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 $45.9 million in institutional grants and scholarships was awarded in 2015-16. 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.

2016-17 Cost of Attendance

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

  • Tuition and Student Activity Fees: $51,180
  • Room and Meals: $12,794
  • Total Direct Charges: $63,974

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

  • Books: $1,170
  • Personal Expenses: $1,710 **
  • Total Indirect Costs: $2,880

Total Cost of Attendance $66,854

* 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 16-17 academic year is $1,799, 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.