Cost

Your college education is one of the best investments you'll ever makeā€”but it doesn't have to be the biggest. A degree at the U is a phenomenal value. Recent rankings by The Economist and Brookings about the economic value of a college degree place the U in the top 7% in the nation, and #1 among Utah, PAC-12 and BIG-10 public institutions. 

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 2016-2017

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 2016-17   Living On Campus                 Living Off Campus (with parent/relative) Living Off Campus (not with parent/relative)
Room and Board 9,738 1,836 9,936
Books and Supplies

1,232

1,232

1,232

Miscellaneous 2,418 2,418 2,418
Transportation 1,260 1,260 1,260
Tuition and Fees

Resident: 8,562             Non-resident: 27,200

Resident: 8,562             Non-resident: 27,200 Resident: 8,562                   Non-resident: 27,200
Total Budget* Resident: $23,210
Non-Resident: $41,848
Resident: $15,308
Non-Resident: $33,946
Resident: $23,408
Non-Resident: $42,046

All costs are subject to change without notice and are expected to increase annually. *Please keep in mind that your individual program or coursework may have additional fees. Fees associated with student loan borrowing have been accounted for in the total budget.

As mentioned, the cost of attendance is based on estimated figures, and as such, it may not accurately reflect an individual student's costs. For this reason, a student may appeal or request an adjustment to the cost of attendance for the following reasons:

  • A computer purchase for educational purposes, one time increase
  • Child Care expenses incurred while the student and/or spouse are at school or work
  • Unusual medical/dental expenses, not covered by insurance and not itemized on tax returns
  • Approved University of Utah study abroad programs
  • Costs related to a disability
  • Additional required program fees and expenses

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: