Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Elon University is $33,829 for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is 22% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $27,755. The cost is 85% more expensive than the average North Carolina tuition of $18,281 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 60th in North Carolina amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 8th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $444 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $34,273.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,869 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Elon should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $900.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,600 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,600 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Elon University was $49,642 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of North Carolina 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 Elon University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Elon University
Estimated Budgets
North Carolina Resident Total Budget $49,642
   In-State Tuition$33,829
   Other Fees$444
   Room and Board$11,869
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,600
   Books and Supplies$900
Non-Resident Total Budget $49,642
   Out-of-State Tuition$33,829
   Other Fees$444
   Room and Board$11,869
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,600
   Books and Supplies$900


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 $49,642 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 Elon University net price for in-state students is $32,205* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

54% of Elon University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $11,187. 8 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 $4,327. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Elon University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Elon University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$32,205*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid54%
Average Total Grant Aid$11,187
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants8%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,327

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$23,385
$30,001 to $48,000$24,961
$48,001 to $75,000$30,781
$75,001 to $110,000$31,737

Average Financial Aid Mix - $49,642 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $49,642. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 24% - $11,187

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

Federal Loans

 11% - $5,296

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

Out of Pocket

 65% -  $30,559

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.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if Elon University is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 80/100 for Elon University. Considering an average net price paid of $28,208, this leads to an overall value ranking of 59/100. This places the school 185th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Private Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Elon University
Laurel University69% less expensive
Howard University28.7% less expensive
Maryland Institute College of Art33.9% more expensive
Bryan College24.3% less expensive
The College of Wooster42.4% 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 Elon 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 Elon University is $198,568 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 $28,208 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $112,832**

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 $248,210 or $141,040 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 Elon 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 Elon University
Price per credit hour$1,077
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$3,231
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$4,308


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. 31% of Elon University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,296. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $28,327.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Elon 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 $112,832, 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 $139,998.64. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Elon University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 54% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $28,208. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Elon 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.

Elon University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,166.66
Amount Borrowed$112,832.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$27,166.64
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$139,998.64

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Elon 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 Elon 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 $139,998.64 would be needed to afford a $1,166.66 monthly payment in the example $112,832.00 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 Elon University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $28,633 to $33,829. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.6%. 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 $198,568.00. 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 Elon University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$68,269$273,077
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$87,131$348,524
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $111,204$444,814
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $128,732$514,928

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Elon 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
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 31 47% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 31 17% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 27 6% costlier
Human Services, General Bachelor's Degree 19 42% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 15 19% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 9 33% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 9 11% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 9 1% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 9 7% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 8 33% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 8 19% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 8 39% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 7 21% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 7 40% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 7 24% costlier
Music Technology Bachelor's Degree 7 7% costlier
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 43% costlier
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 2% costlier
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 31% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 6 31% costlier
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 21% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 5 36% costlier
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication Bachelor's Degree 5 24% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 5 23% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 15% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 4 44% costlier
General Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 46% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 3 42% costlier
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 10% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 3 10% costlier
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 45% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 3 20% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 2 29% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 4% costlier
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics Bachelor's Degree 2 2% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 2 24% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 2 18% costlier
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 2 10% costlier
Journalism, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 39% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 21% costlier
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 1 45% costlier
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 1 46% costlier
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism Bachelor's Degree 1 4% cheaper
Communication and Media Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 10% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 13% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 8% costlier
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology Bachelor's Degree 1 15% costlier
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 24% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 1 10% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 1 27% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 23% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 1 21% costlier
Engineering, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 11% costlier


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About Elon University

Elon University is a four year private college located in Elon, North Carolina.  Full time enrollment is 6,497 and part time is 242.

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

Elon University
100 Campus Drive
Elon, North Carolina

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Elon University is a private not for profit institution.

Elon University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=198516 IPEDS survey data.