Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Lindenwood University is $16,300 for the 2018/2019 academic year. This is 41% cheaper than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $28,471. The cost is 1% cheaper than the average Missouri tuition of $17,024 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 40th in Missouri amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 29th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $660 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $16,960.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $8,800 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Saint Charles 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 $3,600 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,300 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Lindenwood University was $30,560 for the 2018/2019 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 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for Lindenwood University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Lindenwood University
Estimated Budgets
Missouri Resident Total Budget $30,560
   In-State Tuition$16,300
   Other Fees$660
   Room and Board$8,800
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,600
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Non-Resident Total Budget $30,560
   Out-of-State Tuition$16,300
   Other Fees$660
   Room and Board$8,800
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,600
   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 $30,560 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 Lindenwood University net price for in-state students is $21,440* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

95% of Lindenwood University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $9,403. 31 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 $3,827. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Lindenwood University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Lindenwood University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$21,440*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid95%
Average Total Grant Aid$9,403
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants31%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,827

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$20,308
$30,001 to $48,000$19,672
$48,001 to $75,000$21,446
$75,001 to $110,000$23,065

Average Financial Aid Mix - $30,560 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $30,560. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 35% - $9,403

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

Federal Loans

 20% - $5,519

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

Out of Pocket

 45% -  $12,038

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. Lindenwood University
Maryville University of Saint Louis59.9% more expensive
Greenville College60.3% more expensive
Quincy University62.8% more expensive
Evangel University31.9% more expensive
Saint Ambrose University82.4% 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 Lindenwood 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 Lindenwood University is $122,240 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 $27,134 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $108,536**

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 $152,800 or $135,670 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 Lindenwood 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 Lindenwood University
Price per credit hour$460
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$1,380
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$1,840


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. 63% of Lindenwood University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,519.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Lindenwood 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 $108,536, 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 $134,668.29. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Lindenwood University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 95% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $27,134. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Lindenwood 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.

Lindenwood University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,122.24
Amount Borrowed$108,536.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$26,132.29
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$134,668.29

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Lindenwood 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 Lindenwood 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 $134,668.29 would be needed to afford a $1,122.24 monthly payment in the example $108,536.00 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 Lindenwood University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $14,250 to $16,300. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2.9%. 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 $122,240.00. 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 Lindenwood University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$42,027$168,109
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$53,638$214,554
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $68,458$273,831
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $79,248$316,994

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Lindenwood 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
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 341 19% cheaper
Criminology Bachelor's Degree 125 25% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 88 14% cheaper
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 82 12% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 44 13% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 44 16% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 38 24% cheaper
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 29 33% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 29 18% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 28 23% cheaper
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 28 21% cheaper
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 27 19% cheaper
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 25 7% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 24 18% cheaper
Information Technology Bachelor's Degree 22 10% cheaper
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 22 20% cheaper
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 22 10% cheaper
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 19 26% cheaper
Christian Studies Bachelor's Degree 19 18% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 17 27% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 16 25% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 16 24% cheaper
Education, General Bachelor's Degree 14 29% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 13 24% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 13 12% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 12 28% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 11 15% cheaper
Fashion/Apparel Design Bachelor's Degree 10 33% cheaper
Organizational Communication, General Bachelor's Degree 10 23% cheaper
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst Bachelor's Degree 9 6% costlier
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 8 21% cheaper
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General Bachelor's Degree 8 29% cheaper
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design Bachelor's Degree 7 6% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 6 21% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 6 26% cheaper
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management Bachelor's Degree 6 8% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 6 25% cheaper
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 5 32% cheaper
Economics, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 41% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 5 17% cheaper
Fire Services Administration Bachelor's Degree 4 5% costlier
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 24% cheaper
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 4 35% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 4 23% cheaper
General Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 10% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 3 26% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 34% cheaper
Music Management Bachelor's Degree 3 23% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 3 27% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 2 32% cheaper
Gerontology Bachelor's Degree 2 14% cheaper
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 2 41% cheaper
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 2 10% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 29% cheaper
Acting Bachelor's Degree 2 31% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 2 38% cheaper
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 1 29% cheaper
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree 1 15% cheaper
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General Bachelor's Degree 1 20% cheaper
Bible/Biblical Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 2% costlier
Education, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 19% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 1 32% cheaper
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 24% cheaper


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About Lindenwood University

Lindenwood University is a four year private college located in Saint Charles, Missouri.  Full time enrollment is 7,956 and part time is 2,794. Learn more about getting accepted at Lindenwood University at CollegeSimply.

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

Lindenwood University
209 S Kingshighway
Saint Charles, Missouri

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Lindenwood University is a private not for profit institution.

Lindenwood University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=177968 IPEDS survey data.