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Tuition Rates

Estimated Undergraduate Costs

Did you know that students at Keene State pay an average of $10,000 in-state and $15,000 out-of-state per year in tuition? That gets you access to our small, in-person classes where you’ll have close connections with your professors; a vibrant student experience with 70+ student clubs, organizations, and sports teams; and our welcoming and supportive community.

More than 90% of Owls receive financial aid from Keene State. We’re ready to help you find out ways to pay for your college experience, but we can’t get started until you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

2021-22 ChargesResident of NHOut-of-State
Tuition (full-time)$11,754$22,110
Room (average)$9,078$9,078
Board (Hootie’s Choice Plus)$4,118$4,118
Mandatory Fees$2,884$2,884
Total$27,834$38,190

*Pending approval by University System Board of Trustees.
Tuition and Fee rates are approved by the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees and are subject to change at any time. New Hampshire state funding helps to support the cost of an in-state education at Keene State College and other public higher education institutions. For this reason, the cost of in-state tuition at Keene State is lower than that of out-of-state tuition.

Please Note: Pre-licensure nursing students pay a $500 tuition differential in each of their four clinical semesters.

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How to Compare Costs

As you start to receive financial aid offers from the colleges where you’ve been accepted, it’s important to carefully review and compare costs and the financial aid offers you receive. This will ensure that you know how much you’ll actually pay for your education.

One of the biggest mistakes students make when reviewing their offer letters is assuming that the biggest scholarship awarded offers the best deal. Financial aid eligibility varies from school to school, so it helps to compare your financial aid offers and costs by organizing the information into a worksheet. Below are examples of costs of attendance, financial aid offers, and the net cost, which is what you would actually pay:

Cost of Attendance Grants/Scholarships Net Price Student Loan Eligibility NET COST
College A $50,000 $23,000 $27,000 $5,500 $21,500
College B $30,000 $7,500 $22,500 $5,500 $17,000
College C $15,000 $1,000 $15,000 $5,500 $8,500

Helpful Steps to Finding Out How Much You’ll Pay

  1. Determine the cost of attendance for each school Be sure to include tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, parking and miscellaneous expenses. Contact the college’s financial aid office if the cost of attendance is not listed on your offer letter or online.

  2. Subtract your grants/scholarships Grants and scholarships do not have to be paid back, so subtract the amount of grants/scholarships a college offered you from the college’s cost of attendance. The remaining amount is your net price, or out-of-pocket cost. *

  3. Consider your student loans If you plan to use the student loans offered to you, subtract the student loans from the net price/out-of-pocket cost. That will give you your bottom line net cost for each school.

  4. Compare net costs When choosing where to go to college, you will want to consider more than just cost, but knowing the affordability of each school can help you make an informed decision.

*Work Study awards are not considered in this calculation, since students are paid hourly for the actual hours worked and can be used for miscellaneous expenses.

To help you better plan for your college costs, don’t forget to consider expenses like books and supplies, parking, and personal expenses. At KSC, we budget $2,150 annually for these costs.

Need Assistance?

Schedule an appointment with a financial aid counselor who can help you complete your FAFSA.


Net Price Calculator

Discover how affordable Keene State College can be by getting an estimate of how much your education will actually cost after financial aid. The Net Price Calculator helps you and your family to estimate costs and out of pocket expenses for your college education. The calculator will also assist you in exploring options to help pay for college.

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About Keene State

Keene State was founded in 1909 as Keene Normal School, dedicated to training teachers. It joined the University System of New Hampshire in 1963 as Keene State College, the public liberal arts college of New Hampshire.

Location: On Main Street in Keene, N.H., the largest town (pop. 23,000) in southwestern New Hampshire. The College is only a few minutes’ walk to Keene’s lively downtown. It’s an easy drive from Keene to Boston or to the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire and the Green Mountains of neighboring Vermont.

Campus: 170 landscaped acres, with more than 60 buildings, including award-winning residence halls, new Zorn Dining Commons, Media Arts Center, David F. Putnam Science Center, and the popular L.P. Young Student Center. The New Hampshire Sunday News called our campus “a showplace of higher education.” If you come to school here, you’ll call it home.

Students: about 3,500 undergraduates. The incoming freshmen class in 2019 was about 840. 58 percent female; 42 percent, male. Nearly all of them will live on campus. One hundred percent will be transformed in some way by their college experiences.

Graduation Rate by Cohort:

Entering Year Headcount % Graduate within 4 years % Graduate within 5 years % Graduate within 6 years
2013 1254 55.2% 61.9% 62.7
2014 1266 53.1% 58.7%
2015 918 54%

Note: Graduation rates are calculated based on all full-time, first-time, bachelor degree seeking students entering in fall of a given year.

Academics: 40 areas of study, covering the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and professional studies, plus interdisciplinary programs and individualized majors.

Beyond the classroom: Varsity sports (Division III), club and intramural sports, 100 clubs and organizations, Greek life, Alternate Spring Break, community service, Habitat for Humanity, student newspaper, KSC-TV, WKNH-FM, jam sessions, internships, student government – in short, no lack of things to do!

Go global: The Global Education Office, affectionately known as GEO, is the campus hub for academic studyaway experiences and international student support. Fulltime students are eligible for study-away programs after completing 15 credits of work at Keene State (about one semester). Details at keene.edu/geo.

How to visit: Sign up Tour guides are all current students and you can ask them anything. Well, just about anything.

How to apply: Whether you’re a first-year college student, or you are transferring to Keene State, we’re here to help make each step of becoming an Owl as easy as possible. See keene.edu/admissions for instructions.

Financial aid deadline: Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid, available online at fafsa.ed.gov) after October 1, with a priority deadline of March 1. This allows consideration for all forms of financial aid. Do not wait until you are admitted to begin the financial aid process. The KSC Title IV Code is 002590. See keene.edu/sfs for more information.

Contact Admissions

Admissions Office
☎ 603-358-2276
229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435