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Net Price of Utah Colleges by Income

Cost of Utah 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 $14,911 and the average private school would be $19,689. You can also get information on specific Utah 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 Utah 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 Utah (2019-20)
Tuition and Fees $8,615
Room and Board $10,684
Books $996
Other Expenses $3,574
Total $23,869

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 UT Public $19,740 UT Private $34,756
$0 - $30k $9,917 $14,724
$30,001 – $48k $10,309 $14,995
$48,001 – $75k $12,703 $17,427
$75,001 – $110k $14,911 $19,689
$110,001+ $15,725 $22,997

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the Utah 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 $5,000-$8,000 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 Utah. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public UT Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Dixie State University

    Saint George
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $5,496 $5,662
    Room and Board $6,974 $6,968
    Books $800 $800
    Other Expenses $6,184 $6,562
    Total $19,454 $19,992
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,208 $12,546
    $30,001 - $48k $13,087 $13,449
    $48,001 - $75k $14,810 $15,220
    $75,001 - $110k $17,181 $17,656
    $110,001+ $17,751 $18,242
  • Snow College

    Ephraim
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $3,836 $3,912
    Room and Board $3,900 $3,900
    Books $1,700 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,000 $3,000
    Total $12,436 $11,812
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,092 $7,686
    $30,001 - $48k $6,250 $5,936
    $48,001 - $75k $8,235 $7,822
    $75,001 - $110k $10,193 $9,682
    $110,001+ $11,338 $10,769
  • Southern Utah University

    Cedar City
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $6,770 $6,770
    Room and Board $7,349 $7,374
    Books $1,600 $1,600
    Other Expenses $4,800 $4,800
    Total $20,519 $20,544
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,873 $9,885
    $30,001 - $48k $10,697 $10,710
    $48,001 - $75k $13,460 $13,476
    $75,001 - $110k $15,037 $15,055
    $110,001+ $14,974 $14,992
  • Utah State University

    Logan
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,402 $8,764
    Room and Board $7,784 $8,016
    Books $868 $820
    Other Expenses $4,052 $4,072
    Total $21,106 $21,672
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,148 $9,393
    $30,001 - $48k $9,821 $10,084
    $48,001 - $75k $13,553 $13,916
    $75,001 - $110k $16,801 $17,252
    $110,001+ $17,905 $18,385
  • Utah Valley University

    Orem
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $5,820 $5,906
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $724 $588
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $6,544 $6,494
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,707 $7,648
    $30,001 - $48k $9,992 $9,916
    $48,001 - $75k $11,196 $11,110
    $75,001 - $110k $12,446 $12,351
    $110,001+ $13,248 $13,147
  • University of Utah

    Salt Lake City
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,615 $8,615
    Room and Board $10,684 $10,201
    Books $996 $1,322
    Other Expenses $3,574 $4,140
    Total $23,869 $24,278
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,431 $10,610
    $30,001 - $48k $11,823 $12,026
    $48,001 - $75k $13,842 $14,079
    $75,001 - $110k $15,746 $16,016
    $110,001+ $17,289 $17,585
  • Weber State University

    Ogden
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $5,986 $5,956
    Room and Board $8,611 $8,824
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $5,060 $5,060
    Total $21,057 $21,240
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,748 $9,833
    $30,001 - $48k $10,173 $10,261
    $48,001 - $75k $12,318 $12,425
    $75,001 - $110k $14,506 $14,632
    $110,001+ $15,095 $15,226

Private UT Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Brigham Young University-Provo

    Provo
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $5,790 $5,970
    Room and Board $7,766 $7,808
    Books $872 $896
    Other Expenses $4,808 $4,920
    Total $19,236 $19,594
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,445 $9,621
    $30,001 - $48k $10,333 $10,525
    $48,001 - $75k $12,676 $12,912
    $75,001 - $110k $15,777 $16,071
    $110,001+ $17,864 $18,196
  • Westminster College

    Salt Lake City
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $34,984 $37,960
    Room and Board $9,810 $11,097
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $4,482 $3,886
    Total $50,276 $53,943
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,003 $21,462
    $30,001 - $48k $19,656 $21,090
    $48,001 - $75k $22,177 $23,795
    $75,001 - $110k $23,600 $25,321
    $110,001+ $28,129 $30,181
 

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