Indiana College Costs
What expenses can I expect at college?
Tuition & Fees
These costs cover where you’ll live. This could include on- or off-campus housing, and takes up about 41% of the total you’ll spend on college, on average.
Books & Supplies
You’ll need these for classes, but they aren’t included in your tuition and fees. These are going to be roughly 6% of your college costs.
Transportation & Other costs
You’ll also need to plan on the miscellaneous things you spend on regularly — clothes, travel and other things like that. This is estimated at about 15% of your total spending in college.
Average college tuition and fees in Indiana
Tuition and fees are the basic costs of college. This pays for your classes and related mandatory fees and represents about 37% of the cost of college at public 4-year institutions. At public 2-year institutions, it represents 24% of the cost of college.
In Indiana, the average tuition costs from the 2022-2023 school year were:
Indiana University Bloomington $11,447
Ball State University $10,440
Purdue University West Lafayette $9,992
University of Southern Indiana $10,210
Indiana State University $9,732
Butler University $44,460
University of Indianapolis $34,972
Wabash College $47,475
Ivy Tech Community College $4,637
Vincennes University $6,654
Average cost of room and board in Indiana
Housing costs cover where you’ll live. This could include on- or off-campus housing. Room and board costs vary across states and institutions. Room and board costs vary across states and institutions. The national averages for the 2021-2022 school year were as follows:
Average cost of books and supplies in Indiana
between $628 -
Indiana University Bloomington $900
Ball State University $1,454
Purdue University West Lafayette $1,050
University of Southern Indiana $1,200
Indiana State University $1,200
Butler University $1,100
University of Indianapolis $1,204
Wabash College $800
Ivy Tech Community College $934
Vincennes University $1,272
What additional expenses should I plan for?
Estimate your own college costs
Your own college costs will be unique to you, so it’s best to estimate and plan ahead for the cost of your future college education. With the College Scorecard, you can find out what you might expect to pay at colleges in Indiana and beyond by estimating your family’s income. The price you will see is what is called a net cost, or, what you can expect to pay after financial aid.
The College Scorecard also lets you see side-by-side comparisons of costs at different colleges and create “what-if” scenarios to see how the results can change as your circumstances change (financial, etc).
To use the College Scorecard, ask your parent or guardian to help you estimate your family’s income.
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Need help affording college?
Affording College FAQs
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Filing the FAFSA can help with room and board. However, it doesn’t always provide money for these costs. To determine if you qualify for money to pay for room and board, file the FAFSA to see how much aid you can receive.