Governors State University

Public, Four-years School Located in University Park, IL

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How much is the GSU tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, GSU's tuition & fees is $10,468 for Illinois residents and $11,320 for out-of-state students.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $25,568 for Illinois residents and $26,420 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

GSU Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Illinois Residents Tuition & Fees$10,468
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$11,320
Books & Supplies Costs$1,000
On-campus Room & Board$11,000
On-campus Expenses$3,100
Off-campus Room & Board$11,638
Off-campus Expenses$3,100
2023-2024 Projection
Illinois Residents Tuition & Fees$10,430
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$17,942

How Much Does it Cost to Go to GSU for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $16,218 at GSU. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $76,532. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $65,211.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$7,127$21,608$16,633
Sophomore (2024-25)$4,487$19,359$16,227
Junior (2025-26)$2,825$18,099$16,127
Senior (2026-27)$1,779$17,466$16,224
4 Years Total$16,218$76,532$65,211
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$4,487$19,359$16,227
Sophomore (2025-26)$2,825$18,099$16,127
Junior (2026-27)$1,779$17,466$16,224
Senior (2027-28)$1,120$17,231$16,449
4 Years Total$10,210$72,155$65,027
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$2,825$18,099$16,127
Sophomore (2026-27)$1,779$17,466$16,224
Junior (2027-28)$1,120$17,231$16,449
Senior (2028-29)$705$17,251$16,759
4 Years Total$6,428$70,047$65,559
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$1,779$17,466$16,224
Sophomore (2027-28)$1,120$17,231$16,449
Junior (2028-29)$705$17,251$16,759
Senior (2029-30)$444$17,437$17,127
4 Years Total$4,047$69,385$66,560
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$1,120$17,231$16,449
Sophomore (2028-29)$705$17,251$16,759
Junior (2029-30)$444$17,437$17,127
Senior (2030-31)$279$17,732$17,537
4 Years Total$2,548$69,651$67,873

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, GSU' tuition is slightly lower than the average tuition of $12,960. Compared to public, four-years colleges in Illinois, its tuition is slightly lower than the average tuition of $13,638.
Governors State University$10,468$11,320
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
Illinois Four-years Colleges$19,795
Public Schools$10,585$13,638
Private Schools$21,542

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between GSU and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (public, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
Governors State UniversityUniversity Park, IL$10,468$11,320
Western Illinois UniversityMacomb, IL$13,661$14,952
Eastern Illinois UniversityCharleston, IL$13,403$15,879
Southern Illinois University-EdwardsvilleEdwardsville, IL$11,748$12,922
Chicago State UniversityChicago, IL$12,018$12,754

Financial Aid and COA

At Governors State University, 2,709 students (100%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $7,902.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at GSU is $18,518 for students living on-campus and $19,156 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 189 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $11,987 and the average amount of student loans is $5,223.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
Illinois ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (on-campus)$25,568$26,420
COA (off-campus)$26,206$27,058
Tuition & Fees$10,468$11,320
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$15,100$15,100
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$15,738$15,738
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$17,666$18,518
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$18,304$19,156
Average Financial Aid$7,902$7,902
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship2,709100%$7,902
Pell Grants1,43953%$4,442
Federal Student Loan1,10041%$7,093
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid189100%-
Grants or Scholarships189100%$11,987
Federal Grants189100%$5,702
Pell Grants12868%$5,210
Other Federal Grants189100%$2,174
State/Local Grants15884%$6,361
Institutional Grants8143%$2,257
Student Loan Aid8746%$5,223
Federal Student Loans8746%$5,051
Other Student Loans32%$4,981
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level165165$11,068
110,001 or more2323$5,988

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

GSU's acceptance rate is 52.05%. A total of 1,168 applicants applied to and 608 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 194 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 31.91%.
To apply to GSU, 3 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record and Completion of college-preparatory program and 1 items are recommended to submit - TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
Acceptance Rate52.05%49.58%53.75%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)31.91%34.47%30.29%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither Required Nor Recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither Required Nor Recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

Student Population

Governors State University has a total of 4,427 students including 2,609 undergraduate and 1,818 graduate students. By gender, there are 1,523 male students and 2,872 female students attending GSU. The school offers online degree programs and 1,448 students enrolled online exclusively (32.71% of all students).
Total4,395 1,5232,872
Undergraduate2,709 9881,721
Graduate1,686 5351,151

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address1 University Pky, University Park, IL
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered85 Programs
Online Program Offered1 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered37 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Student Population4,427
Graduation Rate20%
Transfer-out Rate39%
Retention Rate56% (Full-time), 40% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate10 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties241 (Full-time), 319 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs670 (Full-time), 365 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$70,795
Average Staff Salary$65,004