University of Nevada-Reno
Reno, NV, 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.
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$30k - $48k
$48k - $75k
$75k - $110k
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.
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.
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.
Books and Supplies
Tuition Payment Plan
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: [email protected]

Aid & Grants

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.
Average Aid Per Year
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.
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
Students receiving state aid
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
Students receiving federal aid
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
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.
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants

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.
Average Loan Amount Per Year
Students receiving federal loans
Average Federal Loans Per Year
Average Other Loans Per Year
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.
Loan Default Rate
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.

What Students Are Saying

3.75 Average Rating
Definitely! You get an ivy league education for way less than an actual ivy league school.
Briana from Henderson, NV
The only way to go cheaper for Nevada students is not to attend a University. There are scholarships available on their website, as well as scholarships they give out annually based on GPA. Don't forget about the millennium scholarship!
Destiny from Fallon, NV
For what I pay as a instate resident is cheaper than a lot of places, and realize what I am getting when I pay them. We now have an amazing library, or Knowledge Center, with amenities I still haven't discovered. Being an engineering student their DataWorks Lab is amazing. Our Student Union is new too with amazing food, and places to hold meetings and activities. Make sure to take advantages of these things.
Shawnee from Reno, NV
UNR is not a very expensive college, but for those that do need that extra help there is plenty of places on campus and online that can help pay for your school.
Jessica from Reno, NV
The University of Nevada, Reno is definitely one of the biggest bargains out there when it comes to higher education. For out-of-state students, yearly expenses at UNR amount to less than half that of most private universities. Those coming from nearby states can also take advantage of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program or the Good Neighbor Program. Although tuition has recently increased due to the state budget crisis, tuition remains low for Nevada residents. For those meeting the state academic requirements, the Millennium Scholarship offers further tuition discounts. Additionally, the university offers multiple academic merit scholarships, including extremely generous scholarships for National Merit Scholars.

Despite being a public school with relatively low tuition, the university offers high quality academic programs to its students. There are about 150 different programs to choose from, so the options are virtually limitless and many students pursue double majors. Some of the degree programs are even nationally recognized. For instance, UNR offers a chemistry degree certified by the American Chemical Society. The academic facilities are also of high caliber. Last fall, the university opened a beautiful new student union and library. In addition, a new math and science center is scheduled to open next spring. The new library, also known as the Knowledge Center, has an enormous computer lab called @One. This computer lab, which has an uncanny resemblance to the Star Wars Cantina, is open late and has an abundance of computers, so having your own is not necessary. It’s a great place to study.
Anna from Reno, NV
College can be pricey no matter where you go. Even if your parents can help you, try to save as much of your funds as your can. There is nothing worse than being on your own with uncomfortable living situations because of funds. Any spare time you have, fill out scholarship after scholarship and try to get grants as well. Try to make a loan your last option because that is money that has to be paid back.
Kaila from N Las Vegas, NV
As an Oregon resident, moving out of state seemed like a big hassle, but UNR is affordable and very comforting. The buildings on campus are very nice, and for a big campus, it's easy to walk from one end to the other. The grounds are well-kept and the campus shuttle is accessible to anyone.
Alyssa from Keizer, OR
I didn't get the rank of scholarship I wanted so the overall tuition seemed to me to be more expensive than it could have been. Beggars can't be choosers...
Kammi from Modesto, CA
If you are in the WUE program, this is a great school to go to. You save money and earn a degree at the same time. For financial aid such as a free ride for four years, do your research because this university offers that and apply really early whether or not you are sure you want to go to this school. Better safe than sorry. Because after that, financial aid is limited, you can get, a scholarship ranging from 1000 to 5000 base on your SAT, ACT Scores and GPA. If you qualify you can get a states grant and pell grant. Aside from that, you have to come up the rest out of your own pocket. Dont forget to budget some money for books, air fare or gas and personal needs when you move in either the dorms or an apartment. For books they have cheggs, you can rent your books there and the school also offers new and reused books, an option for you to choose from.
Rittz Shanaine from Reno, NV

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