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Net Price of Alabama Colleges by Income

Cost of Alabama Colleges Zoom In

Source: National Center for Educational Statistics. This is the most recent data available as of January 2020

Questions & Answers

  • What do all these numbers mean?

    All costs are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket. Net cost is the total cost of attendance minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Loans of any kind are not included. Figures are based on data from the 2017-18 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2020.

  • What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

    Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular college. It includes:

    • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
    • Room and board (on campus)
    • Books and supplies
    • Other expenses (travel and personal)

    There are detailed chart below for each school that shows these expenses. Click here to go to the individual cost breakdown for schools.

  • How can I use this information?

    This information is useful for building a realistic college budget. It's a good place to start until you better understand your specific circumstances. For example, let's say your income is $100,000 per year. This chart shows that the average state school would run $19,356 and the average private school would be $21,037. You can also get information on specific Alabama schools in the chart above or the tables below.

  • Will my family pay the amount on this chart?

    Probably not. The numbers are averages. You may be below average or above average. However, there are two key points we can learn from this data:

    1. Families with higher incomes ($75,000-$110,000 and $110,000+) will most likely pay close to full price at the public schools.
    2. Private colleges have a higher list price but offer more discounts. This brings their net price much closer to the cost of state-funded schools.

  • Where did this information come from?

    As part of federal financial aid, colleges are required to provide detailed cost information to the U.S. government. This data is made available to the public through the National Center for Education Statistics. For more details, click here.

  • What about athletes, merit aid or minority students?

    Athletes, high achieving students, and those with minority status are averaged in with everyone else. Within each income bracket, there are families that pay more than average and families that pay less than average.

  • The costs on this chart seemed large, how can families afford to pay it?

    For many families paying for college is not easy, but in the end they figure out. Most families will pay their net cost of college with some combination of:

    • college savings and investments
    • payments from current income
    • loans
    • outside scholarships (check out our Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents, which describes how you and your student can win scholarships for college and save money!)
    • tax planning
    • student work
Cost of Alabama Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net price is the total cost of attendance minus the average amount of government grants and institutional scholarships awarded. This is an average, so you may pay above the average or below the average. Your exact net price is likely to be different and sometimes drastically different.

Most families will pay the net price with some combination of savings and investments, current income and various loans. Some students will also receive scholarships from sources other than the federal or state government or the college. Any scholarships and grants from these outside sources are not included in the data. However, government grants and institutional scholarships are included in the averages.

Total Cost at The University of Alabama (2017-18)
Tuition and Fees $10,780
Room and Board $13,324
Books $1,200
Other Expenses $4,120
Total $29,424

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2017-18 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2020. Total costs include:

  • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
  • Room and board (on campus)
  • Books and supplies
  • Other expenses (travel and personal)

College Total Cost
Family Income AL Public $23,520 AL Private $36,661
$0 - $30k $13,914 $20,147
$30,001 – $48k $15,408 $20,179
$48,001 – $75k $17,613 $21,072
$75,001 – $110k $19,356 $21,037
$110,001+ $19,120 $19,426

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the Alabama public and private colleges we have included in our analysis. The costs include a breakdown of the average net price paid by family income. Notice that the average private college is $1,000-$7,000 more than the average public school, depending on your income bracket. It is important to stress that these are averages. Most families will not be average, and their individual circumstances could be drastically different. I encourage all families to work with their preferred colleges to get information specific to their family.

Below are similar charts for each individual private and public college in Alabama. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public AL Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Alabama A & M University

    Normal
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $9,857 $9,744
    Room and Board $9,020 $9,128
    Books $1,600 $1,600
    Other Expenses $2,580 $2,990
    Total $23,057 $23,462
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,893 $14,137
    $30,001 - $48k $13,976 $14,221
    $48,001 - $75k $15,995 $16,276
    $75,001 - $110k $18,957 $19,290
    $110,001+ $17,140 $17,441
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Birmingham
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,328 $8,568
    Room and Board $11,682 $11,682
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $4,886 $4,886
    Total $26,096 $26,336
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,550 $14,684
    $30,001 - $48k $15,379 $15,520
    $48,001 - $75k $17,892 $18,057
    $75,001 - $110k $19,978 $20,162
    $110,001+ $20,110 $20,295
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville

    Huntsville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $10,280 $10,714
    Room and Board $9,748 $10,094
    Books $1,956 $2,034
    Other Expenses $3,697 $3,808
    Total $25,681 $26,650
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,561 $18,224
    $30,001 - $48k $18,991 $19,708
    $48,001 - $75k $21,396 $22,203
    $75,001 - $110k $23,204 $24,080
    $110,001+ $23,406 $24,289
  • Alabama State University

