Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Drury University is $25,850 for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is 7% cheaper than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $27,755. The cost is 54% more expensive than the average Missouri tuition of $16,783 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 57th in Missouri amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 12th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,165 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $27,015.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $8,036 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Springfield should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,200.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,200 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,200 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Drury University was $39,451 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Missouri residence status as there is no in-state discount.

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

Costs and Tuition for Drury University
Estimated Budgets
Missouri Resident Total Budget $39,451
   In-State Tuition$25,850
   Other Fees$1,165
   Room and Board$8,036
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,200
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Non-Resident Total Budget $39,451
   Out-of-State Tuition$25,850
   Other Fees$1,165
   Room and Board$8,036
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,200
   Books and Supplies$1,200


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 $39,451 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 Drury University net price for in-state students is $20,999* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

93% of Drury University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $12,055. 46 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 $4,013. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Drury University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Drury University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$20,999*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid93%
Average Total Grant Aid$12,055
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants46%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,013

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$23,295
$30,001 to $48,000$19,765
$48,001 to $75,000$20,231
$75,001 to $110,000$21,442

Average Financial Aid Mix - $39,451 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $39,451. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 33% - $12,055

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

Federal Loans

 16% - $5,674

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

Out of Pocket

 51% -  $18,522

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.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Private Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Drury University
Ecclesia College44.9% less expensive
John Brown University3.3% less expensive
Westminster College5.6% less expensive
Benedictine College7.3% more expensive
Memphis College of Art25.3% 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 Drury 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 Drury University is $157,804 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 $20,708 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $82,832**

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 $197,255 or $103,540 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 Drury University.

Missouri Resident Tuition Per Semester$12,925
Missouri Resident Total Cost Per Semester$19,726

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 Drury 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 Drury University
Price per credit hour$862
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$2,586
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$3,448


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. 61% of Drury University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,674. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $23,750.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Drury 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 $82,832, 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 $102,775.52. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Drury University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 93% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $20,708. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Drury 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.

Drury University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$856.46
Amount Borrowed$82,832.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$19,943.52
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$102,775.52

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Drury 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 Drury 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 $102,775.52 would be needed to afford a $856.46 monthly payment in the example $82,832.00 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 Drury University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $21,500 to $25,850. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 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 $157,804.00. 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 Drury University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$54,254$217,017
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$69,244$276,975
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $88,375$353,498
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $102,305$409,219

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Drury 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
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 122 2% cheaper
General Studies Associate's Degree 99 87% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 95 11% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Associate's Degree 40 87% costlier
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 32 1% costlier
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 28 17% cheaper
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 24 2% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 20 6% costlier
Education, General Associate's Degree 18 109% costlier
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 17 8% costlier
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other Bachelor's Degree 10 4% cheaper
Psychology, General Associate's Degree 9 100% costlier
Fine and Studio Arts Management Bachelor's Degree 8 8% cheaper
Natural Resources Management and Policy Associate's Degree 7 101% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 7 20% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 6 4% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Associate's Degree 5 99% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 5 4% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 4 6% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 4 7% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 4 5% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 4 7% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 4 5% cheaper
Music Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 4 7% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 4 9% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 10% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Associate's Degree 3 88% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 3 95% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 12% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 3 4% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 3 104% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 8% cheaper
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 17% cheaper
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 2 16% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 2 13% cheaper
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 2 8% cheaper
Writing, General Bachelor's Degree 2 5% cheaper
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 28% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 16% cheaper
Customer Service Management Associate's Degree 1 77% costlier
Environmental Studies Associate's Degree 1 77% costlier
Criminology Bachelor's Degree 1 3% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 1 8% costlier
American Government and Politics (United States) Bachelor's Degree 1 9% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 1 13% costlier
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Associate's Degree 1 86% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 4% cheaper
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 1 0% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 14% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 1 83% costlier
Human Services, General Bachelor's Degree 1 13% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 1 6% cheaper
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 1 119% costlier


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About Drury University

Drury University is a four year private college located in Springfield, Missouri.  Full time enrollment is 2,545 and part time is 1,024.

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

Drury University
900 N.Benton
Springfield, Missouri

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Drury University is a private not for profit institution.

Drury University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=177214 IPEDS survey data.