Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Florida Atlantic University tuition is $2,522 per year for in-state residents. This is 64% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 82% cheaper than the average Florida tuition of $14,261 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 19th in Florida amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 84th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $14,374 which represents a 470% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,309 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $4,831.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,906 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Boca Raton should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,208.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $5,414 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $6,516 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Florida residents to go to FAU is $23,359 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Florida residence can expect a one year cost of $35,211.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for Florida Atlantic University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Florida Atlantic University
Estimated Budgets
Florida Resident Total Budget $23,359
   In-State Tuition$2,522
   Other Fees$2,309
   Room and Board$11,906
   On-Campus Other Budget$5,414
   Books and Supplies$1,208
Non-Resident Total Budget $35,211
   Out-of-State Tuition$14,374
   Other Fees$2,309
   Room and Board$11,906
   On-Campus Other Budget$5,414
   Books and Supplies$1,208


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $23,359 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported FAU net price for in-state students is $13,360* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

76% of Florida Atlantic University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,845. 41 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,531. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Florida Atlantic University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Florida Atlantic University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$13,360*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid76%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,845
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants41%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,531

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$10,558
$30,001 to $48,000$11,915
$48,001 to $75,000$14,602
$75,001 to $110,000$17,288

Average Financial Aid Mix - $23,359 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $23,359. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 33% - $5,845

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Florida Atlantic University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 30% - $5,341

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 38% -  $6,759

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Florida Atlantic University
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University25% more expensive
Georgia Southern University69.1% more expensive
College of Charleston97.2% less expensive
Citadel Military College of South Carolina97% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Florida Atlantic University.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at FAU is $93,436 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $11,919 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $47,676**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $116,795 or $59,595 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Florida Atlantic University.

Florida Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,261
Florida Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,680
Non-Florida Resident Tuition Per Semester$7,187
Non-Florida Resident Total Cost Per Semester$17,606

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Florida Atlantic University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Florida Atlantic University
Price per credit hour for Florida residents$201
Cost for one class for Florida residents (3 credit hours)$603
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$720
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,160
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,880


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 46% of Florida Atlantic University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,341. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $19,898.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Florida Atlantic University? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $47,676, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $59,154.98. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Florida Atlantic University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 76% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $11,919. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Florida Atlantic University student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Florida Atlantic University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$492.96
Amount Borrowed$47,676.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$11,478.98
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$59,154.98

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend FAU? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Florida Atlantic University, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $59,154.98 would be needed to afford a $492.96 monthly payment in the example $47,676.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Florida Atlantic University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $2,480 to $2,522. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 0.3%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $93,436.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Florida Atlantic University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$32,124$128,496
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$40,999$163,997
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $52,327$209,307
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $60,575$242,299

Tuition History

What was tuition at FAU five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2012$2,480$13,454 8%
2011$2,296$12,458 -31.4%
2010$3,349$14,026 14.3%
2009$2,929$13,911 8.8%
2008$2,693$13,145 1.2%
2007$2,662$13,113 2.1%
2006$2,607$13,113 5.4%
2005$2,474$12,479 5.1%
2004$2,354$11,164 5.7%
2003$2,228$9,850 -17.4%
2002$2,698$10,586 12.6%
2001$2,397$9,734 16.3%
2000$2,061$8,555 21.6%
1999$1,695$7,020 4.8%
1998$1,618$6,351 7%
1997$1,512$5,709 4.6%
1996$1,446$5,368 0.9%
1995$1,433$5,354 -20%
1994$1,791$6,693 3.3%
1993$1,733$6,493 28.4%
1992$1,350$4,550 0%
1991$1,350$3,850 4.3%
1990$1,294$3,835 5.5%
1989$1,227$3,842 4.6%
1988$1,173$3,776 17.3%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Florida Atlantic University to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 390 1% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 220 59% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 216 2% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 121 3% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 113 2% cheaper
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 95 7% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 90 10% cheaper
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia Bachelor's Degree 83 18% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other Bachelor's Degree 69 16% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 66 14% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 66 2% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 65 9% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 61 5% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 53 17% cheaper
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning Bachelor's Degree 53 14% cheaper
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 46 26% cheaper
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 44 8% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 38 16% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 31 17% cheaper
Social Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 24 11% costlier
Ocean Engineering Bachelor's Degree 20 5% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 18 1% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 18 15% cheaper
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 17 0% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 15 15% cheaper
Education, General Bachelor's Degree 15 18% cheaper
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 15 17% cheaper
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 13 29% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 13 17% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 13 5% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 11 4% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 11 18% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 11 5% cheaper
Music Management Bachelor's Degree 10 11% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 10 14% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 8 24% cheaper
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 7 3% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 7 20% cheaper
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 7 15% cheaper
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 1% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 21% cheaper
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology Bachelor's Degree 5 6% cheaper
Surveying Engineering Bachelor's Degree 4 1% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 4 15% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 7% cheaper
Real Estate Bachelor's Degree 3 15% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 3 11% cheaper
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree 3 3% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 2 13% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 2 15% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 2 5% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 2 22% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 2 13% cheaper
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology Bachelor's Degree 2 28% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 2 12% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 14% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 1 22% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 1 4% cheaper
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 1 3% costlier
Jewish/Judaic Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 29% cheaper


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About Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University is a four year public college located in Boca Raton, Florida.  Full time enrollment is 18,387 and part time is 12,154.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Rd
Boca Raton, Florida

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Florida Atlantic University is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

Florida Atlantic University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=133669 IPEDS survey data.