

Student Loan Affordability

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 University of Nebraska at Kearney, should 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 $86,317.46 would be needed to afford a $719.31 monthly payment in the example $66,280.00 loan modeled above. This assumes a repayment over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below. View statistics about University of Nebraska at Kearney student loan debt and graduate salaries under student outcomes.

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price

$97,200
Year Nebraska Residents Non Residents
1 $24,300 $30,506
2 $25,101 $31,511
3 $25,928 $32,550
4 $26,782 $33,622

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at University of Nebraska at Kearney to be $97,200 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 3.3% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at University of Nebraska at Kearney
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
Nebraska Residents $209 $627 $836
Out of State Residents $455 $1,365 $1,820

Estimated cost for a class at University of Nebraska at Kearney based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at University of Nebraska at Kearney versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

University of Nebraska at Kearney Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan No
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan No
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Tuition History

Historical in-state and out-of-state tuition and price increases for University of Nebraska at Kearney.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2021$6,292$12,498 0%
2020$6,292$12,498 2.7%
2019$6,124$12,220 3.8%
2018$5,898$12,090 2.5%
2017$5,756$11,672 6.6%
2016$5,402$10,862 1.4%
2015$5,325$11,595 1.7%
2014$5,235$11,393 0%
2013$5,235$11,063

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if UNK is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 51.63/100 for University of Nebraska at Kearney. Considering an average net price paid of $16,570, this leads to an overall value ranking of 51/100. This places the school 483rd on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=181215 IPEDS survey data for University of Nebraska at Kearney.