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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Lafayette College is $50,400 for the 2018/2019 academic year. This is 84% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $28,471. Lafayette College is one of the 100 most expensive colleges in the America, coming in 67th on our Expensive 100 Ranking. The cost is 93% more expensive than the average Pennsylvania tuition of $27,215 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 121st in Pennsylvania amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 9th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,200 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $51,600.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $15,040 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Easton 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 $1,000 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $0 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Lafayette College was $68,640 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Pennsylvania 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 Lafayette College and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Lafayette College
Estimated Budgets
Pennsylvania Resident Total Budget $68,640
   In-State Tuition$50,400
   Other Fees$1,200
   Room and Board$15,040
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,000
   Books and Supplies$1,000
Non-Resident Total Budget $68,640
   Out-of-State Tuition$50,400
   Other Fees$1,200
   Room and Board$15,040
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,000
   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 $68,640 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 Lafayette College net price for in-state students is $27,019* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

53% of Lafayette College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $32,731. 11 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 $4,177. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Lafayette College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Lafayette College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$27,019*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid53%
Average Total Grant Aid$32,731
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants11%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,177

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$11,995
$30,001 to $48,000$13,918
$48,001 to $75,000$19,935
$75,001 to $110,000$26,343

Average Financial Aid Mix - $68,640 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $68,640. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 48% - $32,731

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

Federal Loans

 8% - $5,257

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

Out of Pocket

 44% -  $29,652

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 Lafayette College 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 93/100 for Lafayette College. Considering an average net price paid of $25,963, this leads to an overall value ranking of 71/100. This places the school 86th 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. Lafayette College
Lehigh University0.2% less expensive
Villanova University0.3% more expensive
Haverford College3.7% more expensive
Stevens Institute of Technology3.2% less expensive
New York University4.9% 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 Lafayette 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 Lafayette College is $274,560 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 $25,963 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $103,852**

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 $343,200 or $129,815 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 Lafayette College.

Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$25,200
Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$34,320

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 Lafayette 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 Lafayette College
Price per credit hour$566
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$1,698
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$2,264


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. 34% of Lafayette College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,257. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $25,281.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Lafayette 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 $103,852, 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 $128,856.52. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Lafayette College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 53% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $25,963. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Lafayette 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.

Lafayette College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,073.80
Amount Borrowed$103,852.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$25,004.52
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$128,856.52

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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 $128,856.52 would be needed to afford a $1,073.80 monthly payment in the example $103,852.00 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 Lafayette College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $41,920 to $50,400. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4%. 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 $274,560.00. 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 Lafayette College.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$94,396$377,584
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$120,476$481,904
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $153,761$615,045
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $177,998$711,991

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Lafayette 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
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 37 62% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 29 62% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 26 50% costlier
Neuroscience Bachelor's Degree 21 19% costlier
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics Bachelor's Degree 16 30% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 15 71% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 12 53% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 11 65% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 10 47% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 9 63% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 8 86% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 6 70% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 6 75% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 56% costlier
Area Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 36% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 3 46% costlier
Political Science and Government, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 48% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 3 68% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 49% costlier
Social Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 46% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 2 66% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 2 52% costlier
History, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 54% costlier
Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 2 51% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 44% costlier
African Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 20% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 67% costlier
Asian Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 1 31% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 46% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 59% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 1 65% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 70% costlier
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 1 32% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 64% costlier
Russian Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 22% costlier
International Economics Bachelor's Degree 1 34% costlier
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 47% costlier


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About Lafayette College

Lafayette College is a four year private college located in Easton, Pennsylvania.  The school is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) faith.  Full time enrollment is 2,505 and part time is 45. Learn more about getting accepted at Lafayette College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Lafayette College
High St
Easton, Pennsylvania

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Lafayette College is a private not for profit institution.

Lafayette College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=213385 IPEDS survey data.