In 2022, tuition for full-time students at Birmingham-Southern College was $20,000 a year.
Tuition increased 6.1% in 2022–from $18,850 the prior year. Usually, colleges raise tuition about 3% each year.
Remember, the "sticker price" of tuition does not always give you enough information to determine the actual cost of attending any given college. Many students owe far less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are applied. Plus, student loans can make the amount you do have to pay for college more manageable until after graduation.
Birmingham-Southern College is a private, religious institution, so it has the same tuition for residents of Alabama as it does for students who live in other states.
Public schools receive funds from the state to help them cover costs. Public insitutions often offer a lower cost of attendance for those who qualify as Alabama residents.
Choosing a college where you qualify for in-state status can cut the cost of college tuition. Take the time to check your state's eligibility criteria for in-state tuition. Every state has its own rules about what makes someone eligible for in-state tuition. Most states require students to have resided in the state for a certain period of time before qualifying. There may be other criteria too, depending on the state you and your parents currently reside in.
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Tuition at Birmingham Southern College is the same for each student.
International students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but may qualify for private or Birmingham Southern College-specific grants, scholarships, and other funding opportunities..
In addition to tuition, there are other costs associated with college, like room and board, facility fees, and books and supplies. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at Birmingham Southern College.
Housing and campus dining at Birmingham Southern College is $15,100 a year. This covers the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, plus a meal plan that enables you to eat in the Birmingham Southern College's on-campus cafeterias and dining halls. Students who do not live on-campus but still want to use the dining facilities can choose to be on a meal plan. The cost of board-only is $4,600.
Meal-plan costs vary based on on the numnber of meals you intend to eat on-campus
First-year students are sometimes surprised by how much books and supplies cost–and not in a good way. The real cost of books and supplies depends on the courses you take and the textbooks, computer programs, or other materials are required.. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy used textbooks and materials.
Most schools charge some yearly fees to help cover the cost of facilties, like the computer labs and libraries, athletic facilities, and more.
Keep in mind, there could also be additional fees associated with participating in special activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or participating in sports or other extracurriculars. Most colleges offer resources for students with financial need to get help covering these costs.
The total cost of transportation in college can really vary. Will you drive, fly, or take public transportation to school? Is on-campus parking free, or will you need to budget for parking? Is the campus easy to get around on foot? Do you plan to bring a car or are you planning to use busses, subways, or other modes of transportation? All of these questions can drastically impact your transportation budget. Keeping in mind, first-year students are allowed to park a car on campus.
Where are a college is located can impact your transportation budget. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the flip side, getting around in a city is usually costly, but cities may offer more buses, trains and affordable flights to actually get to school. The Birmingham-Southern College campus is located in a urban setting in Alabama, not far from Birmingham.
When you're planning for college, be sure to take into account the cost of things like going out to eat or see shows, furnishing your living space, and things like haircuts, clothes and, yes, even toilet paper and shampoo.
Now, let’s do a rundown of all of the costs associated with college, to get a better estimate of what is really costs to go to Birmingham Southern College.
What will the cost of attending Birmingham Southern College be? Here is a breakdown of tuition and expenses.
|2022 Total Tuition and Expenses|
|Room and Board||$15,100|
The total estimated cost will vary depending on whether you are going to live on-campus or off-campus.
|Total Estimated Costs|
The breakdowns above provide a good estimate of the total cost of attendance before financial aid and scholarships. Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.
The majority of Birmingham Southern College undergrads use financial aid to to cover the cost of tuition. In 2022, 574 of the 1,058 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Birmingham Southern College meets 72% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.
The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $17,420 a year. Around 48% of Birmingham Southern College undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Birmingham Southern College graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $31,593 of student loan debt.
The average debt for each loan type varies.
|Average Debt By Loan Type|
|Most Common Loans for Birmingham Southern College Students|
Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on Birmingham Southern College financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.
Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.
In 2022, Birmingham Southern College awarded 478 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $2.3 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $10.23 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.
The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.
Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for Birmingham Southern College students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.
When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.
The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at Birmingham Southern College was $17,420 in 2022. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Birmingham Southern College seem more manageable.
|Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students|
What will attending Birmingham Southern College really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.
As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families make more informed decisions about the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Birmingham Southern College's net cost calculator on their website.
Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.
Students cannot pay tuition in installments. Contact the financial aid office to verify this and discuss options.
Schools sometimes offer tuition waivers to certain groups, to make attending more affordable. Some colleges offer tuition waivers for faculty, staff, and their families , underrepresented students, or military students. Even if you qualify for a waiver, students are usually responsible for housing, meal plans, and other expenses.
Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.
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