Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
$14,490
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$11,123
$30k - $48k
$12,352
$48k - $75k
$16,251
$75k - $110k
$19,431
$110k+
$23,055
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$7,675
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$19,555
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$12,870
Books and Supplies
$1,770
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: finaid@humboldt.edu

Aid & Grants

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100
69%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
56%
Average Aid Per Year
$9,038
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
56%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,889
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$5,202
Students receiving state aid
61%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$2,255
Students receiving federal aid
53%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,889
Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
$520,514
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$768,069

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
61%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$5,868
Students receiving federal loans
60%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$5,254
Average Other Loans Per Year
$12,628
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$13,600
Loan Default Rate
10%
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$202

What Students Are Saying

3.77 Average Rating
Coming from Washington, I was a little nervous about going to school out-of-state. However the WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange) program makes school very affordable. Now I am able to go to a great school without hurting my wallet too much.
Hayley from Bothell, WA
There's quite a few classes to pick from and they're all small in size, which I think helps students learn a little bit better. It doesn't cost too much, although the fees just got increased and a few classes are getting cut or made bigger in size. Other than that, I would say it's a really great price for what you're getting from Humboldt!
Taylor from CA
Well it seems that even with the rise of cost to attend and dorm its worth it. I mean the professors and staff here make it worth your buck.
Justine from Arcata, CA
HSU is one of the most affordable universities nationwide for a number of reasons. Maybe it’s the small size – just around 7800 students – that allows them to keep the price low. Or maybe it’s the Western Undergraduate Exchange program that lets out of state students study for about the same price as California residents. But those are just the financial reasons. Humboldt has more than meets the eye; it's a secretly awesome university! Are you interested in the sciences? Try studying on our 90 foot research vessel, the Coral Sea, or stop by our marine laboratory. Do you love stars and nebulas? If you do, you’d be very pleased to work alongside professors in our observatory – and with a lot of hard work and a bit of luck, you may end up like two HSU students who recently discovered a new galaxy! But don’t let our science-nerd reputation fool you – HSU is well known for its Arts and Social Sciences as well. We have art galleries reserved just for student work throughout the university, a community counseling clinic for Psychology majors, and one of the largest art foundries on the West Coast! I could go on and on about HSU, but you get the picture. It’s a big box in a small package!
Jamie from Northern California
For me, who is an environmental science major, Humboldt State is a great campus and offers just what I need. The school has a strong focus on what I'm majoring in, and the natural environment up there is unbeatable.
Dion from Thousand Oaks, CA
HSU is a CSU, so it's ~$3K a semester but it is well worth it and in then end, if things go as planned, you'll earn that money right back from getting to use the education that you got there.
Julian from Blue Lake, CA
Yeah, it isn't really expensive compare to Ivy league or UC schools, and the undergraduate education is really good, IF you have the willingness to learn (key factor). I did run into a US Government class that I really thought was a waste of my time (the teacher didn't put in a whole lot of effort), but otherwise my classes have been superb. There are a lot of challenging classes offered here, where you really have to prove that you WANT to learn the material. I think regular brain gymnastics are fun, and healthy.
Maria from Arcata, CA
Because HSU is a smaller university we get much smaller class sizes and are able to participate on a much more intimate level with the material and the professor. We can directly ask questions from our professors, and there are even times when we will run into our professors at the grocery store or at lunch and they will remember our names. I just find the education a lot more satisfying, because one learns alongside the masters instead of just from a book. It is not rare for a student to be asked to help with a faculty's research project, so the opportunity for hands-on work is greatly increased.
Brian from Bayside, CA