Annual Total Cost

The total sticker academic price and living expense for in-state Virginia residents to go to UVA is $26,862 for the 2015/2016 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Virginia residence can expect a one year cost of $55,353.

Undergraduate Student Fees

University of Virginia Main Campus tuition is $12,604 per year for in-state residents. This is 91% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,614. The cost is 32% cheaper than the average Virginia tuition of $18,514 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 23rd in Virginia amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 52nd most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $41,095 which represents a 226% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,588 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $15,192.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,400 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Charlottesville should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,270.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for University of Virginia Main Campus
Budget Item Cost
Virginia Resident Total Cost $26,862
   In-State Tuition$12,604
   Other Fees$2,588
   Room and Board$10,400
   Books and Supplies$1,270
Non-Resident Total Cost $55,353
   Out-of-State Tuition$41,095
   Other Fees$2,588
   Room and Board$10,400
   Books and Supplies$1,270


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 $26,862 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 UVA net price for in-state students $14,069* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

33% of University of Virginia Main Campus students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $17,320. 13 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 $4,230. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Virginia Main Campus, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Virginia Main Campus
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$14,069*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid33%
Average Total Grant Aid$17,320
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants13%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,230

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$9,615
$30,001 to $48,000$10,314
$48,001 to $75,000$16,199
$75,001 to $110,000$21,964

Average Financial Aid Mix - $26,862 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $26,862. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 64% - $17,320

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

Federal Loans

 22% - $5,930

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

Out of Pocket

 13% -  $3,612

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.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if UVA is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 96/100 for University of Virginia Main Campus. Considering an average net price paid of $11,590, this leads to an overall value ranking of 85/100. This places the school 9th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. University of Virginia Main Campus
College of William and Mary10.9% more expensive
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill47.3% less expensive
United States Military Academy100% less expensive
University of Michigan Ann Arbor7.3% more 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 University of Virginia Main Campus.

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 UVA is $107,448 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 $11,590 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $46,360**

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 $134,310 or $57,950 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 University of Virginia Main Campus.

Virginia Resident Tuition Per Semester$6,302
Virginia Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,431
Non-Virginia Resident Tuition Per Semester$20,548
Non-Virginia Resident Total Cost Per Semester$27,676

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 University of Virginia Main Campus 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 University of Virginia Main Campus
Price per credit hour for Virginia residents$371
Cost for one class for Virginia residents (3 credit hours)$1,113
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$1,350
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$4,050
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$5,400

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. 28% of University of Virginia Main Campus students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,930. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $21,815.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Virginia Main Campus? 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 $46,360, 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 $57,094.62. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Virginia Main Campus. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 33% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $11,590. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our University of Virginia Main Campus 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.

University of Virginia Main Campus Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$475.79
Amount Borrowed$46,360.00
Interest Rate4.3%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$10,734.62
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$57,094.62

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend UVA? 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 University of Virginia Main Campus, 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 $57,094.62 would be needed to afford a $475.79 monthly payment in the example $46,360.00 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 University of Virginia Main Campus in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $9,240 to $12,604. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 9.1%. 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 in-state 4 year cost of $107,448.00. 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 University of Virginia Main Campus.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2022$36,942$147,766
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2027$47,148$188,591
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2032 $60,174$240,695
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2035 $69,659$278,635

Tuition History

What was tuition at UVA 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.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2010$9,872$31,872 4.2%
2009$9,470$29,790 9%
2008$8,690$27,940 8.2%
2007$8,035$26,135 9%
2006$7,370$24,290 8.5%
2005$6,790$22,890 10.4%
2004$6,149$22,169 28.6%
2003$4,780$19,990 8.1%
2002$4,421$18,453 6.3%
2001$4,160$17,409 0.7%
2000$4,130$16,603 -15.2%
1999$4,870$15,818 1.7%
1998$4,790$15,034 3%
1997$4,652$14,438 0.7%
1996$4,618$14,010 3.1%
1995$4,480$13,052 3%
1994$4,350$12,254 11.8%
1993$3,890$10,826 16%
1992$3,354$9,564 12.8%
1991$2,973$8,187 9.8%
1990$2,708$7,088 7.2%
1989$2,526$6,336 6.8%
1988$2,366$5,632 5.7%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Virginia Main Campus 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
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 340 56% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 170 32% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 110 47% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 110 63% costlier
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 73 23% costlier
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 71 15% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 69 39% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 66 25% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 57 29% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 51 43% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 49 44% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 46 46% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 40 41% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 32 37% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 31 46% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 31 43% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 29 28% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 28 50% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 26 46% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 24 53% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 23 24% costlier
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning Bachelor's Degree 22 44% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 20 41% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 20 30% costlier
Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 16 29% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 14 25% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 12 43% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 10 30% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 9 38% costlier
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 9 50% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 8 60% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 7 41% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 6 34% costlier
Architectural History and Criticism, General Bachelor's Degree 5 1% cheaper
Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 7% costlier
Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 13% costlier
Area Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 16% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 4 39% costlier
Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 4 3% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 3 40% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 3 12% costlier
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree 3 29% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 25% costlier
Astronomy Bachelor's Degree 2 13% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 2 39% costlier
Systems Engineering Bachelor's Degree 1 50% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 1 39% costlier


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About University of Virginia Main Campus

University of Virginia Main Campus is a four year public college located in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Full time enrollment is 21,640 and part time is 2,092.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 31,021 applicants. 8,997 were admitted and 3,709 enrolled.

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

University of Virginia Main Campus
1827 University Avenue
Charlottesville, Virginia

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Virginia Main Campus 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.

University of Virginia Main Campus cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=234076 IPEDS survey data.

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