Cost of Education

Choosing a college that provides the greatest value is an important task. We encourage you to inquire about the true cost of each school you are considering — not just in terms of your first year but for all four years of your college experience.

At the University of Dayton, we want you to have a successful college experience and peace of mind regarding the cost of your degree. That's why we created a four-year approach to tuition with complete transparency.

How our plan works

Here are four ways the University of Dayton is making a difference when it comes to cost.

No tuition increases

At most universities, tuition increases each year. That means what you pay as a senior could be substantially higher than what you pay your first year. But at the University of Dayton, your scholarships and grants increase each year to offset any tuition increases. The result? The tuition you pay each year stays the same.

No Fees

Most universities charge additional fees for labs, courses, orientation, etc. But the University of Dayton is different. We don't have fees or surcharges, so you won't be surprised when you get your bill.

Money for Textbooks

Textbooks can be an unexpected expense. But University of Dayton students don't have to worry. If you attend an official campus visit and file the FAFSA by February 1, you can receive up to $4,000 for your textbooks (over four years).

Four-Year Outlook

Most universities focus on your first-year financial aid award and don't tell you how costs will change over time. At UD, we provide a four-year overview of costs. You'll also have peace of mind in knowing your net tuition cost stays the same all four years.

National endorsements

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 and

Undergraduate Tuition Costs: 2016-17

While these are the official costs at the University of Dayton, most students pay much less. Approximately 97 percent of first-year students receive financial aid, and 60 percent of first-year students will pay less than $20,000 in tuition in 2015. To learn more about the financial aid we provided to students last year, view our profile on College Navigator.

Tuition: $40,940
Residence halls: $7,600
Meal plans: $5,080

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.

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Office of Admission and Financial Aid

Albert Emanuel Hall 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1669