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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 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 $14,926 and the average private school would be $19,224. 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 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 Utah 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 Utah (2017-18)
Tuition and Fees $8,884
Room and Board $9,867
Books $1,232
Other Expenses $3,690
Total $23,673

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 UT Public $19,570 UT Private $33,077
$0 - $30k $10,926 $13,915
$30,001 – $48k $10,751 $15,437
$48,001 – $75k $13,035 $16,536
$75,001 – $110k $14,926 $19,224
$110,001+ $15,253 $21,721

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 $3,000-$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 Utah. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public UT Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Dixie State University

    Saint George
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $5,080 $5,253
    Room and Board $6,328 $6,652
    Books $950 $950
    Other Expenses $8,378 $5,900
    Total $20,736 $18,755
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,669 $10,554
    $30,001 - $48k $12,375 $11,193
    $48,001 - $75k $14,176 $12,822
    $75,001 - $110k $14,199 $12,843
    $110,001+ $13,725 $12,414
  • Snow College

    Ephraim
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $3,692 $3,742
    Room and Board $4,200 $4,200
    Books $2,000 $2,000
    Other Expenses $3,000 $3,000
    Total $12,892 $12,942
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,466 $8,499
    $30,001 - $48k $6,451 $6,476
    $48,001 - $75k $9,201 $9,237
    $75,001 - $110k $11,605 $11,650
    $110,001+ $12,249 $12,297
  • Southern Utah University

    Cedar City
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $6,676 $6,770
    Room and Board $7,067 $7,250
    Books $1,600 $1,600
    Other Expenses $4,800 $4,800
    Total $20,143 $20,420
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,518 $12,690
    $30,001 - $48k $12,144 $12,311
    $48,001 - $75k $14,291 $14,488
    $75,001 - $110k $15,607 $15,822
    $110,001+ $15,624 $15,839
  • Utah State University

    Logan
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,870 $8,138
    Room and Board $7,080 $7,520
    Books $824 $850
    Other Expenses $3,840 $3,996
    Total $19,614 $20,504
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,888 $11,382
    $30,001 - $48k $10,853 $11,345
    $48,001 - $75k $12,870 $13,454
    $75,001 - $110k $16,073 $16,802
    $110,001+ $16,746 $17,506
  • Utah Valley University

    Orem
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $5,652 $5,726
    Room and Board $0 $0
    Books $976 $724
    Other Expenses $0 $0
    Total $0 $0
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,110 $0
    $30,001 - $48k $6,637 $0
    $48,001 - $75k $7,993 $0
    $75,001 - $110k $10,761 $0
    $110,001+ $11,826 $0
  • University of Utah

    Salt Lake City
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,884 $9,222
    Room and Board $9,867 $10,262
    Books $1,232 $1,288
    Other Expenses $3,690 $3,700
    Total $23,673 $24,472
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,021 $12,427
    $30,001 - $48k $12,082 $12,490
    $48,001 - $75k $14,946 $15,450
    $75,001 - $110k $17,261 $17,844
    $110,001+ $17,896 $18,500
  • Weber State University

    Ogden
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $5,712 $5,859
    Room and Board $8,400 $8,400
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $5,052 $5,052
    Total $20,364 $20,511
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,992 $10,064
    $30,001 - $48k $10,599 $10,676
    $48,001 - $75k $12,727 $12,819
    $75,001 - $110k $14,808 $14,915
    $110,001+ $15,276 $15,386

Private UT Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Brigham Young University-Provo

    Provo
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $5,460 $5,620
    Room and Board $7,530 $7,628
    Books $824 $848
    Other Expenses $4,556 $4,680
    Total $18,370 $18,776
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,694 $8,886
    $30,001 - $48k $9,858 $10,076
    $48,001 - $75k $12,386 $12,660
    $75,001 - $110k $16,004 $16,358
    $110,001+ $17,113 $17,491
  • Westminster College

    Salt Lake City
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $33,860 $34,000
    Room and Board $9,244 $9,524
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,680 $3,740
    Total $47,784 $48,264
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,136 $19,328
    $30,001 - $48k $21,015 $21,226
    $48,001 - $75k $20,686 $20,894
    $75,001 - $110k $22,443 $22,668
    $110,001+ $26,329 $26,593
 

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