Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Briar Cliff University is $28,650 for the 2018/2019 academic year. This is 5% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $28,471. The cost is 21% more expensive than the average Iowa tuition of $24,612 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 26th in Iowa amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 18th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,136 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $29,786.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $8,640 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Sioux City should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,339.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,215 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,215 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Briar Cliff University was $42,980 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Iowa residence status as there is no in-state discount.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for Briar Cliff University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Briar Cliff University
Estimated Budgets
Iowa Resident Total Budget $42,980
   In-State Tuition$28,650
   Other Fees$1,136
   Room and Board$8,640
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,215
   Books and Supplies$1,339
Non-Resident Total Budget $42,980
   Out-of-State Tuition$28,650
   Other Fees$1,136
   Room and Board$8,640
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,215
   Books and Supplies$1,339


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 $42,980 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 Briar Cliff University net price for in-state students is $19,271* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

100% of Briar Cliff University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $18,967. 43 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 $4,338. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Briar Cliff University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Briar Cliff University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$19,271*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid100%
Average Total Grant Aid$18,967
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants43%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,338

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$13,637
$30,001 to $48,000$16,949
$48,001 to $75,000$19,006
$75,001 to $110,000$19,229

Average Financial Aid Mix - $42,980 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $42,980. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 48% - $18,967

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

Federal Loans

 16% - $6,548

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

Out of Pocket

 36% -  $14,250

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 Briar Cliff 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 Briar Cliff University is $171,920 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 $16,610 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $66,440**

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 $214,900 or $83,050 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

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 Briar Cliff University.

Iowa Resident Tuition Per Semester$14,325
Iowa Resident Total Cost Per Semester$21,490

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 Briar Cliff 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 Briar Cliff University
Price per credit hour$991
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$2,973
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$3,964


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. 92% of Briar Cliff University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,548.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Briar Cliff 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 $66,440, 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 $82,436.80. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Briar Cliff University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 100% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $16,610. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Briar Cliff 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.

Briar Cliff University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$686.97
Amount Borrowed$66,440.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$15,996.80
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$82,436.80

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Briar Cliff 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 Briar Cliff 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 $82,436.80 would be needed to afford a $686.97 monthly payment in the example $66,440.00 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 Briar Cliff University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $24,520 to $28,650. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.4%. 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 $171,920.00. 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 Briar Cliff University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$59,108$236,430
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$75,438$301,751
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $96,280$385,120
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $111,456$445,824

Tuition History

What was tuition at Briar Cliff 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 Briar Cliff 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
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 29 20% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 22 6% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 18 21% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 15 16% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 13 24% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 12 19% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 9 19% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 8 6% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 7 5% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 6 0% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 5 1% costlier
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 5 18% costlier
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Bachelor's Degree 5 17% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 3 7% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 2 23% costlier
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 2 20% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 3% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 2 12% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 2 10% costlier
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 9% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Bachelor's Degree 1 35% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 5% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 1 3% costlier
Theology/Theological Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 11% costlier
Management Information Systems and Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 17% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 1 4% costlier
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 13% costlier
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 1 6% costlier
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 1 23% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 0% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 1 3% costlier
Writing, General Bachelor's Degree 1 4% costlier


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About Briar Cliff University

Briar Cliff University is a four year private college located in Sioux City, Iowa.  The school is affiliated with the Roman Catholic faith.  Full time enrollment is 884 and part time is 432.  Briar Cliff 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. Learn more about Briar Cliff University at CollegeSimply.

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

Briar Cliff University
3303 Rebecca St
Sioux City, Iowa

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Briar Cliff University is a private not for profit institution.

Briar Cliff University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=152992 IPEDS survey data.