The Real Cost
Do you know the real cost of your college education? Choosing a college that provides the greatest return on your investment is an important task, and we encourage you to inquire about the true cost of each school you are considering. Think about the overall investment — not just in terms of your first year but for all four years of your college experience.
At the University of Dayton, our goal is to be as upfront and transparent as possible. Our innovative tuition and financial aid plan for full-time undergraduates allows families to know the full cost of tuition over four years and provides funds to offset the cost of textbooks. There will also be no surprises when you receive your bill, as there are no additional fees, surcharges or hidden expenses.
No other university is taking quite this approach, which has sparked the interest of national experts in the field.
"The University of Dayton has come up with an idea that I think is really smart." [Listen to his full podcast.]
— Clark Howard
Nationally syndicated consumer expert
"Locking in the net price, as opposed to just tuition, makes college costs more predictable, helping families plan for the full four-year cost of a college education."
— Mark Kantrowitz
Financial aid expert; publisher of Fastweb.com and FinAid.org
Three questions to ask every college
At the University of Dayton, we're known for asking questions and searching for answers. As you determine which college is the best fit for you, we encourage you to embrace that inquisitive spirit.
Make sure you ask the following questions to every college on your list. As part of the University of Dayton's commitment to transparency and affordability, we answer all of these questions upfront and clearly.
1. Will my scholarship/grant grow to cover tuition increases?
Yes. The value of your merit scholarship and grant(s) will grow each year to cover any tuition increases so you can plan for your future.
2. Will you help to offset the cost of textbooks?
Yes. If you attend an official campus visit and file the FAFSA by March 1, you will be eligible to receive textbooks, worth $4,000 over four years (up to $1,000 per year) upon enrollment at the University of Dayton – that's in addition to your grant and scholarship aid.
3. Are there additional fees?
No. At the University of Dayton, you won't find surcharges or additional fees like orientation fees, lab fees and course fees when you get your bill.
Undergraduate tuition costs: 2013-14 academic year
While these are the official costs at the University of Dayton, most students pay much less. Last year, 98 percent of first-year students received financial assistance, which significantly lowered this number.
Residence halls: $6,890
Meal plans: $4,600
Residential students are required to live on campus and have a meal plan for the first two years. The amounts shown are for the standard options. If you elect to make changes to your assigned housing or meal plan, these costs will change.
Have questions? Need more information? We're here to help.
Office of Admission and Financial Aid
800-UD PRIDE (800-837-7433)