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Net Price of Louisiana Colleges by Income

Cost of Louisiana 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 $13,790 and the average private school would be $22,332. You can also get information on specific Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana State A&M (2017-18)
Tuition and Fees $11,374
Room and Board $11,750
Books $1,160
Other Expenses $5,420
Total $29,704

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 LA Public $22,753 LA Private $45,705
$0 - $30k $9,812 $17,138
$30,001 – $48k $11,154 $18,142
$48,001 – $75k $13,334 $20,479
$75,001 – $110k $13,790 $22,332
$110,001+ $15,269 $26,174

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the Louisiana 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 $7,000-$11,000 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 Louisiana. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public LA Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Grambling State University

    Grambling
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,435 $7,435
    Room and Board $10,631 $10,631
    Books $1,749 $1,749
    Other Expenses $6,276 $6,276
    Total $26,091 $26,091
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,989 $17,989
    $30,001 - $48k $19,206 $19,206
    $48,001 - $75k $21,312 $21,312
    $75,001 - $110k $22,658 $22,658
    $110,001+ $22,716 $22,716
  • Louisiana State University-Alexandria

    Alexandria
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $6,669 $6,669
    Room and Board $7,950 $7,950
    Books $1,220 $1,220
    Other Expenses $3,332 $3,332
    Total $19,171 $19,171
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,360 $7,360
    $30,001 - $48k $7,450 $7,450
    $48,001 - $75k $8,108 $8,108
    $75,001 - $110k $9,857 $9,857
    $110,001+ $9,388 $9,388
  • Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

    Baton Rouge
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $11,374 $11,950
    Room and Board $11,750 $11,830
    Books $1,160 $1,160
    Other Expenses $5,420 $5,420
    Total $29,704 $30,360
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,809 $7,981
    $30,001 - $48k $13,088 $13,377
    $48,001 - $75k $17,667 $18,057
    $75,001 - $110k $20,409 $20,860
    $110,001+ $20,730 $21,188
  • Louisiana State University-Shreveport

    Shreveport
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,166 $7,327
    Room and Board $9,254 $9,430
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $3,958 $4,880
    Total $21,678 $22,937
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,747 $8,197
    $30,001 - $48k $7,760 $8,211
    $48,001 - $75k $10,111 $10,698
    $75,001 - $110k $13,387 $14,164
    $110,001+ $14,947 $15,815
  • Louisiana Tech University

    Ruston
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $9,645 $9,645
    Room and Board $6,360 $6,495
    Books $1,251 $1,389
    Other Expenses $3,108 $3,738
    Total $20,364 $21,267
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,499 $7,832
    $30,001 - $48k $7,566 $7,901
    $48,001 - $75k $10,302 $10,759
    $75,001 - $110k $12,442 $12,994
    $110,001+ $12,922 $13,495
  • McNeese State University

    Lake Charles
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,920 $7,860
    Room and Board $8,188 $8,326
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $3,958 $4,040
    Total $21,366 $21,526
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,502 $10,581
    $30,001 - $48k $15,258 $15,372
    $48,001 - $75k $15,257 $15,371
    $75,001 - $110k $0 $0
    $110,001+ $15,904 $16,023
  • University of New Orleans

    New Orleans
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,484 $8,771
    Room and Board $10,575 $10,712
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $3,373 $4,440
    Total $23,732 $25,223
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,986 $9,551
    $30,001 - $48k $10,454 $11,111
    $48,001 - $75k $12,587 $13,378
    $75,001 - $110k $13,594 $14,448
    $110,001+ $13,180 $14,008
  • Nicholls State University

    Thibodaux
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,886 $7,952
    Room and Board $9,288 $9,754
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $3,446 $4,112
    Total $21,920 $23,118
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,876 $9,361
    $30,001 - $48k $9,884 $10,424
    $48,001 - $75k $12,119 $12,781
    $75,001 - $110k $13,828 $14,584
    $110,001+ $14,129 $14,901
  • Northwestern State University of Louisiana

    Natchitoches
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,922 $7,922
    Room and Board $8,804 $9,410
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $3,373 $4,040
    Total $21,399 $22,672
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,615 $10,187
    $30,001 - $48k $9,724 $10,302
    $48,001 - $75k $12,580 $13,328
    $75,001 - $110k $12,889 $13,656
    $110,001+ $13,564 $14,371
  • Southeastern Louisiana University

