Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for University of Dayton is $41,750 for the 2018/2019 academic year. This is 51% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $28,471. The cost is 117% more expensive than the average Ohio tuition of $19,795 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 98th in Ohio amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 7th 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 $13,180 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Dayton should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,000.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $1,750 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $1,750 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to University of Dayton was $57,680 for the 2018/2019 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 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for University of Dayton and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for University of Dayton
Estimated Budgets
Ohio Resident Total Budget $57,680
   In-State Tuition$41,750
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$13,180
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,750
   Books and Supplies$1,000
Non-Resident Total Budget $57,680
   Out-of-State Tuition$41,750
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$13,180
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,750
   Books and Supplies$1,000


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 $57,680 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 University of Dayton net price for in-state students is $32,965* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

95% of University of Dayton students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $16,575. 12 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 $4,009. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Dayton, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Dayton
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$32,965*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid95%
Average Total Grant Aid$16,575
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants12%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,009

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$26,745
$30,001 to $48,000$26,254
$48,001 to $75,000$29,749
$75,001 to $110,000$32,471

Average Financial Aid Mix - $57,680 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $57,680. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 30% - $16,575

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

Federal Loans

 10% - $5,515

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

Out of Pocket

 61% -  $33,840

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 University of Dayton 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 78/100 for University of Dayton. Considering an average net price paid of $25,664, this leads to an overall value ranking of 58/100. This places the school 208th 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. University of Dayton
Hanover College14.4% less expensive
The College of Wooster15.4% more expensive
DePauw University12.6% more expensive
Goshen College20.5% less expensive
Rose Hulman Institute of Technology7.4% 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 University of Dayton.

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 University of Dayton is $230,720 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 $25,664 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $102,656**

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 $288,400 or $128,320 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 University of Dayton.

Ohio Resident Tuition Per Semester$20,875
Ohio Resident Total Cost Per Semester$28,840

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 University of Dayton 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 University of Dayton
Price per credit hour$1,525
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$4,575
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$6,100


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. 82% of University of Dayton students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,515. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $40,628.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Dayton? 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 $102,656, 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 $127,372.55. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Dayton. 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 $25,664. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our University of Dayton 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.

University of Dayton Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,061.44
Amount Borrowed$102,656.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$24,716.55
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$127,372.55

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend University of Dayton? 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 University of Dayton, 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 $127,372.55 would be needed to afford a $1,061.44 monthly payment in the example $102,656.00 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 University of Dayton in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $32,000 to $41,750. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 6.1%. 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 $230,720.00. 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 University of Dayton.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$79,323$317,294
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$101,239$404,956
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $129,210$516,838
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $149,576$598,305

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Dayton 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
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 91 36% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 59 26% costlier
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 56 53% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 46 67% costlier
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 43 69% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 39 36% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 37 59% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 32 55% costlier
Human Nutrition Bachelor's Degree 30 37% costlier
Design and Visual Communications, General Bachelor's Degree 29 46% costlier
General Studies Bachelor's Degree 28 70% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 23 37% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 22 62% costlier
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree 21 44% costlier
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 18 58% costlier
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 17 67% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 17 36% costlier
Industrial Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 14 93% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 12 44% costlier
Operations Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree 11 77% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 11 39% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 11 55% costlier
Organizational Behavior Studies Bachelor's Degree 11 36% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 7 34% costlier
Environmental Biology Bachelor's Degree 7 30% costlier
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 31% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 7 40% costlier
Foreign Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 6 50% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 6 56% costlier
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 6 59% costlier
Education, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 53% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 5 41% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 31% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 52% costlier
Photography Bachelor's Degree 4 29% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 4 43% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 4 44% costlier
Organizational Communication, General Bachelor's Degree 4 45% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 4 65% costlier
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 4 56% costlier
Development Economics and International Development Bachelor's Degree 4 7% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 3 57% costlier
Pre-Dentistry Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 35% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 25% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 3 45% costlier
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia Bachelor's Degree 3 34% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 2 35% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 2 28% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 70% costlier
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 2 80% costlier
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 2 46% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 2 40% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 1 39% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 1 37% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 36% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 21% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 1 17% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 1 49% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 45% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 29% costlier
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Bachelor's Degree 1 45% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 37% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 1 40% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 1 39% costlier
Pre-Physical Therapy Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 50% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 1 24% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 1 80% costlier
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 1 11% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 34% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 41% costlier
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 1 79% costlier
Pre-Law Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 47% costlier
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 1 24% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 21% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 22% costlier
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 34% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 43% costlier


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About University of Dayton

University of Dayton is a four year private college located in Dayton, Ohio.  The school is affiliated with the Roman Catholic faith.  Full time enrollment is 9,675 and part time is 1,128. Learn more about getting accepted at University of Dayton at CollegeSimply.

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

University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Dayton is a private not for profit institution.

University of Dayton cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=202480 IPEDS survey data.