Your college education is one of the best investments you'll ever make—but it doesn't have to be the biggest. A degree at the U is a phenomenal value. In a recent survey of nearly 700 institutions by, the University of Utah ranked 72nd in value for getting the best payback for your tuition dollar at a public university, both in-state and out-of-state.

You probably already knew that full-time status at a university only requires 12 credits (roughly 4 classes) per semester? But did you know that by adding one class per semester or studying during summer break, you can shorten your college education by one whole year and save significantly on tuition? A 30 credit per year schedule encourages high productivity and helps you progress through your college plan more quickly. At the U, our new Plan to Finish campaign will help you graduate sooner, start your dream career, and save money too. Learn more here >

Typical Undergraduate Budgets 2015-2016

Below is an estimated Cost of Attendance for an Undergraduate student attending fall and spring semesters, with a course load of 15 credit hours per semester, for a total of 30 credit hours per school year. Use this information to estimate what your costs will be.

Academic Year 2015-16       Living On Campus                 Living Off Campus (with parent/relative) Living Off Campus (not with parent/relative)
Tuition and Fees Resident: 8,240
Non-Resident: 26,180
Resident: 8,240
Non-Resident: 26,180
Resident: 8,240
Non-Resident: 26,180
Room and Board




Books and Supplies 1,006 1,006 1,006
Miscellaneous§ 2,448 2,448 2,448
Transportation 1,126 1,126 1,126
Total Budget* Resident: $23,478
Non-Resident: $41,418
Resident: $15,972
Non-Resident: $33,912
Resident: $23,694
Non-Resident: $41,634

All costs are subject to change without notice and are expected to increase annually. The Cost of Attendance is based on estimated figures and may not accurately reflect an individual students costs. *Fees associated with student loan borrowing have been accounted for in the total budget for both Residents and Non-Residents. Loan fees will vary. § Miscellaneous costs include things like medical expenses, clothing, haircuts, telephone, and other utilities, etc. **Please note, this rate is based on reported average costs for all undergraduate students at the U of U. Freshman costs may be up to $2-3K less, due to lower freshman housing fees. Estimated costs may vary based on room type and meal plan selection.

While the U.S. Census Bureau tells us the average salary for a college graduate is almost $20,000 per year higher than the salary of a high school graduate (that equates to $900,000 over a career), you can rest easy knowing you won't be spending that career paying off your education.

In addition to being a great value, the U has many resources to help you pay for your education. When you apply by the December 1 priority deadline and fill out your application completely, you will automatically be considered for Merit scholarships. From scholarship money, to on-campus employment, to tuition payment plans, our goal is to help you get a solid education without breaking the bank! 

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Coming from outside of Utah?  

Here are some additional resources that may help reduce your overall costs:

Last Updated: 8/28/15