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Net Price of Idaho Colleges by Income

Cost of Idaho 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 $17,275 and the average private school would be $17,740. You can also get information on specific Idaho 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 Idaho 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 University of Idaho (2017-18)
Tuition and Fees $7,488
Room and Board $8,670
Books $1,292
Other Expenses $3,850
Total $21,300

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 ID Public $20,269 ID Private $31,581
$0 - $30k $11,598 $12,289
$30,001 – $48k $12,050 $13,464
$48,001 – $75k $14,634 $15,960
$75,001 – $110k $17,275 $17,740
$110,001+ $17,839 $19,091

Public vs. Private Averages

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

Public ID Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Boise State University

    Boise
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,326 $7,694
    Room and Board $10,042 $10,692
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,364 $3,490
    Total $21,932 $23,076
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,722 $12,333
    $30,001 - $48k $12,216 $12,853
    $48,001 - $75k $15,711 $16,531
    $75,001 - $110k $18,529 $19,495
    $110,001+ $19,000 $19,991
  • Idaho State University

    Pocatello
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,166 $7,420
    Room and Board $7,024 $7,207
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $5,921 $5,921
    Total $21,111 $21,548
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,622 $14,925
    $30,001 - $48k $15,444 $15,764
    $48,001 - $75k $17,706 $18,073
    $75,001 - $110k $19,645 $20,052
    $110,001+ $19,858 $20,269
  • University of Idaho

    Moscow
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,488 $7,864
    Room and Board $8,670 $8,880
    Books $1,292 $1,236
    Other Expenses $3,850 $3,370
    Total $21,300 $21,350
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,519 $11,546
    $30,001 - $48k $12,260 $12,289
    $48,001 - $75k $15,034 $15,069
    $75,001 - $110k $18,003 $18,045
    $110,001+ $18,865 $18,909
  • Lewis-Clark State College

    Lewiston
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $6,334 $6,618
    Room and Board $6,550 $6,750
    Books $1,650 $1,650
    Other Expenses $2,200 $2,200
    Total $16,734 $17,218
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,529 $8,776
    $30,001 - $48k $8,279 $8,518
    $48,001 - $75k $10,083 $10,375
    $75,001 - $110k $12,921 $13,295
    $110,001+ $13,632 $14,026

Private ID Schools Cost Breakdown

  • The College of Idaho

    Caldwell
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $28,755 $30,155
    Room and Board $10,075 $9,794
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,700 $2,200
    Total $42,730 $43,349
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,589 $19,873
    $30,001 - $48k $20,773 $21,074
    $48,001 - $75k $23,487 $23,827
    $75,001 - $110k $23,312 $23,650
    $110,001+ $24,231 $24,582
  • Northwest Nazarene University

    Nampa
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $29,000 $29,800
    Room and Board $7,000 $7,250
    Books $1,270 $1,260
    Other Expenses $2,420 $2,580
    Total $39,690 $40,890
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,023 $13,417
    $30,001 - $48k $14,346 $14,780
    $48,001 - $75k $17,493 $18,022
    $75,001 - $110k $19,621 $20,214
    $110,001+ $21,263 $21,906
  • Brigham Young University-Idaho

    Rexburg
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $4,018 $4,118
    Room and Board $4,592 $4,172
    Books $800 $400
    Other Expenses $2,912 $3,360
    Total $12,322 $12,050
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $4,256 $4,162
    $30,001 - $48k $5,274 $5,158
    $48,001 - $75k $6,901 $6,749
    $75,001 - $110k $10,287 $10,060
    $110,001+ $11,780 $11,520
 

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