    Hammond
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,153 $8,165
    Room and Board $8,854 $9,096
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $3,370 $4,040
    Total $21,677 $22,601
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,938 $10,362
    $30,001 - $48k $10,822 $11,283
    $48,001 - $75k $13,274 $13,840
    $75,001 - $110k $14,951 $15,588
    $110,001+ $14,599 $15,221
  • Southern University and A & M College

    Baton Rouge
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,666 $9,122
    Room and Board $9,440 $8,730
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $3,971 $3,971
    Total $23,377 $23,123
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,602 $15,432
    $30,001 - $48k $16,546 $16,366
    $48,001 - $75k $18,583 $18,381
    $75,001 - $110k $19,737 $19,523
    $110,001+ $20,650 $20,426
  • Southern University at New Orleans

    New Orleans
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $6,421 $7,033
    Room and Board $8,980 $8,980
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $3,838 $4,040
    Total $20,539 $21,353
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,867 $7,139
    $30,001 - $48k $7,899 $8,212
    $48,001 - $75k $9,139 $9,501
    $75,001 - $110k $11,129 $11,570
    $110,001+ $11,202 $11,646
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette

    Lafayette
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $9,888 $9,912
    Room and Board $10,294 $10,708
    Books $1,220 $1,300
    Other Expenses $3,373 $4,002
    Total $24,775 $25,922
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,763 $9,169
    $30,001 - $48k $9,345 $9,778
    $48,001 - $75k $12,307 $12,877
    $75,001 - $110k $14,386 $15,052
    $110,001+ $14,571 $15,246

Private LA Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Centenary College of Louisiana

    Shreveport
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $35,900 $36,580
    Room and Board $13,150 $13,400
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $2,650 $3,020
    Total $53,000 $54,300
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $22,988 $23,552
    $30,001 - $48k $22,151 $22,694
    $48,001 - $75k $24,130 $24,722
    $75,001 - $110k $26,088 $26,728
    $110,001+ $28,331 $29,026
  • Dillard University

    New Orleans
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $17,917 $17,918
    Room and Board $9,985 $10,100
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $4,673 $4,366
    Total $33,875 $33,684
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,608 $16,514
    $30,001 - $48k $17,445 $17,347
    $48,001 - $75k $17,252 $17,155
    $75,001 - $110k $17,800 $17,700
    $110,001+ $20,631 $20,515
  • Louisiana College

    Pineville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $16,000 $17,000
    Room and Board $5,272 $5,518
    Books $1,220 $1,220
    Other Expenses $3,332 $3,300
    Total $25,824 $27,038
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,995 $12,559
    $30,001 - $48k $10,891 $11,403
    $48,001 - $75k $13,771 $14,418
    $75,001 - $110k $15,168 $15,881
    $110,001+ $13,312 $13,938
  • Loyola University New Orleans

    New Orleans
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $39,492 $39,942
    Room and Board $12,658 $13,380
    Books $1,248 $1,276
    Other Expenses $1,924 $1,966
    Total $55,322 $56,564
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,816 $17,194
    $30,001 - $48k $17,115 $17,499
    $48,001 - $75k $18,816 $19,238
    $75,001 - $110k $21,544 $22,028
    $110,001+ $27,507 $28,125
  • University of Holy Cross

    New Orleans
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $13,220 $14,180
    Room and Board $0 $14,775
    Books $1,220 $1,300
    Other Expenses $0 $2,042
    Total $0 $32,297
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,148 $0
    $30,001 - $48k $12,322 $0
    $48,001 - $75k $17,621 $0
    $75,001 - $110k $18,056 $0
    $110,001+ $16,951 $0
  • Tulane University of Louisiana

    New Orleans
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $52,960 $54,820
    Room and Board $14,536 $15,190
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $1,068 $1,086
    Total $69,764 $72,296
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,108 $17,729
    $30,001 - $48k $22,718 $23,543
    $48,001 - $75k $26,848 $27,822
    $75,001 - $110k $31,733 $32,885
    $110,001+ $43,726 $45,313
  • Xavier University of Louisiana

    New Orleans
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $23,606 $24,348
    Room and Board $9,534 $9,709
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $2,003 $2,080
    Total $36,443 $37,437
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,314 $17,786
    $30,001 - $48k $18,533 $19,038
    $48,001 - $75k $22,058 $22,660
    $75,001 - $110k $21,660 $22,251
    $110,001+ $23,534 $24,176
 

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