The cost of a college education is a significant investment, and we understand that that cost is a major concern for most families.

Our cost of attendance does not reflect the total cost of educating a Dickinsonian; it has already been reduced by approximately 20 percent per student thanks to support from our endowment, alumni and foundation funds. An additional $49.8 million in institutional grants and scholarships was awarded in 2016-17. Our exclusively undergraduate, liberal-arts experience ensures all our resources support undergraduate students. The value of a Dickinson education is evidenced by the professional success of our graduates, our impressive 9:1 student-faculty ratio, our outstanding campus resources and our four-year graduation rate.

2017-18 Cost of Attendance

Direct Cost of Attendance (standard fees for which the student is billed)*

  • Tuition and Student Activity Fees: $52,930
  • Room and Meals: $13,236
  • Total Direct Charges: $66,166

Indirect Costs (estimated additional expenses that vary for each student)

  • Books: $1,210
  • Personal Expenses: $1,770 **
  • Total Indirect Costs: $2,980

Total Cost of Attendance $69,146

* Students who are not covered under a U.S. health-insurance policy will be billed for student health insurance.   The cost for this health insurance for the 17-18 academic year is $1,782, to be billed in two equal installments, fall and spring.

** An additional allowance for travel expenses is estimated for families living outside of the mid-Atlantic region. The allowance is based upon distance from Dickinson College.