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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of the District of Columbia tuition is $4,896 per year for in-state residents. This is 31% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 83% cheaper than the average District Of Columbia tuition of $28,769 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 1st in District Of Columbia amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 11th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $11,232 which represents a 129% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $860 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $5,756.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $16,425 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Washington should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,280.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $0 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,727 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state District Of Columbia residents to go to University of the District of Columbia is $23,461 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have District Of Columbia residence can expect a one year cost of $29,797.

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

Costs and Tuition for University of the District of Columbia
Estimated Budgets
District Of Columbia Resident Total Budget $23,461
   In-State Tuition$4,896
   Other Fees$860
   Room and Board$16,425
   On-Campus Other Budget$0
   Books and Supplies$1,280
Non-Resident Total Budget $29,797
   Out-of-State Tuition$11,232
   Other Fees$860
   Room and Board$16,425
   On-Campus Other Budget$0
   Books and Supplies$1,280

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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 $23,461 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 University of the District of Columbia net price for in-state students is $16,046* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

80% of University of the District of Columbia students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $6,109. 73 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 $4,820. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of the District of Columbia, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of the District of Columbia
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$16,046*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid80%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,109
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants73%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,820

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$15,629
$30,001 to $48,000$16,530
$48,001 to $75,000$18,294
$75,001 to $110,000$21,149
$110,000+$21,149

Average Financial Aid Mix - $23,461 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $23,461. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

26%
23%
51%

Grants and Scholarships

 26% - $6,109

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

Federal Loans

 23% - $5,436

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

Out of Pocket

 51% -  $11,916

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.

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 the District of Columbia.

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 University of the District of Columbia is $93,844 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 $16,084 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $64,336**

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 $117,305 or $80,420 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 the District of Columbia.

District Of Columbia Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,448
District Of Columbia Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,730
Non-District Of Columbia Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,616
Non-District Of Columbia Resident Total Cost Per Semester$14,898

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 the District of Columbia 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 the District of Columbia
Price per credit hour for District Of Columbia residents$204
Cost for one class for District Of Columbia residents (3 credit hours)$612
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$459
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,377
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,836

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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. 56% of University of the District of Columbia students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,436.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of the District of Columbia? 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 $64,336, 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 $79,826.22. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of the District of Columbia. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 80% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $16,084. 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 the District of Columbia 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 the District of Columbia Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$665.22
Amount Borrowed$64,336.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$15,490.22
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$79,826.22

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend University of the District of Columbia? 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 the District of Columbia, 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 $79,826.22 would be needed to afford a $665.22 monthly payment in the example $64,336.00 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 the District of Columbia in the future? 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 $93,844.00. 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 the District of Columbia.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$32,264$129,057
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$41,178$164,714
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $52,555$210,221
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $60,839$243,357

Tuition History

What was tuition at University of the District of Columbia 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$6,380$13,380 0%
2011$6,380$13,380 18.8%
2010$5,370$12,300 71%
2009$3,140$5,780 0%
2008$3,140$5,780 17.6%
2007$2,670$5,310 29%
2006$2,070$4,710 0%
2005$2,070$4,710 0%
2004$2,070$4,710 0%
2003$2,070$4,710 0%
2002$2,070$4,710 0%
2001$2,070$4,710 0%
2000$2,070$4,710 3%
1999$2,010$4,650 5.2%
1998$1,910$4,550 27.2%
1997$1,502$4,334 34.3%
1996$1,118$4,034 6.9%
1995$1,046$3,854 7.4%
1994$974$3,566 17.3%
1993$830$2,990 3.8%
1992$800$2,960 20.5%
1991$664$2,464 0%
1990$664$2,464 0%
1989$664$2,464 4.7%
1988$634$2,432 0%
1987$634$2,434

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of the District of Columbia 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 Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 40 14% cheaper
Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants, Other Associate's Degree 39 39% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 30 34% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 21 26% cheaper
Education, Other Associate's Degree 21 32% costlier
Corrections Bachelor's Degree 19 1% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 17 33% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 16 28% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 16 17% cheaper
Design and Visual Communications, General Bachelor's Degree 16 25% cheaper
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Associate's Degree 15 41% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 15 17% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 13 28% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 12 20% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 10 31% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 10 30% cheaper
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 24% cheaper
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other Bachelor's Degree 9 14% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 9 35% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 8 26% cheaper
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 8 53% costlier
Nursing Education Bachelor's Degree 8 25% cheaper
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management Bachelor's Degree 7 18% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 7 30% cheaper
Mortuary Science and Embalming/Embalmer Associate's Degree 7 43% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 6 30% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 6 26% cheaper
Accounting and Related Services, Other Associate's Degree 6 56% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 6 19% cheaper
Computer Science Associate's Degree 6 43% costlier
Graphic Communications, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 23% cheaper
Public Health, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 36% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 5 54% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 5 16% cheaper
Marketing, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 25% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 4 14% cheaper
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 4 20% cheaper
Architectural Engineering Associate's Degree 3 12% cheaper
Printmaking Bachelor's Degree 3 38% cheaper
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 3 17% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 3 28% cheaper
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 3 38% cheaper
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Bachelor's Degree 3 10% cheaper
Intermedia/Multimedia Bachelor's Degree 3 36% cheaper
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 33% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other Associate's Degree 2 62% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 2 27% cheaper
Urban Studies/Affairs Bachelor's Degree 2 36% cheaper
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other Associate's Degree 2 27% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 2 16% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 2 28% cheaper
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 1 30% cheaper
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General Bachelor's Degree 1 11% cheaper
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 1 59% costlier
Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 55% costlier

Calculators

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About University of the District of Columbia

University of the District of Columbia is a four year public college located in Washington, District Of Columbia.  Full time enrollment is 2,059 and part time is 2,259.  University of the District of Columbia has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes. Learn more about University of the District of Columbia at CollegeSimply.

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

Address
University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, District Of Columbia
20008

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of the District of Columbia 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 the District of Columbia cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=131399 IPEDS survey data.