Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Point Park University is $28,860 for the 2018/2019 academic year. This is 5% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $28,471. The cost is 10% more expensive than the average Pennsylvania tuition of $27,215 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 75th in Pennsylvania amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 55th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,270 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $30,130.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,100 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Pittsburgh 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 $2,300 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,100 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Point Park University was $44,730 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 Point Park University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Point Park University
Estimated Budgets
Pennsylvania Resident Total Budget $44,730
   In-State Tuition$28,860
   Other Fees$1,270
   Room and Board$11,100
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,300
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Non-Resident Total Budget $44,730
   Out-of-State Tuition$28,860
   Other Fees$1,270
   Room and Board$11,100
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,300
   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 $44,730 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 Point Park University net price for in-state students is $22,827* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

96% of Point Park University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $15,317. 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 $3,974. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Point Park University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Point Park University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$22,827*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid96%
Average Total Grant Aid$15,317
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants37%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,974

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$18,486
$30,001 to $48,000$19,480
$48,001 to $75,000$22,045
$75,001 to $110,000$23,737

Average Financial Aid Mix - $44,730 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $44,730. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 36% - $15,317

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

Federal Loans

 14% - $6,013

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

Out of Pocket

 50% -  $21,100

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. Point Park University
Robert Morris University2.3% less expensive
University of Mount Union2.4% more expensive
Malone University0.5% more expensive
Alderson Broaddus College8.5% less expensive
Gannon University4.6% 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 Point Park 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 Point Park University is $178,920 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 $20,222 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $80,888**

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 $223,650 or $101,110 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 Point Park University.

Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$14,430
Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$22,365

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 Point Park 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 Point Park University
Price per credit hour$819
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$2,457
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$3,276


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. 76% of Point Park University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,013. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $26,526.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Point Park 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 $80,888, 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 $100,363.46. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Point Park University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 96% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $20,222. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Point Park 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.

Point Park University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$836.36
Amount Borrowed$80,888.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$19,475.46
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$100,363.46

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Point Park 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 Point Park 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 $100,363.46 would be needed to afford a $836.36 monthly payment in the example $80,888.00 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 Point Park University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $24,020 to $28,860. 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 $178,920.00. 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 Point Park University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$61,514$246,057
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$78,509$314,038
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $100,200$400,800
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $115,994$463,977

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Point Park 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
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 72 5% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 70 30% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 52 32% costlier
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 42 13% costlier
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Bachelor's Degree 40 5% costlier
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other Bachelor's Degree 26 30% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 20 11% costlier
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General Bachelor's Degree 16 17% costlier
Photography Bachelor's Degree 13 0% cheaper
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other Bachelor's Degree 13 10% costlier
LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES Bachelor's Degree 11 11% costlier
Photojournalism Bachelor's Degree 10 14% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 9 11% costlier
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 8 28% costlier
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 7 28% costlier
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 7 32% costlier
Information Technology Bachelor's Degree 6 31% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 6 9% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 11% costlier
Education, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 19% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 5 8% costlier
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 18% costlier
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 15% costlier
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 4 30% costlier
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia Bachelor's Degree 3 4% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 0% cheaper
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 2% costlier
Behavioral Sciences Bachelor's Degree 3 72% costlier
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 18% costlier
General Studies Associate's Degree 2 112% costlier
Biotechnology Bachelor's Degree 2 19% costlier
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 2 1% cheaper
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 26% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 2 11% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 2 26% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 2 20% costlier
Biology Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 33% costlier
Broadcast Journalism Bachelor's Degree 1 16% costlier
Public Administration Associate's Degree 1 116% costlier
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 1 113% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 1 135% costlier
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 1 15% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Bachelor's Degree 1 40% costlier
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 1 15% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 1 16% costlier
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 27% costlier
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other Associate's Degree 1 97% costlier
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 1 13% costlier


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About Point Park University

Point Park University is a four year private college located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Full time enrollment is 2,943 and part time is 1,150. Learn more about getting accepted at Point Park University at CollegeSimply.

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

Point Park University
201 Wood St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Point Park University is a private not for profit institution.

Point Park University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=215442 IPEDS survey data.