    Montgomery
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $11,068 $11,068
    Room and Board $5,422 $6,050
    Books $1,600 $1,600
    Other Expenses $3,392 $3,392
    Total $21,482 $22,110
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,344 $11,676
    $30,001 - $48k $14,855 $15,289
    $48,001 - $75k $18,390 $18,928
    $75,001 - $110k $18,863 $19,414
    $110,001+ $14,833 $15,267
  • The University of Alabama

    Tuscaloosa
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $10,780 $10,780
    Room and Board $13,324 $13,402
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $4,120 $4,490
    Total $29,424 $29,872
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,515 $18,797
    $30,001 - $48k $20,541 $20,854
    $48,001 - $75k $22,457 $22,799
    $75,001 - $110k $24,789 $25,166
    $110,001+ $25,199 $25,583
  • Auburn University at Montgomery

    Montgomery
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,020 $8,404
    Room and Board $6,980 $6,980
    Books $1,100 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,690 $3,730
    Total $19,790 $20,314
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,877 $11,165
    $30,001 - $48k $12,321 $12,647
    $48,001 - $75k $14,734 $15,124
    $75,001 - $110k $15,871 $16,291
    $110,001+ $15,341 $15,747
  • Auburn University

    Auburn
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $10,968 $11,276
    Room and Board $13,332 $13,332
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $5,782 $5,782
    Total $31,282 $31,590
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,617 $18,800
    $30,001 - $48k $20,546 $20,748
    $48,001 - $75k $23,110 $23,338
    $75,001 - $110k $26,329 $26,588
    $110,001+ $27,395 $27,665
  • Jacksonville State University

    Jacksonville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,166 $8,760
    Room and Board $7,898 $7,494
    Books $1,498 $1,020
    Other Expenses $2,998 $2,339
    Total $20,560 $19,613
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,370 $13,708
    $30,001 - $48k $15,885 $15,153
    $48,001 - $75k $18,742 $17,879
    $75,001 - $110k $19,894 $18,978
    $110,001+ $20,050 $19,126
  • University of West Alabama

    Livingston
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $9,204 $10,040
    Room and Board $7,080 $7,080
    Books $1,216 $1,216
    Other Expenses $3,505 $3,505
    Total $21,005 $21,841
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,711 $13,217
    $30,001 - $48k $14,484 $15,060
    $48,001 - $75k $14,438 $15,013
    $75,001 - $110k $15,764 $16,391
    $110,001+ $15,739 $16,365
  • University of Montevallo

    Montevallo
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $12,400 $12,760
    Room and Board $9,030 $9,330
    Books $1,020 $1,020
    Other Expenses $3,180 $3,180
    Total $25,630 $26,290
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,905 $14,263
    $30,001 - $48k $14,843 $15,225
    $48,001 - $75k $17,639 $18,093
    $75,001 - $110k $19,194 $19,688
    $110,001+ $20,173 $20,692
  • University of North Alabama

    Florence
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,480 $10,142
    Room and Board $7,484 $7,670
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $2,800 $2,800
    Total $20,264 $22,112
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,474 $11,429
    $30,001 - $48k $11,496 $12,544
    $48,001 - $75k $12,295 $13,416
    $75,001 - $110k $14,573 $15,902
    $110,001+ $15,433 $16,840
  • University of South Alabama

    Mobile
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,812 $8,396
    Room and Board $8,460 $7,620
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $4,096 $4,390
    Total $21,668 $21,706
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,941 $10,960
    $30,001 - $48k $11,749 $11,770
    $48,001 - $75k $15,810 $15,838
    $75,001 - $110k $19,428 $19,462
    $110,001+ $19,804 $19,839
  • Troy University

    Troy
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,692 $8,908
    Room and Board $6,688 $6,804
    Books $1,138 $1,138
    Other Expenses $3,297 $3,297
    Total $19,815 $20,147
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,119 $13,339
    $30,001 - $48k $15,233 $15,488
    $48,001 - $75k $16,068 $16,337
    $75,001 - $110k $14,781 $15,029
    $110,001+ $13,934 $14,167

Private AL Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Birmingham Southern College

    Birmingham
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $35,804 $17,650
    Room and Board $12,350 $12,500
    Books $1,260 $1,260
    Other Expenses $3,000 $2,990
    Total $52,414 $34,400
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $24,110 $15,824
    $30,001 - $48k $20,690 $13,579
    $48,001 - $75k $24,551 $16,113
    $75,001 - $110k $25,549 $16,768
    $110,001+ $28,675 $18,820
  • Faulkner University

