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Graduate Financial Aid

Costs and Budgets

Our goal is to be up front and clear about what you can expect when it comes to financing your graduate degree. You'll have both direct and indirect costs to budget for, and we're here to ensure you know what to expect from day one.

Cost of Attendance Budgets

The Cost of Attendance represents expenses that will and can be incurred while attending graduate school. It also represents the maximum financial aid (federal and private educational loans, scholarship, grant and work) you may receive for an academic award period/year.

There are two types of costs in your budget:

  • Direct Costs: Expenses for which you will be billed from the Quinnipiac University Office of Student Accounts such as tuition, fees (student, university/technology, accident, health insurance and other applicable fees) and housing and meals (if living on campus).
  • Indirect Costs: Expenses that you may incur but for which you do not receive a billing statement from the University. The amounts provided are the average allowance for each allowable category: books, supplies, transportation, miscellaneous expense and off-campus living expenses.

These estimates are for educational expenses and are, therefore, used when calculating financial aid eligibility. It is important to note that you will only be billed for the direct costs.

We recommend that you keep the cost of attendance budget in mind when you construct your own budget for living expenses. This will allow you to get a better idea of the amount you may need to borrow in student loans, and what resources are available to help with your expenses while in school.

Budget periods

  • 3 months (summer only)
  • 7 months (summer/fall or spring/summer)
  • 9 months (fall/spring)
  • 12 months (full year with summer included)

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2020-2021 Academic Year Costs

Tuition for graduate programs is based on a per credit-hour tuition rate for both full and part-time students. All students taking traditional (on ground) courses will be assessed a student fee. Tuition rates for the online degree programs can be found by visiting the Quinnipiac Online webpage.

College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Programs 
Program Tuition rate per credit
Molecular and Cell Biology $1,075
Fees for Academic Year
Student fees $45 per credit, not to exceed $405 per semester
$25 per term summer registration fee
Technology and lab fees $370 per semester (fall/spring) for full-time students
$165 per semester (fall/spring) for part-time students
$85 for summer semester (full-time or part-time)
Mandatory accident insurance $25 fall and spring semester
Commuter meal plan (required) $210 per semester (fall/spring) for full-time students
Not charged for clinical or student-teaching semesters
Indirect Costs
Item Rate
Books and Supplies
  • $350 to $3,600 annually depending on program of study
  • $120 to $724 per month depending on program of study
Living Expenses
  • $2,135 per month (off-campus)
  • $951 per month (at home with parents)
Miscellaneous Expenses
  • $350 to $4,100 annually depending on program of study


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