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Salem State University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$20,434 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$910 tuition
$11,304 on campus room & board
$1,000 books and supplies
$7,220 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)

$26,574 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$7,050 tuition
$11,304 on campus room & board
$1,000 books and supplies
$7,220 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$2,102 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
88% of students receive aid
40% get federal aid ($4,396 avg)
53% get state aid ($2,431 avg)
63% get institn'l aid ($2,102 avg)
76% get loans ($6,850 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 4.01% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 2.20% 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 $6,194 71%
Federal Grant Aid $4,396 40%
Pell Grants $4,166 40%
Other Federal Grants $384 24%
Institution Grant Aid $2,102 63%
State Grant Aid $2,431 53%
Student Loans $6,850 76%
Federal Loans $5,734 75%
Other Loans $8,504 10%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 1
Financial aid deadline: September 1
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Does Salem State University offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
352 Lafayette St
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 542-6000
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $287
Out of State $322


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 3
  • Amy from Salem, MA
  • Jan-09-2015 I am a current student here

    In the time I have been at Salem State, I have seen the prices increase almost every year. I am sure this is across the board. While I love my educational experience at Salem State, I wouldn't say it is hundreds of dollars better than when I started!

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  • Isabel from MA
  • Feb-16-2014 I am a current student here

    Bang for the buck depends on your major. As a theatre major, I'm involved in one of the best programs in the country for free due to my financial aid. I would recommend any theatre student seriously consider Salem State.

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  • Jennifer from Billerica, Ma
  • Oct-19-2013 I am a current student here

    Great school for an inexpensive degree! Tip: RENT TEXTBOOKS ONLINE! - not from bookstore (

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