    Montgomery
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $20,970 $21,690
    Room and Board $7,400 $7,750
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $4,200 $4,200
    Total $34,370 $35,440
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $26,663 $27,493
    $30,001 - $48k $25,121 $25,903
    $48,001 - $75k $23,374 $24,102
    $75,001 - $110k $24,400 $25,160
    $110,001+ $26,501 $27,326
  • Huntingdon College

    Montgomery
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $26,400 $27,400
    Room and Board $9,500 $9,750
    Books $300 $300
    Other Expenses $1,035 $1,035
    Total $37,235 $38,485
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,993 $18,597
    $30,001 - $48k $18,346 $18,962
    $48,001 - $75k $21,905 $22,640
    $75,001 - $110k $21,188 $21,899
    $110,001+ $22,920 $23,689
  • Judson College

    Marion
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $17,896 $18,510
    Room and Board $10,276 $10,590
    Books $1,250 $1,288
    Other Expenses $2,936 $2,884
    Total $32,358 $33,272
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,918 $16,368
    $30,001 - $48k $16,631 $17,101
    $48,001 - $75k $15,111 $15,538
    $75,001 - $110k $15,909 $16,358
    $110,001+ $21,130 $21,727
  • Miles College

    Fairfield
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $11,794 $12,132
    Room and Board $7,254 $7,254
    Books $1,200 $200
    Other Expenses $2,832 $2,832
    Total $23,080 $22,418
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,071 $14,639
    $30,001 - $48k $14,955 $14,526
    $48,001 - $75k $16,011 $15,552
    $75,001 - $110k $17,266 $16,771
    $110,001+ $18,642 $18,107
  • University of Mobile

    Mobile
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $22,210 $23,230
    Room and Board $9,600 $9,600
    Books $1,800 $1,800
    Other Expenses $4,744 $4,750
    Total $38,354 $39,380
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,074 $12,397
    $30,001 - $48k $14,016 $14,391
    $48,001 - $75k $15,130 $15,535
    $75,001 - $110k $16,856 $17,307
    $110,001+ $19,318 $19,835
  • Oakwood University

    Huntsville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $16,720 $19,732
    Room and Board $12,000 $9,700
    Books $1,500 $1,440
    Other Expenses $6,370 $7,890
    Total $36,590 $38,762
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $25,548 $27,065
    $30,001 - $48k $24,898 $26,376
    $48,001 - $75k $25,896 $27,433
    $75,001 - $110k $28,505 $30,197
    $110,001+ $27,035 $28,640
  • Samford University

    Birmingham
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $30,490 $31,650
    Room and Board $10,280 $10,500
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $4,704 $4,713
    Total $46,474 $47,863
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $24,005 $24,722
    $30,001 - $48k $23,992 $24,709
    $48,001 - $75k $26,898 $27,702
    $75,001 - $110k $31,271 $32,206
    $110,001+ $31,872 $32,825
  • Spring Hill College

    Mobile
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $37,584 $39,464
    Room and Board $13,070 $13,462
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $3,014 $3,250
    Total $55,168 $57,676
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,022 $16,750
    $30,001 - $48k $17,172 $17,953
    $48,001 - $75k $18,012 $18,831
    $75,001 - $110k $20,648 $21,587
    $110,001+ $24,205 $25,305
  • Stillman College

    Tuscaloosa
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $10,792 $11,092
    Room and Board $7,394 $7,394
    Books $1,100 $2,034
    Other Expenses $2,700 $4,572
    Total $21,986 $25,092
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,821 $15,774
    $30,001 - $48k $14,657 $16,728
    $48,001 - $75k $11,341 $12,943
    $75,001 - $110k $15,771 $17,999
    $110,001+ $12,813 $14,623
  • Talladega College

    Talladega
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $12,340 $13,571
    Room and Board $6,704 $6,704
    Books $1,370 $1,370
    Other Expenses $2,100 $2,100
    Total $22,514 $23,745
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,402 $17,299
    $30,001 - $48k $15,657 $16,513
    $48,001 - $75k $17,764 $18,735
    $75,001 - $110k $0 $0
    $110,001+ $0 $0
  • Tuskegee University

    Tuskegee
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $22,170 $22,170
    Room and Board $9,650 $9,650
    Books $1,656 $1,656
    Other Expenses $5,907 $5,907
    Total $39,383 $39,383
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $34,135 $34,135
    $30,001 - $48k $36,015 $36,015
    $48,001 - $75k $36,867 $36,867
    $75,001 - $110k $35,083 $35,083
    $110,001+ $0 $0
 

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