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Salem State Tuition & Fees Report

Inexpensive In-State Tuition & Fees
Inexpensive Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

How Much Does Salem State University Cost?

Is what Salem State University charges for in-state and out-of-state tuition and fee reasonable when compared to nation, state and regional averages? Find out here. In this Salem State cost report, you'll find:

How Much Does Salem State Charge for Tuition?

$11,675 In-State Tuition & Fees
$18,480 Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

Combined out-of-state tuition and fees at Salem State University for the 2020-2021 academic year was $18,480 for undergraduates. Those who hail from the state of Massachusetts get a discount and only needed to pay $11,675 per year.


Salem State University tuition and fees is the number charged to students for one year of attendance, and does not include room and board.

The numbers quoted on this page are all sticker price and don't include any financial aid or scholarships students may qualify for.

How much does Salem State University cost for part-time students?

Go to the Cost Per Credit Hour page for details.

How Do Salem State Tuition & Fees Compare to Other Schools?

At the national level, average out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,933 a year. With an average cost of $18,480 in tuition and fees for undergraduate students, Salem State University is inexpensive when compared to the national average.

Average in-state tuition and fees for schools across the country is $16,784 a year for undergraduate students. Undergraduates who hail from Massachusetts pay an average of $11,675 a year to attend Salem State, making the school a bargain if you only consider tuition and fees alone.

If you want to know how Salem State compares to other schools in the nation, in the region, and in the state, see the chart below.

NationwideNew EnglandMassachusetts
Out-of-State Tuition & FeesInexpensiveInexpensiveInexpensive
In-State Tuition & FeesInexpensiveInexpensiveInexpensive

Note that a school may appear to be more expensive than another school when you look at tuition and fees alone, but it may actually be a better deal when you factor in financial aid packages. For more details on that, see: Salem State University Financial Aid.

Salem State Tuition & Fees Five Year Projection

3.16% In-State Tuition Increase
2.68% Out-of-State Tuition Increase
$52,105 Est. 4-Year Cost

In-state Salem State tuition and fees grew with an average annual rate of 3.16% over the past five years. Massachusetts residents may pay an estimated $12,425 this school year.

If in-state tuition and fees keeps growing at the same pace, the estimated cost for two years at Salem State would be $25,242, and $52,105 for four years.

For out-of-state students, tuition and fees have increased by about 2.68% in the past five years. This year, out-of-state students will be paying approximately $19,484 if the percentage increases stay the same.

This means an estimated $39,490 for two years of out-of-state tuition and fees at Salem State, and $81,124 for four years.

The following chart shows projected upcoming tuition and fees for undergraduates at Salem State.


Factor Cost Increases Into Your Budget

Be aware of just how much the tuition and fees are increasing each year. At most colleges undergrads will wind up spending more on their last year of school compared to what they did for their first.

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