Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Capital University is $34,280 for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is 24% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $27,755. The cost is 78% more expensive than the average Ohio tuition of $19,236 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 91st in Ohio amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 14th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $320 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $34,600.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,178 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Columbus should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,550.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,346 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,986 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Capital University was $48,674 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Ohio 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 Capital University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Capital University
Estimated Budgets
Ohio Resident Total Budget $48,674
   In-State Tuition$34,280
   Other Fees$320
   Room and Board$10,178
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,346
   Books and Supplies$1,550
Non-Resident Total Budget $48,674
   Out-of-State Tuition$34,280
   Other Fees$320
   Room and Board$10,178
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,346
   Books and Supplies$1,550


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 $48,674 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 Capital University net price for in-state students is $22,044* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

100% of Capital University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $21,577. 37 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 $4,465. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Capital University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Capital University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$22,044*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid100%
Average Total Grant Aid$21,577
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants37%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,465

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$19,928
$30,001 to $48,000$20,712
$48,001 to $75,000$21,406
$75,001 to $110,000$22,316

Average Financial Aid Mix - $48,674 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $48,674. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 47% - $21,577

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

Federal Loans

 14% - $6,381

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

Out of Pocket

 40% -  $18,370

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. Capital University
Otterbein University8.3% less expensive
Marietta College2.2% more expensive
Franciscan University of Steubenville24.2% less expensive
Cleveland Institute of Art10.8% more expensive
Hiram College4.6% less 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 Capital 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 Capital University is $194,696 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 $20,342 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $81,368**

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 $243,370 or $101,710 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 Capital University.

Ohio Resident Tuition Per Semester$17,140
Ohio Resident Total Cost Per Semester$24,337

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 Capital 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 Capital University
Price per credit hour$1,144
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$3,432
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$4,576


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. 74% of Capital University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,381. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $33,239.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Capital 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 $81,368, 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 $100,959.03. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Capital 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 $20,342. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Capital 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.

Capital University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$841.33
Amount Borrowed$81,368.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$19,591.03
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$100,959.03

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Capital 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 Capital 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 $100,959.03 would be needed to afford a $841.33 monthly payment in the example $81,368.00 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 Capital University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $31,364 to $34,280. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 1.9%. 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 $194,696.00. 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 Capital University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$66,938$267,752
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$85,432$341,727
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $109,035$436,140
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $126,222$504,887

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Capital 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
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 48 20% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 45 35% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 31 34% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 27 36% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 24 31% costlier
Criminology Bachelor's Degree 22 20% costlier
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other Bachelor's Degree 20 44% costlier
Music, Other Bachelor's Degree 20 11% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 20 41% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 19 20% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 19 16% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 18 28% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 16 37% costlier
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 14 43% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 12 18% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 12 2% costlier
Art Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 12 9% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 11 17% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 11 26% costlier
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing Bachelor's Degree 11 26% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 10 23% costlier
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 9 43% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 8 29% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 8 35% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 8 6% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 8 21% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 8 18% costlier
Health Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 7 38% costlier
Voice and Opera Bachelor's Degree 7 10% costlier
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 11% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 7 24% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other Bachelor's Degree 6 35% costlier
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 6 26% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 5 39% costlier
Keyboard Instruments Bachelor's Degree 5 9% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 4 16% costlier
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 4 23% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 3 19% costlier
Creative Writing Bachelor's Degree 3 6% costlier
Organizational Communication, General Bachelor's Degree 3 22% costlier
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 3 4% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 19% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 3 21% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 3 22% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 3 8% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 3 4% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 3 17% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 13% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 2 15% costlier
Music Management Bachelor's Degree 2 23% costlier
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 34% costlier
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 38% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 2 41% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 9% costlier
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 31% costlier
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 42% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 13% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 31% costlier


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About Capital University

Capital University is a four year private college located in Columbus, Ohio.  The school is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church faith.  Full time enrollment is 2,922 and part time is 445.

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

Capital University
1 College and Main
Columbus, Ohio

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Capital University is a private not for profit institution.

Capital University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=201548 IPEDS survey data.