Tuition and Financial Aid

The investment of a lifetime

Congratulations! You’ve decided to invest in your future by getting a Quinnipiac education. Great choice; there is tremendous value in a QU degree — just ask some of our 50,000 alumni who are thriving all around the globe in successful careers from law to medicine to broadcast journalism.

We understand that your financial investment is substantial.  That’s why we invest in you, too. How? By ensuring that your Quinnipiac education is affordable. We know that navigating the financial aid process can be daunting, but we take the fear out of it by holding your hand every step of the way. Whether its grants, scholarships, loans or a job, we’re committed to putting together a financial aid package that is just right for you.

You’ve got big dreams; we’ve got big plans for turning them into reality. Let’s get started.    

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Managing Your Educational Finances

Undergraduate Costs for 2016-2017

Freshmen Resident

Freshmen Commuter at Home

Returning Resident

Returning Commuter at Home

Off Campus

Tuition**

$41,990

$41,990

$41,990

$41,990

$41,990

Student Fees

$1,650

$1,650

$1,650

$1,650

$1,650

Technology Fees

$300

$300

$680

$680

$680

Room / Board

$15,170

† $2,200

$15,420

† $2,200

†* $13,850

Total Direct Costs

$59,110

$46,140

$59,740

$46,520

$58,170

Estimate for Books

$800

$800

$800

$800

$800

Personal Expenses

$1,200

$1,200

$1,200

$1,200

$1,200

Transportation Costs

$800

$1,300

$800

$1,300

$800

Total Indirect Costs

$2,800

$3,300

$2,800

$3,300

$3,300

Total Cost of Attendance

$61,910

$49,440

$62,540

$49,820

$61,470

*indicates figures are a result of a “weighted average”
** includes 12-16 credits per semester, credits above 16 are $995 per credit
† indicates an allowance for calculation purposes. Not paid directly to institution
Amounts listed for books, personal and transportation are estimated indirect cost allowances that are not part of a student’s bill. Part-time student budgets are pro-rated and calculated using part-time tuition costs.

Net Price Calculator

There is no denying it: college is expensive

But 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. With that in mind, we are pleased to provide you with this Net Price Calculator; it’s the ideal tool to help you — a full-time, incoming freshman — determine what your actual annual cost would be to attend Quinnipiac University. 

The net price calculator is designed with University awarding policies and approximate annual costs at the time that you are using the calculator. It is important to note that tuition, fee, room and board costs are set by the University's Board of Trustees in October, and financial aid awarding policies can and do change annually. All financial aid awards being provided by this tool are to be used for estimation purposes only and are as accurate as the information you provide. The University begins its official awarding process in mid January, and all official awards are subject to change based on verified data.

In assessing a family's estimated family contribution, the University requires just the FAFSA form. Families that know their federal (FM) 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 in order to complete the tool to provide you with an estimation of your eligibility for grants, scholarships, loans and work-study programs.

It is important to note that this tool is only designed to provide financial aid estimations for: full-time, first-time undergraduate students.

The receipt of additional financial aid, such as athletic awards, employee benefits, tuition exchange, veteran's benefits, outside scholarships, etc. may affect the estimated aid being calculated. Please contact our office should you qualify for aid outside of the resources being provided in the calculator.

Financing Your Education

Our mission is clear

We are committed to finding you every last dollar to ensure that you receive the maximum federal, state, private, and institutional aid for which you are eligible. We’ll help you navigate the forms, stay on top of the deadlines, search out those scholarships, keep up to date with the legal changes. In short: we'll help you figure out how to finance your Quinnipiac education so that you can focus on being a student, not on filling out forms.

We’ve helped thousands of students realize that they can afford a Quinnipiac education by offering them financial aid packages that are a combination of scholarships, grants, loans and work study programs.




Contact Us:

Quinnipiac University Office of Financial Aid
275 Mount Carmel Ave.
Hamden, CT 06518
203-582-8750 / 800-462-1944
Fax: 203-582-4060
Email: finaid@qu.edu

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Scholarship Information

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Good grades pay off

We know you’ve worked hard and we’re happy to acknowledge your many academic and athletic achievements. The following merit-based scholarships are awarded automatically by the admissions office to incoming students. Unless otherwise noted, no separate applications are necessary; students are simply notified of their award in their letter of acceptance. Most scholarships are renewable for up to four years, pending good academic standing.  

Scholarship information

Applying for Financial Aid: Four Steps

1. Complete and Submit the FAFSA form

All students seeking financial aid need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online as soon as possible after October 1st. This form is by far the most important document in your financial aid arsenal.  

2. Review Your Financial Aid Award Letter

At the end of January, we start sending out Financial Award Letters. In your letter we’ll spell out the details of your financial aid package, which can include grants, scholarships, federal student loans, and work-study jobs. 

3. File Your Entrance Interview and Master Promissory Note (MPN) Online for Federal Loans

Students who receive a student loan for the first time are required to complete these online forms before they are eligible to receive payment. This process will take approximately 40 minutes to complete and can be accessed 24 hours a day.

4. Pay your Balance

Students and parents can apply for a PLUS loan, private loan or payment plan to cover costs not met by financial aid.

Important Dates

Financial aid application deadlines

Early Decision Applicants: December 1
Beginning for the 2017/18 academic year, students who are filing"Early Decision" for admissions should have their FAFSA completed on or before Dec. 1 in order to be evaluated for financial aid. Early Decision award letters go out in mid-December. Students filing their FAFSA after the Dec. 1 deadline will be awarded aid in the order applications are received. 

Freshmen and Transfer Students: March 1
Award letters are generated in the order that FAFSAs are received and we will begin awarding students on a rolling basis beginning in mid-January. All applicants who meet the March 1 deadline should receive their initial award letter no later than April 1. The FAFSA form is not required to receive an academic scholarship.

Returning Students: April 1
Award letters are generated in the order that FAFSAs are received, on a rolling basis, beginning in late May after final grades are posted. All on-time applicants, whose files are complete and processed by our office, should receive their award letter no later than June 30. Incomplete files will be processed throughout the summer.

While we welcome late applications, funding availability is tentative after the prescribed deadlines.

Important Tools

SALT Program

The Quinnipiac Office(s) of financial aid and the American Student Assistance (ASA) invite all Quinnipiac students to participate in "SALT."  SALT is a comprehensive financial literacy tool designed to help students manage and understand their student loan debt. Through a series of timed educational lessons, SALT provides students with information on managing finances, loan repayment, scholarship finders and other tools.

FAFSA Application

All students (freshmen, transfer and returning) are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be given consideration for federal aid including PELL, SEOG, Work-study, Federal Direct Student Loans and Federal Direct PLUS Loans. Many state grant and scholarship programs also require a student to complete a FAFSA in order to be given consideration.

Work Study Program

Earn while you learn

The Federal Work Study (FWS) Program provides part-time jobs for undergraduates with demonstrated financial need. Here’s the catch: while students are granted a certain amount of work-study aid in their financial award letter, they aren't guaranteed a job. Students need to secure their own positions. The Financial Aid Office does keep a listing of current work-study job on the MyQ site, but word-of-mouth is another good way to learn about anticipated openings.

Typically, more than 1,000 students work 6 to 10 hours a week at various departments around campus. All students earn minimum wage or higher. 

Work study (login required)

Code of Conduct and Additional Resources

The Offices of Financial Aid are pleased to provide you with a comprehensive set of standards that guide our financial aid practices. Our goal is simple: to advocate for you with the highest level of professionalism and ethical behavior. 

Memberships and Affiliations

Quinnipiac University has been a longtime member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and subscribes to that organization's Statement of Ethical Principals and Code of Conduct for Financial Aid Professionals. Our seasoned staff are longtime members of the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (EASFAA) and our institution belongs to the Connecticut Association of Professional Financial Aid Administrators (CAPFAA).

The University has also adopted the Connecticut Code of Conduct. Our office adheres to all of the standards and practices that are outlined in this document.

Connecticut Code of Conduct

On Aug. 27, 2007, the Connecticut Attorney General announced that all Connecticut institutions of higher education had volunteered to adopt the Connecticut Code of Conduct: a clear roadmap that outlines the ethical administration of financial aid. In fact, Quinnipiac University, one of 17 private colleges and universities in the state, had worked closely with the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC) in helping to draft this code.

Student Loans and Suggested Lenders

Effective July 1, 2010, all colleges and universities are required to process all Federal Stafford and PLUS loans through the government’s Federal Direct Loan Program. Private lenders no longer participate in the federal loan programs. We do not recommend lender lists for students or parents inquiring about private educational loans, nor do we recommend one loan program over another. Students are strongly encouraged to exhaust all of their grant, scholarship and federal loan options before considering private loans. Private educational loans often come with higher interest rates and fees, as well as other less favorable terms and conditions than those offered through the federal loan programs. Private loans require credit checks and often require credit-worthy cosigners, making them more difficult to secure. While we do not make private educational loan recommendations, we do guide families toward a website provided by ELM Select, a non-profit organization that provides an unbiased comparison tool for comparing private educational loans. We also suggest that you pay attention to your home state’s loan programs which can often provide better terms, conditions, fees and interest rates.