In 2021, tuition for full-time students at Fort Hays State University was $4,140 a year for in-state students and $14,580 a year for out-of-state students.
On average, colleges raise tuition about 3% each year.
If this information makes going to college feel scary, remember, the total cost of tuition isn't necessarily what you will have to pay to attend a school. Many students pay far less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are awarded. Plus, student loans can make thecost of college more manageable until you're done with college.
Fort Hays State University is a public, state institution, which means it offers a reduced tuition rate of $4,140 for students who qualify as state residents and attend full-time.
Public colleges and universities receive funding from the state government. Public insitutions often offer reduced tuition for students who are residents of that state.
Attending a school where you qualify for in-state tuition can drastically reduce the cost of tuition, as well as loans and interest owed. Be sure to confirm your state's guidelines for how to qualify for as an in-state resident. Each state has different requirements to qualify as in-state resident. The most common requirement is that students must have lived in the state for a full year before starting school. There may be additional requirements as well, depending on where you live.
Tuition at Fort Hays State University is the same for each student.
International students usually do not qualify for for loans or grants from the U.S. government, but should research private or Fort Hays State University-specific aid and scholarships. International students who demonstrate financial need may be eligible for the following types of financial support at Fort Hays State University:
•On-campus jobs •Fort Hays State University-specific scholarships
International students without financial need may be eligible for merit-based institutional scholarships and athletic awards.
Tuition is not the only cost of attending college; room and board, books, transportation and fees are also costs it consider when budgeting for college. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at Fort Hays State University.
Room and board at Fort Hays State University costs $8,414 a year. This covers the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, plus a dining plan that enables you to eat in the school dining facilities.
Meal-plan costs may vary depending 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 actual 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.
The majority of colleges also have fees to offsets cost associated with maintaining facilties, like the computer labs and libraries, athletic facilities, and more.
Keep in mind, there could also be optional fees associated with participating in special activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or participating in sports or other extracurriculars. Many schools have ways so that those with financial need to find ways to lower or eliminate these fees.
The cost of transportation in college can really vary. Will you drive, fly, or take public transportation to school? Will you need to pay to park on-campus? Is the campus walkable? Do you own a car, or are you planning to use busses, subways, or other modes of transportation? All of these questions can make a big difference in your estimated cost of transportation.
A school's location can impact transportation costs. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the other hand transportation in a city may be expensive, but cities may offer more trains, busses and low-cost flight options to actually get to school. The Fort Hays State University campus is located in a small town setting in Kansas.
When you're planning for college, be sure to leave some room in your budget for personal expenses, like entertainment, clothes, furnishings and toiletries.
Now, let’s look at the breakdown of all expenses, to get a better estimate of the actual cost of attending Fort Hays State University.
What will the cost of attending Fort Hays State University be? Here is a breakdown of tuition and expenses.
|2022 Total Tuition and Expenses|
|Room and Board||$8,414|
The total estimated cost will vary depending on whether you are going to live on-campus or off-campus.
Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.
In 2022, 3,639 of the 12,211 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Fort Hays State University meets 50.08% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.
The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $7,132 a year. Around 66% of Fort Hays State University undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Fort Hays State University graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $24,867 of student loan debt.
The average debt for each loan type varies.
|Average Debt By Loan Type|
|Fort Hays State University-Specific Loans||$6,601|
|Most Common Loans for Fort Hays 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 Fort Hays State University 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, Fort Hays State University awarded 3,150 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $20.6 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $4.91 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 Fort Hays 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 Fort Hays State University was $7,132 in 2022. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Fort Hays State University seem more manageable.
|Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students|
|Net In-state, Off-campus||$3,818|
What will attending Fort Hays 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 Fort Hays State University'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 waiver tuition for certain groups, to make attending more affordable. Some schools 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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