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VSU Tuition & Cost

Petersburg, Virginia

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State Virginia Resident Sticker Price
In State Costs for Virginia State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,300
Other Fees$3,614
Room and Board $11,544
Other Expenses Budget$1,675
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
Out of State Costs for Virginia State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,300
Other Fees$3,614
Room and Board $11,544
Other Expenses Budget$1,675

Residents of Virginia pay an annual total price of $23,673 to attend Virginia State University on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $5,540 for tuition, $11,544 room and board, $1,300 for books and supplies and $3,614 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $34,675 which is 46.5% higher than Virginia residents. The tuition charge is $16,542 while room and board is $11,544, books and supplies are $1,300 and other fees come in at $3,614.

All price data is sourced from the 2020/2021 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Net Price

Net price is indicative of what it actually costs to attend Virginia 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 Virginia State University
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$15,823
$30,001 to $48,000$16,672
$48,001 to $75,000$19,200
$75,001 to $110,000$20,708

The average reported annual net price for Virginia State University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $18,332 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

92% of full-time undergrad Virginia 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 $6,888 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 90% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $7,303 and 2% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $7,520.

Finanical Aid Virginia State University
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $6,888 92%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $1,377 62%
Pell Grants $5,280 67%
Other Federal Grants $2,055 7%
State and Local Grants $4,171 43%
Federal Student Loans $7,303 90%
Other Student Loans $7,520 2%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to Virginia State University, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $45,604. The loan balance of $45,604 is a four year multiple of the $11,401 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 $435 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 $45,604
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $435.11
Total Interest Paid $6,609.50
Sum of All Loan Payments $52,213.50

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
Year Virginia Residents Non Residents
1 $23,673 $34,675
2 $24,161 $35,390
3 $24,660 $36,120
4 $25,168 $36,866

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at Virginia State University to be $94,692 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 2.1% 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 Virginia State University
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
Virginia Residents $395 $1,185 $1,580
Out of State Residents $902 $2,706 $3,608

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

Tuition Payment Plans Available

Virginia State University Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=234155 IPEDS survey data for Virginia State University.