Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Ithaca College is $42,884 for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is 55% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $27,755. The cost is 94% more expensive than the average New York tuition of $22,120 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 158th in New York amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 28th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $15,274 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Ithaca 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 $1,981 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $1,981 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Ithaca College was $61,339 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of New York 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 Ithaca College and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Ithaca College
Estimated Budgets
New York Resident Total Budget $61,339
   In-State Tuition$42,884
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$15,274
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,981
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Non-Resident Total Budget $61,339
   Out-of-State Tuition$42,884
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$15,274
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,981
   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 $61,339 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 Ithaca College net price for in-state students is $33,866* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

91% of Ithaca College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $21,653. 22 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 $4,511. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Ithaca College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Ithaca College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$33,866*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid91%
Average Total Grant Aid$21,653
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants22%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,511

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$22,302
$30,001 to $48,000$25,703
$48,001 to $75,000$30,080
$75,001 to $110,000$33,703

Average Financial Aid Mix - $61,339 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $61,339. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 36% - $21,653

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

Federal Loans

 10% - $5,930

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

Out of Pocket

 54% -  $31,775

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 Ithaca College.

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 Ithaca College is $245,356 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 $31,811 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $127,244**

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 $306,695 or $159,055 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 Ithaca College.

New York Resident Tuition Per Semester$21,442
New York Resident Total Cost Per Semester$30,670

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 Ithaca College 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 Ithaca College
Price per credit hour$1,429
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$4,287
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$5,716


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. 72% of Ithaca College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,930.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Ithaca College? 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 $127,244, 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 $157,880.62. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Ithaca College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 91% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $31,811. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Ithaca College 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.

Ithaca College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,315.67
Amount Borrowed$127,244.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$30,636.62
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$157,880.62

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Ithaca College? 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 Ithaca College, 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 $157,880.62 would be needed to afford a $1,315.67 monthly payment in the example $127,244.00 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 Ithaca College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $37,000 to $42,884. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.2%. 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 $245,356.00. 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 Ithaca College.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$84,355$337,422
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$107,661$430,645
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $137,406$549,624
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $159,065$636,259

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Ithaca College 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
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia Bachelor's Degree 74 43% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 55 59% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 37 54% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 37 62% costlier
Exercise Physiology Bachelor's Degree 31 44% costlier
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies Bachelor's Degree 29 54% costlier
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 29 63% costlier
Sports Communication Bachelor's Degree 20 43% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 19 63% costlier
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Bachelor's Degree 17 77% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 14 49% costlier
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology Bachelor's Degree 13 42% costlier
Musical Theatre Bachelor's Degree 13 45% costlier
Woodwind Instruments Bachelor's Degree 12 5% costlier
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other Bachelor's Degree 11 18% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 11 66% costlier
Industrial and Organizational Psychology Bachelor's Degree 10 37% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 9 75% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 9 42% costlier
Rhetoric and Composition Bachelor's Degree 9 64% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 8 59% costlier
LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES Bachelor's Degree 8 52% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 8 50% costlier
Brass Instruments Bachelor's Degree 7 15% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 7 47% costlier
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 7 166% costlier
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 7 53% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 7 53% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 7 57% costlier
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management Bachelor's Degree 7 32% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 6 65% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 6 37% costlier
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy Bachelor's Degree 5 82% costlier
Creative Writing Bachelor's Degree 5 33% costlier
Acting Bachelor's Degree 5 39% costlier
Gerontology Bachelor's Degree 5 73% costlier
Public Health, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 32% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 53% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 4 52% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 4 78% costlier
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 69% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 3 42% costlier
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 3 59% costlier
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 25% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 2 49% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 2 52% costlier
Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 18% costlier
Applied Economics Bachelor's Degree 2 35% costlier
Physical Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 2 50% costlier
Spanish Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 69% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 33% costlier
Health Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 74% costlier
Jazz/Jazz Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 32% costlier
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Bachelor's Degree 2 44% costlier
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 64% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 30% costlier
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 1 59% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 1 25% costlier
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 1 31% costlier
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 73% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 1 36% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 1 36% costlier
Mathematics and Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 1 28% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 1 47% costlier
Percussion Instruments Bachelor's Degree 1 16% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 1 43% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 44% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 1 32% costlier
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 60% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 1 50% costlier
Sports Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 43% costlier
Public Health Education and Promotion Bachelor's Degree 1 70% costlier
Organizational Communication, General Bachelor's Degree 1 54% costlier
Occupational Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 1 45% costlier
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics Bachelor's Degree 1 16% costlier
Recording Arts Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 1 41% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 39% costlier


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About Ithaca College

Ithaca College is a four year private college located in Ithaca, New York.  Full time enrollment is 6,494 and part time is 184.

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

Ithaca College
953 Danby Rd
Ithaca, New York

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Ithaca College is a private not for profit institution.

Ithaca College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=191968 IPEDS survey data.