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Net Price of Arkansas Colleges by Income

Cost of Arkansas Colleges Zoom In

Source: National Center for Educational Statistics. This is the most recent data available as of January 2022

Questions & Answers

What do all these numbers mean?

All costs shown here are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket for one year at the college in question. Net cost is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Figures are based on data from the 2019-20 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2022.

What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for one year at 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 $17,272 and the average private school would be $19,097. You can also get information on specific Arkansas 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 seem 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 the Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents to learn how your student can win scholarships)
  • Tax planning
  • Student work
Cost of Arkansas Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net prices is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus the average amount in government grants and institutional scholarships the school awards. 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 University of Arkansas (2019-20)
Tuition and Fees $9,384
Room and Board $11,330
Books $1,100
Other Expenses $4,330
Total $26,144

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2019-20 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2022. 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 AR Public $23,597 AR Private $34,602
$0 - $30k $12,452 $15,339
$30,001 – $48k $13,279 $15,170
$48,001 – $75k $15,648 $17,480
$75,001 – $110k $17,272 $19,097
$110,001+ $17,508 $20,912

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the Arkansas 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 $2,000-$4,000 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 Arkansas. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public AR Schools Cost Breakdown

  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock

    Little Rock
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $9,544 $8,366
    Room and Board $8,556 $9,162
    Books $1,500 $1,250
    Other Expenses $4,630 $6,059
    Total $24,230 $24,837
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,180 $14,535
    $30,001 - $48k $15,542 $15,931
    $48,001 - $75k $18,206 $18,662
    $75,001 - $110k $20,324 $20,833
    $110,001+ $20,416 $20,927
  • University of Arkansas

    Fayetteville
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $9,384 $9,384
    Room and Board $11,330 $11,330
    Books $1,100 $1,100
    Other Expenses $4,330 $4,362
    Total $26,144 $26,176
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,003 $12,018
    $30,001 - $48k $13,690 $13,707
    $48,001 - $75k $16,256 $16,276
    $75,001 - $110k $19,053 $19,076
    $110,001+ $19,897 $19,921
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

    Pine Bluff
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,248 $8,248
    Room and Board $8,472 $8,472
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,544 $3,544
    Total $21,264 $21,264
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,533 $10,533
    $30,001 - $48k $11,418 $11,418
    $48,001 - $75k $13,747 $13,747
    $75,001 - $110k $15,157 $15,157
    $110,001+ $16,017 $16,017
  • Arkansas State University-Main Campus

    Jonesboro
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,900 $7,315
    Room and Board $9,672 $10,022
    Books $1,250 $1,250
    Other Expenses $4,566 $4,708
    Total $24,388 $23,295
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,120 $11,577
    $30,001 - $48k $12,019 $11,480
    $48,001 - $75k $14,698 $14,039
    $75,001 - $110k $16,946 $16,187
    $110,001+ $17,614 $16,825
  • University of Arkansas at Monticello

    Monticello
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $7,909 $7,909
    Room and Board $7,058 $7,058
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,826 $3,826
    Total $19,993 $19,993
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,247 $9,247
    $30,001 - $48k $10,374 $10,374
    $48,001 - $75k $12,840 $12,840
    $75,001 - $110k $13,938 $13,938
    $110,001+ $12,464 $12,464
  • University of Central Arkansas

    Conway
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $9,188 $9,338
    Room and Board $7,198 $7,554
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $6,317 $3,851
    Total $23,903 $21,943
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,136 $12,977
    $30,001 - $48k $15,016 $13,785
    $48,001 - $75k $16,798 $15,421
    $75,001 - $110k $19,344 $17,758
    $110,001+ $19,270 $17,690
  • Henderson State University

    Arkadelphia
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,902 $7,392
    Room and Board $7,880 $9,200
    Books $2,000 $2,500
    Other Expenses $6,318 $7,100
    Total $25,100 $26,192
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,664 $14,258
    $30,001 - $48k $14,172 $14,789
    $48,001 - $75k $15,751 $16,436
    $75,001 - $110k $16,021 $16,718
    $110,001+ $15,954 $16,648
  • Southern Arkansas University Main Campus

    Magnolia
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $9,080 $9,080
    Room and Board $7,188 $7,418
    Books $1,600 $1,600
    Other Expenses $5,882 $6,112
    Total $23,750 $24,210
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,735 $14,001
    $30,001 - $48k $14,000 $14,271
    $48,001 - $75k $16,889 $17,216
    $75,001 - $110k $17,390 $17,727
    $110,001+ $18,434 $18,791

Private AR Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Arkansas Baptist College

