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Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$16,789 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$6,690 tuition
$6,993 on campus room & board
$1,600 books and supplies
$1,506 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$20,449 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$10,350 tuition
$6,993 on campus room & board
$1,600 books and supplies
$1,506 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$5,649 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
98% of students receive aid
61% get federal aid ($4,680 avg)
58% get state aid ($2,088 avg)
80% get institn'l aid ($5,649 avg)
62% get loans ($5,426 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 3.16% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 3.76% 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 $8,865 97%
Federal Grant Aid $4,680 61%
Pell Grants $4,656 61%
Other Federal Grants $1,643 1%
Institution Grant Aid $5,649 80%
State Grant Aid $2,088 58%
Student Loans $5,426 62%
Federal Loans $5,227 53%
Other Loans $4,456 1%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: July 1
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Does Southern Arkansas University Main Campus offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
100 E. University
Magnolia, AR 71753
(870) 235-4000
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $223
Out of State $345


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 3
  • sierra - Rosenberg, TX
  • I am a current student here

    It is a pretty cheap college compared to a lot of others. I honestly wish they did more. I wish they could be more helpful in financial aid. I wish they could accommodate more for us students and do more fun things.

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  • 1
  • Cassie from Tenaha, TX
  • I am a past student here

    I personally would choose another college. The tuition at SAU keeps going up making it no longer affordable for some. Their offices tend to get a little backed up so nothing can get done. And many people that are part of the faculty dont want to help if you have a problem.

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  • 5
  • Kaleb - Texarkana, TX
  • I am a current student here

    SAU is the most cost efficient, student friendly, organized, and FUN campus in the 4-states area!! Great people, lots of different degree plans, and it's co-ed!!!! Go SAU!

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  • 4
  • LLfrom California
  • I am a current student here

    It really depends on the amount of hours you take each semester. My major requires many hours, and unfortunetly my major doesnt allow me to graduate in a normal 4 year time frame. No matter what you are going to have to pay for school (sad face).

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  • 5
  • Shelby from Emerson, AR
  • I am a current student here

    SAU is notoriously cheap. It's one of the cheapest schools in Arkansas. You definitely get your money's worth, PLUS some. The best departments on campus are the Business College, Agriculture Department and the Science Department is quickly on the rise. Any of these choices would be great majors here at SAU. Most departments do a great job of educating their students. If you are wanting a degree in Studio art or Graphic design, SAU might not be the place for you right now. We have some amazing teachers in this department, there just simply aren't enough of them or enough resources for them to use to teach the students.

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