Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Wilmington University is $10,890 for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is 61% cheaper than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $27,755. The cost is 26% cheaper than the average Delaware tuition of $14,762 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 3rd in Delaware amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 5th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $50 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $10,940.

Housing Costs

Wilmington University doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the New Castle area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $6,000.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,800.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $1,800 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Wilmington University was $20,540 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Delaware residence status as there is no in-state discount. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $14,540.

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

Costs and Tuition for Wilmington University
Estimated Budgets
Delaware Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$20,540
   In-State Tuition$10,890
   Other Fees$50
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$6,000
   Off-Campus Other Budget$1,800
   Books and Supplies$1,800
Delaware Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$14,540
   In-State Tuition$10,890
   Other Fees$50
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$1,800
   Books and Supplies$1,800
Non-Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$20,540
   Out-of-State Tuition$10,890
   Other Fees$50
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$6,000
   Off-Campus Other Budget$1,800
   Books and Supplies$1,800


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 $20,540 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 Wilmington University net price for in-state students is $13,359* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

58% of Wilmington University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $2,584. 47 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 $2,336. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Wilmington University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Wilmington University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$13,359*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid58%
Average Total Grant Aid$2,584
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants47%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$2,336

Average Net Price 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$14,296
$30,001 to $48,000$14,648
$48,001 to $75,000$15,621
$75,001 to $110,000$16,184

Average Financial Aid Mix - $20,540 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $20,540. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 14% - $2,584

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

Federal Loans

 16% - $3,064

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

Out of Pocket

 70% -  $13,092

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 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.

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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington University is $82,160 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 $13,222 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $52,888**

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 $102,700 or $66,110 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 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

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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington University
Price per credit hour$363
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$1,089
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$1,452


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. 62% of Wilmington University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $3,064.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Wilmington 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 $52,888, 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 $65,621.88. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Wilmington University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 58% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $13,222. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Wilmington 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.

Wilmington University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$546.85
Amount Borrowed$52,888.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$12,733.88
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$65,621.88

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Wilmington University? 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 Wilmington 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 $65,621.88 would be needed to afford a $546.85 monthly payment in the example $52,888.00 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 Wilmington University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $9,660 to $10,890. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2.5%. 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 $82,160.00. 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 Wilmington University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$28,247$112,989
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$36,051$144,206
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $46,012$184,047
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $53,264$213,058

Tuition History

What was tuition at Wilmington University 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.

YearTuitionAnnual Increase

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Wilmington 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
Behavioral Sciences Bachelor's Degree 164 21% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 149 41% cheaper
Nursing Practice Bachelor's Degree 143 45% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Bachelor's Degree 116 36% cheaper
Organizational Behavior Studies Bachelor's Degree 96 52% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 89 42% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 81 45% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 77 49% cheaper
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance Bachelor's Degree 50 18% cheaper
General Studies Associate's Degree 42 3% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 34 45% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 30 44% cheaper
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 29 41% cheaper
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 23 45% cheaper
Information Resources Management Bachelor's Degree 20 42% cheaper
Computer Graphics Bachelor's Degree 17 42% cheaper
Pre-Law Studies Bachelor's Degree 13 48% cheaper
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design Bachelor's Degree 10 46% cheaper
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations Bachelor's Degree 9 39% cheaper
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design Associate's Degree 6 2% costlier
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant Bachelor's Degree 5 33% cheaper
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 4 47% cheaper
Educational/Instructional Technology Bachelor's Degree 3 14% cheaper
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Bachelor's Degree 3 52% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 3 8% costlier
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 41% cheaper
Photojournalism Bachelor's Degree 2 48% cheaper
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 42% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 2 51% cheaper
Social Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 35% cheaper
Design and Visual Communications, General Bachelor's Degree 2 48% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 1 47% cheaper
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 40% cheaper


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About Wilmington University

Wilmington University is a four year private college located in New Castle, Delaware.  Full time enrollment is 5,694 and part time is 9,622.  Wilmington University has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes.

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

Wilmington University
320 Dupont Hwy
New Castle, Delaware

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Wilmington University is a private not for profit institution.

Wilmington University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=131113 IPEDS survey data.