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Portland State University Tuition & Cost

Portland, Oregon

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State Oregon Resident Sticker Price
In State Costs for Portland State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,701
Room and Board $13,500
Other Expenses Budget$3,210
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
Out of State Costs for Portland State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,701
Room and Board $13,500
Other Expenses Budget$3,210

Residents of Oregon pay an annual total price of $28,296 to attend Portland State University on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $8,685 for tuition, $13,500 room and board, $1,200 for books and supplies and $1,701 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $47,196 which is 66.8% higher than Oregon residents. The tuition charge is $27,585 while room and board is $13,500, books and supplies are $1,200 and other fees come in at $1,701.

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

Net Price

Net price is indicative of what it actually costs to attend Portland State University when typical grants and scholarships are considered. The net price varies by family income and financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020
Net Price by Income Portland State University
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$10,716
$30,001 to $48,000$11,059
$48,001 to $75,000$12,964
$75,001 to $110,000$16,102

The average reported annual net price for Portland State University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $12,195 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

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Financial Aid

81% of full-time undergrad Portland State University received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $9,015 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 35% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $4,632 and 4% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $13,848.

Finanical Aid Portland State University
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $9,015 81%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $4,187 56%
Pell Grants $4,663 54%
Other Federal Grants $1,040 37%
State and Local Grants $3,039 41%
Federal Student Loans $4,632 35%
Other Student Loans $13,848 4%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to Portland State University, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $48,672. The loan balance of $48,672 is a four year multiple of the $12,168 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 $464 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

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 2.75%.

Example Loan $48,672
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $464.38
Total Interest Paid $7,054.15
Sum of All Loan Payments $55,726.15

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
Year Oregon Residents Non Residents
1 $28,296 $47,196
2 $29,638 $49,435
3 $31,044 $51,780
4 $32,517 $54,236

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at Portland State University to be $113,184 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 4.7% 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 Portland State University
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
Oregon Residents $193 $579 $772
Out of State Residents $613 $1,839 $2,452

Estimated cost for a class at Portland State University 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 Portland State University versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

Portland State University Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan No
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan No
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No
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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=209807 IPEDS survey data for Portland State University.