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Undergraduate Financial Aid

Costs and Budgets

Our goal is to be transparent about what you can expect when it comes to financing your undergraduate degree. You'll have both direct and indirect costs to budget for, and we're here to ensure you understand how to finance these costs.

Undergraduate Costs

Undergraduate Costs of Attendance 2021–22
Cost First-Year Student Living on Campus First-Year Commuter at Home
Direct Costs
Total Costs of Attendance $69,760 $56,800
Tuition1 $48,680 $48,680
Student Fees2 $1,840 $1,840
Technology Fees $750 $750
Room and Board $15,690 $430
Total Direct Costs $66,960 $51,700
Indirect Costs
Room and Board Allowance n/a $1,800
Books3 $800 $800
Personal3 $1,200 $1,200
Transportation3 $800 $1,300
Total Indirect Costs $2,800 $5,100

1 Tuition figures assume a student is taking 12-16 credits per semester. Credits taken in excess of 16 are billed at $1,115 per credit. Part-time student budgets are prorated and calculated using part-time tuition costs.
2 Student fees cover the experiences and services that complement and support academics.
3 Amounts listed for books, personal and transportation are estimated allowances that are not part of a student’s bill.

Determining Your Need

Quinnipiac determines your need for financial assistance using the following formula:

Cost of Attendance (COA) – Expected Family Contribution (EFC) = NEED

Because Quinnipiac’s admission policies are “need-blind,” students are admitted without regard to need. Like most colleges and universities, Quinnipiac does not have enough resources to meet 100% of every student’s need. Students and families who have unmet need or do not have the funds to meet their EFC may borrow additional funds or subscribe to a payment plan through the university to help finance their balance.

Net Price Calculator

Use the Net Price Calculator to understand what you might pay
You may be surprised to know that nationwide — for students attending private, four-year colleges — the average family can pay much less than the college’s published price. The Net Price Calculator is the ideal tool to help full-time, incoming first-year students estimate what the annual cost* would be to attend Quinnipiac.

Net Price Calculator

*In assessing a family's Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the university requires just the FAFSA form. Families that know their federal EFC can enter these figures into the calculator when prompted. For those who have not yet completed the FAFSA, you will need to have estimated income, tax and asset data available for the calculator to provide you with an estimation of your eligibility for grants, scholarships, loans and work-study programs.

It is important to note that the Net Price Calculator is only designed to provide estimates for full-time, first-year undergraduate students.

The receipt of additional assistance such as athletic scholarships, employee benefits, Tuition Exchange grants, veterans benefits, outside scholarships, etc., may affect the estimated aid being calculated. Please contact our office if you qualify for aid outside of the resources being provided in the calculator.

Cost of Attendance Budgets

The Cost of Attendance represents expenses that will and can be incurred while attending college. It also represents the maximum financial aid (loans, scholarships, work study, etc.) you may receive for an academic period.

There are two types of costs in your budget:

  • Direct Costs: Expenses for which you receive a billing statement from the Quinnipiac University Office of Student Accounts such as tuition, student fees, university/technology fees, accident insurance, health insurance and other applicable fees.
  • Indirect Costs: Expenses that you may incur but for which you do not receive a billing statement such as average for books, supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses 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)

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

The process used to evaluate your expected family contribution (EFC) is based on national norms and ordinary situations. The university will use the EFC from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to calculate your eligibility for aid. Some of the components used to determine an EFC include adjusted gross income, untaxed income and benefits, savings and investments, business net worth, number of family members in postsecondary education and an allowance for state and other taxes. Need is defined as cost of attendance minus the EFC.

It is important to remember that costs vary from one college to another. It is crucial to calculate the difference between the awards and the college costs to know what the actual cost to the family will be.

Late applications are welcomed, but not all funding may be available.

An example of our current year: 

Direct Costs Amount
First-Year Student Tuition 2021-221 $48,680
Student Fees2 $1,840
Technology Fee $750
Room and Board $15,690
Total Direct Costs $66,960
From this, deduct all grants, scholarships and loans For example: ($31,340)
Then, the amount the family would pay would be $35,620

1 Tuition figures assume a student is taking 12-16 credits per semester. Credits taken in excess of 16 are billed at $1,115 per credit. Part-time student budgets are prorated and calculated using part-time tuition costs.
2 Student fees cover the experiences and services that complement and support academics.

We’re Here to Help

If the expected family contribution is more than your family is able to pay, don’t panic.

Because individual circumstances vary, some applications require a more personalized approach. Talk to the university’s Office of Financial Aid about your situation.

Recognize, however, that the primary responsibility for meeting college costs rests with your family.

Financial aid is intended to supplement, not replace, family contribution. To ease the burden, families can:

  • Spread payments over the academic year by using an interest-free tuition payment plan. Learn more about tuition plans

  • Select a PLUS loan or explore private/alternative loans to supplement or replace a portion of the family contribution. Learn more about loans