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Governors State University Tuition Information

In 2021, tuition for full-time students at Governors State University was $18,780 a year for in-state students and $18,780 a year for out-of-state students.

On average, college tuition goes up about 3% every year.

If these numbers sound impossible, remember, the total cost of tuition isn't necessarily what you will have to pay to attend a school. Many students owe way less than the sticker price after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are awarded. Additionally, student loans can make the amount you do have to pay for college more manageable until you're done with college.

Tuition for international students at Governors State University is $18,780 per year.

In-state vs. Out-of-state Tuition at Governors State University

Governors State University is a public, state institution, so it offers a reduced tuition rate of $18,780 for students who qualify as state residents and attend full-time. For students who are not considered Illinois-residents, out-of-state tuition is $18,780 a year.

Public colleges and universities receive funding from the state government. These institutions offer reduced tuition for those who qualify as Illinois residents.

Choosing a college where you qualify for in-state status can cut the cost of college tuition. Don't forget to confirm your state's requirements for in-state tuition. Each state has different requirements to qualify as in-state resident. Most states require students to have resided in the state for a certain period of time before qualifying. There may be other criteria as well, depending on where you live.

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Governors State University International Student Tuition

Governors State University has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.

International students at Governors State University usually pay around $18,780 per year, before any scholarships or financial aid.

Students from outside of the U.S. usually do not qualify for for loans or grants from the U.S. government, but should research private or Governors State University-specific grants, scholarships, and other funding opportunities.. International students with need may qualify for the following types of financial support at Governors State University:

  • On-campus jobs
  • Athletic Awards
  • Governors State University-specific scholarships
  • International Students Tuition Waivers

Governors State University Room, Board and Other Costs

Tuition is not the only cost of attending college;room and board, books, transportation and fees are also costs it consider when estimating the cost of attendance for college. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at Governors State University.

House and Food Costs at Governors State University

Room and board at Governors State University costs $10,468 a year. This number covers the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, and a dining plan that enables you to eat in the Governors State University's on-campus cafeterias and dining facilities.

Meal-plan costs vary based on on how many meals are included in the plan you choose.

How Much Do Books Cost at Governors State University?

The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. The actual cost of books depends on the courses you take and what kinds of books and materials they require. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy books from students who have already taken the course.

Yearly Fees

Most schools charge some yearly fees to offsets cost associated with maintaining facilties, like the computer labs and libraries, athletic facilities, and more. Full-time undergrads at Governors State University pay $3,226 in fees each academic year.

Keep in mind, there could also be optional fees associated with participating in certain activities, like Greek Life, or participating in sports or other extracurriculars. Most colleges offer ways so that those who may struggle to participate because of cost can find ways to lower or eliminate these fees.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Transportation costs at Governors State University

The total cost of transportation in college depends on a few key factors. Will you take a subway, car or an airplane to get 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 own a car, or are you planning to use busses, subways, or other modes of transportation? All of these factors can make a big difference in your transportation budget. Keeping in mind, first-year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

A school's location can impact the amount you'll have to spend just to get around. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the other hand getting around in a city can be pricey, but cities may offer more buses, trains or affordable flights to actually get to school. The Governors State University campus is located in a suburban setting in Illinois, not far from Chicago.

Personal Expenses and Other Costs

When you're planning for college, don’t forget to leave some room in your budget for 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 idea of the actual cost of attending Governors State University.

How Much Does Governors State University Cost?

2021 Total Tuition and Expenses
In-state Tuition $18,780
Out-of-State Tuition $18,780
Room and Board $10,468
Yearly Fees $3,226
Other expenses $1,000
Total Estimated Costs

Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.

Governors State University’s tuition and fees change based on: Academic program for both full and part-time students Course load for both full and part-time students Course level for part-time students

In 2021, 1,474 of the 3,021 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Governors State University meets 66.8% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $15,186 a year.

Most Common Loans for Governors State University 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 Governors State University financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at Governors State University

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 2021, Governors State University awarded 1,358 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $19.2 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $1.85 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

Governors State University Net Cost

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 Governors State University 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 Governors State University was $15,186 in 2021. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Governors State University seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
In-State, On-Campus $4,102
Net In-state, Off-campus $8,820
Out-of-State, On-Campus $19,288

What will attending Governors State University 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 understand the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Governors State University's net cost calculator on their website.

Governors State University Tuition Payment Plans

Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.

A Prepaid Tuition Plan is not available for Governors State University students.

Governors State University offers an Installment Payment Plan, which allows students to pay tuition in a series of smaller chunks instead of one lump sum.

Does Governors State University Offer Tuition Waivers?

Schools sometimes waiver tuition for certain groups, to offset the cost of attending. Some colleges offer tuition waivers for employees and their family members, underrepresented students, or military students. Even if you qualify for a waiver, other expenses and fees are the responsibility of the student.

Governors State University has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: - International Students - Employees or Children of Employees

Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.

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Governors State University Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$33,474

In State

$33,474

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$18,780
$18,780
Fees
$3,226
$3,226
Housing
$10,468
$10,468
Books
$1,000
$1,000

Governors State University Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

71%

Average Financial Aid Package

$14,628

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

4,032

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

48%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$22,006

Out-of-State

$22,006

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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