The total cost of attendance at Texas State University is
(which includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses)
Texas State University provides need-based aid to its students in a variety of forms to help them pay for their educational expenses at TSU. Once students submit their applications and FAFSA form, the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office puts together award packages for its students. TSU provides financial aid for students studying abroad as well.
Financial aid packages include need-based university, state and federal grants including Texas State Grants and the Texas Public Educational Grant along with a variety of federal grants including the Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and the Iraq Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG). Students are also considered for the federal work-study opportunity and federal student loans, along with a variety of need-based scholarships. While many scholarships may be awarded based on FAFSA submission, students are also encouraged to fill out the TSU Scholarship application using the Bobcat Online Scholarship System (BOSS). Students and parents can also explore private and alternative student loans to subsidize a student's financial aid award package even further.
Additionally, TSU prides itself on its Bobcat Promise, in an effort to make higher education affordable and accessible, promises that when students meet certain eligibility requirements, if they have a family gross income of $35,000 or under, they will receive free tuition and fees toward their education at TSU. The Pathway Partnership Program allows students to apply for "co-enrollment" at Texas State University and Austin Community College. Students can apply for financial aid as a Pathway Partnership participant and be enrolled at both colleges. More information and answers to frequently asked questions about this unique program can be found here. For students experiencing an emergency, TSU has limited emergency funds available that students may be able to use to help them.
A variety of resources and tools are available on TSU's website to help students navigate the financial aid process and help come up with a plan for paying for their TSU education. Some of these include a special Parent Aid with extensive information on the Federal PLUS loan, financial aid videos including an overview of financial aid, FAFSA tutorial videos, and how to pay your tuition bill, a student consumer information page, a helpful area of frequently asked financial aid related questions, a page examining the cost of attendance and a net price calculator.
TSU's CAFE Financial Literacy Program helps students learn about financial topics and build their financial literacy skills. It promotes education and financial wellness, including timely graduation in order to prevent paying extra for higher education. The CAFE program provides events, workshops, student and classroom presentations and meetings with a financial coach. Additionally, on its website, the CAFE program provides helpful financial education resources through links connecting to information on saving and investing, budgeting, student loan education, and overall financial management and wellness. There are a variety of worksheets, templates, and tools on this page as well.
Students can access an online Financial Resource Literacy Center through the Division of Student Affairs that provides links to a variety of financial resources including links to consumer protection, identity theft protection, and federal student aid sites.
The average student at Texas State University pays
Texas State University's financial aid meets
of student's demonstrated need
At Texas State University
of freshmen receive some form of financial aid
The average Texas State University merit scholarship for students without financial need is
The first category is National Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to students who are National Merit Finalists or National Hispanic Scholars. Students are automatically considered for these awards by the incoming admissions team as long as students meet the particular requirements and eligibility including submission of test scores and high school transcripts and designating TSU as your college of Merit and Scholars applications. Awards for these two particular scholarships can be upwards of $40,000 (total award) and out-of-state students selected to receive these awards may be eligible to be considered for in-state tuition.
The second category is Assured Scholarships. These scholarships by the admissions department and incoming students are evaluated automatically. Students are selected based on an evaluation of academic criteria including test scores, class rank, and transcripts. Awards in this category include the President's Honor Scholarship which ranges from $26,000 to $38,000 (award totality), the Texas State Achievement Scholarship which ranges from a total award of $10,000-$22,000, and the Texas State Distinguished Scholarship where its total award can range from $6,000-$10,000. This last Texas State Distinguished Scholarship is brand new and will be awarded for the first time during the summer semester of 2019. Additionally, out-of-state students selected to receive these awards may be eligible to be considered for in-state tuition.
The third category for merit scholarships at TSU for incoming freshman is the Competitive Scholarships category. This category of scholarships is not one where students are automatically considered. In order to navigate and apply for these opportunities that are based on academic achievement, students must apply on the Bobcat Online Scholarship System (BOSS) as well as have all of their test scores and application materials submitted by December 15th for maximum consideration. For a complete list of potential Competitive Scholarships that students can compete for, students can start here. There is a wide range of potential award amounts. Out-of-state students selected to receive at least $1,000 in these awards may be eligible to be considered for in-state tuition.
Transfer students, international students and continuing students may also compete for academic scholarship awards, however these students will have to apply on the Bobcat Online Scholarship System (BOSS). Unless otherwise specified there is a March 1st deadline for these special academic scholarships. Information on an additional merit scholarship opportunity available to freshman and transfer students, Terry Foundation Scholarship, can be found here. This scholarship is based on not only academic achievement, but also service and leadership skills in the community. Merit College and Departmental Scholarship opportunities can be found by visiting the specific college or department. A complete list of departments can be found here.
Very few students pay the full price. Here's the average cost for students in different income brackets:
The average student at Texas State University takes out
in student loans
The student loan repayment rate at Texas State University is
after five years
after seven years
At Texas State University
after three years
The average starting salary for a Texas State University graduate is
After graduation, here's how the average salary at Texas State University grows over time:
Texas State University's full cost of attendance has increased an average of
per year since 2014
Texas State University's average net price has increased an average of
per year since 2014
Given past trends, we expect Texas State University's tuition pricing to be the following: