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Understanding the Cost of UD

How can families like mine afford UD?

UD's financial aid packages are designed to make a UD education a reality for families just like yours.

Our students and their families come from all kinds of socioeconomic backgrounds.

FA Applicants by Household Income

How much does a UD education cost?


This includes:

  • $47,300 Tuition (2023-2024)
  • $14,360 Room & Board
  • $3,580 Fees (not including one-time orientation fee)

For an estimate of indirect costs (such as books, supplies and personal expenses), visit Cost of Attendance.


Sticker price vs. Actual cost

The short answer is easy: most families won't pay that price since 96% of our students receive scholarships and/or need-based financial aid. 


The first discount we apply is a merit-based scholarship ranging from $18,000 to $32,000. All students are automatically considered for a merit-based scholarship when they submit their application no extra paperwork!

We also offer departmental scholarships of up to $5,000 in twelve different academic subjects.

Other sources of aid that help further lower direct and indirect costs are work-study or outside scholarships. We maintain a page dedicated to scholarship search engines and private scholarships to help you further fund your studies. 


Then, we subtract grant aid of up to $29,000. Grants are based on students' financial need and are gift aid, so they do not need to be repaid.


Finally, we subtract federal loans up to $5,500 for a freshman-level dependent student.

Be sure to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), if you have not already done so. As soon as we receive your FAFSA, we can determine your eligibility for need-based aid. The FAFSA becomes available on Oct. 1 each year, and the sooner you submit it, the sooner we can assess your financial aid eligibility. 

In the end, you are left with your actual cost, which is generally much lower than the sticker price. The actual cost is the direct costs after your scholarship, grants and loans have been subtracted.  Get an estimate of your net cost.

Worried about student loan debt?

You probably hear a lot about students being unable to pay back their loans. While loan debt is a serious responsibility, UD students generally take out a moderate amount of loans, and about 40% don't take out any loans at all.

Furthermore, UD graduates are able to pay back their loans on schedule. Armed with the versatility of a liberal arts education, internship experience and the guidance of our Office of Personal Career Development, our graduates find success in a wide range of career fields. UD students default rate on loans is just a fraction of the national average.


*See at Federal Student Aid.

Any questions?

We're here to answer them! Contact us at or toll free at 800-628-6999. We look forward to hearing from you.

Visit our Net Price Calculator to estimate your actual cost to attend UD.