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Portland State University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$20,387 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$7,020 tuition
$9,960 on campus room & board
$2,090 books and supplies
$1,317 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$36,902 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$23,535 tuition
$9,960 on campus room & board
$2,090 books and supplies
$1,317 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$4,766 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
57% of students receive aid
45% get federal aid ($4,527 avg)
29% get state aid ($1,876 avg)
54% get institn'l aid ($4,766 avg)
50% get loans ($6,323 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 8.86% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 10.5% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $7,004 74%
Federal Grant Aid $4,527 45%
Pell Grants $4,308 45%
Other Federal Grants $1,520 7%
Institution Grant Aid $4,766 54%
State Grant Aid $1,876 29%
Student Loans $6,323 50%
Federal Loans $5,098 49%
Other Loans $12,921 5%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: February 28
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Financial Aid Contact Info
724 SW Harrison
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 725-3000
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $156
Out of State $523


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • R from Beaverton, OR
  • Dec-21-2014 I am a current student here

    I was fortunate enough to receive enough financial aid to the point where I do not need to take out loans for my first year here at PSU. (I am an Oregon resident, btw.) That said, I did have to pay a few hundred dollars out of pocket, but that's a small price to pay considering I won't have a whole lot of debt by the time I graduate, if any at all! I have to say I'm a little annoyed at the fact that I am charged a rec center fee each term, even though I never use the rec center. But oh well, there's no way around that. But I believe the amount I'm paying for my education is just right.

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  • Starlyn from Portland, OR
  • Oct-21-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    I've wasted so much money here and it wasn't even great because orientation didn't have everything set up for me. The orientation left me walking around the campus for several hours trying to take care of things that I couldn't take care of because there services are horrible.

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  • MW from Portland, OR
  • Aug-26-2014 I am a current student here

    College is expensive. Too expensive for what you actually get, if you ask a lot of people. The money distribution at PSU is a sore subject for almost everyone. Just like many other institutions, PSU is top-heavy, with the administrators making far more than the professors, and the students bearing the majority of the load of this majorly flawed system. If activism is your thing, you'll be very engaged at PSU because students are heavily protesting the university's handling of money right now.

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