Understanding the cost of a UD education.
How much does it cost for a first-time freshman to attend UD?
Our $53,052 "sticker price" consists of the following direct charges:
$37,652 Tuition + $3,000 Fees + $12,400 Room & Board
For an estimate of indirect costs, visit Cost of Attendance.
Your family can afford a private, Catholic liberal arts education.
With that sticker price, a private Catholic liberal arts education can seem beyond
your family's financial ability,
but 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.
How can my family afford that sticker price?
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 $8,000 up to full tuition. All students are automatically considered
for a merit-based scholarship when they submit their application no extra paperwork!
In fact, UD was recently recognized as #1 in the country by Money Magazine for providing merit-based scholarships. See the scholarship calculator to find out where you will fall. We also offer departmental scholarships of up to $5,000 in nine different academic subjects.
Then, we subtract grant aid of up to $25,000. 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
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.
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.
Worried about 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 44% don't take out any loans at all.
*Data for 2013-14 year, the most recent year with national debt information available.
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.
*Read more at Bloomberg Businessweek.
*See at Federal Student Aid.
A top-ranked, private, Catholic, liberal arts education can be affordable for your
family. We're not the only ones who think so.
UD has earned a reputation not only for providing an outstanding education, but for
doing so at a reasonable cost. Weve gained recognition from dozens of national publications for being one of the best educational values in the country.
So now what?