Tuition and Cost to Attend Sarah Lawrence College

Annual Total Cost

The annual total list price cost to go to Sarah Lawrence College was $63,322 for the 2013/2014 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of New York residence status as there is no in-state discount. The breakdown of this total cost is detailed as follows.

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Sarah Lawrence College is $47,640 for the 2013/2014 academic year. This is 95% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $24,476. Sarah Lawrence College is one of the 100 most expensive colleges in the America, coming in 1st on our Expensive 100 Ranking. The cost is $28,148 and 144% more expensive than the average New York tuition of $19,492 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 187th in New York amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional "other" fee of $1,056 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $48,696.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $14,026 per year. If you elect to live off campus elsewhere in Bronxville, you should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $600.

Cost Itemization

Costs and Tuition Detail for Sarah Lawrence College
Expenditure Price
New York Resident Total Cost$63,322
Non-Resident Total Cost$63,322
   In-State Tuition$47,640
   Out-of-State Tuition$47,640
   Other Fees$1,056
   Room and Board$14,026
   Books and Supplies$600

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 academic years.


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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 $63,322 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out of pocket price you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Sarah Lawrence College net price for in-state students receiving aid was $26,961* for the 2010/2011 academic year.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

76% of Sarah Lawrence College students received grant aid in 2010/2011 to help defray the cost of tuition. The average total aid amount was $31,161. 20 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2010/2011 was $4,197. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Sarah Lawrence College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Sarah Lawrence College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$26,961*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid76%
Average Total Grant Aid$31,161
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants20%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,197

Average Financial Aid Mix - $63,322 In-State Total Cost

Estimated coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $63,322. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


 49% - $31,161

Grants and Scholarships

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education or Sarah Lawrence College. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

 13% - $8,118

Federal Loans

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

 38% -  $24,043

Out of Pocket

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

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2011-2012 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.

Cost of a Degree

When considering the cost to go to Sarah Lawrence 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 Sarah Lawrence College.

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 Sarah Lawrence College is $253,288 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 $26,961 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $107,844**

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 $316,610 or $134,805 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2011-2012 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 Sarah Lawrence College.

New York Resident Tuition Per Semester$23,820
New York Resident Total Cost Per Semester$31,661

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 Sarah Lawrence College 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 Sarah Lawrence College
Price per credit hour$1,474
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$4,422
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$5,896


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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. 67% of Sarah Lawrence College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $8,118. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $18,360.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Sarah Lawrence College? 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 $107,844, 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 $135,121.73. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Sarah Lawrence College. 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 $26,961. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Sarah Lawrence College 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.

Sarah Lawrence College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,126.01
Amount Borrowed$107,844.00
Interest Rate4.7%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$27,277.73
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$135,121.73

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Sarah Lawrence College? 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 Sarah Lawrence College, 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 $135,121.73 would be needed to afford a $1,126.01 monthly payment in the example $107,844.00 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.

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Sarah Lawrence College is a private not for profit institution.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Sarah Lawrence College in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $36,088 to $45,212. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5.1%. 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 4 year cost of $253,288.00. 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 Sarah Lawrence College.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2019$87,083$348,330
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2024$111,142$444,567
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2029 $141,848$567,393
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2032 $164,207$656,828

Tuition History

What was tuition at Sarah Lawrence College 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 the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.

YearTuitionAnnual Increase

Cost for Popular Majors

Below are the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Sarah Lawrence College ranked by degrees conferred during the 2010/2011 academic year along with their estimated total program cost. Please consult the school's website for further information as actual costs for specific program may vary. Price estimates assume graduation in normal time. Our methodology for estimating these costs is a two or four year multiple of the current one year tuition and living cost of $63,322. Associates degrees are assumed to be completed in two years and bachelors degrees are assumed to take four years.

Area of Study Graduates Estimated Degree + Living Expense Cost
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 293 $253,288
4 year estimate

About Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Lawrence College is a four year private college located in Bronxville, New York.  Full time enrollment is 1,659 and part time is 101.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 2,166 applicants. 1,309 were admitted and 344 enrolled.

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

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