    Little Rock
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,760 $8,760
    Room and Board $8,826 $8,826
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $4,474 $4,474
    Total $23,060 $23,060
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,762 $16,762
    $30,001 - $48k $16,416 $16,416
    $48,001 - $75k $17,627 $17,627
    $75,001 - $110k $18,495 $18,495
    $110,001+ $19,183 $19,183
  • Lyon College

    Batesville
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $29,140 $29,415
    Room and Board $9,810 $10,330
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $2,000 $2,000
    Total $42,450 $43,245
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,490 $20,874
    $30,001 - $48k $18,245 $18,587
    $48,001 - $75k $16,401 $16,708
    $75,001 - $110k $23,655 $24,098
    $110,001+ $24,791 $25,255
  • Central Baptist College

    Conway
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $16,650 $17,100
    Room and Board $7,500 $7,500
    Books $1,350 $1,350
    Other Expenses $2,254 $2,254
    Total $27,754 $28,204
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,864 $15,105
    $30,001 - $48k $14,010 $14,237
    $48,001 - $75k $13,823 $14,047
    $75,001 - $110k $17,282 $17,562
    $110,001+ $19,856 $20,178
  • Crowley's Ridge College

    Paragould
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $14,500 $15,100
    Room and Board $6,350 $6,400
    Books $600 $600
    Other Expenses $2,360 $2,500
    Total $23,810 $24,600
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,638 $13,057
    $30,001 - $48k $14,981 $15,478
    $48,001 - $75k $16,425 $16,970
    $75,001 - $110k $14,317 $14,792
    $110,001+ $17,448 $18,027
  • Harding University

    Searcy
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $20,735 $21,540
    Room and Board $7,170 $7,460
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,806 $3,280
    Total $31,911 $33,480
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,856 $16,636
    $30,001 - $48k $16,763 $17,587
    $48,001 - $75k $17,077 $17,917
    $75,001 - $110k $21,187 $22,229
    $110,001+ $22,080 $23,166
  • Hendrix College

    Conway
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $47,600 $49,490
    Room and Board $12,460 $12,820
    Books $1,100 $1,100
    Other Expenses $2,900 $2,900
    Total $64,060 $66,310
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,822 $13,272
    $30,001 - $48k $10,861 $11,242
    $48,001 - $75k $18,120 $18,756
    $75,001 - $110k $22,802 $23,603
    $110,001+ $27,119 $28,072
  • John Brown University

    Siloam Springs
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $27,668 $28,288
    Room and Board $9,456 $9,554
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $2,850 $2,850
    Total $40,774 $41,492
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,136 $18,455
    $30,001 - $48k $19,871 $20,221
    $48,001 - $75k $20,127 $20,481
    $75,001 - $110k $22,959 $23,363
    $110,001+ $25,561 $26,011
  • Ouachita Baptist University

    Arkadelphia
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $27,900 $29,120
    Room and Board $8,000 $8,000
    Books $1,100 $1,100
    Other Expenses $3,200 $3,430
    Total $40,200 $41,650
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,765 $17,370
    $30,001 - $48k $16,902 $17,512
    $48,001 - $75k $21,497 $22,272
    $75,001 - $110k $21,029 $21,788
    $110,001+ $22,430 $23,239
  • University of the Ozarks

    Clarksville
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $25,950 $25,950
    Room and Board $7,600 $7,800
    Books $0 $0
    Other Expenses $2,400 $2,400
    Total $35,950 $36,150
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,215 $11,277
    $30,001 - $48k $11,825 $11,891
    $48,001 - $75k $15,323 $15,408
    $75,001 - $110k $15,866 $15,954
    $110,001+ $20,237 $20,350
  • Philander Smith College

    Little Rock
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $13,014 $13,014
    Room and Board $8,250 $8,250
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,641 $3,700
    Total $26,105 $26,164
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,899 $13,930
    $30,001 - $48k $12,807 $12,836
    $48,001 - $75k $17,277 $17,316
    $75,001 - $110k $15,212 $15,246
    $110,001+ $14,936 $14,970
  • Williams Baptist College

    Walnut Ridge
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $18,060 $18,500
    Room and Board $8,296 $8,540
    Books $1,250 $1,250
    Other Expenses $3,110 $3,730
    Total $30,716 $32,020
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,128 $16,813
    $30,001 - $48k $13,936 $14,528
    $48,001 - $75k $18,173 $18,945
    $75,001 - $110k $17,441 $18,181
    $110,001+ $18,827 $19,626
  • Ecclesia

    Springdale
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $15,950 $15,950
    Room and Board $5,460 $5,460
    Books $1,080 $1,080
    Other Expenses $5,940 $5,940
    Total $28,430 $28,430
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,491 $14,491
    $30,001 - $48k $15,428 $15,428
    $48,001 - $75k $17,892 $17,892
    $75,001 - $110k $18,924 $18,924
    $110,001+ $18,473 $18,473
 

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