The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) establishes standard student budgets each year as a basis for awarding financial aid funds. These budgets reflect typical "modest but adequate" expense patterns of Pittsburg State University students based on research conducted by the OSFA. While actual expenses will vary based on your lifestyle and level of enrollment, the estimated costs listed below should assist you in planning your own budget. "Direct" educational expenses include Tuition/Fees, Books and Room/Board. "Indirect" educational expenses include Transportation and Miscellaneous expenses. Please note that actual indirect educational expenses vary by student.
The numbers used are estimated tuition and fees for the academic year. Actual tuition is set by the Kansas Board of Regents each July, and additional fees may be incurred for certain courses. The rates listed above are for a full-time credit hour load, defined by the University as 10 or more credit hours per term for undergraduates, and 9 or more credit hours per term for graduate students.** Undergraduate students who elect fewer than 10 credit hours and graduate students enrolled in fewer than 9 credit hours per term will be charged on a per-credit-hour basis. Current full- and part-time tuition and fees are available from the Registrar's Office.
**PLEASE NOTE: Full-time enrollment requirements for students receiving federal financial aid are defined as 12 or more credit hours per term for undergraduate students, and 9 or more credit hours per term for graduate students.
Costs vary by program, course load and classes selected. You may be able to reduce your costs significantly by purchasing used books, renting, or purchasing ebooks.
Housing costs can vary significantly based on the living arrangements you select. The University residence halls offer a variety of room types and meal plans. A detailed schedule of room and board options and their rates are available from the PSU University Housing Office.
Transportation and Miscellaneous
This category represents other miscellaneous student expenses, including transportation, meals not covered under the standard meal contract, communication (cell phone, internet), clothes, personal hygiene, entertainment, etc. It is the most variable and personal component of anyone's budget. Personal spending can make or break a college budget! The most important thing is to set yourself an allowance, keep track of your expenses, and stick to your budget. Keep in mind: